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Discussion in 'Newbies Hangout' started by MrTriple, Jan 23, 2017.

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  1. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    Hi Everyone - I've been lurking on the forum in search of technical tips and advice for about a year, so it's about time I joined!

    I bought a Speed Triple R 2016 last April as an upgrade from a Yamaha MT-125. I've been riding for one year, but driving since 1982, so I'm a late starter.

    People said, "you don't want such a big bike" and "you need to work up gradually and gain experience" but they are wrong! I'm just about to start my IAM training (IAM car member since 1984) and I'm loving every minute of it.

    Why didn't I do this earlier!?
     
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  2. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme

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    Welcome in mrT. Congrats on the bike and move up.
    Yeah! Why didn't you do it earlier
     
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  3. R_1000

    R_1000 Elite Member
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    Welcome buddy. All the best with IAM
     
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  4. Trophy57

    Trophy57 Well-Known Member

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    Hi from Australia Mr T

    Lots of great advice here on this forum ( if needed of course ;))

    Cheers
    Gary
     
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  5. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick

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    Hey MrT. Never too late mate. Welcome.
     
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  6. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again

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    Hi MrT and welcome. Now that is what you call an upgrade, great bike
     
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  7. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    welcome MrT what a cracking first "big" bike:) and good luck with your IAM test,that's something i've fancied doing but never seem to find the time:oops:
     
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  8. PompeyMark

    PompeyMark Senior Member

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    A warm welcome and good luck with your new bike and your upcoming IAM test
     
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  9. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

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    Hi and welcome to the forum
     
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  10. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    #10 MrTriple, Jan 24, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
    Thanks for the warm welcome - from very far and wide. Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the IAM though...the pressure is most definitely on.

    As for the bike...well it's stunning (you already know this of course) - in fact all the Triumphs are stunning, but choosing the Speed Triple felt obvious to me...the right feel and fit. My son has a Daytona 675R and the pair of them together is a beautiful thing!

    Here's a shot from the summer - I've since swapped the tail tidy, added a Conquest Carbon hugger and chain guard, a rear seat cowl and I've removed the pillion pegs for a cleaner look ;)

    2016-06-09 16.08.14.jpg

    2016-06-09 16.08.14.jpg
     
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  11. PhilB

    PhilB Active Member

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    Welcome, glad you're loving it!
    What a sweet, clean and beautiful bike you have! Hardly looks ridden, good job :mad::p
     
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  12. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    Thanks Phil. Well she was only 3 months old when that pic was taken - and now after 9 months, she looks...erm...the same ;)

    I'm a very OCD when it comes to cleaning - I have all the right products in my detailing kit and OK, she's very low mileage and I avoid the rain (definitely the salt) but it makes it easy to keep her looking tip-top.

    Plus...I share an MT-07 with my son for grubby days.
     
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  13. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    Hi n welcome, fantastic choice of bike. My Su has an MT07 but has been making eyes at Street Triples as of late :eek:
     
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  14. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    I considered the Street, but couldn't resist the muscle (both performance and looks) of the Speed. A Street instead of an MT-07...well yes, that sounds like a good move.

    My son has a mean looking Phantom Black Daytona 675R, so the MT-07 was specifically for regular riding and the winter. It has an ear-bleeding Akrapovic full system and the no-baffle twin sound is fabulous (if that's what you like)...but it doesn't have the build quality that the Triumphs have. That's the point though...a very usable and easy to live with bike, that doesn't leave you worrying (so much) when it's left chained up somewhere.
     
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  15. PhilB

    PhilB Active Member

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    Now that sounds a fair deal!
    Was it him who got you into the biking world?
     
  16. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    I like cars. They don't fall over so easily and I swore I would never ride a bike. Not ever.

    My son started riding four years ago and our motoring paths never crossed. He kept on at me and eventually convinced me to do my CBT last November - just to see if I liked it. Nothing to lose (he said). Then I did the Theory (just in case) and as it was cheap being winter, signed up for Mod 1 and 2...and was all done by January. Whoops.

    I will never ride a bike o_O
     
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  17. MickEng

    MickEng Noble Member

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    Welcome to the forum Mr T
    Nice looking first big bike
     
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  18. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again

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    Lol I love it. Bikes are fuckin dangerous...........but aint we all??????? and as you prove, they are addictive. You gotta go some way , may as well be what you wanna be doing. lol
     
  19. MrTriple

    MrTriple One Cylinder Short

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    I try to limit the amount of danger that I'm 'generating' - and I'm taking my time to find my two wheels.

    Addictive definitely, but dangerous...yes of course stuff happens that you can't control - but I reckon that texting while driving is statistically more dangerous than riding.
     
  20. John Will

    John Will Member

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    Hi MrTriple,
    High Beech meeting place with the new cooking facility, one of your haunts ? I have a 140 mile round trip down there midweek.
     

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