Featured 2018 Speed Triple Rs – Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Speed Triple' started by MrTriple, Mar 31, 2018.

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  1. MrTriple

    MrTriple Senior Member
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    Yes they certainly do - and different to the Speed that I saw a year ago. It was the dealer that pointed it out.

    Post up a full pic Andy - from that small glimpse, it looks a lovely bike :)
     
  2. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
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    She's currently sitting with no tank or ECU :rolleyes: so here's one I took last weekend ;)
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  3. Cupracing

    Cupracing New Member

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    Mines in on the 18th, Triumph Bulldog have said it will be £230!

    That’s as much as a major service on my car
     
  4. MrTriple

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    There does seem to be some variance - let's see who can come away with the cheapest service ;)

    They have free cakes on a Saturday too - I can eat my own bodyweight in cake.
     
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  5. MrTriple

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    The Street looks really grown up these days - great bike! Great roads too, by the look of it :yum

    Stop with this teaser stuff - first a glimpse of your paintwork...now it's your ECU. Where have you sent it :neutral: ?
     
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  6. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
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    The clue is in the picture ;);)
    It's off to hilltop, should be back tomorrow or Saturday :grinning:
    I've just realised how well the givi tank bag matches the colour scheme!
     
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  7. Fitz Brundage

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    A Query to Mr Triple, andyc1, and anyone else who has shed the original RS Arrow exhaust.

    I am very tempted to install the AR exhaust on my 2018 RS. I'm not interested in a performance gain so much as losing the weight and heat beside my legs. But I don't want to sacrifice the low end performance in order to shed weight.

    Alas, I live in NC and can't easily get my bike to Hilltop. Instead, I will have to take my pick to a local tuner if I swap the exhaust. So here is my question.
    Would you advise getting a dyno done before I install the AR exhaust so that the tuner has a "baseline" to work from. Or is it just a effective to swap the exhaust and let the tuner work from scratch.

    I've never had a bike re-mapped after swapping the exhaust so I may be asking an inane question. Thanks for your advice.
     
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  8. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
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    Mines a street triple, not touched the exhaust on this bike. I don't see much point in putting it on the dyno before an exhaust swap unless you want a before and after comparison? I had an earlier model speed triple with twin arrows, that bike felt stronger low down when the baffles were installed, weather it can be tuned differently to bring back the torque or not, I'm not sure. MrTriple has had more experience and advice on this so hopefully better answer your question ;)
     
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  9. MrTriple

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    This is a good (and not by any stretch inane) question Fitz Brundage, and provides a chance to summarise findings so far:
    • I am very pleased with my AR - it's beautifully made and I love the sleek lines (with no visible hanging bracket)
    • It sounds amazing and retains the original character (with baffle in)
    • The weight reduction made a significant difference to the handling - but it required a suspension tune to really shine
    • I didn't notice any performance gains - but definitely noticed torque reduction (without a doubt)
    • I wish I'd had it baselined - only because I'll never know how good it was before the change (but you really don't need to get it on the dyno first)
    • Hilltop detected and fixed the lack of torque and cured the running lean issue (I have to trust them on the lean bit)
    • I've just put the baffle back in after a period of testing - the sound was great, but just overwhelms everything (it also amplifies every imperfect throttle/clutch action)
    As said in earlier posts, it's worth emailing Hilltop and asking whether they have any 'Remote Tuners' in your area. Or you could post it, as andyc1 has done. That said, a good, local, traditional tuner will surely provide an adequate solution.
     
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  10. Ken walburn

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    You don’t need to get the bike to Hilltop, just the ECU
     
  11. Fitz Brundage

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    I'm hesitant to ship my ecu across the Atlantic. A lot of opportunities for something to go wrong somewhere.

    But thanks for the advice.
     
  12. Fitz Brundage

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    I'm hesitant to ship my ecu across the Atlantic. A lot of opportunities for something to go wrong somewhere.

    But thanks for the advice.
     
  13. MrTriple

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    I'm with you on that - I didn't want to send mine within the UK. Hilltop might offer a solution that isn't detectable by Triumph, but having to explain why you need a new replacement ECU set up, is pretty hard to hide :neutral:
     
  14. Ken walburn

    Ken walburn Noble Member

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    What could possibly go wrong? You guys flew men to the moon & back, right? ;)
     
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  15. MrTriple

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    No...that was NASA Ken, we're totally reliant on UPS :laughing:
     
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  16. RSReggie

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    Not by UPS !
     
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  17. MrTriple

    MrTriple Senior Member
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    Talk about great minds...our replies crossed :joy:
     
  18. RSReggie

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    Yes separated at birth... :)
     
  19. Biffig

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    #719 Biffig, May 10, 2019
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    I have changed to SC Project S1 slip on (pretty similar to the AR version), and I honestly can't detect any loss of low end torque as Mr. T describes with his AR. This was of great concern for me as well. Maybe my butt-dyno isn't sufficiently sensitive... The weight different however is definitely noticeable, not to mention the new cool look :)
    I have only tried with the baffle in. It is already bit to loud, so baffle out is out of the question anyway.

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  20. MrTriple

    MrTriple Senior Member
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    Fantastic bike Biffig - and Norway looks beautiful (almost as nice as Essex :yum).

    Perhaps the extra length makes a difference - Hilltop did say that the longer the pipe, the less impact on torque. Your first photo makes a good comparison with mine:

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