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OK Triumph riders now that all the forums have started back at zero I have noticed that the Aprilla folks have got a jump on us and we are hanging as a back marker with the Buell crowd. Time to come back and start the fun and informative banter. I will throw a topic out. Has Truimph turned the corner with the press? Just in the last few months Sport Rider was positive in it's review of the Daytona as an alternative open classer. Motorcycle Consumer News gave glowing reviews to the Daytona and the ST. On top of that the owners survey the conducted was very positive. Finally Motorcyclist reviews the TT this month and it sounds like Triumph has got the TT well sorted and other than the few remarks about what should have been two years ago they gave the TT the best review it has had in a mainstream mag. Perhaps Triumph will get some new riders into the fold now that the reviews are improving.


 

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In serious response to your question, I feel that we might be on the verge of mainstream acceptance, however, there are still plenty of lingering doubts expressed in the press. Even some of the Brit mags are not fawning over Triumph sportbikes.

 

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Who cares what all the rag mags say how can you resist such beauties. /images/icons/cool.gif /images/icons/cool.gif /images/icons/cool.gif
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you know what I love my triple, but I got to tell ya it pisses me off, every time I ride it hard it leaks oil/images/icons/mad.gif
I live 500 miles away from the nearest dealer, I cant take much more of it's crap. anybody got any freakin ideas?

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Yeah, its a love/hate kinda relationship.
Maybe they are turning the corner, but their customer service has got a long way to go. Sorry, but that wound is still fresh.


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hey putt putt nice bikes!!!!!
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who cares what the magazines say. If they didn't say bad things about the TT600 I wouldn't have gotten such a good deal on mine! Most Triumph dealers give test rides so we can decide for ourselves.

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Their customer service may not be #1, but the fact about Demo rides will sell many people. I tell anyone I know to go ride one, be it an ST, RS, 955 or TT whatever. I would have had a VERY hard time plunking down 10 grand on something I had only got to sit on. Triumph if you read any of these, work with your dealers, but don't stop the Demo rides!!!
 

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Yeah, I've pretty much decided that I'm not going to buy any motorcycle that I can't test ride first. I might make an exception for something really exotic like an MV Agusta, but that's it. I know that the Japanese manufacturers don't have policies against test rides, because I have been offered test rides at some dealerships (but not on sport models). I have insurance, I have a license, and I have a lot of experience. If they want to sell me a bike, they'll let me ride it first. If I only listened to magazines, I would probably still think (incorrectly) that the TT600 was a heap.

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Test rides are a difficult thing to pull off. The whole liability deal. Triumph's test ride program is a big plus. I have enough history with a couple of dealers that I can take a quick spin and have been able to get an extended overnight deal on a couple of occasions. The sad truth is that without this type of history or a factory backed program the most you get is a chance to swing a leg over the bike at the dealer. I just can't buy it without riding it first.

 

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Speedtriple01: My bike leaks a little oil when I ride it hard too. I was told by the mechanic that they all do. Not quite sure how to feel about that statement.The leaking oil really does get my dander up though. WTF?
 

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Triumph always seems to viewed in the same light as Kawasaki. Both are great ROAD bikes: Good HP, Great Midrange, softer but still very capable in the suspension area, incredible comfort, very good reliablity and put together in a attractive package.

The press has really warmed up to the bikes once they get them out of the ultra competitive reviews (R1, CBR929, GSXR1000, ZX9 and Daytona or the CBRF4, R6 etc...) They do compete with the others but have taken a different path in providing a bike to there customers. I think with the New TT600, Baby Speed and the Bonneville America, Triumph has offered a line of bikes that will appeal to more and more enthusists.


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Ianshahan wrote:

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Test rides are a difficult thing to pull off. The whole liability deal.

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Don't get me wrong, I totally understand why dealerships are hesitant to freely provide test rides, esp. on sportbikes. They would have a never ending stream of joyriders coming in and wrecking their stock. But if I express that I am a serious buyer and I prove that I have a motorcycle license and full coverage insurance, and they still don't let me take a test ride first, they are not going to make a sale with me. That's all there is to it. My insurance will cover any damage I might cause.

I don't think it's entirely a liability issue anyway, because I have been offered test rides on pre-owned sportbikes by dealerships that would not provide test rides on similar new bikes. I don't see how a test ride on a used CBR600F4 is any more of a liability risk than a test ride on a new F4i. If my puny local Triumph dealer can afford to maintain demo units, then the nearby Honda-Kawasaki mega store should be able to afford it as well. They just choose not to for some models because they know that they can find plenty of buyers (I would say "suckers" but I'm not feeling quite that nasty right now) who don't expect to be able to take a test ride.

As for me, there is no way that I am going to buy a motorcycle based solely on the dubious advice of some fortunate son working at an LA moto mag. YMMV...

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