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I actually like the way it looks, except for the broken-off-tusk air intake holes. As far as lowered prices, used TT600s are pretty cheap already if you can find one. I will seriously consider buying on in the next couple of years when my existing bike starts getting creaky. The bad rap makes them less desirable, and therefore cheap second hand.
 

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I'm glad you like your SV650, I know a few people who have them. I would have gladly bought one instead of my Bandit 600 as my first bike back in 98, but they weren't out yet. (I still have Bandit, plus a 00 Honda F4.)



But you do realize comparing the SV650 to the TT600 is really apples and oranges. The TT600 was meant to compete with the current crop of 600 Supersport bikes (GSXR, F4i, R6, ZX-6R), not a naked or semi-naked 650 twin. All the 600SS bikes make way more power, and have much better suspension and brakes than an SV650.



I think more manufacturers may try to compete with the SV650 as they see how well it has done. But some manufacturers just don't want to venture into a market that they don't see as competitive (in the US at least).
 

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The Year 2000 model was worse than the 2001. But the Fi problem is still not gone. Try riding the TT600 back-to-back with any other Supersport offering and you'll see what we mean.

And for some strange reason I still like the bike. Go figure!
 

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Yeah, even a TT600 would be big improvement over Bandit 600. I have a B6, did 18,000 miles in 2 years, they bought an F4 last year. I kept the B6 but hardly ride it much. Biggest difference (other than better power, brakes & suspension) is the weight difference. The F4 is so flickable and quick, it just inspires immediate confidence.
 

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That was a nice post and you made some good points, the strongest one being that everything is relative. And if this bike is your cup o' whatever-you-wanna-drink, then there's not a better bike on the planet for you. Enjoy the miles and ride safe.
 

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The 900 is a triple, not a four. It's what I have in my 2000 Trophy. I hope Triumph does well with this bike, even though it's not for me. It's not a good sign when it hurts to sit on a bike in the showroom. Definitely for shorter, more "svelte" riders.
 

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yeah you might want to be more specific as to which bandit you are talking about. i just traded an sv650 for a bandit 1200, and they are different to say the least. The bandit will pull up the front with ease, and that is below the 5500rpm break in limit. bandit also has a much firmer suspension, and the bike feels much more planted in corners than the sv ever did, although this may be a result of the metzler mez3's on the sv and the michelin macadam 90x on the bandit.
 

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Different strokes. I find the japanese sport bikes dog ugly & uncomfortable. Triumph makes some good looking bikes. I already have a Trophy (beautiful bike) and am trying to figure out how to add a Sprint RS to the garage. One thing I admired about Triumph is they at least design their own bikes & don't try to rip off the designs of other manufacturers.
 

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Their first 4 cylinder? I thought the Daytona 1200 and Trophy 1200 was their first 4 cylinder. But yeah, I would have to agree that the Jap bikes will kick it's ass and I will be getting a Sprint soon.
 

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Wow, I can't believe folks are kvetching about the looks of this bike. From the photos here and the models I've seen on the road and in the show-room, this is the best looking 600 around.

Sure the lines are reminiscent of other bikes, but the high-gloss, no-frills paint in super bright colors looks far classiers, sportier, and more interesting than the "slap the stickers on it" trend in the sport bike world.

Too bad about the throttle response though.
 

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Triumph builds a beautiful bike! I can see by the other comments about Triumphs and the big 4 graphics that I am not the only one sick of the cheesy looking jap bikes. I bought a 2000 Honda VFR 6 months ago and the first thing I did was remove the hideous "stickers" that Honda had put all over the machine.



Kudos to Triumph for having the balls to get in the 600 sportbike business, and building such a great machine. It will may take Triumph a few more years to get the mechanicals just right on their machines, but their technology still can not be considered bad by any standards. How many of us can actually ride a 600 jap bike to 9/10ths of it limits anyway? There is alot to be said for a practical good looking machine.
 

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Check out the latest Motorcyclist magazine. There is a write up on the 2001 TT600. The company tried to fix the fuel injection and it resulted in a SOMEWHAT smoother bike with LESS horsepower. OOPS!!! Why would anyone, other than a total poser, buy this thing? "Look at me on my European exotic", with their noses in the air. And look at everyone else on a 600 kickin your weak ass!! Honda and yes, believe it or not, Suzuki, has released good 600cc bikes with great fuel injection. Give Triumph a couple more years to disassemble an f4i and figure it out. They'll be right behind Kawasaki and Yamaha's fuel injected 6's when they do and it will be "try and catch up" time until they serve ice tea in hell. It will be a long while, if ever, when this bike can "run" with the big 4.
 
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