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why is it that t.955.net includes the MIGHTY RS in '"sport bikes " while at this site we are lumped together with the sprint "touring crowd " i for one don't give a rats ass how many helmets can be stuffed in "panniers".the RS has more affinity with the s3 crowd,i vote we RS owners move to a FORUM SITE more intrested in sport than "touring" .what say you ?
 

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I guess because the RS came from the basis of the 955i ST powerplant and frame as opposed to the S3, T595 and Daytona that have a different frame and more ponies.

FWIW I am very happy being pidgeon holed here but do visit the other side every so often to see what is going on.

As an information based enquiry I always look here first appreciating that the knowledge base here is friendly, fantastic and fact based (not that the other side isn't).

My $0.02 worth - at least it won't have depreciated today as the markets are closed! :(
 

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We have been down this road a few times already and the general consensus always comes back to keeping the ST & RS forums together.

The reasons for this usually boil down to:

1. The fact that the two bikes are very similar, so in talking about one you are often talking about the other.

2. Not many RS's were sold world wide, so a separate RS forum would be a little quiet.

3. We are all in this together and I for one don't want to create yet another divide. The RS owners I have come to know, are a colourful bunch and I'm still looking to become one of them via a black RS with a TOR can. (if anyone happens to see one that needs a loving home...)
 

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Oh RS - You are on my wish list as well....

Black 04 with the SSSA. Sigh.

Along with:
04 Sprint ST
02-04 S3
1999-2002 Ducati Monster
1959 Velocette Venom Clubman.....

Did I miss any? I am sure I can find some more.

FWIW, I am glad the RS guys are tagged in amongst the Sprints.
 

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Hi johnO,
the guys pretty much have your question nailed with all the right answers.

If you think all ST riders are concerned with how can a helmut fit in a Triumph pannier then please peruse both my albums and engage in a the tyre porn!:D

The fact is the RS is almost identical to the Sprint ST, the differences are far less between the RS and Sprint ST than say an RS and Daytona 955 which has a 147hp engine and totally different frame, suspension etc.

In truth the Sprint RS is really a sporty looking Sprint ST with a few very minor changes.

So for all the previous reasons and mine also it makes much more sense to us here to keep both the Sprints together.:)

They are more the same than they are different.:eek:

And a Merry Christmas to you johnO

cheers,
DaveM:cool:
 

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Black SSSA RS........yes!!!!

I just wish I got to ride it more............................

then again, in 10 years it might STILL be under 15K miles............!!!!!!
 

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Well said Beach !
Very similar bikes. & ....................... Without the Sprint ST there wouldnt be a site atall. :D:(.:p
Happy Christmass to ALL Triumph (& others) riders.
Ride safe for 2009 too.
Chris
 

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I love my RS for its sporting and touring (especially with hard cases!) ability, and certainly agree with JohnO that it's a great bike. However, Beach and DaveM nailed it for me too. I see no need for a separate forum, and would priobably not have bought mine if I hadn't found this group of helpful ST and RS fans.I recently decided that I liked the RS so much that I couldn't trade her for a 1050ST even though I really wanted one. Instead, I decided to keep it and bought her some company in the form of an Aprilia Falco. Both are wonderful bikes, and although probably best described as "sport tourers", so different.
 

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Black SSSA RS........yes!!!!

I just wish I got to ride it more............................

then again, in 10 years it might STILL be under 15K miles............!!!!!!

You big TEASE!!!
 

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Actually, I like the fact that the RS is lumped together more with the ST than with the Daytona (especially by the insurance companies!).

But I agree, with the comment about the RS being and ST with more of a sporting attitude. I also like the fact that since you've got ST and RS owners lumped into one group, there's more of a sharing of the information (in respect to mod, upgrades, recalls... the whole kit and kaboodle). Just seems to work out for the best, for everyone.

Happy Holidays everyone! Be safe out there! :cool:
 

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The riding position says "sport" but the gas tank shape and capacity, coupled with the wheelbase, say "tourer." It really is a great way to go. I wonder if they sold better across the pond, as semi-faired bikes, with a few notable exceptions, don't seem to do well here.

I suspect the R1100S/R1200S were slow sellers over here, and I'm sure the R1200ST was. I test-rode the R1200ST, and found it nearly perfect, but wasn't in the market for a new bike at the time. It seems that most Americans really like to sit upright when they tour, the ignorant sods.
 

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To be fair to our American cousins, is their preference for an upright position not due to the fact that, for most of them, touring involves vast distances on long, straight roads where comfort is more important than the dynamic advantage of the "racing crouch"? I always assumed that the Harley Davidson and chopper styles evolved from that type of riding.
 

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To be fair to our American cousins, is their preference for an upright position not due to the fact that, for most of them, touring involves vast distances on long, straight roads where comfort is more important than the dynamic advantage of the "racing crouch"? I always assumed that the Harley Davidson and chopper styles evolved from that type of riding.
Probably. But "the crouch" is actually pretty comfortable, IMHO. Although for eating miles, my GS is pretty swell ... .
 

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Black SSSA RS........yes!!!!

I just wish I got to ride it more............................

then again, in 10 years it might STILL be under 15K miles............!!!!!!
Twins! If we showed up at a ride we'd give Calliway a fit :D

Anyway, I'm for keeping the RS with the ST, for the similarities... I start here, and pop over to the S3 and Daytona areas for ideas or comic relief :rolleyes:
 

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To be fair to our American cousins, is their preference for an upright position not due to the fact that, for most of them, touring involves vast distances on long, straight roads where comfort is more important than the dynamic advantage of the "racing crouch"? I always assumed that the Harley Davidson and chopper styles evolved from that type of riding.
Hey Cousin! Am I in the will! LOL

But seriously, I believe that you may be on to something there. IMHO, cruisers have played a pretty big part in America's motorcycle history. I mean with most of the motorcycle culture in the movies displayed as cruiser types (here's a list: http://mipgsun.mipg.upenn.edu/~grevera/bike/movies.html). With movies like "Easy Rider", "Hellcats", "Freebird" and who can forget the classic 1990 cult film "I bought a Vampire Motorcycle" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bought-Vampire-Motorcycle-Neil-Morrissey/dp/B00B64VS0 or http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097550/) it seems that America, if not the world, has been told that cruisers are the preferred method of travel... at least for covering vast distances.

I swapped bikes with my neighbor and rode his Varadero 1000 (http://www.motorbikestoday.com/reviews/Articles/hon_varadero.htm) for around an hour, and I have to admit, it had me looking at the enduro class in a completely different light. So who knows, there might be a Tiger in my distant future. Comfy as all get out! But turns were spooky vague, if that even makes sense. I had the feeling that I could lean her way further over than the Sprint, but I also had the feelig that when I hit the pucker factor mark, there would be no chance of bringing this one back alive.

Bikes like the Sprints (both RS and ST) as well as numerous other sport-touring bikes are a completely seperate breed. Sure, BMW, Ducati and a whole bunch of other companies make sport-tourers. But the truth of the mater is, that everybody's got a different mix. My feeling is that for those of us that want to have a little bit more (super) sport in the sport touring package are riding Triumphs. Why? Because we figured out that sport riding doesn't have to be like a hard ride on a stiff board to be enjoyable. The Sprints scratch that itch, very well. I really can't see going anywhere else from here... except on to an ST. But at the same time, I wouldn't mind having a larger capacity garage to fit more dedicated steeds. But still, the long and short of if would be the Sprint. It just does everything way too well! So since I can only have one bike right now, I'm exactly where I want to be. :cool:
 
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