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Discussion in 'Speed Triple' started by jono_52, Oct 31, 2018.

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  1. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    So i only introduced myself today, but something came up yesterday and though what better place to ask some questions.

    I've had the 2012 1200 Adventure for about 4 months now and love it..... going to be with me for a while.

    But as you know 4 wheels are better than 2 ;)

    I've been drooling over the new Speed Triple RS and probably watched 200 reviews .... sat on it at the dealer and tried to soften up the financial manager at home.
    But then I came across this:

    A 2013 Speed Triple..... in absolute mint condition and it makes the heart flutter. The bike has a full service history with one Triumph Mechanic and is spotless:

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    Its at well under asking price, and I can't help but want it.

    Now this solves the "cost" dilemma, but i need to know from anyone here, what to look out for, and specifically, i'd like a quickshifter on it. Links to that would be much appreciated.

    I'm not looking for Super Bike speed, i'm looking for that mid-range, twisties, breakfast run hooligan, that i can just enjoy on my own or with the misses.

    The Adventure is the "family ride".

    Any comments or thoughts or just general notes are very much welcome.
     
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  2. BB3Lions

    BB3Lions BB3Lions™©®
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    "I'm not looking for Super Bike speed, i'm looking for that mid-range, twisties, breakfast run hooligan, that i can just enjoy on my own or with the misses"

    Street Triple R maybe?
     
  3. Bad Billy

    Bad Billy Baddest Member
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    Try a Street 765RS or R, ride it with an open mind, you might be surprised!
     
  4. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    Not that i didn't consider it, just went with my gut on this one.

    At this price, its cheaper than the street triple. Even a newer one.

    When i say Super Bike Speed i mean 280+km/h, doesn't mean i don't want decent speed if you get where I'm coming from.

    Also, I'm no jocky rider.... have the dad optional extra's if you get me.
     
  5. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Jono,

    It sounds like a better bet than the new Speed Triple RS?
    There are several stories on here of the new RS being very problematic.
    A few examples I've seen are leaking forks, air locks in the oil system & dozens of electrical problems that have put the bikes out of action for weeks! :confused:
     
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  6. Col_C

    Col_C I can't re...Member
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    If you're not bothered about rider modes and/or want to do your own maintenance then a pre-2016 is the way to go. The R version gets you Ohlins suspension and monobloc Brembo's. The latest 2018 model seems to have some switch gear issues and a minor clutch lever problem.
    Check whether the valve clearance service has been done or coming up soon (it's quite expensive - unless you do it yourself). Also that the rear hub eccentric and suspension linkages have been stripped and greased (prone to seizing if neglected).
     
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  7. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    See this is where I'm at, because its a better cost choice to learn, knowing the bike is well looked after, the Mech took me through the bike and showed me very minor options for me to consider, but all in its had every maintenance option done.

    When i'm smarter and richer an RS could be an option.
     
  8. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    Valve clearance has been done. That was my first question.

    I'll find out about the linkages and so forth, thanks for that, exactly why i thought posting here was a good idea, cheers!
     
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  9. Rspete

    Rspete Well-Known Member

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    I had a 12 plate speedy and didn't get on with it at all, it's to tall and I'm a hefty bloke, my 675 is a better bike, better on the twisties, lighter and alot more involving.

    The rs versions do suffer from a few problems, I've only had the grinding brakey thing.... triumph Newcastle sorted it straight away but I know this could of been avoided with a touch of ceratec grease.
     
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  10. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had a 2014 s and I now own a 2018RS. Zero problems with both. The RS has 1800 miles on it, quickshifter fitted, heated grips and all is good.

    My 2014s had no traction control obviously but I use the throttle in a similar way on both bikes. The RS traction control light does come on (a lot) but I can’t detect much difference to the old bike. The front of the RS does seem to come up more so maybe that’s a reflection of the engine spinning up faster. The suspension on the RS is far superior to the S, as are the brakes. I’m a big lad so I don’t feel the RS is hard to chuck about. In short I’ve had zero problems on the new bike, it’s simply amazing but the old bike was only 10% ish less good if you know what I mean.
     
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  11. martinm

    martinm Member

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    new model 2018 s quick shift heated grips 2500 miles no problems with it.proper nice bike.
     
  12. Dawsy

    Dawsy Well-Known Member

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    Of course you should!
     
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  13. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    Just bare in mind this isn't a bash against the 2018 RS, simply from a personal perspective. And a deal that's just too good to pass up.

    Emotionally i have said yes, as its a WANT not a NEED.

    But good to get owners to give a heads up on pro's and con's. Which has already helped.
     
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  14. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    I know right!
     
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  15. Andybow

    Andybow Member

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    Don’t put a aftermarket QS on a pre 2016 model eventually it’ll eat the gearbox. Bikes from 2016 had a completely revised box to allow for quickshifter.
    It’s still a lovely bike the 2013 and is great fun, I loved mine!

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  16. Rspete

    Rspete Well-Known Member

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    Even if it is a bash marra, it's your thoughts No one will knock ya for it.

    When I said I couldn't get on with It, there's loads i did love about It, build quality is great, servicings a piece of p%!s, tuneecu is wonderful for mapping and service spanner removal and loads more, it sounds fantastic and goes well too, parts are cheap. What more can I say oh yes they look evil hahaha

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  17. jono_52

    jono_52 New Member

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    So....

    I went for a test ride.

    Let me first off explain, I have never been on a road bike other than my Adventure. Never ridden a naked / Super bike. So this was completely new for me.

    It took a matter of 15 mins and already felt comfortable and at home on it. The seating position felt like i was on a GP bike which would be expected since all i know is the Adventure. Hands took some strain, just something to get used to. I loved the foot peg position and the feeling of how balanced the bike was, almost felt more assured than the 1200.

    The bike is just crisp, clean and felt flawless (remember my lack of experience here). The brakes the acceleration, the weight. All felt great. The Arrows have the goodies removed, and coming off the accelerator results in the pops and bangs which just lift the soul. I was in love with the sound almost immediately.

    I went on my own for about 30 mins, didn't do anything silly . Then went back and fetched the misses, which i was nervous about, since i had no time on the bike and was about to carry someone. But, we needed to feel what it was like to carry someone and she was keen, so wasn't going to waste her enthusiasm.

    My hands immediately got sore, and i could feel how it was worlds apart position wise (Obviously). She wasn't too happy about the position and after 20 mins had about enough, but we both agreed like anything we would need time to adapt. Her helmet kept smacking mine, so we'll have to work on that.

    In short, the bike wasn't what i expected and was exactly what i expected at the same time and left me with a lot more information on my decision.
    What i can tell you is, more so now than ever, I'm very keen on it.

    All things come together this week or next, i may just pull the trigger and take it.

    Thanks for listening;)
     
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  18. David Cooper

    David Cooper Triumph Rocketeer.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum Jono.

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  19. Bad Billy

    Bad Billy Baddest Member
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    My wife used to ride pillion a lot back in the day, I was riding the original Trident Sprint then & she loved it, eventually change to a Sprint ST, the Sprint RS and eventually on to a Daytona, with every change she became a little less interested in going on the back. Now there were other factors involved with her being less keen on riding pillion, not least that she was worried that if the worst ever happened our children could become orphans (extreme I know but how her mind works). All of that said some like to ride pillion on sports bikes, but if you like to ride 2 up make sure the bike works for you.
     
  20. Richard Neale

    Richard Neale Active Member

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    Sounds like you need two bikes mate !

    I had a Blackbird for taking the Mrs out and my Speedie for me, until she lost interest ... and I sold the BB. Great compromise though.
     
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