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been window shopping for bikes for a while now and come down to looking at the GSX S1000F and the Triumph Street Triple.

I'm interested in a great all around bike and both of these offer performance and comfort. The GSX offers Superbike power and good looks IMHO. the street triple gives up a little comfort and power but has sharper handling, a good chink less weight, and better MPG. Also a new 765cc model will be coming next year.

I see a top of potential in the GSX with a couple grand put into it and it looks more comfortable for highway riding or longer trips with the extra wind protection and with some exhaust mods and a good shock it could be as powerful as a super bike and as comfortable and good handling as you could get considering its hefty weight which is about 100 lbs more. I really like the idea of a comfortable sport bike with 155 RWHP after tuning.

The Street Triple does not have the long distance comfort of the GSX but its motor puts out usable torque in a fun lightweight sharp chassis. It won't have the crazy power of the GSX but it will rev out well and be a more visceral ride.


would love to hear your opinions
 

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I had the street triple previously, 2013 model. SC Project Exhaust, K&N Filter and the correct ECU map to go with it.

I get the same if not better mileage on GSX-S and the handling is not that far off the Street Triple IMO. (I'm not the greatest rider though)

The GSX-S is so much better, as soon as I took it for a test ride I was hooked. Bought it 5 days later.

4000 miles on I still feel the same.

Plus, those **** headlights on the Street triple, i got sick of the look of them.
 

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thanks for the feedback. I agree with those lights and ther isn't much looks wise the street triple does for me whole from the pictures I have seen the S1000F has a really clean style to it. I was a little taken back when I found out that the GSX was like 100 lbs more than the Street Triple and I sort of figured that the street triple would handle a fair bit better.

The common complaints about the GSX shortcomings are the throttle and the suspension. I really feel that the GSX seems to get matched up in comparisons with bikes much ore expensive and such never comes out ahead of bikes that cost 50% more .

common complaints are the snatchy throttle (easily fixed, and the suspension on rougher roads which I guess are due to the rear shock or overall setup. Thats one thing that has turned me off from other bikes like the FZ-09 because the stock suspensions where budget or not adjustable. the difference is the FZ can take a ZX10 shock for cheap while I am guessing the GSX needs a 800.00 plus shock to be on the level of the bikes I have had before (929RR, Tuono Factory)

I was interested in the Triple because of its comfort, handling, and torque heavy middleweight character. I have been on higher power bikes for a while but often felt that I didn't get to rev them out as much as I could a middleweight. of course once I realized what the nature of the S1000F my thoughts of sensible power levels immediately evaporated.
 

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yea I double checked and reports of the triple R"S weight comes in at 399-415 depending who you ask or what optional parts you order. ?I'm reading the GSX S1000F at 474 wet so thats 60-75 lbs difference.


Planly stated Triple has

Pro's
better suspension,
half a weight class in handling advantage (one of the best handling middleweights out there),
amazing stock brakes
great usable torque for the weight class
more engaging riding experience

Cons
always switched on small dog syndrome?
questionable styling
less dealer availability

GSX-F

PRO's
fairing allows for much better highway and distance comfort
GSXR engine would tune to 155 RWHP and love it!
Styling tickles me. Only seen pics so far nut I absolutely love the F in blue.

CON's
several known issues to address (throttle, rear shock)
heavier than other bikes I have owned
less appealing handling characteristics

I think that If I bought the GSX I would miss the engagement of a light ready to rumble middleweight but I think as an overall motorcycle it ticks more boxes as a do it all bike. If I get the triple I may end up finding times where it is not best suited to the task like taking multi day trips as I am somewhat disabled but heavily value performance.

Its funny I cross posted this on the triumphrat forum and the first few responses where people saying how much they loved the GSX. one saying he missed out on it by 3 weeks before it launched and the other citing insurance costs. those against site the light weight and nimble handling
 

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yea I double checked and reports of the triple R"S weight comes in at 399-415 depending who you ask or what optional parts you order. ?I'm reading the GSX S1000F at 474 wet so thats 60-75 lbs difference.


Planly stated Triple has

Pro's
better suspension,
half a weight class in handling advantage (one of the best handling middleweights out there),
amazing stock brakes
great usable torque for the weight class
more engaging riding experience

Cons
always switched on small dog syndrome?
questionable styling
less dealer availability

GSX-F

PRO's
fairing allows for much better highway and distance comfort
GSXR engine would tune to 155 RWHP and love it!
Styling tickles me. Only seen pics so far nut I absolutely love the F in blue.

CON's
several known issues to address (throttle, rear shock)
heavier than other bikes I have owned
less appealing handling characteristics

I think that If I bought the GSX I would miss the engagement of a light ready to rumble middleweight but I think as an overall motorcycle it ticks more boxes as a do it all bike. If I get the triple I may end up finding times where it is not best suited to the task like taking multi day trips as I am somewhat disabled but heavily value performance.

Its funny I cross posted this on the triumphrat forum and the first few responses where people saying how much they loved the GSX. one saying he missed out on it by 3 weeks before it launched and the other citing insurance costs. those against site the light weight and nimble handling
You really gotta ride both, man! I was in the same position with the FZ-09 and GSX-S until I rode them back to back. It was easy to decide after that.
 

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Yea I'm still wheelchair bound for another 6 months to a year. I quickly dismissed the FZ-09 because the stock suspension is utter garbage. The new FZ-10 has some appeal but I think for the same price as an FZ-10 I can set up a GSX how I like and be better in every way. I'm hoping to get my wife to wheel me into a dealer soon so I can see the GSX S1000F for myself. From looking at the pics I really like the styling. Its so clean to the eye but I really need to get a look at the front to make sure.
 

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Yea I'm still wheelchair bound for another 6 months to a year. I quickly dismissed the FZ-09 because the stock suspension is utter garbage. The new FZ-10 has some appeal but I think for the same price as an FZ-10 I can set up a GSX how I like and be better in every way. I'm hoping to get my wife to wheel me into a dealer soon so I can see the GSX S1000F for myself. From looking at the pics I really like the styling. Its so clean to the eye but I really need to get a look at the front to make sure.
The blue GSX-S is truly stunning in person. IMO, the F looks awful from the front, but hey that's just me :p You do really have to see it in person, though, pictures just don't do it justice.
 

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I think my concerns with the street triple vs the GSX is that the triple would have a more frantic personality and that if I lived where I was commuting and hour to work on the highway then the faired and smoother GSX would clearly be the better choise. If the bike was just for 5 mile commuting and leisure riding in the mountains the the triple is the clear choice.

where the grey area comes in is when you also start to consider the personal preference of the triple vs GSXR power plant, visual aesthetics, and dealer support. Suzuki clearly had better dealer support unless you live in the right area. If your in a small town in anywhere america you are not likely to have a dealer near by. The motor preferance is a preferance and completely up to individual taste as both power plants are great. The visual appeal is also a high factor. I tent to like the look of the GSX more but I have not seen one in person yet and I know that the front leaves something to be desired from a head on view but its not like the newer street triple has any appeal from the front either lets be honest
 

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Well, I'm going to be controversial 0:) . I owned a Street Triple before the GSX-S and marginally prefer the Triple! However, it very much depends what you want to use it for and let's not forget the emotional impact of different bikes on individuals and long may it be so. Just for starters, I loved the sound of the Triple and the growl of the airbox!

I live in an area of NZ which is a biker's paradise with hardly any straight roads. My Triple had good aftermarket suspension and the handling was sublime. The Suzuki is definitely harder work although in fairness, it still has standard suspension, although properly set up for my weight. The flat torque curve of the Triple was also outstanding, meaning snap overtakes could be done in virtually any gear. Also importantly, it was light and with a narrow(ish) seat, I could get my feet down flat as I'm a relative shortarse at 5'8". These factors are important as I have knee damage and hit 70 next year. The Triple was also the most ergonomically comfortable of all the bikes I've done the annual Rusty Nuts 1000 miles/1600km in under 24 hours ride on. My hopefully objective review of the Triple is here: Confessions of an Ageing Motorcyclist: Triumph Street Triple review revisited.....

None of the above says that the Suzuki is a bad bike because it's not - I just have a slight preference for the Street Triple for what I want out of a bike. Would I buy another Triple 675? No, because the Triple 800 is due for release in early 2017 and I want to have a good look at that (subject to permission from my wife :| )
 

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I also am considering that I might take the 13k I have budgeted for my motorcycle passion and splitting it between a proper road bike and a track bike. I did in fact almost kill my self on the 14th of may in the mountains and even though I wasn't fooling around the simple fact that there was a guard rail in the way of my body means I won't walk for at least another 6 months and may be discharged from the military. Plans are in flux right now but if the financial situation is good I would like to have both. Which one to choose should I be stuck with an investment ceiling we shall see.
 
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