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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Used 2018 RS vs New 2019 R LRH

Greetings all! I am looking for some insight/advice: I am a shorter rider (5'7") and am investigating two options for my new ride:

1) New 2019 Street Triple R LRH - sat on one at the dealer and it fits great and per the website has a 30.71 in (780 mm) seat height.

2) Used 2018 Street Triple RS (only 1600 miles on it and for $10k) but tall for me at 32.48 in (825 mm) seat height; the dealership will lower for me but not necessarily with LRH parts (I am guessing they will use a linkage or something but a 2" reduction to get to the LRH seems to be a lot).

Does anyone know what makes the LRH an LRH? If so, can these LRH factory mods be applied to the RS model? The used RS is a far better value (of course, any used bike is!) but I don't want to mess up the dynamics.

Oh and now a more general question: I am going to be use this as a street bike and not a track bike. Is it good as "general purpose" motorcycle - let's say maximum 3 hour long rides on city and highway? Any reason on why the R LRH or RS would differ for this use?

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5'7 is not short, you'll be just fine on a stock RS. I highly advise against lowering it or buying the LRH. The main strength of this bike is the handling, and that messes it up.
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I'd say the 765 is mediocre at best in the city, but it's wonderful on backroads. Highway is ok, but I wish 6th gear was geared higher, it's more like 5.25 now.

In urban environments, twins or thumpers rule. Lots of low-mid range grunt for the constant stop-starts.
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Interesting. So maybe I am looking at the wrong bike for what I am trying to do? I was reading into the reviews that the bike is upright and thus a really good all-round bike. I am going to test ride one this week (hopefully - if the weather improves that is) and I will see if the stop/start performance is a deal breaker. Incidentally, I was also looking at a KTM 690 Duke (love my 390 but insufficient power for the highway) but just too tall when I sat on it and really no KTM dealer support in Detroit. The other option is the Scrambler and not to annoy anyone on the forum but I actually prefer the Ducati version to the Triumph.

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You're looking at the right bike. The only thing that makes the less than great in urban environments is the same thing that makes any bike suck - you're in a city. It's upright, comfortable, cuts corners like a scalpel, and can be as mild mannered or outright hooliganish as you want. Take the test ride and draw your own conclusions.

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As long as you can get on and sit on it, pull away from a stop, come to a stop and get off, all comfortably without risk of dropping the thing, the seat height is OK. They're great bikes - but always get a test ride.
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Thanks to all for the feedback! I will probably only be able to test ride the "R LRH" and not the "RS". Aside from the possible seating issue, which bike makes a better street bike? The following Revzilla review seems to opine that the R is tuned better for the street. Any truth to this? I would have thought that the selectable engine modes would have taken care of this - i.e the street/road mode.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...reet_Triple_RS

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I am 5 ft 6 and find the RS plenty low enough for me. Seat alone is not the only issue when choosing a bike. I find that a lower bike with a very wide saddle is harder than the RS which has a narrow seat and is light. I also ride a 1991 BMW K 100 RS with a low seat and even though it is a good inch lower than the RS I find it more unwieldy - though the fact it weighs a ton has probably got something to do with that!

I have not ridden the R but I love the RS in the city. As someone else said it is light and corners well at slow speeds. Precisely because of the way it makes power it is docile in the city, change gear at less than 6000 and it is very well behaved. All you have to do to turn it from Jekyll to Hyde is drop down a gear or two and leave those changes to 10000..

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Thanks to all for the feedback! I will probably only be able to test ride the "R LRH" and not the "RS". Aside from the possible seating issue, which bike makes a better street bike? The following Revzilla review seems to opine that the R is tuned better for the street. Any truth to this? I would have thought that the selectable engine modes would have taken care of this - i.e the street/road mode.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...reet_Triple_RS

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The differences between the R and RS are so minimal that either would be an excellent street bike. I don't know your ownership history, but my 2013 675R is my 8th bike in over 35 years of riding, and it is head and shoulders above any other bike I've ever owned or ridden for day-to-day riding. It also makes for a very acceptable sport-tourer and track day bike. The biggest difference between the 2 you are looking at is seat height.

I'm 5'6" with a (barely) a 30" inseam, and I can just about flat-foot my 675. The published seat height for it is 805mm/31.7". That's only about 3/4" lower than the RS. These measurements are likely taken unladen. When you sit on your bike, your weight should compress the suspension about 30-35mm (about 1.25-1.50"). At your height, unless your legs are shorter than mine, you should be fine. Even if you can only get the balls of your feet on the ground, the bike is light enough you will be able to tip it side-to-side without fear of dropping it.

It's your decision to make, but if I were buying, I would have the RS on the top of my list.

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