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mscuddy 03-19-2009 10:31 AM

A Sporty is a great first bike, but might I suggest buying a gross dozen of clutch/front brake levers, and turn signals. Also footpegs.

Too bad they put a return spring on the throttle (unlike the early ones). Made for some great action, like blasting through intersections with feet draging...and turning snow fences into splinters.

acecycleins 03-19-2009 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by SmokeU (Post 207699)
I'd have to say the Sporty is less costly to maintain. Belt drive, hydro valves etc.

No- I'm taking book labor hours. Almost everything Triumph sells in parts are comparible to HD parts, but the "hours" are substantially different. When I had my 99 XL vs my 2003 Bonni (which was a used company bike I adopted while I was doing a stint as an F&I mgr at ATD) I spent less money on major services vs the XL. It wasn't the company discount that made it lower. The shop booked labor hours the same regardless of ownership. Two or three hrs at $90 per adds up. There's you chain. There's your shims.
I'm not saying it's a bad deal to own the Sporty. But depending on use (I use a lot) the Triumph cost me less in gas, insurance and labor hrs when compared to the Sporty- but that's just me I guess.

SmokeU 03-19-2009 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 207701)
No- I'm taking book labor hours. Almost everything Triumph sells in parts are comparible to HD parts, but the "hours" are substantially different. When I had my 99 XL vs my 2003 Bonni (which was a used company bike I adopted while I was doing a stint as an F&I mgr at ATD) I spent less money on major services vs the XL. It wasn't the company discount that made it lower. The shop booked labor hours the same regardless of ownership. Two or three hrs at $90 per adds up. There's you chain. There's your shims.
I'm not saying it's a bad deal to own the Sporty. But depending on use (I use a lot) the Triumph cost me less in gas, insurance and labor hrs when compared to the Sporty- but that's just me I guess.


What did you need done to the Sporty besides tires?

acecycleins 03-19-2009 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by SmokeU (Post 207702)
What did you need done to the Sporty besides tires?

Just major services. That's what I am referring to. I clock between 15-20k annually. It's a lot when compared to your average joe. But the money still adds up.
Also, outside of oil changes- I rarely have time to wrench myself.

SmokeU 03-20-2009 05:32 AM

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Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 207709)
Just major services. That's what I am referring to. I clock between 15-20k annually. It's a lot when compared to your average joe. But the money still adds up.
Also, outside of oil changes- I rarely have time to wrench myself.


Major services? Like what's a major service on something that doesn't really break? Aside from tires and oil changes what did you need fixed on the Sporty? I'm just curious.


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