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Old 04-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #31
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I had three speed triples. Four if you count he second set of skins lol. Anyway I miss all of them, they were gorgeous bike - even my 2012 with its awful beak. I for me thought it handed quite nicely and the R even better.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:41 AM   #32
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"I could have easily put on softbags and had more stuff with me but what's the point? It aint a dammed GS for crying out loud. That's why there are GS'es! " - Eatpasta
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Eatpasta -- I agree with the travel light philosophy. I did my first Coast to Coast on a V-Strom and the second on my Speed Triple. On the Speedy I probably carried half of what I carried on the V-Strom and never missed a thing.

The Speed is good for touring if you don't mind doing some laundry once or twice on a two week trip. And if you are inclined towards a minimalist approach. I had only a tank bag and one US 20 Kriega. If you get multiple Kriega's on the rear seat you can easily tour for weeks and haul more stuff.

The riding position does lock one in, I find. Not having knee or neck issues would be important if riding at length each day for a couple weeks.

Looking back - the only thing I would have changed on my Speed is to get some bar risers to bring the bars up an inch and back an inch. That would be more comfortable. I did not do this and did not suffer, but it would have been more comfortable.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:52 AM   #33
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Alaska Leather pad on Speed triple

I forgott to add that during my Coast to Coast trip o the Speed I used an Alaska Leathers sheepskin on the seat - made a significant difference in comfort. I think the stock seat is a little too firm to be on it for 10 hours each day for two weeks.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:48 AM   #34
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From the first time i saw the S3 on MI2 i was in love and i have owned a Sprint ST955i and i absolutly love the engin :-D
If i stop doing the 2-3 weeks long euro trips im think the S3 whil be my next bike.
But whats with the subframe cracking when you load it with luggage? Is it just som modles or every one?
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #35
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From the first time i saw the S3 on MI2 i was in love and i have owned a Sprint ST955i and i absolutly love the engin :-D
If i stop doing the 2-3 weeks long euro trips im think the S3 whil be my next bike.
But whats with the subframe cracking when you load it with luggage? Is it just som modles or every one?
I seem to remember reading about the cracks in the subframe in older Speed's and that the frame was strengthened in newer models.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:26 AM   #36
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S3 tourer...

I have the luggage/saddle bags addressed I also have a great seat and have bar risers installed. However, the fly screen with the Laminar w/s is a joke when it comes to wind protection! Any ideas? The wind blast was way cleaner when I was riding it in stock form(naked headlights). But I don't like the looks without the fly screen.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #37
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I have the luggage/saddle bags addressed I also have a great seat and have bar risers installed. However, the fly screen with the Laminar w/s is a joke when it comes to wind protection! Any ideas? The wind blast was way cleaner when I was riding it in stock form(naked headlights). But I don't like the looks without the fly screen.
Have you tried the fly screen without the Laminar? I'm happy with that setup.
Also wearing tight fitting leather reduces wind drag significantly
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #38
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Have you tried the fly screen without the Laminar? I'm happy with that setup.
Also wearing tight fitting leather reduces wind drag significantly
Yes. Just recently put the Laminar on it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:51 PM   #39
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Loaded!

http://3umphak.wordpress.com/2013/04...-kitchen-sink/

There's a few pics of my S3 getting prepped for Alaska this summer!
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:45 PM   #40
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There's a few pics of my S3 getting prepped for Alaska this summer!
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:16 PM   #41
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LOL! Thanks EP!
Here's another after I took a few things off!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:28 AM   #42
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Isn't that the way with bikes.
I might take you up on that offer, since yeah I'm just a couple miles up the road. Trust me when I say that as soon as I'm able I'll there's gonna be a Speedy (or MAYBE a street) in my garage.

To be honest the Street R is actually a better bike, what if give up in power it makes up for in being nearly 100 pounds lighter. Compared to my Speed Triple with a T595 Daytona motor, mild port job custom cam timing, exhaust and tune (118hp at the wheel) I have no doubt my 675 Daytona will smoke it straight line, and god help there is a turn in the way, everything on the smaller bike happens faster.

I'm not a big fan of the 1050, I like the 955i Daytona motor better, and the 675 chassis makes the pre-2012 Triples feel like old 60s bikes in comparison.

The Speed does win for being a big brutish comfortable machine with an extra something that makes me grin though.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:29 AM   #43
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:44 AM   #44
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