Help me choose a new motorcycle!

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  1. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

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    I'm on the fence between the naked middleweight, a BMW F 800 R or the naked heavyweight, a 2011 Triumph Speed Triple.

    The BMW has 87 bhp @ 8000 rpm, 63 lbs-ft of torque @ 6000 rpm from a two-cylinder vertical twin. Water-cooled. Wet weight is 439 lbs. It has heated grips and ABS and a computer with digital gear readout. The tach and speedo are analog. The fuel is under the seat not in the "tank" so the CG is very low.

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    The Triumph has 133 bhp @ 9250 rpm and 77 ft-lbs of torque at 7750 rpm from a three-cylinder inline. Water cooled. Wet weight is 479 lbs. The model I looked at had no ABS, heated grips are not offered. It has a computer but no gear readout. I rode it again this afternoon and the power is impressive.

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    Both are shown in the colors I would buy.

    Thoughts? Anyone owned a BMW? I had a Triumph cruiser. Good mechanically, but finicky fit/finish. The finish on this bike seems a bit cleaner, though. Oddly, both have mechanical clutches.
     
  2. mom3boys

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    Our parents club is going to raffle off a Harley. I think you should just buy some tickets from me for that one.
     
  3. tonk002

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    BMW all the way. :biggrin:
     
  4. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

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    Sorry, boss, I'm not much of a Duck fan. Plus I'm not into supersports overall. I don't plan to race much, and the riding position gets to be a bit much after awhile.

    The 1198 SP is a gorgeous piece of engineering though.


    If I was to buy a superbike, I'd buy this:

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  5. Idzak

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    Bikes

    BMW with only slight hesitation. Of course I fell in love with the BSA A7 but they're rather rare now.
     
  6. scoutpilot

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    Why the hesitation? Power? The twin has that raw growl that you usually get from a BMW boxer. But it vibrates a LOT at high RPMs.

    I will say that the wail of a triple is sexy in a snarling, visceral way. The torque curve is table-top flat. I pulled the front wheel inadvertantly on the test ride. I say inadvertantly because that type of riding is NOT my style. I prefer backroad sprints and cruising around town. Stunting and speeding aren't so much my thing. My wife's an ER doc, so there's plenty of lecturing in our house. :wink:
     
  7. Dad

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    Well....what did you decide?
     
  8. Beaz

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    Just a thought...

    get a fising boat. i have worked emergency rooms for 25 years, just before i would get a bike a motorcycle wreak would come in. i just hate compound fractures that are sticking through your skin.
     

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