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trophy vs speed triple
« on: August 10, 2015, 05:03:47 pm »
Looking for some input from some of you who may have experience with both models.  I know they're different class and I own a 13 TTse but may be looking at a s3 and here's why.  While I love the bike, as a shorter rider(5'8, 30in) I find it a bit top heavy.  I've had it 2 years and without incident, I'm wondering if I get into a lighter bike I won't have any concerns at low speeds and stops.
I wear thick soled boots and can flat foot it ok but I know there's a narrow margin tipping point with the bike I may not be able to overcome and keep upright.  Also, I'm not a long distance rider and probably don't need the TT's features.  Just curious, let me know yours feedback.  Thanks.

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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 05:31:26 pm »
I would remove all the luggage if I had no intention of riding any distances, and possibly put a small soft bag on the pillion seat or the rack and go about my business with the Trophy.  But then I like the seating position on the Trophy too.  Might be worth a test ride for you, since most Triumph dealers are pretty good about allowing them on almost any bike they have.  :821:
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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 05:40:56 pm »
Never owed the Speed Triple but was given a loaner for the day from the dealer. Its was a great fun around town bike. Did own a Bonneville and both are great run around town bikes. The seating position was considerably more forward leaning than the Bonnie. So for me, I was more comfortable on the Bonnie. The power to weight ratio of the Speed Triple and the maneuverability was a blast, almost scary....If I was a younger guy, I'd definitely own one. At 55 and doing some long rides, seating position, comfort, wind and rain protection are major factors for me now.

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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 07:05:53 pm »
I have both, plus a Sprint GT.  Owned a '13 Speed Triple R for a couple of yrs and just got a '14 TTSE a few months ago.  Both fantastic rides but, no doubt you realize, have very different reasons of being.

Sounds like you need to decide what sort of riding you like/want to do, and what features/characteristics you want... or can do without.  It's one thing to have the wind and rain protection NOW and imagine not needing all of it, but it is quite another to live without it because you bike simply doesn't have any.  I originally bought the S3R thinking I was going to farkle it into a short-range sport tourer.  I ended up installing a bikini fairing and a SW Motech Alu rack for my Givi top cases.  Even though nobody made a hard saddlebag setup for the S3, I bought a set of SW Motech side racks for a different bike and intended on custom fabbing them to fit the S3R so I can hang my Givi V35 cases.  At some point, though, I just realized no matter what I do to it, it's just not ideally suited for what I want to do with it.  So I canceled the project... and bought a Sprint GT instead.  Same great 1050cc triple, and even though it is heavier and less flickable than the S3R, it still is a very sport-oriented machine - very similar to my VFR1200.  Good set of fairings but, with the stock fairings, still plenty wind to the helmet and upper torso for that open air riding-in-the-slipstream experience.  In the end, the Sprint GT is just a much more versatile ride than the naked S3.

That said, don't let me discourage you from trying out the Speedie.  I know of many S3 riders who tour all over North America.  It all depends on the rider's preference.
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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 01:03:09 am »
The speedy is awesome,
Its not the bike for me but then I’m old.

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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2015, 02:15:54 am »
I ride a 2013 s3 se and the motor is every bit as powerful as the trophy but the reason i'm looking to add the ttse to the stable is 2 up comfort. the electronic suspension and adjustable screen have made my wife comfy at long last, looks like i'll be trading my r3 in for it and keeping my s3 for fun. i'm 5-7 30" inseam and barely touch ground on trophy the other difference is while i'm more upright sitting in the ttse it feels really cramped... my extended demo i was sitting on the seam most of the ride, er, i leaned my hips in foreward finally sitting more in the bike ad got comfortable. the 1215 in the ttse is annoyingly loud so i listen to the radio. the engines are more similar than different but the s3 is a streetfighter and the ttse is a touring.

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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 01:35:25 pm »
I have a TTSE and T100. I jump on the T100 90 to 95% of the time yet I put the about same number of miles on each per year. I ride the Bonnie around town and I ride the Trophy if I'm going somewhere. If you don't need the touring capabilities of the Trophy I'd go with the Speed triple.
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Re: trophy vs speed triple
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2015, 02:45:53 pm »
I think I'd look at the Street Triple if I were looking for a complement to the Trophy.  100 HP and 400 lbs, it would be a hoot to ride.