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Post  Helmet Dave on Wed Jun 11 2014, 18:22

So I have been toying for some time about a change of bike. Got a few ideas from radar at BC,  and after a small bit of research I am seriously considering one of these (Triumph sprint st 1050). Anyone had any experience with one? Or have opinions or views on the bike?
Any info appreciate!

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Post  0ldcat on Wed Jun 11 2014, 18:41

Contact BigNige. He owned one for some time, I'm sure he'd be happy to pass on any info you want.

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Post  Snowcat on Wed Jun 11 2014, 18:53

Friend of mine had one for years, he loved it, massive range as tank holds about 50 gallon, really comfortable, solid engines and still pokey enough to mix it with the sports boys, in fact if I remember he rather neglected to one he had and only Plummed for an oil change when the oil filter actually rotted away leaving a trail of oil all the way down his street.

Still boasted that it got him home though and it certainly never let him down even with that abuse.

I rode it a couple of times and was pretty impressed with it.
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Post  Helmet Dave on Wed Jun 11 2014, 19:00

Cheers guys.

So reliability shouldn't be an issue! Was looking for something more comfortable and bigger than mine. Originally looking for sports bike, but this just seems to fit the bill quite well. Plus loving the Triumphs at the Mo.
Going to have to head to a garage and get at test ride I think.
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Post  Snowcat on Wed Jun 11 2014, 19:39

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Cheers guys.

So reliability shouldn't be an issue! Was looking for something more comfortable and bigger than mine. Originally looking for sports bike, but this just seems to fit the bill quite well. Plus loving the Triumphs at the Mo.  
Going to have to head to a garage and get at test ride I think.
Or get a blade!! Comfortable (and fast) as f@ck!!
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Post  0ldcat on Wed Jun 11 2014, 19:46

Here's what bignige said back then . . . . [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to see Nige's post from way back when  Thumb
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Post  Helmet Dave on Wed Jun 11 2014, 20:01

Blade was what I had in mind first snowcat. Thinking the sprint may be more practical and comfortable though. Also trying to find one at a garage near me proves a bit of a pain so test riding one is an issue. Those two are top of the list to try. Hopefully I'll be on new wheels before monsoon season starts!

Thanks oldcat. So he rates it then! Do you know if Dirt Bike Dave ever bought one? Seem to remember a Ducati 1198 at BC last time out???
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Post  0ldcat on Wed Jun 11 2014, 20:13

I Don't know "Dave", . . . I don't seem to remember DBD having a Trumpet Sprint in the stable [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]. . . but then I sometimes don't remember who the guy in the mirror is when I'm shaving  confused_2
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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Wed Jun 11 2014, 23:57

Hi Helmet Dave. I didn't get a trumpet but I did look at them. Ended up buying an 1199 Panigale which I got 2 days before that BC run. I reckon the sprint ST is a great bike but just didn't do it for me personally. Each to their own. If your looking at a comfy fast tourer type bike then have a look at Honda Blackbird or Yamaha FJR also. Had a go on a blackbird before and it's ballistic, comfy and reliable. FJR is fast and it's a shaft drive which takes away chain maint etc. not my cup of T either but a great machine.

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Post  Helmet Dave on Thu Jun 12 2014, 07:47

Cheers for the advice guys.
DBD- was there anything in particular you didn't warm to with it? Or was the lure of the duc just far to strong?! I'm not entirely sure with the blackbird or fjr, mainly just due to size....they do seem on the large size!
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Post  mrfrance on Thu Jun 12 2014, 16:31

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:they do seem on the large size!

Well so are you Dave... at 6' 5" I mean lol

The blackbird is highly rated, however it's a bit juicy, but I wouldn't say it's on the large side? ...but then I ride a Pan Smile And yeah you wouln't like the FJR

The blade is too small for you, Alex's dad has just bought on Sunday (954), I sat on it at Loomies yesterday and it's a proper sports bike!

Let me know if you find a trumpet and if you want a mate to tag along.

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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 16:49

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The blade is too small for you, Alex's dad has just bought on Sunday (954), I sat on it at Loomies yesterday and it's a proper sports bike!

He didn't waste any time did he, he was only fawning over mine on Sunday morning, trying to buy it off me, I thought he was joking. Plus he has bought arguably the best blade ever made (and I'm not even slightly biased, ask Radar)!! Wink Regarding size I'm a 6 footer and though it was a bit "different" at first I've got used to it and find it at least as comfy as the cat but it is more chuckable like a 600 because it's smaller, the ride position isn't that extreme compared to a Panigale, gixxer etc.

Blackbird is a weapon though, ballistic fast and I believe a tweek on the rear suspension makes less "sofa like" in the bends. I'd have one
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Post  alleycat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 18:26

Yeah Dave if you find the TT too small the blade isnt much different really ... just a little ... bit ... quicker  lusty girl 
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Post  Helmet Dave on Thu Jun 12 2014, 18:47

My thinking is I still want to try the blade, also at a closer look the blackbird seems like an option.

For sure Paul, come along. When you free? Don't think I'll buy this month but soon hopefully. Got a track day mid August. Not sure if a new bike for that isa good idea!
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Post  sir digby on Thu Jun 12 2014, 18:54

My tenpeneth here what about a vfr 1200 I would be very jealous.
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Post  Helmet Dave on Thu Jun 12 2014, 18:57

Hey sir digby. Great looking bike, and no doubt a fab bit of kit. Just a little too much money for me at the moment!
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Post  sir digby on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:10

Vfr800 ?
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Post  Radar on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:11

How about a FZ1S? Loved mine

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Post  Radar on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:17

Or maybe an MT-09?

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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:33

If you're out at TOL Dave you're welcome to try the blade for size pal, I was hesitant at first and made the stupid mistake of  buying it without a test ride. I just knew I wanted one and had never heard a bad report from people fat thin short tall or combinations (cue me!!) but no issues with size, handling.... Oh and it's a bit quick
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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:37

I had a 929 blade before I defected to V-twin power..
Loved that bike, did a tour of the Pyrenees on it and did not find it uncomfortable at all..
If I go back to an IL4 as my main bike then I would def be looking at another Blade..
Couldn't put my finger on what I didn't like about the trumpet. Just didn't suit me...I know it is a good bike, but just didn't get that loving feeling off it.
I know Big Nige loved his, and he was bloody quick on it too!!

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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 19:55

And I think it was a certain comment from DBD on here that pushed me over the edge and I haven't looked back
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Post  Helmet Dave on Thu Jun 12 2014, 20:13

Thought about vfr800, and the fz1s. Not to keen on half faired bikes like fz. And the mt-09 did consider that too, but with my lanky frame and no fairings that could get a bit windy!
Thanks snowcat, I am hoping to get on TOL just depends on work. Thinking I'll test ride the st and possibly the blackbird. If I can find one near me a 954 too. Would also love a Daytona 675, but that's no bigger than my tt!
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Post  alleycat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 20:34

We should have a meet up at loomies Dave and me and the old man will bring up the vfr800 and the 954 and you can have a bang to see if you like either, what about a aprilia falco?
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Post  0ldcat on Thu Jun 12 2014, 20:46

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Loved that bike, did a tour of the Pyrenees on it and did not find it uncomfortable at all..
Tyres were a bit pricey though  Shocked   rofl
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