Hello, I am new to this site and I am about to go and buy a 1999 speed triple. Here is my story. My first bike was (still have it) a 73 Triumph Bonnie 750. My dad and I restored it to working condition for my mom but she had a hard time kick starting it (1 time it bit her) so she never road it. When I turned 16 I began to use it as I please and became a graduation present for high school. I am now 22 and have put over 15,000 miles on it, burned a hole in the right piston, and rebuilt the top end twice, also on my second set of clutches. Done most of the work my self with pops help. And I have fought oil leaks everyday. Love the bike to death and will never be sold or traded. I was ready to upgrade to some thing more sporty, newer, and LESS MAINTANCE. So I started looking and fell in love with the Speed Triple. I did a demo ride at local dealer with new 06 S3 and loved it. I had a grin from ear to ear. Wanted to buy the 06 right then and there. 1 problem is that I am a college student about to graduate in Dec. 06 and have no money. I went to college to become a professional Pilot and it was costly, many loans. I didn't want to get another loan and good old dad wasn't about to lend me any $$ either. I found a way to get $$ through some friends. Become a volunteer for a medical study. The study I did paid $3,300 for 16 days. Also I had some money in savings. The decision was to buy a used S3. Now what model? I like the 99-01 body not sure why. The search was on. Many hrs on the net. Finally I found one that was available (funny that people forget to remove ads online after a sale, many dead ends) and in my price range. Beautiful 99 S3 almost 12,000 miles in located in PA, I live in MI. My friend and I are going to make the trip this Tue Sep 19th. We are taking a car and I am riding the bike back, about a 6-7hr trip. So wish me luck and I will report back with how it went. Here is a pic of the bike.