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So here is the conundum! I presently ride a '02 S3, and love it. However, since the 1050 S3 came out I drool everytime I see one. I've also read all the hype surrounding the Dayton 675. Do I save my money and invest in new bits (Tuneboy etc.) for my '02, do I sell my '02 and get an '05 or '06 S3 or look seriously at the 675. Any advise would be welcome! :brk:
 

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Depends on what you're drooling over. If it's performance, a full exhaust system and a GSXR fork swap should get you pretty close to a stock 1050. If it's looks, well, you'd have to spend a bundle or be a fiberglass expert to chop the tail properly.
 

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Do you want a crotch rocket or a hooligan bike? A hunched over riding position or a more comfortable upright riding position? Plastic or naked? Wringing the bikes neck for HP or twisting the throttle for TQ? Easy decision for me but I've had back surgery/discs fused so it's upright hooligan naked TQ for me.
 

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Is there a remarkable difference between the 955 and the 1050? And do the insurance companies screw you b/c of the increase in engine capacity? Also is the riding position on the 675 comfortable, the only thing I've got to compare it to is a GSX-R 750 that I found bloody terrible!
 

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The 675 is terrible on comfort!!! I looked at Daytona 955s before I bought the S3 and I found those to be too bad, but the 675 is 3 times worse than the 955i Daytona.
 

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If you're a small guy consider a 675 if you're not small (most S3 riders I know aren't) go S3. If comfort is a major consideration 675 has none of it S3 has more. If you want good track times, good track handling go 675 if you want power available anywhere, attitude, grunt, raw fun and showing track day boys how to do it on the road go S3. Personally it's a "no brainer" S3 is tops in almost every respect, wouldn't swop it for anything. :razz:
 

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Seems that the 675 is loosing it's appeal a little. Someone I just spoke with also said that after owning an S3 I'd miss alittle of the "low end" grunt of the larger displacement. I'm not a huge track day junky so the racing bike thing is starting to look a little idiotic, especially considering the riding position. A part from daily trips into town most of my weekend rides are 2 to 3 hour deals, the 675 might prove a bit cramped. So should I upgrade to the 1050?

Also whats the story on the GSX-R fork swap mentioned earlier?
 

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I ride an '02 S3 (bought it brand new) and test rode both the 1050 S3 and the 675 last summer when the Triumph Demo Truck was in town. I also test rode a Thruxton, but that is not applicable to this particular discussion...

The new S3 is nice, but didn't appear to me to be a much different riding experience than my '02. It felt a tiny bit snappier and the throttle response was a tad smoother, but all in all the new look alone didn't make me want to trade in my '02 for a new one.

The 675 was a completely different beast. Aggressive riding posture, ultra flickable and lightweight (like a fighter jet!). The engine just spins effortlessly and has a great howl to it - intoxicating! However, after a 15 minute test ride, my neck, wrists, back, and ankles were sore and I felt very bunched up on it (I'm 6'-3", 190lbs).

I ride my S3 similar to you - long 250-300 mile day trips in the mountains with minimal stops (I've done a couple +500 mile days on it too!) and have been in total comfort.

If you're the sort of person that has to have the new model of everything and are totally in love with the new styling of the S3, then get it. Otherwise, I'd stick with your '02...
 

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On 2007-01-26 12:55, limebone wrote:
. . . So should I upgrade to the 1050?

Also whats the story on the GSX-R fork swap mentioned earlier?
Aside from looks, the main difference between the 955 and 1050 speed triples is an upsidedown fork and a little more oomph. Someone posted a great thread a few months ago about swapping the front end for one from a Gixxer. Do a search and you'll see it's kinda involved. If you're not a track day junkie, the advantages of a USD fork are pretty much theorhetical, so it's probably more than you'd want to get into.

As for extra power, who doesn't like that? You can probably get a full exhaust system, air filter, and a dyno tuning session for less than the cost of upgrading to a new bike and be pretty close to the stock 1050. But, if money's no object, a 1050 with all that is going to be even better.

So, basically, there's no way we can answer this one for you. I'd suggest taking a demo ride and then you can judge for yourself. If you're like me, it'll light your fire and you'll write a check the next day. Or you might decide that your 955 is good enough. I don't think you can make a bad choice either way you go.
 

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here my .02.
one day outta the blue i went and test rode an 06 speedy. i fell in love with her. the next weekend i traded the sv650 for the speedy. kinda different story but a little similar :-D
 

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Thanks dml955i, thats the kind of comparison I'm looking for....Unfortunately, test riding the 1050 and 675 seems an unlikely event for me, my nearest dealership is a very small one, has limited inventory and doesn't offer test rides.
 

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ssregal39, what dealership do you do business with? hampton isn't that far from me and I spend a lot of time training (work) in the Va. Beach area. If they offer test rides it might be worth me stopping in next time I'm down that way.
 
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