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    Thanks fellas, was a fun trip. I took quite allot of video, most of it is pretty foggy. Infact the only sunny day, there seems to be condensation in the lens. Oh!
    Actually the sporting riding position seems to suit my frame. I have lower back troubles from my heavy forge work days and leant a bit forward means there is no weight on the lower back, it feels quite heeling. But yeah after 2 hours the bum do go numb.
    I am trying to get by with just riding a motorcycle this summer, to save cash apart from anything else. So far not so good. I dropped a valve on the way back from the forest on sunday, 2nd gear is on the way out too, so i'm just going to change the engine over and sell this one. Shame but it is a bit small to be bullet proof transport. So the little Puch and this one will be going. I have been trying to source something else at a bargain price that will hopefully not cost me any time/money fixing. The good old Puch maxi is currently getting me to work and the shops but as it does not run terribly well in the wet, and does tend to need the timing and plugs fiddled with regularly....its not the most reliable beast,, but it is quite fun.
    Anyway I have the next steed. I cant afford it, but the sale of the puch and cbr will cover it ultimately.
    Its a bargain, as its high mileage, but as it turns out a bit of a peach, one owner since new, wanted for nothing....hope I don't trash it too much with all my commuting in all weathers... I pick it up on saturday

    A 1999 Triumph sprint st 955i.
    I had a long test ride, and I would have to say, after riding on this, I could certainly describe the cbr as a little uncomfortable.

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    Nice bike! The triple engine has a nice sound (although i like as few cylinders as possible, preferrably only one...)

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    I know what you mean. I enjoy the thump off the bottom end with a single and some twins. But this one has plenty of grunt. I have test rode one of the new tiger 800's and this 955i feels more grunty at the bottom, at the top the grunt is replaced by horse power. So should work out great for the road and not fussed which gear its in. The new 800 had more at the top and less at the bottom.
    I had not intended to get a Triumph st, but the price was too appealing as I think they are not currently as cool and desirable as adventure bikes/naked street bikes. Also when I saw it all red and curvy in person I fell in love. The other bike I was looking at was a VFR but it had sold. You can tell the theme is a hopefully invincible and overbuilt machine. Fingers crossed.
    I have heard Triumphs described as an exotic in the States, I like that, as I suppose in the uk they would be considered something of the old dependable, great build but maybe not the latest technology. Of course Triumph have worked hard now with their gadgets. The fueling on this feels spot on, which was a surprise on an early injected bike.

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    A good friend has had a couple of these, (some crashed out) and they are very dependable, comfortable and fast. I think that you will be very happy with it! Best of Moto luck!
    Spike C
    "The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain."
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