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Old 03-23-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Last time I was on a bike was about 13/14 years ago. Now I'm looking at getting a Triumph 04 triple 995. After reading everything in these forums it looks like a bad idea, but the price is right. I've been on it a couple times but thats just putting around the block nothing real exciting but the potential to get in over my head is there. Its already been dropped/highsided (owners a moron (trashes cars too) so no worries there. Maintaing it will suck only one dealer in my area though.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Buy a new or used Ninja 250 or 500 ride it for a year and sell it. Great bikes and great resale value. I just bought a Ninja 250 for my girl friend. If I was starting out it would be my first choice. Looks bigger than it is and goes faster than you think, great handling and I think there will always be a good market for quality newbie bikes.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:11 PM   #3
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A liter bike, 1,2,3 or 4 cylinders, doesn't matter. too much. Dont go above 650, don't go above 2 cylinders. both of those are pretty good guide lines.

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There are lots of good naked/streetfigher bikes that are much smaller than the 995.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:47 AM   #4
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What RedRaider said. And it's a Triumph Triple 955.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:17 AM   #5
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Speed Triple? Tiger? Sprint?

Not that it makes much difference.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #6
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Arden,

The 955i is a wonderful motor, but one of its best attributes is one that will bite you as a 'new' rider. It is very smooth, and the bike builds a good head of steam with little drama.

You will find it difficult to keep your speed down, and may find yourself overcooking corners. Which tends to be a self-limiting problem.

The Triumphs are extremely reliable, so the lack of a 'local' dealer isn't that big a deal.

Depending on your experience and your proficiency all those years ago, the Triple may or may not be a good choice.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:50 PM   #7
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It would have been the speed triple. But after a good bit of thought smaller bike it is. Possibly the SV. I just don't want to look like I should be going fast. the hard part for me is getting around how much he wants for the thing

BTW the best advice I haven't seen yet here. Is that when you around Idiot drivers slow down let them move on.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:14 PM   #8
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"BTW the best advice I haven't seen yet here. Is that when you around Idiot drivers slow down let them move on."

In CA you would have to park your bike and take the bus. Though never engage an idiot while on two wheels is a good rule of thumb, no matter what they are driving / riding.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:32 PM   #9
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Go ahead, get the 995. I get dibs on your stapler and mouse pad.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:46 PM   #10
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SV650 is a great bike but some folks here say it is too big. I'm 200 lbs and just over 6 feet and I started out on a 600 supersport. Now my girl friends bike , Ninja 250, is great but you have to rev it up to get started so if you are a big guy I would go with the nice torque curve of a small V-Twin like the SV. My girl friend is very lithe and athletic so here little Ninja is perfect for her. The main thing is self control. If you are natural athlete like me it doesn't take long to become competent on a bike like the SV650 or a 600 supersport if you have self control. I spent a lot of time in big parking lots with my first bike practicing emergency stops etc. Takes a longer time to to master equestrian eventing.
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