Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Douglassville, PA
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I've actually followed the same pattern as several other riders here. When I was younger I kept climbing the ladder of bigger and bigger bikes all the time. Don't get me wrong, I have always disliked the likes of 'Busas and ZX14s, but I went from you normal 600cc sportbikes on to 1000cc Japanese bikes and then on to the Italian brands.
As I've gotten older it's getting harder to throw a leg over full on sport bikes these days and I love the fact that we have products like the Street and Speed triples, Super Duke R, Brutale, S1000R, FZ09, etc. I just don't need to be pretzeled up on a race bike to enjoy my day. Don't get me wrong, I still love it, but it's just getting harder and harder to justify.
Eventually I realized I just prefer the smaller displacement over putting a bike in one gear all day and riding. Even riding my Yamaha FZ1 I realized I was doing 120 on the street whenever I revved it up and went through the gears at all, and I just don't need that kind of trouble anymore with a wife and kid. Thus I switched to the FZ8 for riding with my family or carrying passengers.
In all actuality, the way I ride at the track even showed that I was using 2 or 3 gears the whole lap on my CBR1000. I switched back to an R6 and realized I was having SO much more fun and really wasn't going much slower than I was on the 1000. At this point I really would give up horsepower all day for lighter weight. Don't even get me started on how much fun it was to flog a Ninja 250 around the track either! I felt like Rossi with the throttle wide open and had such a good time while working on so many factors of riding that I couldn't overcome with more throttle.
That's what led me to the Street Triple R. I use it mostly as a street bike and I've found that 100hp is about perfect on the road. Sure it's fun to play with the liter bikes now and then but for just a fun ride through a nice twisty road the 1000cc bikes just aren't where it's at for me anymore.
Funny as it is, my wife is the opposite! She's happy to put her Monster (not a high HP bike by any means) in one gear and ride all day without shifting much. Says it's more relaxing for her. That's why she really loves the V-twin nature of her Duc. Of course she loves the Triumph as well.
Just my 2 cents worth of opinion.
2014 Street Triple R - GB Racing engine protection, Scorpion Serket Ti slip-on exhaust, Woodcraft swingarm spools, Triumph frame sliders, Solo seat cowl, Belly Pan, Driven bar ends and sprocket nuts, OEM fork sliders - anodized axle blocks - oil fill and check caps - shift link; OTHER BIKES: 2012 Yamaha FZ8; 2012 Ducati Monster M796 ABS (Wifey's); 2013 Honda CRF80 (Kid's)