Which one? BMW F800ST/F800R or Triumph Street Triple R

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  1. cug

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    I did that often enough with a Renault Megane which got about 40mpg ... The secret is called "trailer behind a diesel station wagon". Though I have to admit, I didn't get 40mpg with these three people and the trailer. It was around 30mpg then ...
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  2. SnappNBrrap

    SnappNBrrap Been here awhile

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    you said multi-day rides. that alone puts the BMW ahead. the guy that works across the street from me rides his 955i speed triple to work in the summer. his only complaint is that it hurts on longer rides. especially coming off of a Strom the drastically different riding position will feel weird/uncomfortable/painful to you on any sort of long trip.
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  3. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Yeah the Speed Triple's seat rather sucks and the pegs are a little high for touring unless you are like 5'2". That is about it.

    I do 600 mile days and it takes me a beer or two to recover.
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  4. DFH

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    If they were impregnable they wouldn't be a School Run Mum, me thinks:*sip*
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  5. scrannel

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    Yes. One of the MAIN reasons I got rid of my Speedy (aside from the fact that it was not reliable). It is a small bike.
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  6. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Touché <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    there you go with the broad generalizations again...:D


    can that Renault do this? [​IMG]

    But I digress. The real reason I read this thread in the first place is because those are bikes I am looking at for a commuter/date night with the lady/day trips on the road. i can’t decide so I guess some test rides are in order, which means a motorcycle license is in order as well. <o:p></o:p>
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  7. Garp

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    If you've got a lady that fits on te back of a Speed Triple, I envy you.
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  8. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    well that’s not confidence inspiring. Anyone have any pics of the bmw’s with any form of luggage or top box on them? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  9. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Impregnatable versus impregnable :lol3
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  10. cug

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    It's neither impressive nor useful. You didn't ask for this in the first place and I don't think the typical soccer mum or dad is doing that with their trucks ... so get real.

    Regarding this:

    The main downside for the Street Triple is the availability for good top case mounts. There are some but if you search long enough on Google you'll find photos of broken welds for the most commonly used ones (Givi, SW Motech, haven't checked others recently).

    The problem is that the attachment points are way forward from the case itself so you have a weight using this as a lever on the welds and mount points. I didn't like this very much. If I recall correctly, the F800R is much better in that regard than the S3.

    If you don't need luggage, that's not a big problem, but for me it comes down to:

    1) If you want convenient lockable luggage - F800R.
    2) If you are okay with using soft luggage - Street Triple.

    For me personally, I like the Triumph much more as long as I don't need to carry anything (anything includes luggage and passengers) and I don't like either for really long tours (I have 34" inseam).
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  11. Garp

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    It is god awful ugly, but Touratech make hard bags for the Speed Triple:

    [​IMG]
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  12. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    At that point it seems to make more sense to just buy the road version Tiger 800 and make mild upgrades to the suspension, particularly for any two-up riding.

    I have rarely been as let down as I was by the F800R. Just the wrong motor for a sporty naked bike, IMO.
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  13. storman113

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    Here's my ST on my east coast trip last summer. 45L Trax cases, 45L Givi top box. Helentwowheels bag for tent, sleeping bag etc. Worked great for 2 plus months.

    [​IMG]


    All comes off easy so I could try my hand on the Dragon.


    [​IMG]
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  14. cug

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    First, I refuse to buy from Touratech outside Germany because of their absolute rio-off prices (40 to 80% higher than German prices). Second I refuse to buy from Touratech Germany because of their rip-off prices.

    Third - if you really want to go that route: just get a Tiger Roadie. I did. Great bike. At some point I want to do something to the suspension, but so far it's good.
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  15. Doubleplay

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    Since you seems to be obsessed with broad generalizations let me give you a hint:

    Most of the personal opinions about motorcycles, religion, woman, sex etc... are broad generalizations.:D

    BTW I would take Triumph just for the fun factor. I test rode them all.
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  17. DeedsyDragon

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    how effective are the aftermarket windscreens for the striple? i might be getting one next year, and it's going to be my daily driver, 365. it doesn't get TOO cold down here, but i would still like to remain relatively comfortable when riding about when it's cold as balls.
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    Yeah that trailer costs triple the tolls to get anywhere.

    Has to go in one vehicle...two axles.
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  19. Motard_Menace

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    Not sure if the OP has purchased anything yet but you might want to consider the F800S which is a tad more sporty then the ST version yet has all the amenities. I just picked up an excellent example recently and couldn't be happier so far. I am 5'10" with a 32 inch inseam, fits me great. The pegs are set a tad high but there are inexpensive aftermarket solutions for about $150 and that is one of my upcoming purchases along with a windshield for a little better air management. As for vibes, I got this one with the Throttlemeister bar end weights and lock which must dampen some of the vibes because they are not bad at all in my opinion. It is light, plenty fast for running around, has bags and all the safety features and candy you need if you can find one with all the electronic options. This is really a do it all bike. The 800S is a little harder to find since they only brought them here for one year in 2007. It is weird but the US just can't sell naked bikes like the European market hence the reason we only really have two manufactures who continue to sell one model line for any consecutive time ala; the Monster and Speed Triple. The Japs seem to come and go with the naked's depending on the wind I guess.....

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  20. basstodave

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    That is a great looking bike. Too bad BMW didn't continue selling the S model. With bar risers and the peg lower I would consider this a great city bike. I have seen these for sale on ebay but I won't buy the 2007 model 800 anything BMW. I am admittedly superstitious about that year model.
    I don't understand the 800R at all. A chain over a single sided swingarm and belt?