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I really need to stay away from the Triumph dealerships or I may very well end up with a new Thruxton R in my garage.
I don't need it but in my "only live once" mindset, want may very well trump need if I can just figure out how to pay for it.
I really liked the new Thruxton R when I first seen it. I got to sit on one at a Triumph dealership I visited on a recent
out-of-town trip. But the pricetag is plenty high enough to keep me away! It is WAY more expensive than what I paid
for my CBR1000RR when I bought it new, and my CBR will eat the Thruxton for lunch.
The Thruxton is not that comfortable, and it has no front fairings ( wind protection ). Unless you pay even MORE for
the "cafe racer front cowl" option. No thanks!
I really like the new 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS model. It looks like a super high-quality machine.
But again, the pricetag will keep me away from it. RUMOR is.... it will have a USA msrp of around $13,000.
It's too expensive for what you get. The new 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 is $9,000. Yes, the Triumph is a nicer bike.
But will it be $4k to $5k nicer? The Triumph will certainly not outrun the FZ-09!
It all boils down to what you want out of a bike, and what you are willing to pay for it. I am just not willing to pay the
prices Triumph are asking for their bikes.
To me, the Thruxton R is like when you walk into a crowded room and you make eye contact with one person and everyone else disappears. I'm not sure if it's worth 15k to everyone, but I'll continue to count my pennies until I can bring one home.
Hi all. I originally wrote this post for another forum that I frequent. I thought that I'd copy it here too as it may provide useful information to others...
This is a bit of a thread dredge, but I thought it might be interesting to give a bit of an update since my previous post on this topic. Since that time (last April) I sold my other bikes and have been exclusively using a Yamaha R3.
Prior to this, my ownership history probably resembles a lot of other riders ó I started out in the mid-nineties on a 50cc scooter, and gradually worked my way up to an SV1000S, over several bikes of ever increasing weights and engine capacities. Motorcycles have always been my primary transport, so over time I ended up at a crossroads where the bike that I was riding was great for touring, but not so good for the daily commute, so I ended up with two bikes, one (a CBR250) for commuting and the other (a SV1000S) for touring.
Having two very different bikes was great initially, but over time things changed: due to ever increasing home and work responsibilities I found myself having less and less time to ride the SV1000S, to the point that having two bikes no longer made sense. I still commuted daily, so I needed a good commuter, but I also needed a bike that I could take on the odd weekend blast, plus longer trips, two to three times a year.
Iíd been considering downsizing for a while prior to actually following through with it. However, for a long time, there werenít a lot of options available in that capacity range. In an ideal world, I would have got a VFR400 or similar if they still made them ó I seriously considered several older 4 cylinder 400cc bikes, but I didnít want to deal with the hassles of an older bike being my primary transport. Finally, with the release of the RC390, R3, Ninja 300, and so on, there were at a few newer options available, so I started looking at them.
Prior to taking the plunge, I took my CBR250 down from Auckland to Masterton. I wanted to see whether I could live without the power, torque and general touring prowess of a bigger bike. What I didnít expect was one of the most enjoyable trips that Iíd had in a very long time ó there is something intensely satisfying about riding a small bike hard through the twisties that I just donít get with a bigger bike. Vinegar Hill, and the back roads outside of Turangi were an absolute blast. That said, I did need a bit more poke for overtaking things than the 250cc bike offered.
My mind made up, I started trying out some smaller bikes, and after trying a few of them (Ninja 300, Ninja 400, RC390, CBR500, R3) I finally settled on the Yamaha R3, which I bought last April. Iíve now clocked up 15,000 Kilometres (mostly commuting, with a few longer trips).
As expected, the R3 ticks all the commuter boxes ó it is light, flickable, cheap to run and doesnít chew through consumables. As a tourer, the R3 is surprisingly capable, although a slightly larger fuel tank would be beneficial (it gets around 300km per 14 litre tank). If youíre in the sweet spot in the rev range is also surprisingly quick for a small bike and it handles better than any bike Iíve ever ridden (perhaps with the exception of my brotherís old RS250).
So what is it like to live with a smaller bike and do I miss having a bigger bike? Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have a bit more power, but I donít need a lot more to satisfy my needs. If my R3 put out another ten to twenty horsepower, whilst keeping everything else unchanged, it would without a shadow of doubt be my perfect bike.
Would I recommend owning a smaller bike to others? Well, obviously, that depends on what it is that you enjoy about motorcycling. But in a perfect world, Iíd recommend having both a smaller and a larger capacity bike if the opportunity exists. From my own perspective, as I went through the progression of getting bigger and more capable machines, I lost something that I didnít realise that I had lost ó the thrill of riding a bike hard and relatively close to its limits is intensely satisfying. You just canít ride a bigger bike that way on the road for sustained periods without seriously risking life or licence.
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