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Old 10-03-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default BMW F800R or Ducati 696 Monster or Triumph Street Triple

Hi all -

34 year old getting ready to buy my first bike.

I have tested, trained and enjoyed riding a Buell Blast the last month.

I am really wanting ABS on my "middleweight street bike" so the Triumph Street Triple is falling way back to 3rd even though I think Id like that bike the best.

Out of the BMW F800R and Ducati 696 Monster, which do you think would be a better bike for me to get?

I plan on driving mostly around my house (within 30 miles), on the ocean curvy roads and into Portsmouth, NH about 5 miles from my house as well as visiting my parents about 20 miles away in "farm country".

I enjoy the thrill of riding a bike but am old enough to not act like an idiot on anything that can kill and motorcycles are very dangerous. At same time, I cant help my love of open roads with some nice corners and ocean views. I think a lower powered street bike/roadster is the way to go for me.

I do not plan on doing touring or doing uber long distances. 1-2 hours rides maximum.

Any advice? Anyone here ridden or tested these?

Is ABS critical? Wish more motorcycle companies had ABS on all their bikes.

Thanks in advance,
-Brian

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Old 10-03-2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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Speed Triple is a really really really bad idea for a new rider.
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Well, they ALL can kill you - some just more enthusiastically than others. KAFF! (speed triple) KAFF!


I'd advise a "used" bike first. Blots the tears and heartache a bit when you drop it. Sometimes more than once. And, even after that, considering you don't wad it up enough to deposit into the nearest dumpster, it'll re-sale for little-to-no hit on the wallet when/if you decide to make the leap to a "new" bike.
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Speed Triple is a really really really bad idea for a new rider.
Not Speed Triple....STREET Triple.

Big difference.



800cc is my max.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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Not Speed Triple....STREET Triple.

Big difference.



800cc is my max.
So you mono-wheel-splatter against the back of the Semi at 135mph vs 165mph....
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #6
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So you mono-wheel-splatter against the back of the Semi at 135mph vs 165mph....


maybe so....mmmmmaaaayyybbbeee sssooooo....then again, i'm too much a wuss to go past 75...lol
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Get a used ninja 500 or a KLR 650 and ride it for a year, then buy what you want.
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If the F800 is good enough for Christian Pfeiffer, then it's dang sure good enough for you!
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #9
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If you want a bike that has ABS and you want a good first bike, get a Honda CBR 250R.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #10
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I'd go with the F800 or take a look at the Triumph Tiger 800 XC. Duel sports make great street bikes because of their upright riding positions and long travel suspension..
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