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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Speed Twin vs. Street Triple R

Has anyone here ridden both of these? Putting looks aside--the Speed Twin wins there, IMO--how does Speed Twin compare to the Street Triple R in terms of handling and general performance?
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Mate they are two very different bikes for different needs.

I went from the street triple to a street twin, the performance and handling of the stripple was much better, but I enjoy the ride of the twin much more. I have made some mods to improve performance and handling but it is still not in the stripples level. If you look at the speed twins performance stats that will probably not be either.

Horses for courses, had my triple for 6 years from new and loved it. Had my twin for 8 months now and loving it.

For my riding needs the twin wins every time, maybe take a test ride of both and see how you feel after that.

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Mate they are two very different bikes for different needs.

I went from the street triple to a street twin, the performance and handling of the stripple was much better, but I enjoy the ride of the twin much more. I have made some mods to improve performance and handling but it is still not in the stripples level. If you look at the speed twins performance stats that will probably not be either.

Horses for courses, had my triple for 6 years from new and loved it. Had my twin for 8 months now and loving it.

For my riding needs the twin wins every time, maybe take a test ride of both and see how you feel after that.
Thank you for the response. Out of curiosity, what made you want to make the switch? I've read several posts on here where people switched from the stripple to a bonneville. Many of them said that the stripple often made them feel like they weren't really having fun unless they were exceeding the speed limit. Is that how you felt? Also, do you miss the acceleration at all?
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I read bike magazine here in the uk, in a recent issue they showed how these two bikes compare.. the speed twin has less power but more torque, the triple has more power, less torque.. they worked out the thrust the motors have per gear, the speed twin has more than the triple up to around 80ish mph, so for normal riding the twin will be faster
And why more people enjoy riding twins is because of the relaxed position on the bike, slight forward lean, straight arms, nice soundtrack, compared to a triple, hunched over, leaning on wrists makes you need to go fast to keep the weight off
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I read bike magazine here in the uk, in a recent issue they showed how these two bikes compare.. the speed twin has less power but more torque, the triple has more power, less torque.. they worked out the thrust the motors have per gear, the speed twin has more than the triple up to around 80ish mph, so for normal riding the twin will be faster
And why more people enjoy riding twins is because of the relaxed position on the bike, slight forward lean, straight arms, nice soundtrack, compared to a triple, hunched over, leaning on wrists makes you need to go fast to keep the weight off
Interesting, especially considering the Triple is quite a bit lighter. If that magazine is correct about that, it would appear that Speed Twin is a superior around-town bike. Kind of the way, IMO, these nakeds (e.g., MT-09/10, Duke 790, Street Triple, etc.) are superior to supersports.
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yeah apples to oranges I think
and the triple no doubt handles better and is faster overall
but in normal riding conditions the speed 2 is awesome in my opinion and feels plenty fast- like really powerful
the mid RPM torque is strong and the bike is easy to ride
I have and have had LOTs of bikes and 160 HP KTM etc
and the speed 2 feels more fun and not tiring either
ride one and see
one of my favorite bikes to ride for just beating around is my 73 Honda CB 350 twin--wow so easy and fun
the speed twin makes me feel like that with 3 times the power, better suspension, powerful brakes and modern day ABS etc
did I mention its easy to ride--nice seat height, not too heavy or tall :-)
plenty of great bikes out there today- plenty--but this one is good rider
I wouldn't take it on LONG touring- but thats not what its meant for
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Another interesting factor here between the two bikes is monthly costs at least in my age bracket and location. Insurance costs for a new street triple R were literally double as they were for my Speed Twin.

That was a factor for me. I wanted something sporty but not committed like the Thruxton. Was also looking to get away from chrome and spiked wheels. I’d been starting to consider the triple but then they came out with the speed that check nearly every check box at a good price point. Due to the insurance I never bothered testing the street triple.
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Asking the question on the ‘water cooled twins’ section of the forum gets you the opinion that the twin is ‘better’ - ask it again on the Street Triple section and see what they tell you!

The bikes are very different, and designed for different uses and different customers. Which one is better (for your use) will depend entirely on how you feel after a road test on each of them. And it may well come down to whether you prefer the ‘brapp’ of a twin or the ‘howl’ of a triple. You will have a ball finding out.
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Interesting, especially considering the Triple is quite a bit lighter. If that magazine is correct about that, it would appear that Speed Twin is a superior around-town bike. Kind of the way, IMO, these nakeds (e.g., MT-09/10, Duke 790, Street Triple, etc.) are superior to supersports.
Having owned both, the speed twins center of gravity feels a lot lower than the triple. The speed twin actually feels lighter to me, I'm not sure what it's like on the 765 but definitely compared to the 675.

The speed twin feels less refined but it is so much fun. It accelerates harder than the triple and feels lighter than most bikes on the road. It really depends on what you want from your bike, if you feel the need to ride it like a sports bike through the twisties get a triple and if you want a bike that feels like you're hooning at street legal speeds, get a twin.

The only major gripe that I have with the speed twin is that I feel the seat is inadequate for the amount of power it has. If you give the bike plenty of throttle, you're constantly battling against sliding off the back with the more relaxed peg position and bench seat. I'll end up getting a new seat as soon as some decent cafe racer seats come out that aren't hideous like the corbin options.

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Having owned both, the speed twins center of gravity feels a lot lower than the triple. The speed twin actually feels lighter to me, I'm not sure what it's like on the 765 but definitely compared to the 675.

The speed twin feels less refined but it is so much fun. It accelerates harder than the triple and feels lighter than most bikes on the road. It really depends on what you want from your bike, if you feel the need to ride it like a sports bike through the twisties get a triple and if you want a bike that feels like you're hooning at street legal speeds, get a twin.

The only major gripe that I have with the speed twin is that I feel the seat is inadequate for the amount of power it has. If you give the bike plenty of throttle, you're constantly battling against sliding off the back with the more relaxed peg position and bench seat. I'll end up getting a new seat as soon as some decent cafe racer seats come out that aren't hideous like the corbin options.
I think the Corbin cafe seat could look ok with the right materials and colors used. I’d buy one in a heartbeat if I had the money, only because the stock seat kills me after an hour or so.
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