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Old 02-26-2006, 05:21 AM   #1
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Get the Speed Triple.



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Old 02-26-2006, 05:38 AM   #2
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For a bike that is a living breathing being the s2r is your choice.

(Warning: These things are like joining a cult. Much like HD)



For zero headaches the SV is your pick.



I have no knowledge of the Speed Triple



Please don't forget the Buells....
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:39 AM   #3
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Speed triple all the way! The Triumph dealers will typically let you take a test ride. I'd imagine you'll want to get an aftermarket screen shortly, but the bike is otherwise a delight!
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:04 AM   #4
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Speed Triple if you have a good, nearby dealer... and don't forget the Buell's!
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:37 AM   #5
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I am the happy owner of a '03 naked Suzuki SV1000 and an '03 Kawasaki Z1000. I've never owned or ridden a Ducati S2R or the Triumph Speed Triple. But I have ridden a Harley V-Rod and beat one in a drag race on my SV1000 (LOL). I can say though that if you like the sound and power delivery of the V-Rod, you will love the SV1000 for these characteristics. Before I bought the SV1000, I did a lot of research and for me, it boiled down to two main things:



1. Purchase price - I bought my new '03 naked SV1000 last fall for $5,500 out the door.



2. Cost of ownership - I'm no mechanic so the latter consideration was major for me. The SV1000 doesn't need it's valves checked until 15,000 miles. And it's really easy to do basic stuff like oil and spark plug changes and throttle body synchronization.



However, after I purchased the SV based mainly on the above criteria and since I had not ridden or even heard one, I was completely blown away by the rich amount of torque and the beautiful noise the bike made. I've definitely been converted to the twin.



I'm sure the Ducati and the Triumph are wonderful bikes too. They are both very pretty bikes to look at. But for the money, you can't touch the the SV1000. And IMHO, the SV is the best motorcycle I've ever owned.



Additionally, I recommend you join the SV1000 forum at www.sv1000.zyns.com. Search around and ask questions and you will get honest and objective answers about the SV1000. That's a great website about motorcycling in general too.



Good luck in your new bike purchase!
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:58 AM   #6
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Ride all the bikes...it always amazes me that people buy motorcycles that they have not ridden. Beg, borrow, steal or rent the bikes and ride them. Put them on their centerstands, put on your riding gear and sit on them. Then make your choice based upon YOUR experience and cost.
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:01 AM   #7
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That's an excellent suggestion. However the only new bike dealers that allow test rides in my area are Buell. I was able to rent the V-Rod and if other bikes were available via renting, I sure would have done that before buying.
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:14 AM   #8
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I don't know why, but the speed triple leaves me cold, even though owners of them love them, which means it could just be me. The other two bikes you have selected are both excellent machines. The Ducati will out handle the SV, but the SV will likely out run the Duc. In terms of maintenance, the SV is a clear winner. After market support is better for the SV, with higher handlebars, etc. easily available. Try out one of the Buells while you are in this ballpark, like the XB12Ss. Find out what maintenance costs are for the Duc in your area and then do a chart of your costs to ride for 15,000 miles. I had my choice of my last purchase down to the three I've mentioned (SV, Duc, Buell) and ended up with the Buell. Or you can save some cash, buy the SV and ride it happily. All three of these bikes are vast improvement in the fun factor area over the Harley.



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Old 02-26-2006, 08:05 AM   #9
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No Sheet! Me To!
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:06 AM   #10
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