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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-07-2016, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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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:
Hate them.

YMMV!

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I test rode the same one a while back... Coming from a cruiser at the time I felt the same about the seating position. A few months later I kept thinking how much fun that bike was, and if only it was more comfortable. Then I found a deal on a beautiful 2012 street triple r and couldn't pass it up. Intended to keep both bikes, but found after just a short while I had adjusted to the triple and found the cruiser uncomfortable. Now the cruiser is sold and the triple is my daily rider... Couldn't be happier


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Try Yamaha FZ-09 or XSR900. They have more upright riding style. I have both Triumph Scrambler and Street Triple and I feel the same every time I ride Street Triple after riding Scrambler. However, Street Triple's more aggressive riding style makes it easier to lean, and control the bike. It's a fast bike designed to be ridden fast.

You can also try bar risers to raise the bar height. That will certainly make it a little more comfortable. I have learned to grip the bike with my knees (tank pads are a must on Street Triple), so the aggressive riding style doesn't bother me as much anymore.

There's a lot riding on how you ride.
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I have been awaiting the arrival of the new Bonnie's for years, with all intentions of owning one. However, I've also had my eye on an ST3 for years & having ridden several know just how good they are. This year I decided I was going to look for a nice late model ST3, ride it for a year or two, & then trade for a new Bonnie/ Thruxton after the hoopla died down a bit.
So now I'm the proud owner of a mint condition 2010 ST3. And I'm going to keep my current Bonnie. A nice Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde kind of combo IMHO...
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Ramses, in case you missed it, I'm not dissatisfied with my daily ride - a '12 T100 Limited Edition Bonnie #875/1000.
If I want to be "aggressive", I have the F4 -
which can be much more aggressive than I care to be at my age.
Along that line, if I were to consider a Triple, I'm crazy enough to go FULL ON DAYTONA.
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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.
You know... With an introduction like that I had really hoped you had some new insights to write about... Well any bike really, instead you offer up the same talking points on the street triple that can be read in the press for almost ten years now. Kinda underwhelming.

But still thanks for sharing your opinion, I guess.
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Ramses, in case you missed it, I'm not dissatisfied with my daily ride - a '12 T100 Limited Edition Bonnie #875/1000.
If I want to be "aggressive", I have the F4 -
which can be much more aggressive than I care to be at my age.
Along that line, if I were to consider a Triple, I'm crazy enough to go FULL ON DAYTONA.
Well...that would take care of the "twixt and tween" riding position, and the funky headlights. I actually like the riding position. It's sporty enough without being too much so. The lights? There's a fix for that, too.



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BKK Jack,
Do you have any more photos of that bike?
I really like that round headlight you stuck on there.
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No more "glamour" shots. Due to my hip problems, I haven't been riding much...or at all lately. I did add some bling to the screen, though.



Here's another I took while putting it all together.

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I just started assembling a new XSR900 at work. It was snowing today so I didn't take it for a test ride. I'll give my impressions of it after a ride. I like the FZ-09's but I would not trade my street triple R for one. Prepped a new T120 and Street twin too, cool bikes!

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