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-ct-
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Icon 10 posted May 24, 2007 16:41      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
bike 1:

'98 Bandit 1200s
45+k miles, never dropped, barely a scratch, might need a rear tire
$2700, i ride away
private seller

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bike 2:
'98 triumph spirit
30k miles, excellent condition
$3500 after tax, dealer fee, reg, etc. (might be able to bitch at 'em to get 3200)
local dealer

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need to make a decision by ~9am tomorrow, as the guy who owns the 1st one is going on a 3-week trip and will be gone from his house by 10

#1: got cash in hand
#2: would have to wait until end of the month to actually pick it up (even though i went in and flashed a few dozen $100 bills at the salesgeek, 3200 is a bit over what i want to spend considering i need gear as well) (actually, 2700 is way over too)


pros and cons of each bike?
what would YOU get?

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Icon 1 posted May 24, 2007 16:54      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Behind this door is bike Number 4.

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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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CommanderShroom
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Icon 1 posted May 24, 2007 17:07      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If I had my druthers ( And the cash) I would go with the Trump. But I like that kind of self abuse.

Though from what others have told me they are no longer are plagued with electronics by the Prince Of Darkness and are quite reliable. Plus you have the locking bags, a nice feature if you need to keep tools safe. [Wink] Plus beats the hell out of the green duffel bag I plan on using with mine.

But the Bandit being Japanese has a reliability record second to none. And more than likely be cheaper on both service and parts.

Since both are over 1000 cc's you are going to be paying a higher premium for insurance. Just the nature of the beast. Probably not a bad idea to check hat out. And also run some numbers on what general service will cost for each

But really if you are asking for opinions, buy a speed triple!

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-ct-
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Icon 1 posted May 24, 2007 17:10      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
there's a '98 triumph adventurer with cb600 bars on it (and resulting chips in the tank from smacking them), a seat that needs replacing, 17k on it

looks nice, but not for the $2500 price tag the shop wants for it

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Icon 1 posted May 24, 2007 21:01      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Now I wouldn't bother with that.

If they already put a set of crappy bars on it and fsckd it up by doing so. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there is a host of other issues.

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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 05:47      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The trump, hands down.

Electronics are a lot better than they used to be. Saddlebags are great, I rarely go anywhere without them -- cool mornings and hot afternoons you have a place for your coat. In fact I keep jeans, shirt, socks, etc. all packed up in big ziplock baggies, so I can take off on a moments notice.

Six months from now you won't miss the $500.

CP

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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 06:06      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Triumph, first an foremost you are getting it from a dealer so there is going to be a guarantee.
I no longer buy bikes from personal ads, private sellers, etc. as I have only had bad experiences with them.

At least I hope you can trust the dealer [Confused] .

Though seeing your record with motor vehicles, should you not buy a Sherman Tank? [Roll Eyes]

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Dude, just get a Vespa - g33kch1x dig 'em, and you'll have less opportunities to severely damage yourself (although I highly doubt there would be much difference between bike meets truck and Vespa meets truck scenarios.)
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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 10:51      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Dude, just get a Vespa - g33kch1x dig 'em, and you'll have less opportunities to severely damage yourself (although I highly doubt there would be much difference between bike meets truck and Vespa meets truck scenarios.)

vespa
on the highway
in south florida

yeah, if that's not a deathwish, i don't know what one is

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If I ever rode a death trap machine the Vespa/Lambretta scooter design is it...

Well that and the old Yamaha RD with the original square cut tyres...

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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 14:35      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, what didja get?

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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 16:39      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
Well, what didja get?

I didn't get nothin', I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.

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Icon 1 posted May 25, 2007 17:04      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to the group W bench. [Razz]

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Perverts...

May I take your order?

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Triumph are one of my customers and I can tell you that they love their bikes and the new factory is a thing of beauty. I can also agree that the triple is the best engine for road use in the U.K. - it might not fit so well in the U.S. depending on how you drive and what your local roads and traffic are like.

Of course, Triumph don't have the HUGE R&D budget that Yamaha do but the Bandit is a budget built bike and it can really show. On the other hand, my neighbour has one and he seems happy enough (although he just took his advanced test on his 900 Diversion instead). Took the Bandit to Scotland for the weekend though - I'll let you know how that turned out, if you like . .

Anyway, Triumphs no longer have Lucas electrics and they don't leak oil, and they don't need a right leg like a rhino and the patience of a saint to get them started, and you only really have to spend all weekend polishing them if you like that sort of thing. They go, stop and steer like any other good quality motorcycle and the triple has the most beautiful engine note - none of your potato-potato here.

If I were spending the money (and I'm not because I have a lovely Honda Blackbird with Yoshi carbon road cans) then I'd get the Triumph because of the cachet and the quality. Which Triumph I'd get I'm not sure - the Sprint would be in there though.

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