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Old 04-01-2004, 06:35 AM   #121
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Excellent article, thanks all. Can't wait for the "Best of the Best". Could the "Holy Trilogy" (SV, VFR, Connie) change? What is the "Best" motorcycle?
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:40 AM   #122
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Thank you for giving the Triumph some much-needed ink. The general concensus among the print rags has been that the Speed Four would dominate the class, if only it were actually IN the class. They have used its narrow focus as an excuse not to put it head-to-head with the others, where its excellent engine and fully adjustable suspension would cause it to dominate. That being the case, I'm reasonably pleased with its 3rd place showing. A set of Heli Bars and a custom seat, though, and watch out!
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:53 AM   #123
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My guess would be that the Nighthawk S would do well in any test looking for overall "goodness". As far as looks go I found it appealing. Of course having ridden the 749 I find the 999 Beautiful so what do I know.
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:30 AM   #124
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I talked about that with my agent and we laughed over the fact that my 105hp 916cc Ducati is cheaper to insure than my 75hp 1450cc Harley.



He must make his money on my 4WD Toyota Tundra because it's fairly painful per month. The two bikes are cheaper than one truck.
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:34 AM   #125
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I thought I was the metrosexual. At least I don't ride with a purse!
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:37 AM   #126
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Default Re: When your Triumph breaks let me know. I have a lust for a yellow Daytona

I haven't had any problems thus far, I've put 15.3k since June and other than one valve adjustment that I paid for, it's been just normal maintainance IE, one set of plugs, oil and filters and a set of tires.

I bought the bike at I-90 motorsports. Cycle Barn and Cycle Mart in Olympia also sell Triumph. Obviously there aren't as many dealerships as Harley or the big four Asian's but between those three and the net I don't foresee any problems, and the bike has run like a swiss watch anyway.

It's the same as most things, you hear all this B.S. about reliability but if you talk to anyone who owns one or visit TriumphRat.net and see the posts there you'll see that owner satisfaction and reliability are at least on par with anything else and better than most. I think you'd be happy with any model you got, price and performance wise they're competitive, they have a 2yr unlimited warranty for peace of mind and it's nice to have a bike that not a UJM sportbike or dirivitive cruiser.

Show some class and go for it Kpaul, (we always new you could do it)
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:46 AM   #127
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It's someone who is boarding on mental instability.
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:54 AM   #128
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I test rode a 1000 V-Strom last summer and it was certainly a bike I'd be interested in, I'm not sure you could find a better all round bike. It sounds like the 650 version is every bit as good
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Old 04-01-2004, 08:10 AM   #129
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I think the major cuts are

<450cc

<1100 cc



or something along those lines.



If so, I hope the rumors are true and aprilia does make an RS450. I'd be so all-over-that if I fit!
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Old 04-01-2004, 08:18 AM   #130
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Don't be too quick to put down the F-2 engine, that is one powerful, and durable engine, I see them at track days and club-racing events, and they still run very well against the newer bikes.
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