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I posted this on the Triumph Daytona 675 Forum over at Triumphrat.net

I can't decide between getting another V? or going completely crazy and trying a full on sportbike? here is the post:


Hi all, I am interested in the Triumph Daytona 675, I come mostly from a Cruiser background, but am looking to do a little more spirited riding. Here is a brief history, grew up riding trail bikes, kawasaki 100, (14-17 years old). Then bought a 1978 Yamaha DT-175 and commuted on it when I was 22, then got out of bikes until 2002 when I bought a Suzuki DRZ-400S, loved riding it so much on the street, way more fun than the dirt I thought, even thought about turning it into a Motard. In 2004 I sold it and bought a Triumph Speedmaster (865cc cruiser). Since 2002 I have put on approx. 5-10k miles a year on a bike.

Since 2004 I have bought and sold and ridden the following bikes:

2005 Yamaha Warrior
2007 Yamaha Warrior
2007 Triumph Speedmaster
2008 Suzuki M109R
2008 Kawasaki Versys
2008 Yamaha Raider (113")
2008 Harley FatBob


Only own two bikes now, the Fatbob and the 07 Triumph.

I am turning 49, but am in good physical shape, I have never owned a sportbike, but I think if i put Heli bars on it I'll be alright. I consider myself a fair rider, not a newbie and not an expert. Is riding a sportbike a whole new way of riding than a cruiser or a standard?

I'm not interested in the track, althought have never done it. Not interested in doing stunts either, just want a pure sportbike to learn that there's more to biking than cruisers and standards.
Any thoughts or advice?
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Helibars?
The Versys has full-on handlebars.
If you close your eyes it's not to hard to imagine you're sitting on a dirt bike.
The seating position is very upright and comfortable.

This is not a 'pure sportbike' as you say. It is a very sporty whatever-it-is.
It will definitely blow your harley away in cornering.

It may not have as comfortable a seat, but then again I don't really see how anyone is comfortable on a harley with their legs spread and their feet out like a street walker.
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Sounds like you're ready for the full on crotch rocket experience! Get the triumph, or something similar. You've already ridden a Versys. If you don't get the sport bike, you'll always be asking yourself 'what if'. If you do get it & don't like it, you can always sell it & go back to the bike you liked the best (the Versys )...

You know, there are other bikes in the sport bike class that are fun. I'm a big fan of the SV650. Of course, if it's a triumph you're after, how about a street triple? They're supposed to be a blast to ride.

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Good thread Canyon! I too will be interested in reading the responses.

It appears you can buy pretty much whatever you want and would like to experience a sport bike before you get too much older. All I can say is how will your body feel if you wait until you are 59 to own a sport bike? Now may be the time.... There must be some seasoned vets that ride sport bikes and like them.
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...Is riding a sportbike a whole new way of riding than a cruiser or a standard?...
Yes, and no.

Same: You can ride a sportbike just like a cruiser. You just don't use the full rev range of the engine. You will probably have to rev it a bit more than a standard cruiser, though.

Different: If you want to, your typical sportbike will accelerate and corner like no cruiser I know of. This is a very different type of riding. Think Ford F150 compared to Honda/Acura NSX. The sportbike is typically much lighter and the seating position is way different. Good throttle control is crucial for safely operating a sportbike.

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I've had 17 different bikes over the years, samples of all types from enduro to cruiser to 1000cc sport bike. It depends on what you want out of the bike. If you are looking for the ability to corner and also have straight line horsepower then a true sportbike is the answer. If you simply want to be able to ride the twisties, the V will work very well. I'd be willing to say that in the twisties, a decent rider on the V will hang with 98 percent of the sportbike riders on the street, just don't think you will keep up when the road straightens.

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I had a Speedmaster a few years back. Put on about 4,500 miles in 3 months and then realized I really am not a cruiser sort of guy. It was all right for what it was, but the local dealer was the worst ever and had the bike in his shop for over a week, just for a regular service! Sold it and bought myself a Z1000, which became an FZ1 and now the Versys. I am MUCH happier than with the Triumph, though I don't have near the chrome I put on it...

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I have a 2002 Yamaha Warrior 1700 that accelerates harder than anything I've ever ridden. It just stops accellerating alot sooner!

Get yourself that sportbike and have alot of fun. Living is best when you are doing what you choose and what you enjoy.

I'd have never gotten a cruiser if it wasn't something that I wondered about. It has added a whole new riding experience for me.

Remember that there is no wrong choice as long as it's your choice.

Ride on,
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I have a 2002 Yamaha Warrior 1700 that accelerates harder than anything I've ever ridden. It just stops accellerating alot sooner!

Get yourself that sportbike and have alot of fun. Living is best when you are doing what you choose and what you enjoy.

I'd have never gotten a cruiser if it wasn't something that I wondered about. It has added a whole new riding experience for me.

Remember that there is no wrong choice as long as it's your choice.

Ride on,
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Wow I thought I was the only crazy one going through 2 bikes a year.Fat bob is a fun bike. Superglide was incredible, if your thinking of a sport bike your nuts,dont waste your money. It seems we have the backround w/ riding. Sport bikes hust after about 1 hour maybe 2 on a good day. I bought the versys and love it. Great bang for the bike, put a corbin seat on and ride all day stock seat sucks. Very comfortable awsome handling and quick for it's size. After putting a seat on I have no complaints what-so-evergreat on highway and even better on twisties. Hope this helps. Chrisb
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Hey Chris, yeah I am crazy! Anyway thanks for your advice, I probably should just get another V! My short list is a V, Harley XR1200 or Triumph Tiger. V is by far the best value, and I have to start paying for my daughters college, so the bike buying and selling spree might be over for awhile..............
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have you looked at this: http://www.triumph.co.uk/usa/2009%20...iple_9849.aspx

i sat on one of those at the DC motorcycle show and really wanted to buy one but at the time it was way to expensive for me seeing it would have been my first moto and the insurance would have killed me. felt sweet none the less. a little more dirt bike feeling in the cockpit than a true sport bike but not so upright like the versys. i would consider it for my second bike

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