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Old 08-17-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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All things Triumph Street Triple

A few months back I traded in my Triumph Scrambler on a new '09 Street Triple R. I have been so impressed and in awe of this bike and it's many talents that I was sure there must be an all encompassing Street Triple thread here in Road Warriors. My searches revealed nothing very substantial.

Therefore, I am starting this Street Triple thread to share my experiences and connect with other owners of this truly awesome bike. Are you an owner of a Streetie? Please check in here.

Here is my bike in "adventure" mode. Light touring is a hoot on her.



My Street Triple is pretty close to stock right now. In fact, this is the first bike that I have owned that I didn't feel an immediate need to "fix" some annoying niggles. There are a few here as well, but nothing too bad. Currently she has these additions:

Triumph flyscreen and R visor
Triumph seat bag (not shown)
Ventura Rack and pack

Future possible "enhancements":

Sargent saddle
Peg lowering kit (old knees)
Engine protection of some sort
I'm sure I'll add to this list over time.

The Good
Amazing 675 motor (13,000 RPM redline - yeah, I've been there )
Telepathic handling - I swear, I just think about turning and she goes
Decent suspension - On the R, anyway. I have not heard good things about the base ST suspension.
Very light weight - something I really wanted after the Scram
Very good brakes - again, upgraded on the R model
Did I mention the handling..........and that sweet sounding motor?

The So-So:

The seat isn't great, but I did 300 mile days last weekend without too much pain and suffering.
Wind protection is limited. This isn't a bother when she is in commuter and hooligan modes, a little tiring while putting on longer miles.
In hot weather my ass cooks. Still, I don't think I'll be going to a low pipe.
The bike handles packed gravel nicely, but the tires limit you quite a bit. I hit some deeper gravel over the weekend and it got real sketchy pretty quickly. There aren't a lot of options for the ST's wheel sizes. I know that is not what the bike is built for, but my exploring will always include some dirt.

That's it for now. I plan to update this thread as I get to know her better (currently at 2000 miles). I'd love to hear your experiences with the Street Triple, or help steer potential buyers to the dark side.

Cheers.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:00 PM   #2
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Another shot.

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Old 08-17-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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Congratulation on such a great bike!

Everytime I go to the dealer, always make a point to go see the Speedy and the striper...


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Old 08-18-2010, 02:02 AM   #4
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I'd love to have a ST in the stable - looks like too much fun
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:30 AM   #5
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The Llama farm shot is kinda weak.. careful your man card doesn't get suspended

I test rode the Streetie.... got scolded for repeated front wheel lofting. Great bike!
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:25 AM   #6
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Man card?
Turns out I don't need one.....being a woman and all.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:22 PM   #7
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Just ticked over 30,000 miles on my 08 Street bought new in October of 2007. Could not be more happy with my choice.



Adventure mode!


Just took her on a 5200 mile adventure as well.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:04 AM   #8
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Adventure mode!
Outstanding!
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:57 AM   #9
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Talking Enjoy my Speed Triple

OOOOPS.........this is a street triple thread, sorry. But similar bikes, just more oompf
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:51 PM   #10
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Got out for about 55 miles today...I really like it thus far, though staying below 5K rpm's is a drag....Can't wait to get to open her up a bit...

Pics promised (even though they're crappy cell phone pics...)



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Old 02-27-2011, 07:26 PM   #11
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Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

The Street Triple is got to be the nicest looking bikes currently on the market.

I didn't think I would like the gold wheels but, man........ they are growing on me.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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I didn't think I would like the gold wheels but, man........ they are growing on me.
Thanks

I'm still torn on them... I didn't think I'd like them and would be pulling them for powder coat as soon as I got home...But amazingly enough, they're growing on me too and I like the look more everytime I look at it...

I do need to figure out the bag situation though as I've got a few trips planned for the summer... I did see that Giviusa.com has added soft sidebag support racks for it to their website recently...Might just go that route as I really doubt the TT bags would look right on this bike...The fact that I emailed TT asking if they had any additional pics of them installed and they didn't makes me even more hesitant to drop that kind of coin on them....
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #13
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Thanks

I'm still torn on them... I didn't think I'd like them and would be pulling them for powder coat as soon as I got home...But amazingly enough, they're growing on me too and I like the look more everytime I look at it...

I do need to figure out the bag situation though as I've got a few trips planned for the summer... I did see that Giviusa.com has added soft sidebag support racks for it to their website recently...Might just go that route as I really doubt the TT bags would look right on this bike...The fact that I emailed TT asking if they had any additional pics of them installed and they didn't makes me even more hesitant to drop that kind of coin on them....
H&B maks a set up called the C-Bow system you may want to consider too.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:02 PM   #14
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Got out for about 55 miles today...I really like it thus far, though staying below 5K rpm's is a drag....Can't wait to get to open her up a bit...

Pics promised (even though they're crappy cell phone pics...)


I have to admit a fair bit of "skimming the edge" on the 5k limit... so hard getting time to ride in this cold weather in colorado, that sticking to 5k for the few times I get to is difficult. I do my best though.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:56 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info and pics on the C-Bow system, Rich. Looks very good and fits the bike.

Here is a link to a recent trip I took with my STR. I love this bike!

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...c,64210.0.html

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