Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville 110th
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: DOWNEY, CA, USA
Other Motorcycle: '07 MV Agusta F4-1000
Extra Motorcycle: '17 Ducati Desert Sled
Trying a Street Triple
In all the discussions over the past several months regarding the new water-cooled twins (ST/T120/Thruxton) several commenters have noted that in their opinion the new bikes would not measure up to what is currently available in the Street Triple line.
As someone who rides a '12 T100 on an almost daily basis, and an MV F4-1000R on the weekends, I thought that the discussion was sometimes interesting, and sometimes not - a lot of what was said about the new twins was drivel IMO particularly if you hadn't yet ridden any of the bikes. Since most of it was posted pre-availability, there seemed to be a lot of arse-pulling involved.
But, it made me curious about a Triumph that I had not considered before: The Street Triple!
So, I called my salesman at the dealership where I had purchased the Bonnie (Kyle @ SoCal Motorcycles in Brea CA - USA) and asked if he had an S3 or S3R I could ride? Well, he did; and so I went out this morning and rode a '15 675R.
A different animal from the Bonnie, for sure, but with some welcome features not found on my '12. Progress can be wonderful.
I liked the gear indicator, the fuel gauge and fuel range indicator, and even the shift lights (though this bike was still in the "break in" period and they just came on as soon as you cracked the throttle).
What was not as welcome was the riding position, as it seemed to be twixt-&-tween: Not really street, and not really race, and forced me to sit further forward than I liked and not as upright.
Now, the last time I'd been on a triple was back in the '70's with a Kawa H1 - a bike you are not likely to forget riding (if you survive).
I am happy to say, there is no comparison between the two:
The Street Triple-R is a much, much better bike, with predictable power, great brakes, fantastic handling, and a great riding experience -
if only I fit on the bike better.
Oh - and a bit of personal preference - The twin weird-shaped headlights:
Last edited by DeeKay; 04-07-2016 at 07:34 PM.