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Hey guys. I'm about to pull the trigger on a new Speed Triple (black of course) and I wanted to get you guys' thoughts on handling. I am coming from mutiple CBR's and was wondering how the triple stacks up in handling. I demoed one this weekend and felt like the front end was very soft. It had a lot of nose dive under braking too. I was wondering how much if this can be adjusted out or what other options I have as far as suspension goes? Also, how does the Speedy handle? We didn;t go far on the demo and it was in a very urban and congested area so I couldn;t get a good feel for it. The brakes and motor and ergo's were great though, but I ride alot in the mountains. Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Chances are the suspension could be better adjusted. Mine was set absolutely shitty from the dealer. The pre-loads were even set different. :violent1:

Part of the change over is getting used to the brakes. I swapped bikes with a couple of true sport bike guys this weekend and they both commented on how aggressive the S3 brakes were, the other comment was the linear power delivery. IMHO (which is worth exactly what you are paying for it) the S3 takes more work to corner, not saying it doesn't corner extremely well, but takes more rider input to make it happen.

Needless to say I doubt you will be unhappy with a S3 in the garage. Even less so when you are in the saddle (unless you have already got 300 miles on that day ;) )

If you feel the suspension needs more help there is always options for fork rebuild/aftermarked upgrades and aftermarket rear upgrades. ;D

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Nope..not me.

Thanks for the input. I'vr narrowed my new bike search down to 2 bikes, the Speedy and a SuperDuke. I'm just trying not to spend 4 grand more on the Duke.
 

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First - Ride BOTH. Different feeling bikes for sure.

Second - What do you weigh? The suspension set up for a light rider is different than for a heavier one - more so than on many other bikes.

Third - The weight balance and riding position on a CBR is vastly different than on an S3. It takes some getting used to.

Fourth - If you ride both and like the SuperDuke better, get it. Very few riders that have ridden both prefer the Duke - but they DO exist.
 

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I was in the same boat (SD or S3) I went with the S3 due to the $5G and also that the SD is VERY low volume shipments to the US and a fairly new biek in general (think of aftermarket equipment availability and the cost of repairs/parts...)

EDIT - The Dallas dealer for the SD would not let me even start it up let alone ride it.. Good luck with trying to get one to ride!
 
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cwb4tx said:
I was in the same boat (SD or S3) I went with the S3 due to the $5G and also that the SD is VERY low volume shipments to the US and a fairly new biek in general (think of aftermarket equipment availability and the cost of repairs/parts...)

EDIT - The Dallas dealer for the SD would not let me even start it up let alone ride it.. Good luck with trying to get one to ride!
Yeah...a demo is out of the question until I meet somoen who already owns one. Too rare of a bike and the dealers are not getting many.
 

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See my post about a track day on Speedy in the Rides section. I'm not a racer per se, but with my sag & damping set properly, the Speedy was very comfortable at knee-dragging speeds!
 
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jesse_

See my post about a track day on Speedy in the Rides section. I'm not a racer per se, but with my sag & damping set properly, the Speedy was very comfortable at knee-dragging speeds!
Thats' what I'm wanting to hear. I know the Speedy will handle and ride differently than my CBR, hell that's why I'm wanting to get rid of the CBR, but I just want to make sure I won't be sacrificing too much up in the mountains. The power is there I know and the ride comfort is there...just compared to what is supposedly a GREAT suspension on the SuperDuke, I wanted to know how the Speedy stacks up to it. Thanks for all of your input guys! If you have more, keep it coming!!!! ;D
 

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Not having ridden a KTM I can't give direct evidence, but most of the reviews are pretty clear. The Super Duke has better suspenders than the S3, but not enough better to justify the price. The Speed Triple on the other hand has an arguably better engine and decent suspension. For the extra cash you'd spend on the KTM you could certainly upgrade your S3 to be a better handling bike than the KTM or Ducati.

Oh, and all reports are that the Triumph's brakes are better. This isn't entirely about the brakes themselves, but about the balance of the chassis and the overall great design of this bike. People on this site routinely out corner what are considered much faster bikes. It's all about how great a package the Speed Triple is for the money. Yes, you can buy a better bike. If you want to be fast on the drag strip buy a ZX14. If you want a super handling back roads curve knife, buy a Daytona 675. If you're into 140 MPH wheelies buy a GSXR 1000 (just like an asshole, everyone's got one).

But for the best all-around bike you just can't beat the Speed Triple. It does everything well, and some things extraordinarily well. Particularly if you consider the price!
 

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+1 to all comments! Having owned two crotch rockets in the past, I can tell you that this too is a crotch rocket. It's just very comfortable and butt naked. As well as exclusive and inexpensive (relatively speaking). The S3 is NO letdown! :drink:
 
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long time honda cbr from an f4i to a 954 then 1000rr then a busa i think this bike is way more fun in the corners maybe it's me or the roads here in fla but headin to the track had i known this would be my weapon of choice
 
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