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Old 10-08-19, 01:08 AM   #41
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I have only had a quick go on a vfr but it did not feel heavy but I was coming off the big boy rf900r so I may have been used too it.
When I got my '86 VFR I traded from a Z1300, the VFR felt like a 250.
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Old 12-08-19, 12:00 PM   #42
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A street Triple would be a great fun bike for a few hours out and decent for commuting too. I test rode one yesterday and loved it, but felt like I did last time I sat on one that I kept sliding forwards into the tank and felt cramped unless I pushed myself back up the seat, which caused me to tense my arms to hold myself back (even with knees gripping the tank). Someone mentioned an option of sorting out that seat problem a while ago on here and I wish I could remember what it was. Apart from that the position was good. The bars could be very slightly wider (every time I moved my hand and then put it back I kept nearly missing the end of the grip, but that may be because I've got used to the very wide Tracer bars). Difficult to judge from a half hour test ride as I think the suspension was set way off for me (hyperpro spring on the rear which I think was uprated for a heavy rider). The blue lights that keep flashing when you up the revs were a bit annoying too. As a simpler honest, smaller bike I could see it being fun though. Not sure how it would be on longer journeys.


I'd definitely have one if I could sort out the seat problem and get a tourer to live alongside it though.


I'll do some more research on the BMW.


I will commute on mine, have a fun ride on back roads and have done the NC500 twice with Kriega US 20's and 10's on the pillion seat. First time with a tent, second stopping at B&B's so distance can be covered. Also a couple of slow track days (BMW club) where it held it's own and claimed some scalps.


I'm 5' 10" by the way.


Other than relatively minor issues it has been great and doesn't use any oil.


Although I've had it since new and currently trying to decide if I want to sell and try something else.
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Old 12-08-19, 07:03 PM   #43
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Ditto the distance on a Street Triple: best was 700 miles from Applecross via Johnny Grouts to home.
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Old 15-08-19, 08:28 PM   #44
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Half way through August, I can't see myself deciding to get another years insurance on the Tracer at the beginning of September.
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Old 15-08-19, 11:30 PM   #45
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Half way through August, I can't see myself deciding to get another years insurance on the Tracer at the beginning of September.
So the question is - what bike are you going for then?
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Old 16-08-19, 06:30 AM   #46
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Still undecided and a bit hesitant to choose something, knowing how I feel about what I thought was going to be an ideal bike in the Tracer.


I keep coming back to it needing to be fun at the top of the list though.
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Old 16-08-19, 08:31 AM   #47
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Still undecided and a bit hesitant to choose something, knowing how I feel about what I thought was going to be an ideal bike in the Tracer.


I keep coming back to it needing to be fun at the top of the list though.
Maybe you should consider one of those Suzuki SV650 bikes. I hear they're pretty Good all rounders!
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Old 16-08-19, 09:38 AM   #48
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Maybe you should consider one of those Suzuki SV650 bikes. I hear they're pretty Good all rounders!
There may even be one of those forum things on t'internet for them
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Old 16-08-19, 12:42 PM   #49
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There may even be one of those forum things on t'internet for them
Don't think so this is the triumph forum
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Still undecided and a bit hesitant to choose something, knowing how I feel about what I thought was going to be an ideal bike in the Tracer.


I keep coming back to it needing to be fun at the top of the list though.
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