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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Got a speed triple (2nd attempt)

As some of you may know from my other post my original foray into speed triple ownership didn’t go well. After 3 days of ownership my ‘16 speed triple r chewed up 2nd and 3rd gear and after 3 weeks waiting for it to be fixed it came back and the clutch was playing up. I managed to get a full refund but was a bit put off by the whole experience. The bike I had didn’t ride as I expected it to and overall didn’t feel quite right.

Unfortunately in the time between me getting my money and getting something new the head gasket on my Alfa went so that made me look at earlier models.

To cut a long story short I’ve ended up with a 2010 round eye with 5k miles. It cost me less than half what the other cost and I absolutely love it. It’s exactly the bike I wanted from the start and I have a feeling I’ll be holding on to it for a long time.

It needs a rear hugger and a good wash and detail but it really is perfect for me. Anything I should look out for or change out on this model?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 08:51 AM
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Ahhh now we’re cookin’ the best of bug-eye years. No mo’ dam starter clutch problems, and best of all, no electronic trickery or known faults.
I had that model (‘10) ‘till I crashed it back in January and replaced with a ‘16 R.

Timeless.

It looks absolutely peachy. Add full sliders and engine covers. Those unmolested clutch and stator covers are a rarity. And maybe a sleek set of rizoma levers and grips, perhaps replace the pee-cup style brake fluid reservoir with a all black triumph option accessory or also a rizoma (although the rizoma is a bit cliched by now and the new ones aren’t anything special imho)
Sargent seat will work wonders and you can have it done for about $200 since they’ll need you to send your seat in bc they don’t have the pan for that model. You can choose your materials and thread colors, their cost. service is amazing. I did mine with carbon fiber vinyl and leather on the rider section mocking Triumph’s gel seat weave and silver thread color And asked for no Sargent tag (tacky imo). You can even customize the angle just by telling them to make the front or back thicker or thinner to your liking. Their foam allows you to do 300 mile days with ease. Best $200 spent ever.

Quickshifter: I use QS Easy distributes by bluemonkey.com($240ish?) No issues up or downshifting. Second best $200 spent lol.

Tail pack: Triumph OEM is sturdy textile compact enough not to be in the way but big enough to hold a change of clothes and a small toolkit. Easy zippered attachment to seat and a handle to carry around.

Congrats and don’t crash it, you probably won’t come across one this clean next time around.
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Beautiful bike. Great year for the speed triple
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Beautiful bug eyes! Love it! Big congrats. I know you'll love it. I still miss my 2007.

That bracket over the wires coming out of the right-hand side of the bike under the bars is well known for causing destruction of said wires. I just removed it completely. Others have used washers to raise it up.

And the starter power mod upgrade thread is worth a read: https://www.triumphrat.net/speed-tri...power-mod.html

Enjoy!

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Thanks for the replies. Took it out this morning for a blast round Oxfordshire and really enjoyed it. I’m taking it steady at the moment just getting used to it but riding the torque wave through long sweepers is awesome.

Will do my best to keep it right side up but it’s going to ridden as much as possible and not just kept in moth balls.

Reckon I’ll try and squeeze a track day in at some point as I’m only half an hour from silverstone.
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These posts make me want to sell my ‘16 Street R for an older round eye Speed...
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Spent some time giving the bike a good clean up today. Came up really nice!
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Spent some time giving the bike a good clean up today. Came up really nice!
It looks brand new!

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It took 3 and a half hours so wasn’t without effort. It’s been looked after really well in a previous life though! There were some small surface corrosion areas that I clean up but overall like you say it’s brand new.
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The boy done good!
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