-Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called, "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."
I've put another 40 miles on these ContiRoadAttack 2s, and I have never felt so confident about a pair of tires before. The grip is absolutely insane, and the turn in is very quick. The bike just falls into the corners rather than needing to be pushed. I haven't even fully scrubbed in these tires yet, and they just feel glued to the road. If these last as long as Continental claims they will, then I don't think there is a better tire for sport street riding.
If you were asking about the Sprint, it was a 1050ST, and mine was a huge piece of junk. I knew it was going to be a problem when I went to pick it up and the bike wouldn't start because the fuel pump was dead (and it was brand new!).
That's disappointing. Triumph has really been catching my eye lately. Especially as I find the limitations of my 650. I know several that ride 1050cc Triumps and love them. Speedies, Tigers.. no Sprints though.
Were I suddenly flush with cash I'd be at my local Triumph dealer taking a hard look at their Tiger 800.
I still think 800-900cc is the perfect size for a motorcycle.
I have (2) 94 VFR's that have been good to me. I had the usual rectifier issue in one but all and all they're great bikes. I have been wanting to upgrade to a 25th anniversary edition or RC51. Don't think I'd pick up a new VFR1200, the design is so uninspired.
The only good thing about Triumph is they have a cool name and logo and their t-shirts are awesome. I happen to be wearing mine now, which was the only good part of my Triumph motorcycle purchase.
So, in closing, save your money and just buy a Triumph tshirt.
But now I have Triumph lust again. . .
The Sprint took about 7-10 seconds to start in the morning. The heat coming off the fairings was unbearable - it would cook your leg big time. The rear cowl over the exhaust bubbled from the exhaust getting so hot and had to be replaced. The front springs in the fork were so soft that whenever you braked, the bike would nose dive and fall on its knees. It is so bad that if you brake hard and it is night, you will loose all visibility from your headlight since it will then be pointing at the ground.
With all of that said, it sounded phenominal and the engine had gobs of power. It was also butter smooth.
For the cost of the Sprint, there are many other alternatives I would consider (K1300, VFR1200, Ninja 1000, etc).
You may be right, it may be inconsistent quality rather than poor quality, but those two kind of go hand in hand together. Not worth taking the chance for what is an expensive motorcycle compared to the Japanese counterparts.
I kind of regret reading this. I now want to own-or at least ride-a VFR. Even caught myself searching CL a couple times.
Anthony, question about your opinion on price/value of these things. I've read that there is an opinion that the VFR was overpriced for what it is and that price has held in the used market. I've seen some used examples of Gen6's locally for < $6k. One '02 was advertised at $2400. Which for this market, this early in the season seems like a pretty good deal.
Some seem to think these are BMW wannabees. Fit, finish, technology and the like are on par and hence the pricing.
Others seem to think they are niche, almost cult bikes, hence the pricing.
Still others say it is heavy, slow, and therefore totally undesirable compared to the more true sport-bikes.
What's your read?
I imagine everything is relative. I see you're an ex BMW owner. I, on the other hand, typically buy cheap bikes nobody else wants. (I am on my 2nd Suzuki now.)
If you get a Gen 6, I'd likely go for an '06 or above if possible. There were a lot of revisions in 06 to the VTEC system and I'm told it's not nearly as "harsh" as it was on the 02-05 models. Cosmetically you also get a tinted windscreen and tinted front turn signals. According to my Haynes manual, the fast idle wax unit on the throttle body was replaced by an intake air control valve, and the fuel injection system (ECM and injectors) were taken from the CBR1000, which increased fuel economy.Anthony, question about your opinion on price/value of these things. I've read that there is an opinion that the VFR was overpriced for what it is and that price has held in the used market. I've seen some used examples of Gen6's locally for < $6k. One '02 was advertised at $2400. Which for this market, this early in the season seems like a pretty good deal.
However, for $2,400 for an '02, that seems pretty decent, however who knows the history/story on the bike.
I have no complaint with the fit and finish. Everything is assembled well and the quality seems top notch. My K1200S fairings would always squeak, but the VFR is dead quiet.Some seem to think these are BMW wannabees. Fit, finish, technology and the like are on par and hence the pricing.
I can see that, too. Values on the VFR percentage wise are much higher than the K1200S.Others seem to think they are niche, almost cult bikes, hence the pricing.
I woudn't call it heavy, as it's lighter than the K1200S and Sprint ST, but yes, it's not as light as a race-rep. It would be much more desirable to be on the VFR for a day on the streets than a CBR.Still others say it is heavy, slow, and therefore totally undesirable compared to the more true sport-bikes.
Guy at work has a VFR. I always thought it was an 800, but discovered the other day it is actually a 750. Older than I thought too. I tell you, like the Hawk GT, those VFR750's have a pretty timeless look to them. You don't realize how old they actually are.
I wonder how a VFR800 or even a 750 would fare as a weekend toy for someone not that serious about sport bikes. Maybe a little track-day action now and again, plus some commuting when the spirit moves.
I think I've come to the conclusion that my life is incomplete with just one bike. Any self respecting, successful man must have at least two!
I dig that V4 sound.
Hell, I dig the V4 just 'cause its unique.
I dig Hondas, always have.
I rode a CBR once. Hated it. Torture rack, not fer me.
I was hot for an ST1300 for a while. Have a strange fetish for bikes that are used as cop-bikes.
I hate bikes with crappy range. My 'strom with its nearly 300 mile range has me spoiled.
Love bikes with available factory hard-bags.
Ah, it's fun to dream a little now and then. Couple 4th gen 750's on CL right now. Gotta love that CL..