triumph street triple r....tell me the good and the bad...

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  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I am looking for a bike to replace my 2008 f650gs, I just haven't really gelled with the gs. My first gs_was a 2003 thumper which was fun in its own way. I wanted a little more oomphh so I bought the detuned 800\650 gs.

    More back story is I came from owning three hayabusas which were set up for touring, a right cracking sports tourer. So I went from a 157 HP to 43.5 to 70 ,all which has been pretty interesting.

    I have returned from two weeks in Europe where I rented a 2014\13( not sure) Kawasaki er650n, which was a surprise. Bike fit me,handled well , had just enough zip and was fun. I liked being more forward as opposed to the sit up and beg of the gs.

    Now....?when I talk about getting into naked bikes, people always mention the triumph street triple. I know the R is a little different animal, but not by much...I think. I have been looking at the R version. I don't want any fairings.

    Not interested in the ninja 650.

    I won't have an opportunity to test ride a triumph due to end of season ect, ect so I was hoping to hear from folks who have one, and those who had one. What you love,what you didn't love. What worked and what didn't. Did you set it up for touring?

    I am an older gal,the other side of 50, am 5'4 and about 128 lbs. My riding has slowed down as sore wrists and back now infringe on my riding at times. Reflexes also wane as we age so I am more careful now....at times.....with the odd spurt of my old hayabusa_hooligan ways.

    To add another wrinkle( so to speak...get it?) I can buy a 2014 er65n with just over 2000 k on the clock,with ABS, for 6200.....out the door. That's a pretty sweet deal,hard to resist.Demo at a dealer...but...resell value will be low.

    I am wondering if the triumph will "tick" more boxes for me...light weight,horsepowers, naked, possible to set it up for touring, not sure about fuel economy....that's why I would like to hear from present and past owners.

    Its a lot of money to spend on what may be a mistake or good be the bike for me. I know we are all different with our needs and body shape,riding style,and so on but I would like to hear from real owners not professional reviewers.

    Thanks
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  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I have just purchased a 2014 Street Triple R for short sport touring and track days and just plain old fun. I have an 800XC for long trips and dirt and commuting. The only luggage I could find for it was the Ventura Bike Pack with 52 liter capacity. It has a 4.5 gallon tank and I am getting around 45mpg. Its FAST and FUN with a little more front lean than I expected but I might just be getting older. I think it is inline with the
    Sprint ST. Hope this helps. Would I buy it again, you bet your ass I would.
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  3. alekkas

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    Hi. Not sure if you have seen this site - http://cycle-ergo.com/

    The ergos between the er6n and street are pretty substantial. At least you know the 6n.

    You asked about horsepower / weight / handling. All will be superior with the triple.

    I think - not sure - either will be a touring compromise and will wind up with soft luggage, some sort of small screen, tank bag, etc ...

    So, confort, suspension and motor that you though were enough for you, and cost vs less comfort, better performance, better suspension, and more cost.

    Good luck with the choice. Oh boy for an bigger budget eh? Story of my life.
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  4. queenpdog

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    I started a thread a few years back for people to discuss "all things Street Triple". You will find it here.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=611442

    It is a stellar bike. There are very few negatives. Lack of luggage options could be considered one, on the other hand there are a lot more options today than there were back when I bought mine. It is the bike that I miss the most of those that I have sold.
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  5. DWR302

    DWR302 Justan Nudderboomer

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    You might want to check out the New Yamaha 7 and 9 nakeds. Like the Street but less $$. I know Twisted Throttle makes touring gear for the Street. It would prolly work for the Yamahas too.
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  7. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Yes, I saw that luggage setup....Gulp! Probably would be waaaaay cheaper to have a luggage rack fabbed to accept my LARGE assortment of Givi bags.

    I spoke with a very knowagable friend who is a motorcyclist journo , who know me and how I ride and he advised against triple for my particular riding and purpose. For various reasons.....although he did rave about the bike.

    The dealer also has a z1000 on the floor. Me likey! !!!
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  8. BSUCardinalfan

    BSUCardinalfan Been here awhile

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    i love mine. new ones with low exhaust you can just throw a set of saddlebags on and go.

    i've done everything from 10 day trips to commuting to blasting the north georgia/north carolina mountains on mine and it is the perfect bike for that combination. no screen on mine. magnetic tank bag when needed.

    i've strapped camping gear on it and done that as well.

    get the R, the price increase is small compared to the value.

    reliable. holds value pretty well. smooooooooth engine. no vibes unless you really wring it out.

    can't say enough how much I love it. i'm 42, 5'9" and 180. ergos are perfect for me.

    if you want to save a little money then the fz09, fz07 might be good options.

    I have 20,000 on mine and will keep it at least two more seasons. then....who knows? ducati scrambler currently is in my mind.
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  9. kingrex

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    The triumph has a fairly long an low reach to the bars for a naked. The suspension on the "r" is firm and less forgiving. Great for high spirited riding but bad for less than perfect roads. The bike is not for those short in the inseam. The motor, however, is the real gem here. Someone mentioned the fz-07 / 09. This may be a better choice, especially the 07. Ergos are better and the ride is more compliant and its a yamaha, dealerships are everywhere. They tend to be indestructable. Darn nice looking bike too and will probably have more aftermarket support than the triumph. Good luck with your choice.
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  10. nomad_games

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    just FYI, on the touring luggage, I just did 5300 miles with a large Wolfman Duffel as my only luggage, and it was totally fine. Bike was a little top heavy in parking lots, but otherwise I was happy with my choice. If I had a tankbag for the immediate essentials like phone, camera, water, etc., it would have been nearly perfect.
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    There is no bad. There are choices, for sure. But there's no bad in that bike. They are a very complete machine and strike a great balance for all the things that make a bike fun to ride.
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  12. RoteEddie

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    It's a great bike! My only complaint is that the off/on throttle transition should be smoother. I've covered almost 6000 km since I picked up mine in August. It was delivered with the Arrow slip-on, rearsets, quickshifter, comfort seat and heated grips.

    For touring I use a rack from SW Motech and a Giant Loop bag.

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  13. Shep

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    Had mine since new in 2010. Several bikes have come and gone in that period; the Street Triple remains. Longest day "touring" for me was about 550 miles. Done that several times. I've done week long rides on it, using Kriega bags. There are some soft saddle bag options as well. I find the front suspension a bit harsh on some less than perfect roads, but the bike is much fun to ride, I can live with that. I'm 54 years old, don't have the best elbows, but have no problem riding the bike all day. I am also only 5'5" with a 29" inseam. No issue. As for gas mileage, I never check the actual fuel economy on a bike, but I do note how far I can go on a tank, which can impact travel. I can only get about 135 miles out of a tank before the light comes on. Others state they do much better. I have an Arrow exhaust and I do not baby it; I ride it hard.

    Owned a long list of very nice bikes during my life; the Street Triple is in the top two favorites.

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  14. queenpdog

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    I couldn't disagree more. I have a short torso and arms and the thing I liked most about my striple was the compact feel and short reach to the bars. I do have a fairly long inseam (32in) but it is not a tall feeling bike at all. Honestly, I have never heard of someone regretting the purchase of a Street Triple. Sure, some (like me) have moved on, but that is one hell of a bike. If you decided it wasn't for you, the resale value (especially on the R's) is pretty good.

    A much less expensive option would be the FZ-07, but you are giving up a lot of performance there. For the price, could be a great value, though.
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    RoteEddie Been here awhile

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    I also need to mention the ABS. It is not very good when compared to KTM 1190. In the dry it cuts in way too early and regulates too slowly. I pull the fuse on dry days and enjoy the sublime power and feel of the system.

    Interestingly, Evo (UK mag), have a track video of a R lapping with a pro rider onboard. They measured the brake force with and without ABS and came up with max 0,8G with, and 1,0+G without ABS.
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  16. NateLePain

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    5' 11", 195lbs. Currently own an '06 F650GSA and a '10 St Triple R w/ Daytona Forks and a low exhaust.

    I bought the BMW new and currently have 63,000 miles on it. Mostly commuting miles with off-road and National Forest road miles, mixed in. I still have the BMW but rarely commute on it, despite the good mpg. I've had some other dual sports in the last few years but these 2 bikes are the ones I've ridden the most.

    I bought the StRiple in May 2012, used with 1,200 miles and several upgrades. Paid less than $7K for it, from RPM Cycle in DFW. I currently have 13,000 miles on it and absolutely love the bike. No ABS, no heated grips, no wind protection, no BMW comforts but I experience the thrill of riding, every time I get on it. I did find the handle bars a bit much, to begin with but after I adjusted them, to my reach, my riding position adjusted also. I tried a Sargent Seat for awhile but it didn't do any more for me than the stock seat. The St Triple doesn't have the Laz-Y-Boy seating position of my F650GSA, which suits me perfectly.

    I'm planning to test ride an 800XC in the next few months, with the possibility of replacing my 650GS. When I bought my StRiple, I considered a V7 Stone, an Er6, a F800R, a Hypermotard and a Super Tenere. The FZ09 wasn't available yet, neither was the CB500X. If I was looking for a replacement bike, I'd still consider all the above, adding the new Wee-Strom, V-Strom and whatever else is released in the next few months by Yamaha and/or Honda. Riding my low-mileage, tricked out StRiple has been an awesome experience.

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  17. The Blue Rider

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    Don't bother with the Kawasaki. I'm sure it's a fine bike but it's no Street Triple. :D

    This bike is the engine. The exhaust growl and the flat torque curve make it an easy joy to ride, and there's nothing in the design to bite you anywhere. It's completely safe, while still being exciting. It'll pull anytime you turn the throttle, and whether you want to go warp speed or not is entirely up to you.

    I have a love-hate relationship with mine, and the "hate" all comes from upper body reach, seat narrowness on long distance rides, and wind blast on 500 mile days (or 200 mile days in Texas headwinds). I'm working on alleviating these with SW Motech "barback" risers and possibly a windscreen on top of my flyscreen. Losing some of my fat ass wouldn't hurt either but that's harder than mods. :p

    I'm a small-and-light-bike guy, despite outweighing you by nearly 100 pounds and having a 29" inseam. You get a lot of bike for your money and I strongly suggest getting the R. On the 1st-gen Streets it takes almost a couple of grand to convert to R spec.

    Is it a fantastic motorcycle? Yes. It is a great touring motorcycle? Not as much, depending on your tolerance of discomfort and hassle. I use an SW Motech Blaze system and various combinations of Kriega bags for travel. Packing capacity is a little limited, these bags aren't secure for overnight stops, and lack of wind protection can be wearying.

    ( IMO the aftermarket is really missing the boat by not making a popular hard bag mount, and I have hopes that Shad's new 3P system might be easily mounted with the help of a fabricator. For that matter, Triumph would have done well to slap a half-fairing and bag rails on this thing... But that's just me, I always want a windscreen and hard bags on everything. )

    If you can handle a little inconvenience with your touring, you won't be disappointed in the Street Triple. I've never heard of anybody who was EVER disappointed with it for any reason, as a matter of fact. Personally I think every motorcyclist should own one at some point in their riding career.

    Here's mine loaded for a long weekend trip to New Mexico:

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  18. szyrider

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    I bought my 09 at 60. 5'8", but I have a 34" inseam, so seat height is not a problem. Love the bike . lightweight, power, handling are great. Finally got the front suspension adjusted so it handles nicely in corners. Just a bit stiff for me from the factory, but you may like it. I have the hard, lockable, expandable givi bags. Not cheap, but I will have this bike a long time. Wind is a factor when riding distance, but that is just me.

    Gas mileage is about 52 mpg. I also use a cortech tail pack that I Velcro on to the givi rack. I also have the sargeant seat, which I found necessary.

    I only have 6000 miles on it and just had the first major service done. Will try to add some pics later today.
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  19. Gryphon12

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    52 mpg is the highest I've ever seen on this bike. What are your typical riding conditions?
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  20. szyrider

    szyrider silly wabbit

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    The 52 mpg is around town, but a lot of twisties, in 2nd and 3rd gear. I thought I would get less mpg because the rpms are higher on this bike at highway speeds than my 97 vfr, but I only get about 45 mpg at best on it. Probably the difference in weight.

    I always ride solo, and the str is so light that I guess the higher rpms don't matter. It might drop to about 48 mpg on a trip, but not much lower. I am hoping the updated map that was installed at the 6000 mile service will give me better mileage but we will see.

    Debbie
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