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Okay, she's not a thumper, but she sure is a blast!

This is when I picked her up:

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The girls ready for their first trip together: (Before you ask, her cousin is getting new clothes for Christmas.)

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A pair of tight little rear ends:

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Whats with the baby shit brown color scheme?

Why say somthing like that, Dickhead? :banghead:

:banghead: Looks Ausome Mate!

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Oh man, congrats! A new Speed Triple is on my shortlist of bikes to replace my VFR if I ever manage to wear it out. :banghead: First time I rode a newer gen Speed 3 I had the front wheel off the ground all the way into 3rd gear and never knew it until I rolled off the throttle! ...stupid fun!!!

And I like the gold color (though mine will be black).

Have fun!!!

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Whats with the baby shit brown color scheme?

I gotta say, the color doesn't come across well in photos. In person, its a real nice metallic yellow, almost gold, like ohlins suspension or pro-taper bars. Besides, I got a good price by taking what they had. I would have paid a lot more for black, because custom paint ghost flames can't be cheap. :banghead:

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Oh man, congrats! A new Speed Triple is on my shortlist of bikes to replace my VFR if I ever manage to wear it out. :banghead: First time I rode a newer gen Speed 3 I had the front wheel off the ground all the way into 3rd gear and never knew it until I rolled off the throttle! ...stupid fun!!!

And I like the gold color (though mine will be black).

Have fun!!!

You're right about that. The front wheel comes up so EASY! No bouncing the front, no yanking the bars, you don't even have to snap the throttle. A nice smooth roll-on in first will bring up the nose so smoothly it's hard to believe.

Two of my friends, one with a VFR and one with a 996, both very loyal to their bikes, rode mine and started to doubt their relationships.

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shes a cutie, and she'll treat you better then a real one

She's definately too good to be true. :banghead: I'm waiting for her to empty my bank account when I'm not looking. :banghead:

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sweet rides.

i've never ridden either (or many street rides, for that matter). tell me this, aren't they quite similar machines? i'm wondering if they are close to performance, seating position, intended use?

by the bye, i like the colour scheme.

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sweet rides.

i've never ridden either (or many street rides, for that matter). tell me this, aren't they quite similar machines? i'm wondering if they are close to performance, seating position, intended use?

by the bye, i like the colour scheme.

Are you talking about the Trumpet and the Duck? Not even close to similar.

Riding position:

T: street oriented and agressive, but very comfortable. You are leaned forward just a little, but with no weight on your wrists. High handlebars, but lower and farther foreward than my XR. Very confidence inspiring. Above 80mph or so, your face and helmet start to get initmate, and your torso feels like a parachute. Nothing stopping you from leaning forward, though.

D: Two words: Torture rack. Actually, not bad at all in the corners, you just need to get used to it. But anything else, highway, city, traffic, your wrists, neck, and lower back are screaming for mercy. However, just as comfortable at 150 as she is at 60.

Engine:

T: Revvy, torquey, well mannered, and powerful. I'd say the perfect street motor. It doesn't have endless power like, say an R1, but it always has enough. And it doesn't feel fast, but the speedometer says otherwise. It's still being broken in, but I think my ZX-6R might have out run it. But more important (to me anyway), it has power where I use it, from 3k on up. Who wants to rev to 10 grand just to get out of your own way? Oh yeah, the bike is a dreamer -- she keeps looking to the sky.

D: Two more words: Holy crap. While in I-4 feels fast in a rip-your-arms-out-of-their-sockets kind of way, this feels fast in the sitting-in-a-slingshot kind of way. It's hard to describe. While it feels like an R1 is pulling you, the Duck feels like it's pushing you. Balls from as low as 3k, but once it hits 5-6k, hold the f on. However, it has very snatchy throttle response below 4k - not very confidence inspiring deep in a corner.

Handling:

T: Nimble, precise, confidence inspiring, and have I mentioned nimble? Very easy to ride in traffic, town, and parking lots. Very easy to lay into a corner, slow or fast. Bike says "Hey man, I'm here for you. Whatever you want to do, this is your show. You just let me know, and it's done. Really, I'm here for you."

D: Stable, stable, and stable. Fast corners, smooth corners, bumpy corners, this bike will corner. High effort steering, but you lay her over, and she begs for more, no matter what the road surface. Feels a little tippy in very slow corners. And make sure you have a straight shot into your garage -- parking the be-atch isn't fun. Bike says "I'm glad you're having fun, but frankly, I'm a little bored. I can do better, you know."

Suspension:

T & D: I gotta say, very similar. Firm and controlled, even a bit stiff, but not punishing. Much better planted than say a VFR, yet not as harsh as a ZX-7. I'd rather tour with this suspension than with "touring" suspension.

Passengers:

T: Don't know yet.

D: They aren't happy for very long. The owner's wife actually wants him to get an additional motorcycle for 2-up rides.

Overall:

Put it this way, the owner of the 996 LOVES his bike. He would get divorced before getting rid of the bike. He is also a very loyal Ducati owner. After about 15 miles on the Tramp, he confided in me (out of earshot of his love, of course) that he'd consider trading in his beloved Italian Princess for a Hinkley temptress. Being the good friend I am, I reminded him that beauty is only skin deep, and sometime you'll find true happiness in a Monster. :banghead:

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:banghead:

thank you very much for that info. it not only informed me of _exactly_ what i asked, but was also well-written. jexxus, if this were a different site, they could make that a sticky.

i'm a dirt rider who has made his machine street legal and, not only have i managed my street license, but the GF's as well. so now we're looking at a street machine, and i'm interested in what works and what doesn't. we're looking at travelling, i.e. MILES and scenery, not speed and adrenaline. we'll leave that for the dirt (she also rides dirt). for now, i think it'll be a two-up situation, but i can easily see her wanting her own machine. initially, she didn't want to ride dirt, and then she didn't want to get her street endorsement, and then, she did both and loved it.

i'll say it again, thanks for all the info. nice job. :banghead:

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Good choice! You're gonna love that 1050 Triple, but i'm not telling you anything you don't already know, congrat's. :banghead::banghead:🤣

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Okay, she's not a thumper, but she sure is a blast!

That's interesting, I didn't know they sold two stroke street bikes anymore...lol.

Just kidding, those are two sweet rides. I especially like the Duc.

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