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It's not bad, but

it looks less exotic and less high-tech than the previous model! They seriously need a fairing designer over there, look at the TT600--and I'm a big fan of these bikes. The tail and headlight were the parts to keep on the old one, they looked great. They look boring and japanese now. And I know that the swingarm is a performance change, but is it really worth it? This bike has never been a really hard focused sport bike, and that's what I liked. Fast, but really streetable. The single sided swingarm looks fast and exotic, and makes tire changes easier which could really make a difference with no centerstand (like if you ever were stranded and had to tip it on it's side). And we know the single sided works well enough, even if it's not the lightest and strongest. I guess I wouldn't mind the swingarm change if they had at least made it better looking instead of boring looking (by comparison).
 

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Re: They can hire designers, you know...

I think it's good that they have the same frame, and no doubt this will handle better than the 98 ZX-9 (or the new one), I guess I just hate that the fairing and tail is so ugly and non-distinctive. Before the changes, I think they DID have something that was distinctive and set apart from the competition in their own way. That motor is awesome. If you get 125 out of that motor, it's worth 140 out of a four as far as I'm concerned, because it just pulls so beautifully down low. And sounds bad as hell.
 

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I hope triumph is listening

They did such a good job with the previous daytona. Most people don't realize just how british this thing is unless they read british streetfighter mags and are familiar with Spondon frames. Put back the headlight and taillight back, and "sleek" out everything around it. I'd cut em slack on the swingarm if the performance was there and it looked right. I really love the 955i and was excited to see that there was a new version, I couldn't wait to see it. I really wasn't expecting to be disappointed.
 

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British racing green is for cars.

That frame is awesome. If they refine it or tweak it, fine, but they should keep that design. What triumph bugs? I swear companies pay people to go around and tell ghost stories about competitors since I'm always hearing stuff about bikes that are known to be very reliable to everyone who owns one--like the new triumphs. Hell, even the older new-triumphs have proven to be reliable. They may be slow, but I know lots of people who are riding them with high miles and no problems.

I just thought of another about the new 955 though--why no inverted front end? If they're going to get picky enough to ditch the monoarm you'd think they could at least give an inverted fork. I know their front end is really good, but even honda finally put a USD on the 'blade.
 
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