Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: 2018 Street Triple RS
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
I use my RS for commuting 99% of the time. I've also taken it on one track day and was planning on taking it on a 2 week trip (before it got cancelled). Basically, it's my do it all bike.
From what I've read, the difference in power delivery between the two models is small and, to be honest, I've never felt like my RS was lacking mid-range power or didn't do well on the street. Sure, I do have to feather the clutch more that I had to on my previous Yamahas, but I believe the S and the R models would be the same. For me, when I looked at what came with the RS, it was a no-brainer.
As far as it having a twitchy throttle, I've never noticed it. I run in Road most of the time and have used Sport as well. I actually find I'm more confident transitioning from off throttle to on with this bike than I've felt with any of my previous bikes. It really doesn't feel twitchy at all.
As far as feeling eager to race it or it being overkill, I'm sure if I had an R, I'd feel just as eager to wind it out as I do my RS. And, as far as it being overkill, in both my motorcycles and bicycles, I kinda feel like if I can afford it, and I like it, and I find value in the more costly components, then it's fine. I'm certainly no Valentino Rossi or Mar Marquez, nor am I Chris Froome, Lance Armstrong, or Alberto Contrador, so it's all overkill when it really comes down to it.
Good luck and CONGRATS on the bike... whichever you get!!!
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Last edited by Kraxmel; 10-06-2019 at 10:37 PM.