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Discussion in 'Speed Triple' started by Hogi, Oct 8, 2018.

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  1. Hogi

    Hogi Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2017
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    I've enjoyed my 05 Speed. I really loved the scorched yellow paintwork and bonded with her really well. I've worked hard on bringing her up to a good standard with bits n bobs and she's received a number of nice compliments over the past year.

    But I'm a regular browser of autotrader and I found what's turned out to be an absolute bargain '16 S offered at a keen price. Doble offered me a very fair trade in and the deal was done. A very smooth transaction.

    So it's goodbye to my tourqey yellow beast that's been a joy to own and hello to my Diablo S armed with rider modes, abs, TRC, gear indicator and fuel guage!!

    After a quick couple of hundred miles, my first impressions are that she has a more supple suspension and much faster pick up at speed while retaining the same well balanced feel at very slow speed. A nice riding position and comfortable saddle with a plusher ride but not as 'raw' as the 05.

    Anyway I'm looking forward to exploring her capabilities before the gritters get on with the Devil's work:imp:

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  2. Hogi

    Hogi Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2017
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  3. manbitescat

    manbitescat Well-Known Member

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    Really like your old bike and I know you'll love the new one too, perhaps a little more - 10 years of technology counts for something. Great snaps too...
     
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  4. Hogi

    Hogi Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2017
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    Thanks manbitescat - I think you're right about the technology, she definitely feels tighter, ahem!
    I had a run out tonight after work to catch the sun and recreate an old scene made with the 05

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  5. Red Thunder

    Red Thunder First Class Member
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    That is a lovely bike, but to be honest I prefer the round eye models
    After a year, I traded in my 16R and went back to a 2010
    Too many things I couldn't get comfortable with, front suspension was too soft, ride by wire throttle, ABS and traction control got in the way.

    Don't get me wrong, they are good bikes, but I prefer the raw naked power of the earlier Speed Triples without the electronic refinement and they are easier to work on needing less specialist tools.
     
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  6. Hogi

    Hogi Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2017
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    Thanks Red and not to forget the popping exhaust on decelleration, worth throttling it off just to hear it :) but I'm just too loved up at the moment with the "new thing" syndrome lol
     
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