Looking to add some excitement ...speed or street triple?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by trapperj, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    Ok...so I'm 51.. Decent shape. 6'1" 185 ...spend most my time riding between a R1200 GS..(cam head) and a Husquvarna TR650 Strada. I have a little space in the garage and kinda like the look of the new triples from Triumph. Had a 07 triumph tiger 1050 and fell in lust with that motor. One of the few bikes I regret selling

    . I am spoiled somewhat by the upright riding position of the GS & TR..but am looking for a little excitement ...maybe even will do a track day or two...my question is will I be as happy with the street triple...or wishing I'd bought the speed triple every time I through a leg over. I have other rides to choose if I need to stretch out..from sitting on the bikes in my mind I can justify both..but need to pick one or maybe forget this and look somewhere else...other than Triumph.

    What I need is a shrink...ok so what's your thoughts...would I be happy with the 675R...or lose my a$$ and be looking to trade it in on the 1050 in a week or two? I'd like to hear what you have to say...
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  2. buck80mph

    buck80mph "Power Junkie"

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    I own a '11 Speed 3. The fun factor is great. It has great low end grunt. I can hang the front tire from a walking pace with just the throttle (no clutch). I've never rode the street 3, but what I've read about them is that they need to "REV" to generate it's power. Probably not a negative but just a difference....
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  3. Blue&Yellow

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    I've ridden both and they're both fantastic.

    Every version of the street triple is a blast.

    The old versions of the speed triple are great fun and have great engines but the chassi on the newest speed triple is in another league.

    So I would get either a street triple or the newest version speed triple.

    My personal choice would be the Street Triple R - it has the better suspension, is light and nimble, has over 100bhp. Frankly - it's enough for anyone.

    Here in europe the street triple has won pretty much every group test there is, bike of the year etc etc. If you want a bit of excitement you can't go wrong with a street triple.
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  4. DAKEZ

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    The 675R is the best kept secret in the motorcycle world. It is happy everywhere! It is fun to the extreme!

    The Speed Triple is more of a hooligan bike (but a polite one) that is always trying to save the front tire for another day. It is aptly named "Speed":deal
    As I see it, on the Speed Triple you always find yourself behind another vehicle... As soon as you get past it VOOM... There you are behind another one.

    They both have that delightful sound that only a triple can bring. If at all possible go ride both bikes. Ride ones that have been broken in so you can experience the musical scale type of power delivery through the whole spectrum.

    At 6'4" I am too tall for the Street... At 6'1" you are at the cusp.

    You can NOT make a bad choice here. Be sure to let us all know which you choose...With some follow-up.
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  5. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys for the quick detailed response. A few years ago I wouldn't have considered the smaller of the two...always buying into bigger is better. In the past couple of years I've lost about 80lbs...so smaller bikes call my name as tney did when in high school. I am going to a dealer this weekend that has both...and hope to bring one home. Buying a new bike is a blast....a lot of the fun is the chase...and the decision...again...thanks for the help.
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    Agreed. I rode both before buying a Street Triple R. The Speed had just a little more low-end torque, but the Street revs up so fast you'll never notice. That motor is the best I've ever seen/heard/been on. On the other hand, you *will* notice the Speed's weight.

    I'm very glad I got the Street, and I would definitely get the R: it's only a little more money for a lot more suspension.
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  7. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    Exactly the nudge I was looking for. I reckon at 51 years old my insurance won't be awful either way...but the 675 is better there too I bet. I am excited and now have to decide which color? Decisions ...oh well. Not a bad place to be really.

    Thanks again!
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  8. YJake

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    :ear

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  9. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I know it's considered heresy to not like a Speed Triple. Sort of like not liking the Beatles.

    But the Speed Trip is a pig. A pig with lots of power, but a pig nonetheless.

    The Street Trip is sublime. Maybe the perfect non-touring motorcycle.
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  11. swimmer

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    FWIW, there is a 2012 street triple in FM for sale. Not mine.
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  12. buck80mph

    buck80mph "Power Junkie"

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    Sure it's a pig compared to a "lil" CBR250! I went from a zx12r to a S3. The S3 is a scaple with ample power compared to the zx12. The Zx12 is a pig with lots of power... This scenario goes on and on and on etc..... yawn and on and on....
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  13. sweetwater

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    I like both bikes, but I think I'd gravitate to the Street, in white if a 2013!
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  14. jamboa

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    If U think the Speed Triple is a Pig wonder what you would think of my B King set up as a sport tourer? Surprise it handles well in the twisties! I wish I could ride a Street. i have heard so much about them. trapper you need to see if the dealer has a Street and Speed demos to check both out. The 11 up triple is no Pig in the handling but with the less weight of the Street it ought to handle even better. I had an 06 Speedie and it was fun but I felt like I was riding on top of the bike instead of in the bike. i rather the feel of in the bike. Just me.
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  15. Blue&Yellow

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    I've ridden both the new and old speed triple and they're very different bikes but I would never call either a pig!

    The old bike you kind of steer from the rear. The suspension is a little bit on the soft side and it's kind of a "sunday-drivish" version of a hooligan bike with a cracking engine if that makes any sense at all.

    The new Speed Triple is more focused and feels more like a modern Ducati Monster - there is significantly more weight over the front end and also much better feels for what's going on. It's still not super, super planted when pushing through long sweeping corners compared to something like a Fireblade - but then I've only ridden the stock Speed Triple and not the Speed Triple R. I imagine that the R bike would have everything 100% sorted.
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  16. Tunderpants

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    You can remove a significant amount of weight off the newer Speed Triple by simply going to an after market slip on. The stock pipe is big, heavy and high on the tail end. Comp Werkes makes a small one that is said to be a huge improvement (under $400) that I'm looking at. That being said, the handling is already outstanding in my opinion. I've only ridden liter bikes and above though.
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  17. BryonLewis

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    Fellow B-Kinger here, those side pod's throw off a lot of people. They assume it is heavier because of the looks. You're looking (per Suzuki's Site) a weight of 573lbs for a 2012 Hayabusa (don't know if wet or dry, assume wet). The King is 526 dry. The illusion is caused by the Busa being 28.9" wide and the b-king being 31".

    I've always liked the triples and would love to have one. Only issue is the lack of close by dealer support for them around me. Going solely by looks I like what appears to be the more humpbacked tank of the speed triple.
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  18. trapperj

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    All good points..thanks. I don't have dealer support for most of the bikes I own. The big local dealer with all the euro bikes went belly up in the summer. Rumor has it someone else is going to open up but who knows?? I usually avoid the dealer at all cost (except for warranty) anyways.

    Knoxville is not a metropolis ...but having to drive to a smaller city for a dealer seems kinda nuts....110 plus miles to nearest BMW,Husquvarna, Triumph dealer.....KTM is 150 miles away for full on street bike service. Looking tomorrow in Kingsport...then riding over to Asheville. I phoned the Ashville dealer and asked about the street r...told them I was riding over. They said they "might" find time to unbox a 2013 so I can have a look...:puke1

    Of course maybe they don't want it to sell....?
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  19. JeffPM

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    I have a Street Triple R and LOVE IT! It is the most fun street bike I have ever owned. In fact, I'm surprised I haven't lost my license yet (knock on wood). I'm 5'11" and 165 and the bike fits me well. I've done a few track days with it and plan several more this year. Light and flickable. Power-wise you get enough of both worlds, and the sound of the bike when you're start pushing 10k is intoxicating.

    I did test drive both the Speed and Street (this was several years ago), and for me I liked the Street better.

    Good luck with your decision, buying a new bike is always fun.
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  20. Dankarnov

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    I have a '12 Speedie and can confirm that the sensation another poster mentioned of constantly being stuck behind another car is 100% true. On the other hand if a passing opportunity comes up, you don't accelerate as much as teleport past.

    I haven't ridden a Street but the general consensus seems to be, the Speed has better fit and finish, and better individual pieces parts, but the Street is the more fun total package. Keep in mind that if the stock suspension / brakes underwhelm you, you don't necessarily have to step up to the R, the Street easily takes upgrades from other middleweight bikes (CBR6RR shock, that sort of stuff)
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