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Old 10-18-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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next bike after Honda ST1100..?

ok, so I rode my ST1100 on the Blue Ridge Pkwy a few weekends ago and had a blast!


My only other bike was a 85 Magna 700, and I am just now starting to push the ST in the curves..


The ST1100 pulls like my old 5.0 mustang, torque from idle all the way up. I stayed in 2 or 3rd gear most of the way. I loved it but the bike is top heavy and 635dry/700#'s wet. I think it may be more tour than sport..?
I'm really liking the looks of the Triumph ST Sprint 02-04'. I've read the 3 cylinder has a broad mid-range power band, so I'm hoping it will still be as torquey while offering a sportier ride? Also hoping to keep an up-right riding position.


What are you thoughts? I know, ride one!.. but I was wondering what the best sport / tour options were in the $3-4,000 range?



(also like the looks & sounds of the speed triple but I think I want a windscreen)
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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Any of the SV line? I know, I know, recommend your own bike. BUT, they come in a variety of configurations; when I got mine it was tricked out for sport touring. Tons of cheap fun. I hear the SV1000 has gravity problems with the front wheel.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply.
the ST1100 owner actually had a SV650 he like me ride.
very nimble bike, but I wanted something with a little more grunt.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:53 PM   #4
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Vfr800.. not as upright as the St though.

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Old 10-18-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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VFR 800 if you are flush with cash, GSX 1250 FA (the one with the full fairings) if you are skint.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #6
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Sprint is very sporty. Even with bar raiser blocks, it won't be anywhere close to ST1100 upright. The big triple fas a torque as flat as the west texas plateau, and about as wide, though. Had an 09 Sprint ST, and now ride a 13 S3R.

SV1k is even more of a torque monster. I have an 07. But the riding position is also not upright.

Still, at $3-4k, your best bet for an upright locomotive-size torque with good wind protection is the 1250 Bandit.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #7
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If your thinking about the ST1300 put the FJR1300 on the table too. I had an ST for a couple of seasons but swapped it out for the FJR 70,000 miles ago. ST is smoother but the FJR is a much better performer. IMO.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:20 PM   #8
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:54 AM   #9
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Vstrom 1000. Ignore what it looks like. It has a 100hp V twin, stout frame, good to excellent weather protection and an upright riding position. In the $3-4,000 range, nothing else comes close to the flexibility of the big Strom.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:54 AM   #10
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FJR1300. The characteristics you admire in the ST1100 are amplified in the FJR. Grunt, reliability, long service intervals and better odds to lose your license.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #11
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FJR or you may like a FZ1 (FJR Light) after doing some ergonomic mods for comfort, or the new FZ09.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #12
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FJR1300. The characteristics you admire in the ST1100 are amplified in the FJR. Grunt, reliability, long service intervals and better odds to lose your license.
I'm with ya there... I just sold my ST1100 of 5 yrs and I'm now on an '05 FJR. The ST weight was not an issue but the FJR is lighter and def has more zing in the engine dept which is what I think I was missing. Loved the ST and it worked great for my all-weather commuting but I was simply ready for something else. Connie 14 might the next bike but that is a few years away.
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:26 AM   #13
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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura...a great all round sport touring bike. Be prepared to do much of your own maintenance as dealers are rare. Fabulous forum at AF1 Racing. Best bike I've ever owned!
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