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I went out this morning and took Speedy for a ride to celebrate the loss of any remaining warranty it had.

Two years with this bike, and it is still giving me that stupid grin. ;D

We all may gripe about the little things, dealer service, etc., but you have to admit that Triumph got ALL the big things just right. And with a little work, we can make this bike SO much better.

And to the R6 rider I passed in the turn near the University of Montevallo, sorry, but you were in the way. ;D
 

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Devious2xs said:
And to the R6 rider I passed in the turn near the University of Montevallo, sorry, but you were in the way.
Nice!
 

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Definitely a stress reliever. Tell me again why J-Pip wants to sell his bike?



A sunrise ride:
The roads had been nearly deserted, and I was kind of in my own little world of twisty back roads, and the sound of three cylinders begging for more, as I headed back home for breakfast. I had just come out of a slightly fog filled slough when I caught a glimpse of an R6 a bit ahead of me, and the next thing I know I am passing as he takes a long sweeping right hand corner too tight. I think I startled him, because he suddenly twitched, right as I came around him. For me, it wasn't competition, just me in my line, and him in his. To him it was something else.

I checked my CRGs to make sure he was OK, and that he was still behind me as I laid the bike into the next left hand sweeper, applied the brakes, and down-shifted. I heard the R6 aftermarket exhaust popping in deceleration, thinking he had braked too early (and needed some tuning ;D ). I gave it a little throttle and felt the front push (really thinking about upgrading the suspension now) as I hit the apex, I started leaning on the throttle even more. I heard him downshift again just as I was pouring on the throttle and carrying the front wheel into the straight, obliterating any sound the R6 was making.

I watched him rapidly disappear out of the CRG mirror's view as the S3 came into full song, and the chorus was wonderful. The straight ended abruptly in a hard right hand turn and I was back in my world again. A couple of tight, dropping and rising turns later, and I am coming back into the outskirts of the sleepy little southern college town of Montevallo, so I drop the speed back as the road widens and straightens out.

I cruise up to the first stoplight and while waiting for it to change, the R6 pulls up in the next lane over (waiting to turn onto campus) - slowly shaking his head and giving me a thumbs up. It is a college kid at the university, and he asks the usual questions.
"What kind of bike is that"? - I say "Speed Triple".
"Who Makes it"? - Pointing at the tank (and the only stickers on the bike), I say,"Triumph".
"I have never seen one, or heard anything like it" - I reply, "There are not many around here, and it sounds different because it is. It has three cylinders".
I can see him squint his eyes through the visor as he smiles, thinking I am kidding him. So I say, "No, it really has three cylinders... and 1050ccs". I am not sure if he is buying it.

The opposite light changes to yellow, just as one of the three Montevallo police cruisers pulls up to the light on my right side. The officer is obviously watching us. I wave to the R6 rider, then turn and wave to the cop. (I'm still not sure if this is good or bad, but I always do it). Our light changes, we drop our visors and both go our separate ways.

I cruise through town with the police cruiser staying just behind me and to the right (likely checking my tags). As I come to the end of town, the cruiser turns off Main Street, and I can stop watching the sound the Trident exhaust is making (and damn glad I had pulled off the Chain Reaction system the night before - it makes more noise at cruise speeds/rpm).

I lay into the throttle as the speed limit increases, and I decide to take the long way back to the house while thinking about how great life can be if you enjoy the small things like the scent of honeysuckle in bloom, the sound of a well tuned engine, or the sight of a few deer or fox crossing the backroads on a warm weekend morning.

There is nothing like a good twisty set of roads to work out the week's mental kinks, and put things in perspective. :smitty:
 

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Nice story. I wish the s3 had a bigger following around here. I do like the uniqueness of it though.

I rode mine to work a week ago, and a few days ago someone said they heard I crashed. I'm sure they're only referring to the lack of body work, and I tried to point this out as politely as possible....
 

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Yesterday went so well, I repeated the same route this morning. But the roads were completely empty.

Just me and the charcoal S3.

For some reason, the mileage the past two days is not that great... but the smile is. ;D
 
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Hi Devi,

Nice story and great writing. I wish you guys would talk about us the same way you talk about your bike! Ah well, a gal can dream. :D
 

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LC,
Thanks, it was a good morning. :smitty:

If you think I am going to do more than just mention my wife here, with these hooligans, you are nuts. ;D
 
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Yeah, there are a bunch of hooligans around aren't there. I guess I meant talk "to" us like you talk about your bikes!

And BTW, you know I'm nuts! ;D
 

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Little Cat said:
I guess I meant talk "to" us like you talk about your bikes!
OK LC.....what do you want to talk about? :wave:
 

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Well CAT its like this if my ex-wife wasnt drunk all the time and would let me ride her like I ride my bike maybeeee she would still be around, so just let us ride our bikes kill some brain cells and enjoy life without a care in the world . :gtfo: so there is no reason to say well if you would care for me the way you care care for your bike because I love my bike even more now that she is gone .my bike dose give me no reason not to trust her,dose not ask for much ,and it DOSE NOT TALK BACK ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 

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It is hard to say Limey but it all gos back back to the 70s I guess but, they have a screwed-up hormone that makes them so, so, so .OH FUCK who can figure them out :violent1: I look at it like this they have most of the money and ALL THE PUSSY.
 
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Well, it didn't take long for the female "perspective" to show its head. Why are women so needy. ;D
Geesh, I'm like the only girl around here and I get criticized for wantin' a little bit of romance! Typical! All I'm saying is that most of you guys are "in love" with your bikes and seem to think that the wife is some sort of child care, laundry doer, house keeper, etc. Once the knot is tied and the kids are around the most romance we get is you puttin' your dirty undies in the hamper! I think I'd like to be a S3 and have some guy dote all over me like I used too.

LOL--LC
 

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limey said:
Well, it didn't take long for the female "perspective" to show its head. Why are women so needy. ;D
Geesh, I'm like the only girl around here and I get criticized for wantin' a little bit of romance! Typical! All I'm saying is that most of you guys are "in love" with your bikes and seem to think that the wife is some sort of child care, laundry doer, house keeper, etc. Once the knot is tied and the kids are around the most romance we get is you puttin' your dirty undies in the hamper! I think I'd like to be a S3 and have some guy dote all over me like I used too.

LOL--LC
:eek:wned:

Cata put down the keyboard and mouse and take lil cat out to dinner on the back of the bike. Then take the long way home. Get some good massage tips from crash.

Do it now!

LOL! ;D ;)
 

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It doesn't matter what we do. As long as there appears to be something that gets more attention than her, the wife will always be mad. I hear it all the time, "you used to act like that about me" I have cooked more romantic dinners, planned more romantic getaways, done so many of the little things.... and realized that it all ends up the same. If she's not getting the attention, she's not gonna be happy.
My wifes pretty good about it. Riding is really more therapy for me to get away from my job, she's begun to realize that.
 
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