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12-11-19 13:50
luciano136 On the flip side, you don't really need all the tech gizmos. The only modern items I like to have on the street are ABS and maybe a slipper clutch (lighter lever pull).

For track, QS and slipper clutch. No need for anything else.

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12-11-19 13:31
keeena That 660 Ape looks like an awesome bike; would love to give one of those a workout on the track.

I think 6-8 years is when sportbikes begin to get "old" due to the rapid tech advancements these days. But it comes down to what you're happy with. I still track a 2004 ZX6R and have loads of fun with it. It doesn't compare to latest middleweights from a power or features perspective but it's still plenty capable.

For a street bike sometimes having the power can be convenient for effortless passing and whatnot (no tap dancing on the shifter required). RSV4/Tuono, Speed Triple, Duke 1290 are a few on my list for big power bikes. But railing a smaller bike is also fun...whatever floats your boat.
12-10-19 21:29
luciano136 I am currently looking to get a Speed Triple RS to replace my Tuono 1100; great bike but really overkill for the street.

I also looked at the 765 but it should be around 140-150hp at least. Coming from the Ape monster, it's just too much of a power deficit

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12-10-19 21:16
AYoDread
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i've been thinking about this too lately, my 2011 R is still a great bike, but its not 'new' anymore, and not even in production anymore. Friend called it a dinosaur the other day

But I don't know what I would even get at this point. I like the triumph because it was unique and not everyone had one, and a ton of kick ass features. Nothing in the triumph lineup fits the bill anymore. So whats to get, Panigale? RSV4? Even if triumph did launch the 765 as a production bike, the HP seems way too low, how is it only 125hp?

So Triumph675.net members, if you were to buy a new bike that is available today, what would you get and why?

I had the same dilemma as you, the 765 didn't catch my eye, nor does anything else in the Triumph Line up. I want to keep the Daytona and get a naked bike. The Aprilla RSV4 catches my eye but I also found out they are coming out with a 660cc Aprilla that I want to get for my girl.
12-10-19 12:45
Steve675R i've been thinking about this too lately, my 2011 R is still a great bike, but its not 'new' anymore, and not even in production anymore. Friend called it a dinosaur the other day

But I dont know what I would even get at this point. I like the triumph because it was unique and not everyone had one, and a ton of kick ass features. Nothing in the triumph lineup fits the bill anymore. So whats to get, Panigale? RSV4? Even if triumph did launch the 765 as a production bike, the HP seems way too low, how is it only 125hp?

So Triumph675.net members, if you were to buy a new bike that is available today, what would you get and why?
10-22-19 11:48
luciano136 I don't know, my track bike is a '07 R6. Still runs great :).

Anyone that actually utilizes the extra power of a liter bike in the canyons is going WAY too fast!

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10-19-19 12:05
AYoDread
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A bike is only old if you neglect it.

My 1996 VFR750 daily commuter is better than it was new. I put on braided brake & clutch lines, modern rubber, dropped some weight and modernized the charging system and shifting mechanism. I maintain it to nearly the same standard as my race bike - it regularly gets new fluids, suspension service, chain cleaning & lube every 200 miles and yes, I even take off the kickstand, clean it and lube it. I was eyeing 2015 VFR800's a few years ago, then realized I can make my bike do all the same stuff and save around $6k. Now I have everything a modern bike has, but I don't have to deal with annoying ABS, ultra-sensitive traction control or a weight gain of 30-40 lbs.

Same goes for pretty much everything in the stable. 1993 NSR250R, 1984 RZ350, my dad's 1959 Triumph TR6...all of them still run great and bring a smile to my face because I give a sht about them. My 2015 675R is probably the most "tired" bike I have, because it's race-only and gets ridden hard.

If you're tired of your bike, admit it and get something else.
I've been turning wrenches for over a decade now, old to me is when you are doing a simple job and something brakes. I had cars old as your bike that had the oil fill cap top piece brake off, and valve cover gaskets so hard and dry that they leaked when adding oil back to the vehicle.

She is feeling old because a lot of little things are starting to fail, and its starting to become common. My bike is very well maintained its the cosmetic stuff that needs some work.

I love my bike, we have been through a lot together including floods, I have done all my own maintenance and mods I don't want to sell her. I was even thinking what if a couple years from now when the Daytona is permanently killed off and a someone at a bike meet says this is their dream bike the last year for the under tail exhaust and offered me $20,000 for the bike. Would I sell her? Naahh what for?


I just have the new bike itch is all, You guys hit the nail on the head. I want to keep my wife in the garage but look for something new fun and younger and different maybe a 2018.
10-18-19 15:55
MGFChapin A bike is only old if you neglect it.

My 1996 VFR750 daily commuter is better than it was new. I put on braided brake & clutch lines, modern rubber, dropped some weight and modernized the charging system and shifting mechanism. I maintain it to nearly the same standard as my race bike - it regularly gets new fluids, suspension service, chain cleaning & lube every 200 miles and yes, I even take off the kickstand, clean it and lube it. I was eyeing 2015 VFR800's a few years ago, then realized I can make my bike do all the same stuff and save around $6k. Now I have everything a modern bike has, but I don't have to deal with annoying ABS, ultra-sensitive traction control or a weight gain of 30-40 lbs.

Same goes for pretty much everything in the stable. 1993 NSR250R, 1984 RZ350, my dad's 1959 Triumph TR6...all of them still run great and bring a smile to my face because I give a sht about them. My 2015 675R is probably the most "tired" bike I have, because it's race-only and gets ridden hard.

If you're tired of your bike, admit it and get something else.
10-18-19 12:09
AYoDread I personally don't care to be the Fast guy even tho I kind of am in my little group. I enjoy teaching new riders and riding 2up with girls more. I was unknowingly fast on my stock 09 D675 (1st bike) just trying to find my limits and the bikes limits. Then when I got the 675R I was constantly competing with my younger self on roads and tracks I know, trying to get back to that level of skill. Once I did, I was good and now I ride differently


I still love the bike , looks, feel and all. You guys hit it on the head I have the "new bike itch" .
Roughly I have had the same bike since 2011, so its time for something different. Now it all makes sense...


The wife and I both want Apes but she wants the sportsbike while I want the naked version.


P.S. as far as the loctite I keep 1 in my motorcycle bag, 1 in the garage with my bike stuff and 1 at work. what's happening is some of the holes are starting to lose their threads from the bolts vibrating and backing out. I need to retap some the holes and either use a bigger bolt with loctite or just retap them with loctite.
10-18-19 11:21
Glocken I have the new bike itch all the time... until I ride my bike and then nothing else matters.

Non bike people think it looks like a new modern bike just based on looks and are surprised when I tell them it's an 07

Only reason I would like something new is because I wouldn't have to do maintenance anytime soon
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