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Re: When your Triumph breaks let me know. I have a lust for a yellow Daytona

KP,

I'm with him... I'm on my second Sprint ST ('00 & '03), my buddy has a '00 Speed Triple, and we have had nothing go wrong with the bikes that required a trip to the dealer. They run like hot stink, sound great (with the obligatory "off-road" pipe) and don't look like anybody else's product.

That being said, for several bikes with the same motor (pretty much), the different bikes have completely different characters. The Daytona, Sprint, Tiger and SpdTrip feel nothing like the other.

Check 'em out!
 

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Re: My Pick is Still the FZ6

I, too, just got an FZ-6 (I'm in the East Bay - is it something about this area?), and having just gotten off a 99 EX-500, I have no doubt as to which is the better bike. Despite all of the comments about vibration, the FZ-6 is worlds more comfortable to ride - I can actually contemplate riding a couple of hours at a time on it, whereas doing that with the EX-500 would have me staggering off the bike, with my right arm feeling like it had been connected to a battery all day.

I think it points up the hazard of defining such a broad class of bikes - really, trying to compare an EX-500 with an FZ-6 with a Ducati just seems like stretching the definitions of "middleweight" and "standard" a bit too far.
 

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Re: Middleweight? Flyweight?

Yes. Well, maybe...

But only under two conditions:

#1: You'll be on the Sporkster.

#2: You won't pass me in front of everyone at Newcom's Ranch.
 

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Re: Bought the DL

The FZ6 is not buzzy. Stupid tach. yes. Motorcycle consumer news picked the FZ6 over the 599. MCN in England picked the new FZ6 as the best all around of 2004. Rider mag. preferred the FZ6 over the 599 and the SV6S.

And MCN (U.S.) said the 599 "was buzzy!"
 

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Re: Middleweight? Flyweight?

It's a straightaway infront of Newcombs, on the Sportster, there would be little chance of me passing you in a straight line.
 

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Re: When your Triumph breaks let me know. I have a lust for a yellow Daytona

Thanks for the comments. I always liked the looks of the Sprint and Speed Triple. Every time I look at the Daytona I feel lust. I think my wife knows about my obseesion with the Daytona cause I put a picture of it in my den and built a screen saver from all pictures I could find. Gpod to hear about the reliability. That and the two year warranty make me feel better.
 

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Re: When your Triumph breaks let me know. I have a lust for a yellow Daytona

Thanks for the comments. I always liked the looks of the Sprint and Speed Triple. Every time I look at the Daytona I feel lust. I think my wife knows about my obseesion with the Daytona cause I put a picture of it in my den and built a screen saver from all pictures I could find. Gpod to hear about the reliability. That and the two year warranty make me feel better.
 

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That occurred to me also. There was a time when I was more prone to criticize those with the gift of literary composition, until I realized that my skills were totally lacking in that area. So now I am more cautious. Still I think I will wait and read more about this bike because I really like the idea of a middle weight standard. I just sold a KLR 650 with the intention of replacing it with a more street oriented, light, comfortable, standard. I thought the FZ was the answer until I read the shoot out. I am a long time fan of Honda motorcycles but the style of the 599 leaves me feeling like, well, feeling like it is sort of boring. I test rode a Speed Four at Daytona during Bike Week and I loved it except for the riding position, and at 55 years of age I need a little more room. The lines for the FZ6 were too long, I never got close to riding it, and forget about asking my local dealer for a ride, we are talking Jap bikes ya know. Since I am a confirmed Geezer I am thinking of a trip to Houston to test ride a Brevia 750. Could be the ticket?

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Great comparo. Having just bought a new bike recently, I pulled out much hair and lost much sleep trying to decide what to buy to upgrade from my aging Hawk GT. I combined the looks and handling of the Speed 4, the upright ergos of the 599 and the price of the 1200R... and bought a Speed Triple. What the hell? It's smaller and lighter than the Sportster, so it must be a "middleweight" too.
 

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What about the Kawasaki ZR-7S? It's a standard, uses basic technology, has a center stand, and is practical. I'd like to hear what our MO journalists have to say about it. Would it, too, look good with a milk crate on the back?



In a higher price category, what about BMW's R1150R or Motto Guzzi's Breva? (I assume no milk crate on these babies.)



As for my next bike, I'll get a Suzuki V-Strom 650. Other publications have already praised the bike, sparking my interest. But only now, with MO's final Seal Of Approval ("I'm sure at some point in its development Suzuki strapped a milk crate on the back."), can I make a final decision about my next ride.



Good story. Keep up the comparisons. Also, more touring stories, please.





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Re: What Gives

Attempts to resist the allure of the DL are futile! Coming from a KLR, you'd love the DL if you can get over the styling. I also thought that the 599 styling was boring and I sure wasn't going to pay $7,100 for it. I did pay $6,300 + ttl for the DL.
 

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Re: Bought the DL

From what you're saying, buzziness is subjective. Perhaps I could have lived with the buzziness in the FZ6, but I couldn't live with that stupid video-game-inspired tach. I need to be able to cross-check my instruments in a quick glance and get my eyes back on the road. It's a safety issue when I have to stare at the tach to figure out what the engine is doing -- VERY bad human factors engineering Yamaha!

Considering the 599 and FZ6 have 4-pot designs, it's not surprising there are reports of 599 buzziness, too. Perhaps the oh-so-quaint carbs on the 599 needed synching.

Regarding the 599, I'd like to know:

1) if anyone is actually buying it in the States and,

2) just how much under MSRP these are selling for.
 

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I guess we think alike. I have the first year DL1000. I hung around the Suzuki Demo tent at Bike Week this year and talked to riders who had the chance to ride the 1000 and the 650. Most seemed to like the middleweight better.
 
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