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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Going in for a new Triple RS Which one?

I am going in tomorrow hopefully to close the deal on a new Street Triple RS or perhaps Speed Triple RS. Sold my 08 awesomely modded STR a few years ago when I was in desperate need of an all weather commuter bike. I got a really nice VFR800 for commuting and the occasional touring trip. It's modded well enough for sport riding and even track if I wanted to. Now I'm selling my equally modded 09 FZ1 which has been more of my canyon and track bike of choice. I am selling it to buy one of the ridiculously beautiful and competent RS Triples but can't decide if I am going to go home with a discounted demo bike 2019 Speed Triple RS or a new 2018 Street Triple RS. They both absolutely knock my socks off.
This all happened when I became obsessed with buying an MV Agusta Brutale. I was right there about to get a smoking deal on a used hardly ridden 910R when I began to wonder why so many low mile Brutale's were for sale for so cheap when I knew they were expensive to buy new. So I studied up on them and found out that they had some serious refinement issues and expensive fixes for manufacture poor design.
Last ride a fellow brought out his new STR765 RS and now I was 100% certain I wanted one as well. Until I went to the dealer and saw the new Speed Triple RS.
My plans for the Triumph are to use it for the canyons and the track. I like the larger tank, lighter weight and fuel economy of the Street. Plus I loath buying 190 profile rear wheels for a liter bike that seems especially adept at wearing them out more quickly. In a way I have made up my mind for the Street but wonder if there is a better argument for the bigger RS.
As I write this I realize it's maybe been asked a hundred times so I will also read up on what others have had to say on the matter. Yes feel free to ignore my redundancy if you must. Heading to the Triumph Dealership tomorrow bright and early anyways. Haha.
For what it's worth I think either of these bikes are as sexy as the Brutale but with the added benifit of dependability and reliability.
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If you can afford the speed why not get it? I have the street and I love her. The speed from what I remember is just alot more refined, fancier, and has a much sexier exhaust imo.

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...My plans for the Triumph are to use it for the canyons and the track...
Based on this, I vote Street all the way.

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Well I took a test ride on the Speed RS and a Street R. They didn't have an RS to demo. DelAmoMSof LB. They were not very up on their Triumphs. Tiny little corner of the store. To further skew the Street R's ride impression it was also the lowered seat height model. Street feels completely light weight, small nimble and plenty of motor. Both of my current bikes have quick shifters so I immediately became aware of that deficiency. It felt incredibly like my old Street triple in many ways. It was fine on the street but I felt it really needs to be thrown into some turns for it to make sense. At a stand still the RS felt heavy but balanced. Once underway the motor is so stonkin torquey you forget all about the slightly less nimble feel and say hello to major stability. I love either bike but the Speed Triple RS felt like it will be my bike. Going to the dealer with the deals first AM and buying one or the other.
My 09 FZ1 sold tonight. So that green lights the purchase in my wife's mind. No hurry to replace the Fizzy. It was a great bike. Went to a young Coast Guard Officer from SanDiego who happens to own a Bonneville. May even be on this forum. He really looked the bike over closely. I gave him a break of the price for some minor stuff he pointed out just because he seemed a good fit for the bike. It's in good hands.
I'll probably take a proper test ride on an a Street RS but inform the salesman that I have dibs on the Speed RS if it's still available.
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Well I took a test ride on the Speed RS and a Street R. They didn't have an RS to demo. DelAmoMSof LB. They were not very up on their Triumphs. Tiny little corner of the store. To further skew the Street R's ride impression it was also the lowered seat height model. Street feels completely light weight, small nimble and plenty of motor. Both of my current bikes have quick shifters so I immediately became aware of that deficiency. It felt incredibly like my old Street triple in many ways. It was fine on the street but I felt it really needs to be thrown into some turns for it to make sense. At a stand still the RS felt heavy but balanced. Once underway the motor is so stonkin torquey you forget all about the slightly less nimble feel and say hello to major stability. I love either bike but the Speed Triple RS felt like it will be my bike. Going to the dealer with the deals first AM and buying one or the other.
My 09 FZ1 sold tonight. So that green lights the purchase in my wife's mind. No hurry to replace the Fizzy. It was a great bike. Went to a young Coast Guard Officer from SanDiego who happens to own a Bonneville. May even be on this forum. He really looked the bike over closely. I gave him a break of the price for some minor stuff he pointed out just because he seemed a good fit for the bike. It's in good hands.
I'll probably take a proper test ride on an a Street RS but inform the salesman that I have dibs on the Speed RS if it's still available.
There's a aftermarket quickshifter that is very easy to install and not very pricey, so don't let that discourage you from the Street!
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I love my 2019 street triple rs, for what it's worth.

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Went into dealer to buy R but got out with RS Matte Black instead, although I like R engine better but with only $1000 different I think is a good deal.
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I love my street triple RS but Still keep looking at the speed RS, Iam keen to see what the upcoming speed 1160 brings over the 1050, which might make me trade up next year. Still the street has a ton of power for the street. You may want to try and find a second hand speed RS and then trade up to the 1160.

What made me get the street was, I prefer the look, bigger tank and better fuel range and $$$ over speed.

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My logic circuits went through the exact same exercise in debating the Street vs. Speed RS when I was ready to buy last year. I only did a quick test ride of the Street but I ended up buying the new Speed RS. I think it's about perfect bike for street/canyon/twisty riding where you can actually use the low down power, but don't necessarily need extreme flickability. You do feel the weight of the bike when changing directions quickly, but I can definitely echo the oft-repeated note that the Speed has amazing suspension and grip and feels amazingly solid and planted during turns at full lean. I've done a few track days with a Speed and it performed very well, but I can understand an argument for the Street as a more track-focused weapon simply due to the lighter weight and at the ability to wind the motor out without concern for speed limits. For street riding and passing power without having to break speed limits too badly to use the power of the motor, the Speed wins IMO. Both felt great and it's not a bad spot to be in debating which one to buy. ;-)
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Though you said the weight disadvantage of the Speed felt like it went away after a while, I have to believe it'll come back when confronted with some tight switchbacks or similar turns. I think light weight is one of those gifts that keep on giving on a sporting bike.

The weight advantage, and the fact you can more often rev up the Street to hear the awesome sound would be another draw.

Given a choice, I'd get the Street.
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