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Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:27:47 PM »
So I'm always considering selling a bike to pick up another, and I may have an opportunity to pick up a B-King which would replace the Sprint (maybe not super sensible, since my second bike is a Tuono).

Can the B-King be utilized as a decent sport touring bike? Are there wind shields that actually provide decent weather/wind protection?

Would I be better off buying a ZX-14 and turning it into a touring bike? Probably, right? But I'd bet insurance would be lower with the B-King, and I've always been intrigued by them...

What do you think? IT would be primarily used for highway commuting and 3 hour trips between CHicago and SW Michigan...

Love that motor - i rented a Busa in FLorida for a day a few years back and I loved it. ROde a ZX-14 (although mostly in the rain) and loved that too.  Tough decisions here...

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 04:45:47 PM »
Yes!  :lol:
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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 04:48:47 PM »
I thought it had a 90 mile gas tank?

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 04:51:50 PM »
You waiver with motorcycling as a whole, I waiver with which bike.

I am thinking a B-King, as much as I want one, is not a practical replacement, as I would have 2 naked bikes. The Tuono fills the role of street fun and track days, the Sprint covers commuting and trips.

WTF is a B-King going to do next to a Tuono? It can't be fun over 70mph, which I need given the amount of time I end up on longer trips.

If I am going to ditch the Sprint for anything, it will likely have to be a ZX-14 to be toured out (top case, maybe bar risers, touring windshield) or a K1300S if I can ever build up the bike budget enough to buy one, or maybe a fully faired 2nd gen FZ1...

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 04:52:44 PM »
I thought it had a 90 mile gas tank?

If so, then that just doubly reinforces my last post.  It just isn't a replacement for the Sprint, even with a big ol' top case and a windshield.

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 07:10:41 PM »
No need for a top case for the B-King. With that bike you should be able to fit a tank bag the size of a Volkswagen.
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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 08:11:17 PM »
No need for a top case for the B-King. With that bike you should be able to fit a tank bag the size of a Volkswagen.


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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2014, 09:01:41 PM »
Sounds like you've already talked yourself out of it, eh?

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2014, 09:15:59 PM »
Do it!

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2014, 09:43:07 PM »
I thought this was gonna be a Bob Mielke-inspired thead about riding your Sprint for some burgers. With pics, too.

Imagine my disappointment.
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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2014, 09:53:05 PM »
Do you waver with waivers?

You waiver with motorcycling as a whole, I waiver with which bike.

I am thinking a B-King, as much as I want one, is not a practical replacement, as I would have 2 naked bikes. The Tuono fills the role of street fun and track days, the Sprint covers commuting and trips.

WTF is a B-King going to do next to a Tuono? It can't be fun over 70mph, which I need given the amount of time I end up on longer trips.

If I am going to ditch the Sprint for anything, it will likely have to be a ZX-14 to be toured out (top case, maybe bar risers, touring windshield) or a K1300S if I can ever build up the bike budget enough to buy one, or maybe a fully faired 2nd gen FZ1...

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 12:02:43 AM »
Ditch the Sprint!   :)

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2014, 12:50:07 AM »
New bike...yeah, yeah...

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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 08:42:57 AM »
If you want a B-King, than get a B-King.  Things don't have to be practical or make any sense.  You know that a Busa or ZX-14 would be better suited for the highway - so would many other bikes.

If insurance is a concern, do your due diligence on the three.  They could easily all be quite a jump from the Sprint, if the Triumph is classified as a tourer and the others as sportbikes.

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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2014, 09:43:20 AM »
I really like the B-King. Had the styling been just a little bit tempered and American riders weren't such unapologetic, galactic-scale pussies and sods when it come to naked bikes, the thing could have been a real hit. It certainly hit all the "bigger, better, faster" points. I mean, a rock-solid legacy engine that basically never breaks in a package that is comfortable and still performs...? Made by a manufacturer known for getting it done without crazy stupid price points, useless gadgets and addons, and who is an oft-placed well known name in the world racing eye... hell yes.
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Re: Triumph to B-King...can it be an ST?
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2014, 10:50:19 AM »
A few PM 's with the seller and it's not going to happen as he wants more cash than I have in the Moto budget. Besides the fact that it doesn't make sense.

Back to dreaming of a properly toured out ZX14...will have to check insurance.

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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2014, 11:14:14 AM »
A few PM 's with the seller and it's not going to happen as he wants more cash than I have in the Moto budget. Besides the fact that it doesn't make sense.

Back to dreaming of a properly toured out ZX14...will have to check insurance.

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Is there something in particular you like about the ZX? The reason I ask is... a CBR/XX is a seriously worthy option and has great aftermarket support, and all the positive points of everything discussed thus far.

Just a thought for the budget...
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2014, 11:23:29 AM »
Nothing in particular. I could likely find a newer one with less miles.

There was this silver zx14 on STN with a silver lidded top case that I drooled at for a while.

I'd personally prefer a K1300S but that's out of the cards due to $$$.

I've ridden an XX (a buddy has one) and I liked it, but I've also ridden an '08 zx14 and it spoke to me more than the Honda. The Honda felt a bit wooden, like driving a commute.  the zx14 was more engaging. I had a Busa for a day in Florida and I really liked it, but the styling (while last on my list of priorities) didn't work for me.

Who knows. Whatever I replace the Sprint with, IF I replace it (it really is just a great bike) it will have to be fully faired. If I found a fully faired 2nd gen FZ1 with bags and modified the way I wanted it, I could even go that route.

Thankfully, I'm fortunate to have and be very happy with the two bikes in my garage and could be for many years to come. I just always have an itch for another...

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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2014, 02:31:14 PM »
I just always have an itch for another...


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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2014, 02:33:40 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2014, 02:35:24 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)

Oh, if we're factoring women and logic into the same equation, I'm stepping as far away from this discussion as is humanly possible.

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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2014, 02:38:36 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)

Passion to get to know them, logic as to whether you should stay with them. It's all balance. Even at my relative young age of 42, I've gleaned that marriages based solely on passion are the most likely to end prematurely.

Thread jack over - back to fast, faired bikes to function as ST's.

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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2014, 02:41:38 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)

Passion to get to know them, logic as to whether you should stay with them. It's all balance. Even at my relative young age of 42, I've gleaned that marriages based solely on passion are the most likely to end prematurely.

Thread jack over - back to fast, faired bikes to function as ST's.

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Goodness help me for even suggesting this.... Ducati ST3?

Or, find a decent example of a Futura? I freaking LOVE the Futura.  :inlove:
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2014, 02:43:07 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)

Passion to get to know them, logic as to whether you should stay with them. It's all balance. Even at my relative young age of 42, I've gleaned that marriages based solely on passion are the most likely to end prematurely.

Thread jack over - back to fast, faired bikes to function as ST's.

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motorcycles are easier to get rid of than wives. and I never said to marry them ;)
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« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2014, 02:50:00 PM »
I love the Futura as well, but as a partner to a Tuono of the same vintage and motor?

If I don't go seriously fast, like ZX14, or even nicely modded FZ1, or just keep the Sprint, which I love, and if I found the right low miles Futura, I'd consider it. Never ridden one but a smoother version of that V990 Rotax might be a pretty amazing ride...

But two early 2000 Aprilias seems a recipe for disaster...

I could also do a cruiser/tourer so long as I kept the Tuono, like a Guzzi California? The new ones look pretty sweet, but again, $$$.

Or for the fuck of it, an old Super Magna... ALWAYS wanted one of those, or a VMax...

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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2014, 02:50:19 PM »
bike purchases should be decided by passion, not logic.... sort of like women ;)

Passion to get to know them, logic as to whether you should stay with them. It's all balance. Even at my relative young age of 42, I've gleaned that marriages based solely on passion are the most likely to end prematurely.

Thread jack over - back to fast, faired bikes to function as ST's.

- Dan

motorcycles are easier to get rid of than wives. and I never said to marry them ;)

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« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2014, 03:34:27 PM »
I love the Futura as well, but as a partner to a Tuono of the same vintage and motor?

If I don't go seriously fast, like ZX14, or even nicely modded FZ1, or just keep the Sprint, which I love, and if I found the right low miles Futura, I'd consider it. Never ridden one but a smoother version of that V990 Rotax might be a pretty amazing ride...

But two early 2000 Aprilias seems a recipe for disaster...

I could also do a cruiser/tourer so long as I kept the Tuono, like a Guzzi California? The new ones look pretty sweet, but again, $$$.

Or for the fuck of it, an old Super Magna... ALWAYS wanted one of those, or a VMax...

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« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2014, 03:46:08 PM »
I love the Futura as well, but as a partner to a Tuono of the same vintage and motor?

If I don't go seriously fast, like ZX14, or even nicely modded FZ1, or just keep the Sprint, which I love, and if I found the right low miles Futura, I'd consider it. Never ridden one but a smoother version of that V990 Rotax might be a pretty amazing ride...

But two early 2000 Aprilias seems a recipe for disaster...

I could also do a cruiser/tourer so long as I kept the Tuono, like a Guzzi California? The new ones look pretty sweet, but again, $$$.

Or for the fuck of it, an old Super Magna... ALWAYS wanted one of those, or a VMax...

Yes, while I am currently happy, the blood of a bike whore flows freely through my veins.

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If you want to look at a V-Max, I'll put you in contact with my buddy Wayne; he's been something of a V-Max aficionado for some time now, knows a lot about them, and flips a lot of them after fixing what other people to "improve" them.

fZMax and I connected long ago. Tell him I have many pet cows.

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« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2014, 03:50:10 PM »

fZMax and I connected long ago. Tell him I have many pet cows.

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LOL Will do. :)
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« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2014, 03:52:32 PM »
With big cow teeth and scary eyes.
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« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2014, 07:22:12 PM »
and American riders weren't such unapologetic, galactic-scale pussies and sods


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« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2014, 07:26:04 PM »
Lol. Nope. But nakeds just don't sell here unless they're adv bikes, largely the soccer mom SUV of motorcycles. :-)
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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2014, 07:48:00 PM »
Eh.. I've just been looking for a reason to drop Vlad in somewhere.  What a stud...or something.

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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2014, 07:56:02 PM »
Hahahahahah. The very picture of manhood.
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