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Old 06-14-2005, 04:02 AM   #11
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Default Re: A Year With the Triumph Speed 4

Another Speed Four owner here.

I'll second the Speed Shield praise. The comfort zone is increased to 80-85mph(not that I would ever travel that fast!). For the street, leg room can be increased by fitting modified Buell Lightning pegs, although ground clearance is also affected.

Other than a taillight burning out(lucas mfg?), mine has been trouble free.

Since the muffler bolt pattern matches the older ZX6R, owners have a wide selection of pipes to choose from. I chose a Kerker Carbon pipe. A bit loud, but sounds great when heading to the red zone.
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Old 06-14-2005, 04:44 AM   #12
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I really liked it in the MO Middleweight shootout and it really pairs well with your delicate features.



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Old 06-14-2005, 06:03 AM   #13
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Default Re: S4 on track and a somewhat OT question: FZ6.

The problem with the FZ-6 especially for someone who won't push it is that it won't get out of its own way if you don't push it.



The power curve is way up high and it has very little midrange torque.



The 650 VStrom might be a better choice.
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:42 AM   #14
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Default Re: S4 on track and a somewhat OT question: FZ6.

What? Your friend isn't capable of installing a windshield on an SV650? If there's one thing that the aftermarket doesn't have a shortage of it's accessory windshields.
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:49 AM   #15
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Default Re: S4 on track and a somewhat OT question: FZ6.

Yup, that's most have said. (Although you guys were more critical than most.) That's one of the reasons I would think the Z750 is easier to ride. Couple the peaky motor with the sketchy throttle and it makes me a little nervous.



I mentioned the VStrom but no one seems to have one of those, either. I'm right in the heart of Supersport/Cruiserland .The owner of my local Yamaha/Suzuki dealer told me they're also having a bit of a bike shortage right now. Take that for what it's worth, but he's definitely got noticably fewer bikes on the floor.
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:58 AM   #16
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Default Good aftermarket wind protection for SV650? Anyone?

Dude, I hope you're not suggesting a "windshield" What you really meant was a bikini fairing or a flyscreen, right? I have this picture of an SV with a big 'ole police bike winshield or windjammer and it ain't pretty.



Seriously though, he probably could do it. But he's likely too anal to try modify anything on a new bike on his own--even something as simple as that. We're also talking about someone with virtually no knowledge about bikes. The dealer could do it, too. More likely, I'd end up doing it, thanks very much. My problem with the aftermarket stuff is that you have no clue how well it works unless you hear from someone who has the same bike and setup. I think he wants something more substantial than a flyscreen, and aftermarket quarter/half fairings have a whole host of other issues to deal with (paint, being one). That being said, nothing's out of the realm of possibility. He's gonna check out the SVs this week.



Anyone know of a good aftermarket solution for the SV?
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:09 AM   #17
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If I recall correctly, one of the reviews in last year's shootout stated that the speed four was not great for taller riders - is this accurate?
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:23 AM   #18
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Default Re: Good aftermarket wind protection for SV650? Anyone?

Took me one minute to find this and this.





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Old 06-14-2005, 08:58 AM   #19
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I'm on my second Speed 4 (forced to sell my first one a while back, couldn't wait for my next one). One of my favorite all-time bikes. All I can say is , it's just a fun bike to ride.
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:23 AM   #20
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Default Re: A Year With the Triumph Speed 4

OK. I'm no math wiz, but the headline reads "A Year and 1000 Miles....", which is a big difference from the article heading "A Year and 10,000 Miles..."



When I first saw the headline, I clicked just to see what kind of wuss only does 1k a year
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