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Why, why must I suffer like this? The Italians just put a MAJOR shot across our bow, and what is our response? While I think my 955i is one of the classiest road bikes out there, it is difficult to see little ol' Ducati winning WSB and producing road bikes like this for under 15k. Ok, Ok, I'll go a couple more years learning how to properly ride a sport bike (and let Ducati work out the bugs) but my next bike......?

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Well that is one stunning bike, but I still say the reliability and maintenance factor rules it out and keeps our 955's ahead for now. I figure Triumph will have part of 07 to do something before a small portion of their market share starts to jump ship. I bought the 06 955 because it was the last year and figure to get a few good years out of it and after that hope Triumph has come up with a new version of the big one. If not, I don't know what I'll buy. I don't like the ST, the S3 just isn't my type of bike and a 675 is to high strung for my style, besides I don't think they are made to last beyond 12-15k miles. Brooksie, I'm with ya here....BIG BIKE, BIG BIKE, BIG BIKE, BIG BIKE.
 

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Brooksie, the model you just post is around 20K, that is the S model. I saw it at the show on Saturday. That is the only way to get that color. the cheaper one only comes in red at this time. I aske dthe Duc guy and they were still debating on yellow or black as a 2nd color.
 

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I don't think they are going to leave that market untapped for long. I'm glad they re-designed the Tiger but it's a double edged sword for me. I wouldn't really be interested in that style of bike. At least not at this point in my life but I do think that this new Tiger will sell. Couple that with excellent sales on the 675 and the new S3 and Triumph can hopefully save enough scrill to do the R&D for the new Daytona.

I'm thinking a couple of years at most and we'll have our next big bore Daytona. Maybe as soon as next year but only time will tell.
 

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I agree-I love my Daytona and think it is more than enough for me to learn large bore sport bikes. It has PLENTY of power, looks great and handles like a dream. Being 50 years old, I don't have a lot of time to wait for Triumph when I go for that hyer bike in a couple of years. Fivehundo is right-hang in there with this perfectly great 955i and wait for the real deal. Sure, Ducati has a knock on reliability and HIGH maintenance cost, if you can find a dealer. But dang, that is a cool looking bike and the spec is awesome. I'd settle for a red for 15k, 160 hp and -400 lbs. But I am Triumph true and will wait!
 

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N.B. the model you have pictured here is the Tricolore, which costs $24,995.

The base 1098 is $14,995 and makes 160hp. The midline model is the 1098S at $19,995.

Also, Ducati has cut its' required maintenance by about 50% for model year 2007 and above compared to M.Y. 2006 and below.

In my experience here, the newer Ducatis are reliable as long as they are correctly maintained by someone who knows what they are doing, and aren't kept outside uncovered all year round.



On 2006-12-12 16:32, Brooksie wrote:
[ This message was edited by: Stiles on 2006-12-12 19:30 ]
 

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Agreed-most bikes are only as good as its owner treats it. Didn't know about the staggered pricing, but regardless-these are pretty cool bikes. A 160hp Daytona would certainly get my attention.

Brembo brakes and Showa suspension is nice on the 1098. Triumph suspension stock is not too shabby at all, in comparison. Brakes and springs on the Daytona are very good. Oh well, it's winter in Chicago and new bikes warm things up!

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I think the best deal going from Ducati right now is that 695 Monster. They bumped the maintainence schedule back on that one and it's still fairly reasonable in cost (for a Ducati, anyway).
 

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I really like that 695. If I hadn't done so much work to my Bonnie, I could've bougth one AND a Bonnie. That 695 spec is really great for a town bike and curve carving.
 

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After seeing and sitting on an '07 Sprint ST ABS in black, my tears are drying! Absolutely great bike! A new Daytona will be worth the wait, and if it never happens, I'll get a nice Sprint.
 

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What ever color you choose, that's a good lookng machine. I have faith though that Triumph will come out with something. They have to be able to hold their heads up high.
 

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No doubt. Plus the bikes are so well made. Triumph doesn't run the brand names up the flag pole, but they use top notch brakes and suspension on their stuff, well except Bonneville suspension.
 

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I'll admit that I showed a pic of this bike to my wife this evening while we were driving.

This bike reminded me of the summer I rode a demo Ducati 750SS on a few trips. It was rated at something like 80hp but went through curves like it was on rails. If it weren't so painful on straight-roads I probably would have bought one.

Regardless, my reaction to this bike has been different than the three Daytona machines I've owned; and the Daytona675 I never bought. As previously mentioned, maintenance was a major issue a few years ago, it will be interesting to see if this new Ducati will be more reliable - because there's no doubt it will sell in big numbers.

My hope is the next big-bore Daytona Triumph comes out with will be able to combat it.

I'm in Oklahoma City this evening, and will try to find out some more tomorrow afternoon.
 

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Yes there is nothing prettier than a fresh Ducati for stimulation but a Ducati is a Ducati and a Triumph is a Triumph. You know where Triumph well be at night, it won't pick a fight with you and everyone lusts after it.
Keep some pictures of the Duck in the loo to look at but always remember your Triumph gets as wild as you can handle and it doesn't stay away for weeks on end hanging out half undressed at a motorcycle shop leaving you to wait for some greasy fingered guy to call you and tell you you can have her back if you can cough up enough dough. And you know she will do it again. Maybe tomorrow maybe next year but you know she'll do it again. And then one day you'll be broke and she'll be gone. Then you break down and cry and wish to God you had your Trumpet back and had never set eyes on Italian tramp. You'll end up on a Harley watching the world pass you by with some women on the back who thinks the world wants to see her breasts but she's 35 years too late.

I could go on but I'm overdo for my medication.
 

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I echo Brooksie's sentiments and circumstances. At age 50, I want at least one more big ass rocket before I can't ride anymore like such a bike demands---- both on the track and roads like the Dragon. If Triumph doesn't come up with a new one by '08, model year, I 'll be shopping. May get another Trumpet like the Scrambler just to remain loyal though.
 

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Mosby-that's why I'm keeping the Bonneville: for old age pottering around. Although I'm getting her punched up to a 904cc with cmas, so at least I can go to the corner CVS for Depends with some haste. I love and 955i and plan on taking a few LONG trips on her, starting this spring. When that wonderlust is over, I'll look ot upgrade with a street rocket. Probably '09 model year. Hopefully Triumph will have all the bugs worked out of a newbig Daytona by then.
 

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That Duc sure is purty! BTW- i was watching "On Demand" on my cable box the other day, and they have a series of free shows pertaining to motorcycles. One of the segments was on valve jobs for a Ducati Desmo. I have always heard horror stories about these things, but from what the video showed....wasn't a big deal. Of course, that is if you have the proper tools lying about!

Anyway, I, like everyone else here, am waiting with baited breath for the next incarnation of the Daytona. If they don't bring one out in the next few years, I think I'll get a BMW GS or a Tiger and start adventure touring maybe.

PLEASE, TRIUMPH, MAKE ME A BIG-BOY 'TONA SO I DON'T HAVE TO BUY A BEEMER!!!!!! :cool:
 

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See BIKE magazine from November: "Is Triumph the NEW Ducati?". Maybe better. Much broader product range that includes cruisers, sport touring, hyper sport, posing trials (Scrambler) and posing dual-purpose (Tiger). All of the bikes have good to great performance and a character no one else can claim.
 
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