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Triumph XRx and Street Triple R

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First up, apologies but it was a very windy day and I was unaware that the mic was picking up the gusts so I had to cut most of the vid for the XRx.

Also, I don't have GoPro type camera so no on-board action.

It's over 24 hours since I rode these bikes and looking back my heart was ruling my head.  The XRx was the sensible bike and actually very nice and usable all year round.  The Street was an adrenalin buzz and a lovely engaging bike.  If I was a bit younger the Street would win hands down and it did on the day but on reflection the XRx would make more sense for me.  The Street was a bit cramped (I think the R has a slightly more sporty riding position)  and I'd be uncomfortable for long rides, cos I'm old and fat ;)

I'm not convinced by the "Adventure" style bikes cos they're not really off roaders and the XRx is specifically tailored to road riding??!  I have no interest in riding off road.  That said this was comfortable and really easy to ride and handle and you could go for miles and miles on this.  Faults from my perspective are the screen was shite (but maybe not set up for me) and the pillion pegs stick out and seem attached to the frame and I wonder what damage you'd do dropping this.  Other than that I couldn't fault it (but it's pricey), I'm 5 feet 10 and with the seat on its low setting I could have my feet flat on the floor.

This time yesterday I was convinced the Street was for me, today I'm convinced it's not :D  Mainly due to comfort and practicality.

I also thought I'd ruled out an Adventure bike as an option for me, now I'm not sure :D


I'd originally booked out the Street and the Speed but changed to the XRx as a complete alternative to a Roadster.


Now I'm probably more confused than before I tried them out.


Thanks to A1 Moto in York.


Nige (Schnuffi)





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  • ExodusG
    ExodusG Wednesday, 13 May 2015 · Delete

    That Street is sweet.
    Still, I know what you mean about being thw wrong age for these bikes though the street looks relatively normal.
    Gues it depends on use but i need a big spongey tourer , even for short journeys.

  • leftturnclyde
    leftturnclyde Wednesday, 13 May 2015 · Delete

    Street Triple R or even the standard one would be my choice as for me it would be more about how i felt on the bike and fun.
    Would love a second bike as well and then a smaller tourer might be a good idea.

    How much more is the R version than the standard street triple?
    the suspension might not be worth the extra for a normal rider.

  • leftturnclyde
    leftturnclyde Wednesday, 13 May 2015 · Delete

    Ah, also, maybe the Tiger Sport may be a compromise. I dont know what the Sport offers on top of the other tiger 800s but if it has lower springs, better power then it might be perfect for you.

  • CBRkid
    CBRkid Thursday, 14 May 2015 · Delete

    Everyone shouod own a Triumph once in theior lifetime.
    i guess a lot of people stick to the brand. After from smaller bikes, sub 600,. they cover everything really.
    i would love to see a Daytona 1050R though.!! Imagine that.

  • Nigel Hudson
    Nigel Hudson Thursday, 14 May 2015 · Delete

    Thanks guys. I've been round the houses a few times on this. I've gone back to my original thoughts and think the street triple is the way forward. Triumph rang today and offered a decent deal on my bike as part ex. They have 2 standard ones in red which is the colour I'd go for. I've asked them to ring back on Monday, so will decide over the weekend.
    I wouldn't be surprised if the bring out a new speed triple and a faired version.

  • Ade
    Ade Thursday, 14 May 2015 · Delete

    Did you also try the non-R street?
    If not, make sure you try it first to make sure the feel is right for you, especially after trying the R.

    Also, do NOT under any circumstances ride the Speed Triple... not if you are looking at gettuing the street.
    The street is the 'better' bike but the Speed has addictive power. If you ride it you may always want more from the street.

    it would be like sleeping with a rampant supermodel and then marrying a nice local lass but always thinking back to the model.
    Its better to have a nice life with the local lass and just fantasize about the model.:D

  • Nigel Hudson
    Nigel Hudson Friday, 15 May 2015 · Delete

    I like your style Ade but you're wrong, shag yerself silly with the supermodel and regret marrying the local lass :D
    Well, I've just been offered a job in Canada, so that puts a spanner in the works, maybe. They'd ship a bike out for me at no cost but the Street is about £1000 cheaper on the road out there (I need to confirm that) but I'd need a friggin GS1200 out there :D

    Long way before the job is confirmed and it might well fall flat, so ????

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