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Old 09-12-2006, 01:46 PM   #11
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

i've heard that the thruxton is slower in a straight line...other than that it's obviously going to perform better.
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:48 PM   #12
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Perhaps. But I believe the new FI 883 has new heads and cams as well.
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:51 PM   #13
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Default Re: Does anyone really buy these things for performance???

have you tried riding a harley?
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:52 PM   #14
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

I'm not the target market for either of these bikes, but when the Triumph was anounced a year ago I got excited. I've always love the look of those old scramblers. Lightweight and with a powerful motor, they seemed the ideal bike. Much like the SuperMotos that are becoming all the rage.



Then I went to the dealership. The Scrambler looks like Anna Nicole Smith, sexy lines but plus-sized. It's 150% the size of the original and has the same power.



How about a real scrambler - A 70-80HP twin in a sub 400lb package? I can see a SuperMoto Scrambler in my future!

Thank you Aprilia just dip it in chrome before sending it my way!

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Old 09-12-2006, 01:53 PM   #15
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Default Buy the 1200 and do this to it.

This Sportster is just so badass looking
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:00 PM   #16
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Yeah, to be honest my primary bike is an '03 Speedmaster, and I can tell you from experience that it'll blow the fenders off a Sportster 1200. It's not quite as quick off the line, but after about 20ft it's all over. (Then again, mine is far from stock.)



I'm told that Triumph really screwed the pooch with the Scrambler, though. I agree with the other folks here -- I cannot for the life of me figure out why they'd de-tune the engine.



As for why folks ride these bikes? Well, my last bike was an SV650, and I loved her dearly, but honestly the Triumphs have more... soul. Sounds cheesy, but I finally understand the appeal. It's not about going faster or cornering better, it's about having more fun. *shrug*



I still get to surprise some unsuspecting sportbikers, tho.



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Old 09-12-2006, 02:12 PM   #17
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Gabe- why not put the Bonni T-100 against the Sporty? Even the Thruxton would have been a better choice. Both those bike have a better power range and the Thrux puts the Sporty looks to shame.

I spent a weekend on a Scrambler and have to admit it was a fun bike if you're not in a hurry to get anywhere. But I been on a T-100 and it feels completely different. Least we forget, CAFE bike started with modified Bonnevilles. Remember, racing from ACE to other truck-stop cafes all over England.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:12 PM   #18
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

new cams...i think that's it...
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:54 PM   #19
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Default Re: Does anyone really buy these things for performance???

Many, I would even go as far as to say most Harley riders care about performance. If not in the beginning then soon. More money is spend on big Harley┬┤s performance upgrades than those of any other bike.



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Old 09-12-2006, 02:56 PM   #20
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Default Scrambler v Sportster

So I picked the Scrambler because it's the newest member of the Bonneville line-up and is the most interesting-looking of them, too. Also, it fit with the San Francisco/Steve McQueen theme we had going. Finally, I had no idea it was so down on power from the other Bonnies. I thought it had the same motor as the rest of the line-up, and I agree, "tuning for torque" makes no sense for this product, as it's not really an off-road machine.



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