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Old 06-26-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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triumph vs harley

I'm interested in both the Harley-Davidson nightster 1200n and the triumph speed triple. I was wanting to get another bike and am stuck between which one I want more .I would like some personal input on the 2 bikes aNd which one u would go with. A few pros aNd cons would be cool. I just can't make up my mind.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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Never rode the triumph but I have the Nightster. Really, the Nightster is a great, fun, reliable bike for me so far. Alot alot alot of stuff you can do to a Nightster to one extreme to the other custom wise. Has crazy torque for a little bike, 5 gears instead of 6 and top speed is decent (I belive I got mine up to like 120 or so with Dave C next to me on his 650r). They do seem to scrape alot when going around decent sharp curves if your an agressive rider. Other then that, I love my bike!
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hmmm fist question would be how you plan on riding the thing. I would go with the s3 peraonally, but you got two different ballfields there.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:06 PM   #4
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The triumph is a nimble, responsive, sporty bike that it still pretty comfortable. The Harley will get eatin in every single performance measurement but will provide a still exciting ride compared to a pure cruiser.
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I'm trying to steer away from a super sport and go with the more upright like the sv and speed triple. I always liked the nightster. I like twisty corners still but I wanna still be comfortable in a nice ride
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:46 PM   #6
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I loved my 955 Speed Triple and a friends 1050 Speed Triple. Both very comfortable, fast if you want to go fast, and all day long comfortable.

I haven't ridden the HD though.
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Plenty fast. Suspension needs a little upgrading if you want to get really aggressive in the twisites or track, but once done, they are a lot of fun. Feels sort of motardish.

Top Speed? I have no idea, although I have done in the mid 130's on the one I rode.
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You can wheelie the big triple to well over 100 mph. You'd do well to wheelie the hd. Kind of let's you know where you stand.
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The 955 Speedy I have (Tojo's old one) I got up to 138mph (actual-not speedo) while passing a few cars (I know, I know). Super comfy to ride all day. As Tojo said suspension is a little on the soft side, but corners and wheelies like nothing else. I've always had a speedy, I like em that much.
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Ive had both at the same time. Finances forced me to sell something and the triple was the first to get nabbed so its gone. If I had to pick just one to have honestly it would be the triple. I love my sportster but the triple was way more comfortable and practical. Once things line out I will buy another one.

That said if you are looking for an s3 look for an 08 and up. Major upgrades over the 07 and below models. Upgraded suspension internals, brembo brakes, megura fatbar, lighter wheels, just off the top of my head.

Two very good choices tho. But like said above really apples and oranges.
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I'm trying to steer away from a super sport and go with the more upright like the sv and speed triple. I always liked the nightster. I like twisty corners still but I wanna still be comfortable in a nice ride

If this is your criteria, there are a lot of other bikes to consider.

Tuono
Tuono4
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Speed Triple
Street Triple
B-king
CB1000
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Lots of interesting naked bikes that have sporting chassis, but real bars.
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On my second S3 and cant think of another bike that I would recommend more. They are an absolute blast to ride.
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pics of your white triple please
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I think AaronP220 would beg to differ.
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F! I dont have any good pics of it yet. But I do have some sweet ones of my previous black S3. I'll post them under the thread you just started to keep from hijacking the OP's.
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I think AaronP220 would beg to differ.
his is a street triple... not the speed.

and its still cool, he just doesnt like the standard feel to it.
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