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post #1 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 04:35 PM
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Shortly after buying a bike, joining a members forum like this is the first thing I do. It becomes very helpful to me. I just got this home today. Traded in the Triumph Speed Triple 05. I can go into details as for why id do such a thing but thats for later. I wasnt terribly unhappy with the triple. One quick question though. The manual says 87 octane is fine. Do most of you guys use 87 in yours? Does it run fine? Heres a pic.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 04:37 PM
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87 is fine, anything else is a waste.

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Ben1050, welcome to the STROM FAMILY, Nice pics . enjoy your new steed and ride safe .
87 runs great & I agree with Warren .

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 06:02 PM
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Higher octane gas burns slower. It effectively retards the timing and makes the engine run worse.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 08:08 PM
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Welcome to the board! I'm very curious about the speed triple trade though. Those bikes are soooo sweet!

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 09:52 PM
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The Triple looks way better, but I traded for basically 2 reasons. Or really a bunch of reasons that can be combined into two catagories. 1. Triumphs can be quirky to own. I dont want to say unreliable but alot of little things about it were nagging me, I had a list of things wrong with mine*(see below). And 2. I wanted a more fuel efficient bike that was comfortable, capable of highway speeds, and could easily mount a top case on. I just think bikes should get better than 30 mpg.

* list of things that went wrong with my Triple.
1. The horn didnt work, wiggled wires, got it to work but not very good.
2. The front brake is very soft and spongey (common problem) The lever almost comes to the grip before any real stopping power is felt.
3. Fuel injection was not smooth. Barely opening the throttle caused the engine to run rough. Opening it more caused the power to come on strong and abruptly. My GF almost fell off a couple of times.
4. One way valve on gas tank vent stopped working (common problem) A huge sucking sound would be heard if you managed to pull the gas cap open.
5. Plugs became fouled shortly after installing new cans. Took it to the dealer they replaced the plugs and installed a new FI map.
6. Bike ran like total crap. I didnt know if it was the cans or the new map so I put the stock pipes back on and had the original map reinstalled. Bike ran better but the tech said the problem probably had nothing to do with the new cans or the off road FI map. (2 sensors were way out)
7. Noticed 2 of the six nuts holding the exhaust manifold on were missing. They either vibrated off or were never installed. (probably vibed off)
(These last two problems were more psychological in nature)
8. Many other problems were cropping up with other owners' bikes that was causing me to start to worry. (hard starting problems mostly)*
9. Comparing the Triple to all the other Japanese bikes I've owned and ridden, it just seemed less refined in the fit and finish, smoothness in transmission, general quality feeling that is hard to pinpoint.

*note: My triumph wasnt really hard starting, but one of the first impressions of the Wee I got when I test rode it at the dealer was how it started with just a jab at the starter. My triple usuall required at least 3 crank revolutions to start.
post #7 of 8 Old 07-18-2006, 11:37 PM
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Welcome! I'm new here myself. I have the same bike you do, and came off of an '04 R1.

You're Triple must have been a lemon - my experience with Triumph QC is that they have improved tremendously. With all the problmes you experienced, it just screams 'HANGOVER' on the assembly line I owned a 2000 Sprint ST for a while and some days I wish I still had it. Never a single issue; it was as reliable as my Japanse bikes, and it had that sweet triple engine. It was also great on gas - I'm guessing either the new 1150 is a bit of a pig, or (more likely) there were even more problems with the bike that you hadn't even found yet. The fouling and the mapping problems lead me to belive the latter.

I can certainly understand your predicament, and you're smart for getting out from under the S3 while the getting was good. Its a fabulous looking bike, but its one of the most impractical bikes ever conceived. I think even my R1 was more practical in many ways, and thats saying something. The S3 was actually a bike I contemplated, but lack of luggage space, the fact that they bumped the displacement (insurance problem for me at least...), and the fact that it wouldn't have slowed me down at all kind of sealed the deal. I wanted something simple and low maintenance, but still a blast to ride. I got my wish, and it cost about half as much.

That being said, if I had a few bikes in the garage, an S3 (properly sorted) would likely be one of them
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-19-2006, 12:47 AM
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Welcome... I am another new face in the crowd as well. Got mine this past Saturday, but I opted for the faster red color (don't you just love that old, worn out joke?? :roll: )

The red does lean farther in to the corners, however. :wink:

My God, there is TONS of good info here. You are going to like it a lot! I also recommend buying a StromTrooper T-Shirt... I ordered mine today!


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