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Old 02-24-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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All,

This might be of interest or not, but here goes. I was right at the point of making a final comparison of two bikes: Triumph Street Triple R and Ducati Monster 796 ABS at the "toy store". But, yesterday I got stuck in my cage for two hours trying to get to a meeting, and I had more time to think. And the thinking, part of it was on--am I ready to upgrade from my Kawa Ninja EX 500, to what is in my book a super high performance bike?

I have been back riding for about a year now. Every time I go riding I learning something new, my skills have definitely not plateaued. Also, the Ninja, despite being a 2007 and dated, well--- it is a great bike with plenty of muscle and fine handling. The sucker pulls hard above 7000 rpm, it is a blast to ride and the grin factor is very high.

The toystore dealer tried to pull the "sense of urgency" card on me: we only have one left, and it will go fast, and we may not get any more until fall. Well, fine, ok. What is the hurry from my viewpoint? There will be more of these bikes available sooner or later. Yeah, I am nearly 58, and not 18, so deal with it Mr. toy dealer.

Meanwhile, I am building my riding skills. One year really is not that long. A switch to a much faster bike requires a big learning curve in my opinion. The higher my experience, the safer I will be when I finally do upgrade.

So, there it is. Besides, and this may sound a bit strange, I tend to get emotionally attached to cars and motorcycles and such. This pretty yellow Ninja has treated me very well and I continue to give it loving care and maintenance. I plan on getting it to a bonafide expert mechanic for a check up soon to be sure items beyond my skill level and tool set are checked.

Ride safe, it looks like a pretty good weekend, but the wind is up. I note the oak trees are spewing buckets of leaves onto the streets, so that will be on my mind cornering and braking in the neighborhood.

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Old 02-24-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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So, there it is. Besides, and this may sound a bit strange, I tend to get emotionally attached to cars and motorcycles and such. This pretty yellow Ninja has treated me very well and I continue to give it loving care and maintenance. I plan on getting it to a bonafide expert mechanic for a check up soon to be sure items beyond my skill level and tool set are checked.


^^^ This is my problem... same way I never wanted to stop driving my 89 Ford Bronco... until she just wouldn't go anymore... I loved her..

Same reason that when I go in my garage and there are 2 SVs ... I always want to ride the first one I bought...

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I don't understand how you could compare the triple R to a 796 monster. Thats night and day, with the 796 being more for beginners and women. Just saying
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sergio... it's the price range, engine size, and style. The Duc pulls at my heart, but the triple is better in every way on paper.

Kinda in the same boat as you (looking at the same bikes too)

Except I'm 30 years younger. I feel ready to move up, but in the end, I know I've only ridden for 10months (17k miles... but only 10months). There are times when i rip on the 650r throttle hard.... and I KNOW it would get me in trouble on a bike that would lift the front. But.... I'll need something with more power before I really can learn to control the throttle... right now I can pin it WOT without an issue.

And yeah... there will always be another bike to purchase. Maybe that street triple will even be offered with ABS by the time you buy

Oh, and having more than a year left on my warranty will keep my high mileage riding habits on this bike for awhile.
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Kinda in the same boat as you (looking at the same bikes too)

Except I'm 30 years younger. I feel ready to move up, but in the end, I know I've only ridden for 10months (17k miles... but only 10months). There are times when i rip on the 650r throttle hard.... and I KNOW it would get me in trouble on a bike that would lift the front. But.... I'll need something with more power before I really can learn to control the throttle... right now I can pin it WOT without an issue.

And yeah... there will always be another bike to purchase. Maybe that street triple will even be offered with ABS by the time you buy
go do a trackday, you'll learn TONS!
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I learned more in one track day than I did in 3 years/25k miles of street/commuting.

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Pachuco,

Interesting comment on the Duc 796. I am truly interested on why you think the Triumph is such a better bike. I came to the same conclusion via web searches of reviews and such.

By the way, the "toy store" offered test rides on both bikes. Of course, I would sign a contract basically buying the bike if I put a scratch on either. But, there you go again. I find that interesting given previous MH discussion on test riding new sport bikes.
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yep, I am a trackday fan...do the trackdays... it will change your way of looking at things... and your bike...you might just keep that yellow thing even longer...depending on how you feel about it... when it will not do what you are able to do, then get something different that will...
besides we need more gray hair at trackdays...
we know better than to buy into the trackdays are safe bullshit, but we are old enough to realize that trackdays are much safer than the streets are...
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Interesting comment on the Duc 796. I am truly interested on why you think the Triumph is such a better bike. I came to the same conclusion via web searches of reviews and such.

By the way, the "toy store" offered test rides on both bikes. Of course, I would sign a contract basically buying the bike if I put a scratch on either. But, there you go again. I find that interesting given previous MH discussion on test riding new sport bikes.
The duc is under powered with no radiator, suspension is also set for lighter people. With the triple you will get the horsepower and suspension upgrades. If you like the monster I would look for a 07-08 s4r or s4rs or even the sr1000 are really nice. Streetfighter is also a choice buts its alot to handle if you not used to a superbike
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I'm in the same boat. I want to buy a track bike so bad, it's eating me up. I don't think my Beemer would make a good track bike, so I'm saving it for cruising and would like to get something a little more performance oriented.

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I tend to get emotionally attached to cars and motorcycles and such.

all good except for this ^^.

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I don't understand how you could compare the triple R to a 796 monster. Thats night and day, with the 796 being more for beginners and women. Just saying
I think you are getting the street triple 1050 mixed up with the street triple 750 which is a pig compared to its bigger brother. So in the same ball park a the 796 monster...
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I think you are getting the street triple 1050 mixed up with the street triple 750 which is a pig compared to its bigger brother. So in the same ball park a the 796 monster...
speed triple 750? thought it was a speed triple 675..
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speed triple 750? thought it was a speed triple 675..
STREET triple what ever it is it's not the Speed triple thats a 1050
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You want a naked beauty that pulls like a mad bull? Why dont you go see the new brutale that andy at metric has om the showroom? I am sure he will give you a great deal on her. I was thinking maybe upgrading my brutale 910 for the one he has. Who knows

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yeah, I agree, don't rush it and hey if it wasn't meant to be it wont happen.
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