I put 46K miles on a 96 Tiger over about 4 years, no problems, no breakdowns, nothing at all. Really the only unreliable bike I've owned is a Harley, unlike some of the other posts, and it's main problem was chronic oil leaks. Jap bikes, Beemers, even a Ducati have all been good for me over similar distances.
IMO you can forget your reliability concerns, they were a problem with the old Triumph, but the new ones seem to hang together wonderfully.
I was kidding on the OCC thing. I really despise those things. If some people like em, it's cool with me, but you won't see me on one. I have to ride one first, but I think the S3 and me will get along fine.
I concur. Where are the *****z, Gixxerz, and brain tankz!!! Excuse me MRALLCAPS but even though I heard you can REALLY ride your public needs you! With the rumored demise of THE HIGHWAYMAN (I heard he was doing time, again, some trumped up Atrocitor assault rap) we need all the HERO's we can get in these trying times!
My not-so-local dealer told me he sat on the ST and the SIII when he was at the Dealer meeting in the U.K., and he says the ergo's are practically unchanged.
His previous personal favorite was the ST, and he thinks the new one will be a home run (or whatever the British equivalent would be) but he spent his own money and bought a Rocket, which he says is the most fun he has ever had on a bike. It's also the first bike he has puchased in three decades as a M/C dealer.
AFA reliability, I never had a lick of trouble with my Y2K ST, and my '03 had only an annoying fuel problem that eventually fixed itself. Other than the recall on the fuel fittings, that is.
Get thee on a Triumph (especially since the out-year SIII's will be really cheap when the new one hits the streets!)!
I know what you mean, if they gave me one I'd sell it to the first fish I could find.
The S3 should be a little more relaxed than your ZX and a little more crouch than your MAX. Supposedly the ergos didn't change from last year and I fit that one fine. I'd love one myself, but that Thruxton just grabs me and won't let go...Reminds me of my dads bikes.
Triumph is making a heck of a bike lineup these days. I could have at least 3 in the stable if I was Leno rich. The Sprint is real nice and the RocketIII is a wild ride. The Thruxton and Bonnie are classics. Lots to like for sure. Can I stay in the GPTB if I get one?
If they did it would be looked at as just another Japanese copy-cat, and they wouldn't use decent stainless hardware like Triuph, or decent powdercoating like Triumph, and unlike Triumph they'd charge a fortune for it.