Join Date: Mar 2013
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I actually think Triumph did it right, and here's why:
1. The original ST3 had 91hp and 44lbs, to bump the numbers to 121hp and 56lbs will be quite noticeable.
2. What they changed on the bike makes it look better imo (the dash I'm not sold on yet). I hate when companies change their products just for the sake of change without improving anything and ruin their product in the process (BMW interiors for the last 10 years are a perfect example). I prefer evolution rather than radical changes.
3. With the different trim levels they will appeal to a wider target than if they only stuck with one trim level. Before the ST3R came out, there were a lot of owners that left it as is with regard to suspension (the new S model). There were some that installed the Daytona adjustable suspensions (the new R model), and there were the select few that either got aftermarket cartridges and shocks or got the Daytona R suspensions and installed those (the new RS model). Having the range they have now, they've targeted all 3 of the previous ST3 owners. The difference will be that the upgraders can opt to pay up front rather than upgrading over time. Not to mention, with the Daytona at least, it was cheaper to get the R than it was to upgrade the regular Daytona to R specs (when you take all the carbon parts into consideration).
Will the bike be more expensive? It has to be. All the electronics that are on the bike now aren't free. Not to mention the first ST3 came out 10 years ago, inflation has to kick in at some point.
Just my $0.02
The sooner you introduce motorcycles into your children's lives, the less likely they'll have money for drugs, alcohol and cigarettes as teenagers.