T100 vs. Street Twin as a 1st Motorcycle - Page 2 - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
 40Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 09:11 PM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: T100 LC
Senior Member
 
Simon64ds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SussexCoast - UK
Posts: 682
Other Motorcycle: Street Triple R
Quote:
Originally Posted by franklin838 View Post
@Simon64ds That's a beauty also! Yours?
Yes. I’m hopeful that it will be the last motorcycle I buy. My first brand new bike was a Triumph Bonneville T120 in 1970. I rather thought I would like a T120 so my riding career has come ‘full circle’. In the event I much preferred the T100 so I bought that instead. I call it ‘Percy’ after Percy Tait the original development rider of the early Bonnies.
franklin838 likes this.
Simon64ds is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 09:30 PM
SuperStock
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Bonneville T100
Senior Member
 
DesertBum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Tucson AZ USA
Posts: 252
Other Motorcycle: Prev. TigerXCX, Tiger abs
@Simon64ds , yes a beauty, virtually like mine, color and all, or at least how it came home from the dealer. A few more farkles now. Hope it will be my last one too 😎.

As to the OP, remember he said he's a new rider and will be his first bike. As such he's unlikely for some time to truly appreciate any performance differences between the SS and T100. It took me several years and bikes before I really did.
Simon64ds and franklin838 like this.
DesertBum is offline  
post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 10:26 PM
Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2017 T100 blue/white
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 29
Other Motorcycle: 2002 xt225
Extra Motorcycle: 1997 BMW F650
I was considering the Street Twin, T100, T120, money wasn't really an issue, and also bought a blue T100. I liked a lot about a street twin on the spec sheet, but it certainly had a cheaper feel to it than the T100. Most importantly, the street twin just felt too tiny for me (maybe not an issue for new riders), even the T100 feels very small to me. I'm not tall at all (5-9 at most), just used to mountain bikes and tall motorcycles. So it is a personal preference, either is a fine bike.
rsturm is offline  
 
post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
Minitwins
Main Motorcycle: 2018 Street Twin
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posts: 20
@rsturm Thanks for the insight. I think one day I might consider a T120. Being a new rider I'm not sure what is too much or too little bike for me yet. Hey, I see your in Santa Monica, any preference or insight on the local Triumph dealers?
franklin838 is offline  
post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 11:20 PM
Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2017 T100 blue/white
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 29
Other Motorcycle: 2002 xt225
Extra Motorcycle: 1997 BMW F650
Go on the internet and get a quote, then go to the store. Anything else is going to be a ridiculous hassle with commissioned sales staff trying to get you doing something stupid. I tried, walked out of all stores, including the one I eventually bought it from, in Culver City.
So e-mail, get a quote in writing. Then go to whatever store it is, Long Beach, Brea, Culver City that gives you a reasonable response and you usually deal directly with a senior manager. No different for cars as I have found out over the years. It's the "internet sales" or "fleet sales", get your quote by e-mail, no haggling with commissioned sales people, and even after all the junk fees and CA taxes is less than MSRP this time of year. Of course, that assumes you are ready to pay cash, may not be applicable with financing or trade-in. I had an aggravating experience in Culver City initially in person. Then, getting in touch by e-mail (to complain) and getting a quote that way worked out just fine and buying was painless. Then, well, they'll fleece you on first service again, but eventually you'll do oil changes yourself and find an independent shop for complicated stuff after the warranty period.
Why is buying such an ugly experience? Maybe because motorcycle sales have been declining and everybody is struggling. But by making shopping and servicing so unpleasant, dealers are just fighting over a shrinking pie rather than increasing it. Maybe not all dealers, I know one Moto-Guzzi/Kawasaki dealer where the experience wasn't too bad - almost made me buy a Moto-Guzzi despite wanting a Triumph.
franklin838 likes this.

Last edited by rsturm; 12-01-2017 at 11:40 PM.
rsturm is offline  
post #16 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
Minitwins
Main Motorcycle: 2018 Street Twin
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posts: 20
@rsturm Thank you! I’ve been reading all the horror reviews and have been trying to figure the best strategy to not get reamed on my first ride.

Last edited by franklin838; 12-02-2017 at 01:28 AM.
franklin838 is offline  
post #17 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 03:41 AM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: T100 LC
Senior Member
 
Simon64ds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SussexCoast - UK
Posts: 682
Other Motorcycle: Street Triple R
Wow! It sounds a truly miserable experience buying a bike ‘over there’. Should be one of the happiest days of your life, not a ‘fight’ to not get shafted. Y’all have my sympathy.
franklin838 likes this.
Simon64ds is offline  
post #18 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 03:56 AM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: T100 LC
Senior Member
 
Simon64ds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SussexCoast - UK
Posts: 682
Other Motorcycle: Street Triple R
@DesertBum , yes, the T100 is a wonderful bike for the right person. Percy has a few bits added, but nothing that shows too much. Heated grips (essential in the U.K.) centre stand (essential on any chain drive bike) comfort seat (essential for my tired old ass) Ohlins shocks (essential if you want to enjoy ‘spirited’ riding on bad roads) and the nylon panniers (essential if you want to carry anything along with you).

The 39 tooth rear sprocket arrived yesterday and is waiting to be fitted, along with the cast wheels and tubeless Avons ..

The TEC cam is on pre - order. And then I’m done. Riding off into the sunset like Roy Rogers and Trigger.
Simon64ds is offline  
post #19 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 07:59 AM
Powerbike
Main Motorcycle: 2014 Bonneville
Senior Member
 
ClassicVW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Posts: 346
Other Motorcycle: Vespa 250GTS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simon64ds View Post
Wow! It sounds a truly miserable experience buying a bike ‘over there’. Should be one of the happiest days of your life, not a ‘fight’ to not get shafted. Y’all have my sympathy.
Yes it can be a real stress inducing experience. Maybe I've been lucky, but my motorcycle purchases have been less stressful than my car purchases.

Car salesmen- now there's a well deserved label of scum. In many instances, not all.
franklin838 likes this.

"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why" -Mark Twain
ClassicVW is offline  
post #20 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 08:06 AM
Powerbike
Main Motorcycle: 2014 Bonneville
Senior Member
 
ClassicVW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Posts: 346
Other Motorcycle: Vespa 250GTS
If you don't feel any love from your local dealerships, There are dealers that are honest and will deal with you over the internet or phone and ship the bike to you.

There's a current thread discussion around here that mentions National Powersports in New Hampshire. A poster or two have mentioned that even after adding the shipping cost they beat every other dealer they went to.
franklin838 likes this.

"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why" -Mark Twain
ClassicVW is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
All posts must adhere to Forum Rules

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Added the Vance & Hines exhaust to my Street Twin Scrambler900 Water Cooled Twins Talk 84 04-19-2019 07:27 AM
Street Twin wheels on T100? triumph900 Water Cooled Twins Talk 26 09-05-2018 08:23 AM
Street Twin High Level Exhaust on T100? Teejayee Water Cooled Twins Talk 0 02-15-2017 12:40 PM
Riding 2 up on a Street Cup, Twin, T100 at highway speed kdogg937 Water Cooled Twins Talk 6 01-14-2017 10:17 AM
Street Twin vs T120, objectively measure the subjective bitshifter Air Cooled Twins Talk 55 02-20-2016 04:55 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome