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Old 07-23-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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Question any Triumph Street Triple R owners out there?

I am wondering if there are any Triumph Street Triple R owners out in Motohouston land? Checking online forums, reviews, videos and such: well I think I am after a 2012 STR R with ABS brakes. Best I can tell, none of the Houston Triumph dealers have one in stock. Questions have been returned with little information, etc. The response so far: give us $500 deposit (non-refundable), and we will then talk to you. Sheesh. I know Mancuso SW is getting Triumph up and running fairly soon, so I may ride in and ask them their situation.

Basically, I want to look at one, sit on one and see the fit and posture, and talk to someone who actually rides one. The STR may be more bike than I want or am ready for, but then again maybe not. Before I order, if I do, I would like to ride one. Cost is around $12 grand, and although I hesitate to buy a new bike, I really want the ABS brakes. This would be my dream bike.

Another possibility is a Ducati Monster with ABS, either the 696 or the 800. I have sat on the Monster, and like it. My goal is to test ride both a STR and a Monster in the same week, then make the decision.

It seems Triumphs are fairly rare bikes in these parts. Ducatis are readily available, and of course Harleys, all Japanese brands, and even some other European bikes can be found.

I am patient on this quest, being 57, and back into riding now only 4 months on my EX 500, my timetable for the dream bike is maybe this fall, or next spring. No heated rush for this guy.

Advice is welcome. If you are willing to show me your STR, and let me sit on it (no test ride expected, or even asked), please PM me. And I will give you a six pack or bottle of your favorite hooch for your time and trouble.

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Old 07-23-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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who did you talk to? Gulf coast bmw has street triples you can sit on. I would imagine they will get one, but when is always the question.
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I talked to Polaris West in Katy, and Mancuso SW. Sounds like I need to check out Gulf Coast BMW. I checked their inventory online: no STR listed. Thanks!
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I checked Gulf Coast BMW's online inventory: yes on speed triples, no on street triples.
I did email their Triumph sales manager. We will see if he gives a response that is useful, or not. Thanks.
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dont know where you went, but it shows they have the street triple and street triple r on there website. 2011 models
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Nope, Gulf Coast BMW does not: I just verified with Jim, their Triumph sales guy.
They are going to call me when they get a Street Triple in. Best I can tell, the only STRs in Texas are in Plano. Blows me away. It seems that most items I really want, are unavailable, go figure. I think the STR is Triumph's best selling bike, worldwide, and there are none in Houston, the USA's fourth largest city.
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The ABS may be limiting you a bit. Without ABS, you could watch for used, though Triumphs don't often trade in or even go up for sale until they are worn out. I don't get the $500 deposit on a bike you are just looking at. Richard (Polaris) does have a bit of an attitude on sales - you like it and will pay my price or you don't. He will come off MSRP a bit but not like a car salesman.
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Nope, Gulf Coast BMW does not: I just verified with Jim, their Triumph sales guy.
They are going to call me when they get a Street Triple in. Best I can tell, the only STRs in Texas are in Plano. Blows me away. It seems that most items I really want, are unavailable, go figure. I think the STR is Triumph's best selling bike, worldwide, and there are none in Houston, the USA's fourth largest city.
Yeah, Jim is about as useful as a third nipple (unless you're into that kind of stuff). I speak from experience. Don't even mess with them; have you tried polaris in Katy? http://www.polariswest.com/

They're excellent with customer service. And, mind you, i actually bought my bike at Gulf Coast.
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Yeah, Jim is about as useful as a third nipple (unless you're into that kind of stuff). I speak from experience. Don't even mess with them; have you tried polaris in Katy? http://www.polariswest.com/

They're excellent with customer service. And, mind you, i actually bought my bike at Gulf Coast.
trying to do business with Jim, same dealer. So, you don't recommend me this place?

He's asking 10100 for a 2012 Street Triple, OTD. Is that a good price?
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My friend has one and he likes it a lot. I took it on a short ride, it was really comfortable (compared to my ZX10R), had great mid range, and seemed like it would handle really well.
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I do not own one, but a friend has one that I spent the day on riding the PCH and surrounding roads around Monterey, CA. Very comfortable and well built. We rode a mountain pass that was very technical. I had zero fatigue and zero issues following a KTM Superduke 990.

He had in the Hill Country this weekend and had just commented on what a great bike it has been. He is close to your age and has quite a collection, including ducs and also quite a few exotics. I think this is his most ridden bike. To me, that speaks volumes. A close second is his 1050 speed triple.
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Right now there are a lot of STRs in Houston. That is a good price, I think. The Triumph streety R remains on my short list of dream bikes for this fall, when I am ready, and have the cash. Mancuso SW has several in stock, and offered me a test ride recently. But, I did not take them up on their offer since I am not ready to buy.
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Right now there are a lot of STRs in Houston. That is a good price, I think. The Triumph streety R remains on my short list of dream bikes for this fall, when I am ready, and have the cash. Mancuso SW has several in stock, and offered me a test ride recently. But, I did not take them up on their offer since I am not ready to buy.
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Going back to my question or post above, is $10100 a good price? I forgot to ask for a detail quote but that's OTD.

Quote / price is for a 2012 Street Triple, Gulf Coast dealer.
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Yes, I think that is competitive pricing for the basic Streety. There is a some debate if the R is worth the extra cost unless one rides really hard, or needs the adjustable suspension (big rider). From what I can tell these bikes were hard to get last year, but this year more are available in Houston. Are they charging you a "shipping" fee of $500? That is negotiable I would hope. Good luck, they make a really pretty purple in the basic Street model.
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If you.weigh.more.then 150 lbs.you.need.the R model
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In the past, Triumph's Street Triple and STR have been notoriously undersprung on the front and oversprung on the rear. Don't know about the latest models but my 09' STR came this way. After respringing the front for my weight and using an aftermarket damping kit, I have enjoyed it for moderately aggressive street use as well as a great track day bike and would recommend it as an alternative to any 600 out there where a more comfortable (less cramped) riding position is sought. I've done about 10 track days on mine including Barber twice and it really performs well at my novice club racing pace.
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What is your Weight? If you are anything like the average american male you will need th R Model.
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