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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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46 year old owner of a Triumph Sprint ST trolling for intel and opinions. After 13 years on my trusty Sprint, I'm eager to get a new bike. I've test ridden pretty much every brand out there and narrowed it down to 2 options this year: BMW S1000XR (more practical) and Triumph Speed Triple S (more fun). Yes, I realize they are both very different machines. I'm 6'4" 210 lbs and not much into touring, my rides tend to be 2 hours or less. I'm not a big fan of the upright riding positions on adventure style bikes even though they "fit" me better. I test rode the XR last year and while everyone seems to rave about the engine, I didn't feel the same. The Speed Triple felt pretty comfy (again short test ride) and that's my only hesitation... how will it feel in the long run. By the way, I rode the Tiger 1200 and it felt like a slow boat to me Any taller riders with similar experience?
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I'm not tall at 5'10", but own a 2007 Speed Triple and have had it for 12 years. I've also ridden the BMW XR.

I liked the XR because it has a more comfy position and more commanding view of the road. I have thought of getting one in the future as finances improve.

However, I find the Triumph comfortable enough for touring and have done 800 miles in two days. That was mostly twisty roads.

Between the two, I feel like the Speed Triple can do it all, but is more sporty than the XR. If you feel like you're more of a canyon rider, the Speed Triple is the best choice.

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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:27 AM
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I'm 6'5", I own a tiger 1200 and the speed triple. I dont regret buying either one. I ride my bike from Vegas to Tucson az in a day on the s3. Could have gone further too.

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I own a ‘16 R and is nowhere near as fun as the old 1050’s, low flickability and the trademarked engine growl is gone. There is a shadow of what it was up to 2010 but it’s been muffled with a completely different, “more efficient, they say” frame. Note that I got my ‘16 with arrow mufflers and even in track mode I can’t get out of it what I had for granted on my 1050 without any electronic gimmicks.
So yeah I hear you when you compare it to the XR and say it’s more fun, but it is a close one, the fact that the beemer comes with BMW’s quickshifter from factory is HUGE and it just feels very agile for a sport touring, I rode one from Venice to the dolomite mtns. and back, lots of twisties to which the XR carved beautifully with a nice sound too, Heidi and grandpa didn’t even see me coming... but I know they heard me loud and clear; I’d say it has an intoxicating racy and aggressive note, which is uncommon for BMW’s usually boring engines. Plenty of power in a beautifully linear torque thru RPM band (which is rare for a 4cyl in line engine) and you can add a rear industrial-looking Givi 50L case with backrest for the missus that you can store 2 large full face helmets in (so convenient to run errands and not having to lug your jacket and helmet, I miss my Tiger 1050 😭 ) If you plan on keeping this next bike for years to come I’d stay with the XR as reaching 50+ years old and being a tall dude, lower back, wrists and more stretched-out legs will definitely appreciate a sport touring riding position. Also the seat is more comfortable as the speedy has a narrower inseam which after some time it can get a bit annoying, and yes that’s another genius “upgrade” since the dearly missed 1050’s.

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I had a 2013 Speedy, ended up on a Multistrada which I then traded on a 2019 GSA. I just wrecked my GSA and I’m back on the hunt for another bike and asked my dealer to get ahold of a 2019 Speed Triple to replace it with. I do several hundred mile days on a regular basis and the Speedy is comfortable enough for that task and more fun in the North Georgia mountains. I will get a bike for touring again but for now I want fun rather than the touring capability. I am shorter than you at 5’10” but based on what you’re saying I think you’ll be fine on either bike. Which one do you want more?

And since you mentioned it, I went and checked out my dealer's local inventory. Low and Behold they have a 2018 S1000XR marked down about $4k...cheaper than the RS I was looking to buy. Dangit, can't ignore that.

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I'm 6'3" and 235lbs. I have had 6 speed triples and have always found them comfortable, even for long rides. Recently did a 900km (560mile) trip in one day and felt pretty good when I arrived. It seems to me that the S3 suits all sizes of rider.

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I'm 6'3" and 235lbs. I have had 6 speed triples and have always found them comfortable, even for long rides. Recently did a 900km (560mile) trip in one day and felt pretty good when I arrived. It seems to me that the S3 suits all sizes of rider.
Wow! Six Speed Triples is amazing! I've only had 4 (so far).

I'm older at 51 and way shorter at only 5'7'' so my opinions about ergos certainly won't apply, but Speed Triples are among of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned (of course it goes without saying it's one of funnest too).

And I will add this chip0704. Once you own a Speed Triple, you'll wonder why it took you so long to get one.

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6í3Ē 230 geared up and have a17 S3. Itís comfy though a flatter seat would be nice. They do handle well and stop on a dime. A lot of people donít give the16 on up any respect saying not a lot of hp or ugly. To each his own but the many changes that were done over last three years make the 15 on down rough and donít handle as well. New ones are deceivingly fast and handle wel and according to performance bikes was ranked very well for a naked. Check it out online. Motor is silky smooth thatís for sure. My opinion.

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I own a ‘16 R and is nowhere near as fun as the old 1050’s, low flickability and the trademarked engine growl is gone. There is a shadow of what it was up to 2010 but it’s been muffled with a completely different, “more efficient, they say” frame. Note that I got my ‘16 with arrow mufflers and even in track mode I can’t get out of it what I had for granted on my 1050 without any electronic gimmicks.
So yeah I hear you when you compare it to the XR and say it’s more fun, but it is a close one, the fact that the beemer comes with BMW’s quickshifter from factory is HUGE and it just feels very agile for a sport touring, I rode one from Venice to the dolomite mtns. and back, lots of twisties to which the XR carved beautifully with a nice sound too, Heidi and grandpa didn’t even see me coming... but I know they heard me loud and clear; I’d say it has an intoxicating racy and aggressive note, which is uncommon for BMW’s usually boring engines. Plenty of power in a beautifully linear torque thru RPM band (which is rare for a 4cyl in line engine) and you can add a rear industrial-looking Givi 50L case with backrest for the missus that you can store 2 large full face helmets in (so convenient to run errands and not having to lug your jacket and helmet, I miss my Tiger 1050 😭 ) If you plan on keeping this next bike for years to come I’d stay with the XR as reaching 50+ years old and being a tall dude, lower back, wrists and more stretched-out legs will definitely appreciate a sport touring riding position. Also the seat is more comfortable as the speedy has a narrower inseam which after some time it can get a bit annoying, and yes that’s another genius “upgrade” since the dearly missed 1050’s.

Good luck!
Couldn’t disagree more. I’ve had 4 Speed triples over the years and the newer versions are hands down better machines.
I was in for a service issue with my 2016 (previous) Speed Triple and got a XR loaner for a week. At first I hated the way it handled and performed but eventually got more or less use to it. Speed Triple wins that comparison hands down. Besides the XR is butt ugly.
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