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Old 01-26-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question wow perfecto day...two more bikes on radar

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Wow what a perfecto day for riding. It was amazing out in Ft. Bend.

Also swanned to SW Mancuso toy store to meet with buddy Ed and lunch at Fungos.

Two more bikes hit my radar for a "light" touring bike besides the Suzuki 650 VStrom:

1) 2011 Triumph Sprint GT, only 755 miles...seat lower than Suzuki, more pricey, very clean, but would need bar risers and bigger shield... of an engine though, a bit heavier than I would like...pretty silver, has bags...

2) 2009 BMW F650 GS, 17K miles, good shape, loved the low seating geometry, upright stance...so so on looks (fugly front end), but a nice little potential bike...perfect weight...needs bags...combo street off road tires...

Any comments on these bikes?

Still pondering. I am adding a black Stucchi rear rack to my V7R and will try that out for my light camping, also a Dart fly screen...so I may end up using my little goose for short (less than 300 miles one way) camp trips to the hill country, etc.

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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I've got a 2006 V Strom and I love it. The Strom will go anywhere comfortably and is as reliable as an anvil. I would think parts and maintenance would cost much less with the Suzuki than the others.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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That 1050 triple is an intoxicating engine. Not a fire-breathing beast, which is actually a plus. Linear power delivery through out a west Texas plateau size powerband. Great road sport and sport touring smooth tractor. Triumph listened to all the ST owners and addressed all their complaints in the GT. I had 30mm bar risers on my 09 ST, and it was perfect for me. I believe GT bars are bit high, so adding risers will make it even more upright. Chech cycle ergo for exact numbers.

Its not a hot seller, so work that to your advantage. Perfect compliment to your V7 IMHO.
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Volfy,

Thanks for your comments. Taking time, researching and shopping pays dividends. I may want a bike that is true sport touring and the Triumph big triple checks that box. The price is very right. I would need bar risers and a higher screen, but those are easy add ons. Serious test rides happen sometime early february. Yep, the idea is to complement the V7R: huge, big joy, ripping Italian fun on a day like this just swanning about Houston and Ft. Bend County: 5th gear and 5000 rpm = 80 mph of Belissimo and the HD rides wondering WTF?
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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I can vouch for the 1050 motor. A lot of fun, low maintenance, very reliable and useable power.
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The f650 is a slow pig. Low clearance, poor front shock setup and lacking a bit of torque.
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aye.. my vote to the triple
you've seen the new black/red frame? ouch !
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I went through the same process last month. Though, my criteria was a little different. I was looking more for commuting than long distance trip. My choice came down to a 2005 Honda VFR800 or a 2005 Sprint 1050. The Sprint ST is a unique bike. You do not find these often on the streets. The aftermarket support and parts are little scarce. The VFR 800 has lot of aftermarket support and the V4 is very reliable motor and the handling is very great. The maintenance is very cheap except for the valve adjustment on the VTEC model. I think the service interval calls for a 16K mile valve check which can run to 900$, but lot of people say that the inspection is not needed well in to the 30K mile zone. So something for you to add in to your mix.
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lucydad, for sure take your time searching for a stablemate for the V7. You have a svelte Italian that is quick on her heet and dressed to the nines. What little muscle tone she lacks is more than made up by the extroverted personality. Besides serving different functions, the new ride should reset your palate, such that when you go back to dating the Italian again, she is as refreshing as ever.

Enjoy the hunt. It is as much fun as - if not more than - riding them.
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If I was looking for a Sprint
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Z, thanks for the link man...interesting bike.

Volfy, you hit the nail on the head.... I love my small block Guzzi...it just keeps getting better...yet I want to expand my riding skills into longer distances...the Triumph triples intrigue me....time is my ally..."he who has the money makes the rules"

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I would definitely take the Triumph over the BMW. Did Triumph ever fix their itty-bitty stator wire burning up issue? IIRC, it was present on both the 675 & the 1050. Easy fix, though. Definitely not a deal-breaker.
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FWIW, as much as I love my Vee, I would much rather have something like the Sprint. The sport tours just don't have the ground clearance I need when I ride to my folks' place in BFE.
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I would definitely take the Triumph over the BMW. Did Triumph ever fix their itty-bitty stator wire burning up issue? IIRC, it was present on both the 675 & the 1050. Easy fix, though. Definitely not a deal-breaker.
I don't remember it affecting the '09 I had. I could be wrong, but I believe Triumph fixed it on later model ST's and certainly on the GT.
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