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Old 09-13-2006, 01:51 AM   #41
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Funny. I just built a decent running SL350 for about $600. It's got less than 5000 miles on it, and should last for a while.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:09 AM   #42
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Too bad HD continues with the "squatting dog" look you get from the 16" rear.



Ever seen an old Sporty with the 19"/18" combo? Side on view, 'natch!...Back when the only question was: "H or CH?"



Lookswise, the Triumph has it hands down.



And with a Triumph, less "rude dude a-tude", too- which is almost never a bad thing unless you fancy yourself - HAH! - a rude dude with 'tude.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:15 AM   #43
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

This is a bogus comparison. As someone has already pointed out, it should have been the Sporster 883 in the comparison, not the 1200. It always amazes me how Harley is given an advantage, whether it is racing or doing a model comparison.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:50 AM   #44
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Not sure about those bikes, but I wouldn't mess with those two tough hombres doing this test! Which one of you was McQueen?
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:07 AM   #45
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

A Bridgestone 180 looked badass to me back then. Speaking of which, maybe a lightbulb will go off someday in some Japanese execs head: gas expensive, small 60s, 70s style bikes fun to ride, great gas mileage, maybe update, make even better, sell like hotcakes....
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:46 AM   #46
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

I'm considering a modern version of these two, the Ninja 650 R and a CityX. And, to tell you the truth, I wouldn't really mind the Scrambler (although the T100 is the way to go) or the Sporty, if I could get a 4.5 gallon tank.



And I, once again, was less than thrilled visiting my local Harley dealer. I went to look at the Uly a few months ago and was aghast at the lack of knowledge and interest that the sales staff demonstrated. I went to actually negotiate a deal on the CityX last week and those same folks had all the enthusiasm of a funeral director. And, was gonna be taking an '06 of their hands. (Actually, my funeral director is quite enthusiastic, and always has a list of options at the ready.) This twit seemed to know nothing of options available for the X and he claimed to have owned an XB12. I was willing to spend quite a few hundred bucks in extras but he didn't know of much.



So MO, hows about a modern follow up. Put the X up against the Kwacker twin.

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Old 09-13-2006, 04:47 AM   #47
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Default Re: Does anyone really buy these things for performance???

The same principle applies to other bikes. Most the sportbikers I know spend a lot of money on pipes and other bits. From this they are trying to get more performance from a bike they can't handle when it's stock. I don't get it. Seems pretty stupid to me.



I am amazed at how many people with 600 Supersports remove the identification decals. They are ashamed that they are on a 600 and removing the decals might make people think they are an a liter bike.



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Old 09-13-2006, 05:03 AM   #48
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

Sportsters are unit construction. Always have been.



I change my oil every 3K in everything I own. Always have no matter what the manufacturers recommendation is. I don't like the idea of going 5K between changes in any motorcycle. Bikes are hard on oil... especially the ones where the same oil lubes both the engine and tranny, which is 99% of them.
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:07 AM   #49
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the 883 would've won the mpg comparison by even more....
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:10 AM   #50
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Default Re: 2006 Triumph Scrambler v. 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

I dunno. Pete looks like he's got the "Lee Marvin" look down pretty well. Gabe just looks like he had one too many of Sean's burritos.
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