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I went over to the Dark Side!

Carol and I just purchased a new Triumph Sprint ST. I put 200 miles on it today. I'm a happy camper. Just the bike I wanted! Good ergos and losta power at a bargain price!

Don't fret, still have three Beemers in the Family!

The panniers are on back order...the LT and the Sprint seem to be getting along well! I do need a larger stable though!

Cheers!
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post #2 of 16 Old Jun 2nd, 2007, 9:47 pm
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I like it!

Warden,

I like the looks of your bike. It looks very nimble and ready to roll.

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I went over to the Dark Side!

Carol and I just purchased a new Triumph Sprint ST. I put 200 miles on it today. I'm a happy camper. Just the bike I wanted! Good ergos and losta power at a bargain price!

Don't fret, still have three Beemers in the Family!

The panniers are on back order...the LT and the Sprint seem to be getting along well! I do need a larger stable though!

Cheers!
Gadzooks, Warden - looks/sounds like a great addition to the stable. Great fun, huh? Don't know why I never notice one when I'm at Lone Star BMW/Triumph in Austin. I'll look closer next time. And wow, look at them honkin' mirrors!! Are they really that big, with a nice field of view, or just look that way in the pics?

Ride 'em all safe, Warden.
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And wow, look at them honkin' mirrors!! Are they really that big, with a nice field of view, or just look that way in the pics?
For a "Sport Bike" the mirrors are a bit large. But not to us Beemer folks. I'm a big boy and the mirrors don't tilt enough to the outside to see around my shoulders. I have to move my shoulder a bit to see directly behind me.

The Sprint has 123hp and only weights 460lbs. She is cheap and quick. Just what I wanted for a commuter and summer time bike.
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Congrats on the new addition!

You said "She is cheap", care to quantify?
Dave,

I meant price, not quality, $8900 out-the-door. WITH color matched panniers!

However, after riding the bike 400 miles, I disassembled the fairing, she is as well built as a Beemer. I'm very, very impressed with the quality of fit-and-finish.

That triple motor is pure motorcycle with a capitol M. Love the triple ripple sound. It's great to be able to purchase a bike for this price that will run 160mph and sub-elevens in the quarter. The fuel injection is seamless!

The bike "takes me back" to my first big Kawasaki four experiences in the '70s! At least as far as the fun factor goes! Plus this thing handles and stops too!
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Warden- You paid $8900 for that??? What a deal!! My '99 cost me more than that. Great bike, you're going to enjoy it.

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Nice Bike. Enjoy.

Gotta love the dog's comment : ) Too funny!

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If everybody owned a BMW bike and, if every bike owned by a BMW rider was also a BMW, then what would be so special about BMW? Nothing!

BMW's are special [to us] because we compare and contrast its features against those of other makes and what BMW has to offer hits our sensory perceptions right in the "sweet spot". Enjoying other makes and models is what gives motorcycling its depth and color! Enjoy! I am envious!

I have to admit that I have had an eye on the new Suzuki Bandit. The bike mags have written very positively about this new version and the MSRP is about $8,800 - many thousands less than the "K" or "R" sport/urban alternatives.

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Man - sweet lookin' scooter. Makes me long for the crotch rocket days gone by.

My hinges (knees) are a little rusty nowadays. How's the seating position on that bad girl?

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Nice ride! I really love Triumphs.....good quality, good pricing, good looks, good performance and......tons of charisma and personality. Hey , that is also what I like about BMWs! Well , maybe not the pricing ..... Enjoy.....

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ABS? I only ask bc I don't think at this point I couldn't live without it.

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Congrats on the new addition!

You said "She is cheap", care to quantify?
Dave,

I had lunch today with Joe. He sends his regards. Joe and I were talking about bikes (no kidding) and we are interested in helping KTM.

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I went over to the Dark Side!

Carol and I just purchased a new Triumph Sprint ST. I put 200 miles on it today. I'm a happy camper. Just the bike I wanted! Good ergos and losta power at a bargain price!

Don't fret, still have three Beemers in the Family!

The panniers are on back order...the LT and the Sprint seem to be getting along well! I do need a larger stable though!

Cheers!
Looks good. Hope it serves you well. Many years ago all I wanted in the world was a Triumph. I would walk the long way back from the engineering hall to go past the dealership open or closed just to look at them.

Joe and I had a meal today talking about bikes. The KTM guys seem to be adding some very well built bikes to the line with good value. BMW is really expensive. I do love my 2006 GT and I am happy with the suspension, particulary for riding 2-up.

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ABS? I only ask bc I don't think at this point I couldn't live without it.
They offer ABS. It is about $800. I wanted an '07 with ABS, but almost impossible to find one. They sold like hot-cakes this year.

The brakes on my non-abs model are quite good. By good I mean easy to control and very predictable but not too powerful. I'm sure the new/tight suspension helps.
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I have to admit that I have had an eye on the new Suzuki Bandit. The bike mags have written very positively about this new version and the MSRP is about $8,800 - many thousands less than the "K" or "R" sport/urban alternatives.
The Bandit was my second choice. I can get a new non-abs '07 for $8200 out-the-door. What a bargan!
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My hinges (knees) are a little rusty nowadays. How's the seating position on that bad girl?
Better than a "crotch rocket", but she ain't no LT.

I will have to admit that the footpegs/knee is just a little tight. I work out and the extra weight on the wrists doesn't bother me. To me this bike is much more comfy than a new R1200ST, or the new K1200R Sport. At least the bars are higher.

Part of the Sprint's personally is a sporty riding position. Just what I wanted, a sporty-fun-to-ride good handling light weight to ride in the summer months. I love the fresh air. I still have the LT and an RT for the winter months.
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