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Old 03-17-2011, 07:52 PM   #11
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I disagree. The worst part of it is its exhaust, and that can be replaced pretty easily. Otherwise, I think it's quite handsome.
I have seen pics with the factory hard bags installed. IMHO, it actually looks better with the bags on, rather than off.

Just curious, Duke, but how would the Ninja 1000 compare to the Sprint ST? Would they be even close?
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:52 PM   #12
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As a Sprint ST owner I know that a lot of us Sprinters are ticked off at Triumph for not offering the ST anymore here in North America. We only get the new GT. The rest of the world gets both.

The new Ninja 1000 is a very similar package to the Sprint ST. After owning my ST for over 2 years now, it's hard to see me on a bike that doesn't have that glorious triple. Though that new V-4 Motus sure catches my attention.

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Otherwise, I think it's quite handsome.
It's a very nice bike for the money, although it's a shame you can't use the top box and the side bags together.
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Eric Putter...

KD, that name sounds familiar. Is he a journo also?

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:54 AM   #15
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Interesting article. Why not throw some Helibars, lower pegs and a different screen on your supersport and call it a day?

The problem with both bikes for me is they are fully faired. For the street I like the bikini fairing setup. Makes things easy to work on, and it is nice to see the engine.

Given a choice of these two though, I like the older modified ZX10. Those things are rabid animals, plain and simple. That kind of horsepower never goes out of style
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:32 AM   #16
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The problem with both bikes for me is they are fully faired. For the street I like the bikini fairing setup. Makes things easy to work on, and it is nice to see the engine.


Less is definitely more. I've kind of went full circle on that myself from nekkid to full fairing and back to nekkid again. There are some bikes that look good faired like the ZX14 Konk and Triumph Trophy, but for the most part a small windshield/ fairing to keep the wind off your torso is enought
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:00 AM   #17
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As a Sprint ST owner I know that a lot of us Sprinters are ticked off at Triumph for not offering the ST anymore here in North America. We only get the new GT. The rest of the world gets both.
I Agree. I'm not in the market for a NEW bike (used is good enough for me right now), but I think Triumph missed the mark with the GT. From what I have seen/read/heard, it is more relaxed than the ST. You add the GT to the newly rumored Trophy, and you have TWO large unwieldy touring bikes. Now, the ST and the trophy make a good combo in my mind (think VFR and ST1300), one SPORT-touring, the other sport-TOURING.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:53 PM   #18
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Eric Putter...

KD, that name sounds familiar. Is he a journo also?

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Yeah, he's a former CW staffer and current MC contributor. He also runs an independent PR firm.
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Kawasaki's line up just grows and grows with bikes for virtually every rider. This one is quite the looker for what it's intents are. Personally I'd probably go the zx10 route.
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