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    Hi,

    I've just bought my first bike. I've ridden before, but this one is
    mine after lots of research and browsing.

    I missed this section of the forum looking around plenty since.

    I've done some training with a really great think biker himself and
    my license since just recently. I plan to do some more with some
    more experience and looking forward to it.

    I've got all the gear, the only thing I'm missing is a good camera.
    I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I think it should be included as a
    bare minimum these days having gone through some of the beginner
    advice on here. They seem common enough.

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    Hi, and welcome aboard. Keep it safe out there, remember, you have to care about your own safety, no one else will.

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    Nice bike!
    Enjoy and survive to enjoy even more!

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    Welcome,
    Love the speed triple.. maybe one day
    On a bike no one ever asks, Are we there yet? (Stacy Westfall)

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    Thank you very much everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Welcome,
    Love the speed triple.. maybe one day
    This is the 675 Street Triple, but thank you none the less.

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    Stunning bike, I especially love the sound of them.

    Sent from my BLA-L29 using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by freerider View Post
    Stunning bike, I especially love the sound of them.

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    Thank you! I couldn't agree more.


    I looked through everything from the Yamaha MT07/09, Honda NC750, BMW
    GS310, KTM390+ and others here and there. From many of the reviews
    I've read and watched, the main point against it is that it does
    sometimes cost more where you could get "more" bike for a lot less,
    though not as well packaged on the whole with that.


    It is a really really great bike all around though and it was hard
    to ignore that once I checked it out. There's something that just
    shows through over all the others unless you've got something really
    specific in mind, more purpose (adventure/dual) or more power or a
    totally different style if the brand or style doesn't suit.


    I found it wasn't necessarily a clean sweep, the thing is, it was
    mostly all 8s out of 10, where the others would do 8s and then be a
    2 somewhere though -not with this for me by far.


    I didn't like the headlights at first, but it's really growing on me.


    There's a huge flagship Triumph World Black opening up in Woodmead
    sometime soon too, then Pretoria and Cape Town, so if you do like
    their bikes, they're set for something big with that under the new
    as of this year Triumph SA distributorship under way.


    I'm not a fanatic, really, but I do think it's good that things are
    being taken up a level here. There's only the big, big brands
    otherwise that don't have the same appeal to me without faulting
    them.

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    Oh no! Not a BMW! Poor, poor man!

    Welcome and enjoy the bike. They are awesome. Do yourself a favour and go listen on YouTube to the sound of the new 765cc triple Triumph engines that will be used in Moto2 from next year onward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Oh no! Not a BMW! Poor, poor man!

    Welcome and enjoy the bike. They are awesome. Do yourself a favour and go listen on YouTube to the sound of the new 765cc triple Triumph engines that will be used in Moto2 from next year onward.
    Oh, don't get me wrong, I'd love one, I just couldn't have two of
    these things.

    Is that the clip where Damon Hill had a go also? I've seen it. I
    don't know how I forgot, the triple sound is stunning even stock. It
    really stood out and yet somehow it's really punchy without being too
    much.

    Clip: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpW9iG0KN40>

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    Welcome to the forum! And to the triple cylinder club!
    Many happy safe miles and smiles!

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    So, I've been taking my bike around the neighbourhood just to get a
    feel for it. I've only recently realised what a difficult spot it is
    to do that in through all this. I'm surrounded by main roads, not
    big roads, but busy connecting roads and especially so in the week.

    Then there's the 'backroaders'. Staying there, I indicate to get
    into my driveway as soon as I take the nearest corner. People
    using our street as a throughroad on autopilot often drive like
    they're in a rally on their commute.

    I must have missed this myself seeing bikers around with some others
    treating me like I'm an assassin, my presence being met with an
    intense paranoia citing security concerns when I then go and
    introduce myself.

    It's been interesting.

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    enjoy the Street Triple, it's what i call a "naughty" bike, it's a bike that when you get to a traffic circle, you do 3 laps before you exit!

    I am not sure where you are based but the Gauteng freeway system provides some really lekker opportunities to get to know your bike (without racing) but, and it's a big but, do it properly early on a sunday morning or just after lunch, those are the quieter periods.

    When I bed in tyres, i have a route that starts at andiccios in boksburg, along the n12e, down edenvale hill, all nice sweeps, through giloolys (RH bend over the flyover), off at linksfield, (cloverleaf offramp, back on at linksfield, back throguh giloolys, nice lh sweep, up the r24/21 towards and past the airport, off at Atlas rd, another rh sweep, uturn at the robot, back up on the pta rd, rh sweep flyover, off at pomona, back onagain, back towards the airport taking the r21/riefontein rd turn. long lh sweep, past emperors, onto N12E, lh sweep, blitz down past atlas & tom jone ( all nice sweeps) to snake rd where you go off and back on and head back to Andiccios for coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DouglasN View Post
    enjoy the Street Triple, it's what i call a "naughty" bike, it's a bike that when you get to a traffic circle, you do 3 laps before you exit!
    I've yet to try that traffic circle thing


    @rnm1, you should definitely look at doing training course/s where you get some track time, or track day/s even.
    I reckon it's one of the best ways to get to truly know your bike in a "safe" environment.

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    Thanks DouglasN, I'm not far from Linksfield, so that helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harvs View Post
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    @rnm1, you should definitely look at doing training course/s where you get some track time, or track day/s even.
    I reckon it's one of the best ways to get to truly know your bike in a "safe" environment.
    Oh man, you really hit the nail on the head. I have done a beginners
    course just recently and I've ridden bikes before that. I don't know
    what's happened to me, but I lost something along the way. I was much
    better long before that so I found out and even now.

    I'm not as comfortable as I should be on this thing. I'm just way too
    twitchy at times and you would know, she pulls.. :/

    I haven't been given the space to actually chill out the way I'd like
    to with that also though, so it could be a couple of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnm1 View Post

    Oh man, you really hit the nail on the head. I have done a beginners
    course just recently and I've ridden bikes before that. I don't know
    what's happened to me, but I lost something along the way. I was much
    better long before that so I found out and even now.

    I'm not as comfortable as I should be on this thing. I'm just way too
    twitchy at times and you would know, she pulls.. :/

    I haven't been given the space to actually chill out the way I'd like
    to with that also though, so it could be a couple of things.
    Just take it easy (on throttle and yourself) and smile on the bike, you'll be better than you were before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvs View Post
    Just take it easy (on throttle and yourself) and smile on the bike, you'll be better than you were before
    Smile happens automatically when I get on any bike.

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    I don't want to kill this thread, you've all just been that nice.

    I had a much better time of it this weekend. Two steps forward, one
    step back on Sunday. I actually wasn't up for the ride while not
    wanting to waste the opportunity, not being in the right mood just
    didn't go down so well with the heat.

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