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Postby Kwacky » 18 Aug 2018, 19:45

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i was bored this afternoon and pissed off with work and the never ending saga of the house move, so I decided to get the bike out. I was going to head out towards the Quatt but decided to stop off at StreetBike to see if I could get a demo ride on the big RS.

A quick chat with a salesman and I had the key in my pocket. I've ridden the 765s which have the same screens so he didn't need to go through the screen and modes with me.

I had an hour as it's Saturday and they're busy.

I've had a 1050 before but it was one of the first ones. This one feels sportier. The seat is wide and comfortable but you've tilted forward. The bars aren't that wide for a naked but they're close to you and felt lower than the older 1050. The pegs are mid point between sit up and sporty. No issues with clearance today but I wasn't pushing it. I reckon they're high up enough for track days. The riding position seemed to be fine for roads, whether you're trying to filter through traffic or tucking in to evade the wind.

It's a naked so you expect a wind blast but the front cowling pushes the blast towards your chest so there's no helmet wobble when you're getting a shift on.

For a bike dripping in carbon, Brembos and Ohlins, it's a surprise not to have a quickshifter as standard. Most sports bike do now and this bike seems to need one. As a regular Kwak rider I'm used to a clunking sounding gearbox but this bike seemed to have quite a heavy gearbox. Gear changing was easy but you can clearly feel/hear what's going on.

The suspension feels top end, this bike hasn't just had some Ohlins stickers plastered on it. That's the same with the brakes. The bike stops almost instantly with the suspension playing its part, keeping the bike stable and the nose off the floor. The only time I got the bike to feel like it was struggling was over some very bad tarmac as I was changing gears - things got a little bit bouncy but it soon settled down.

The centre piece of the bike is that engine. All you expect from a triple and more. It's happy bumbling along in 4th at 40 ir being spanked through the gear and revs. It pulls like a sportsbike with no lag from the throttle. It'll hit 100mph in no time and egg you on to keep going. I'm hoping that camera I shot through was out of action. On the plus side the Brombo stoppers made sure I'll be keeping my licence. 8)

Arrow cans come as standard which help to show off the triple burple. I would love to hear this bike with the Euro 4 regs killing the fun.

With only an hour I couldn't get the bike out on country roads, but I do know some twisty residential roads around that way. so apologies to the locals for treating your streets like a test track.

It's a fantastic bike, it really is. It's piss easy to ride slow or fast, the handling, engine, suspension and brakes will let you take in the scenery or punch in the boost and scare the feck out of yourself and anyone who dares to get in your way. There's a lot there for your money, with branded goodies, carbon, extras and a keyless ignition, it's just shame they make you pay extra for a quickshifter.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby duke63 » 18 Aug 2018, 20:27

Good write up. That 1050 engine was/is a gem.

I do think mine was still one of the best looking bikes i had. Not beautiful but very purposeful and full of attitude.

How heavy is the current 1050?
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Kwacky » 18 Aug 2018, 20:36

It's about 190kg dry I think.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby C00kiemonster » 18 Aug 2018, 20:58

Very interesting. I've got one for a few hours at the end of the month when i get the 765 serviced, so i'll be interested to see if it's worth nearly £5k more than a 765.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby C00kiemonster » 18 Aug 2018, 20:59

Kwacky wrote:It's about 190kg dry I think.


30kgs more than a 765.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Kwacky » 18 Aug 2018, 21:16

C00kiemonster wrote:Very interesting. I've got one for a few hours at the end of the month when i get the 765 serviced, so i'll be interested to see if it's worth nearly £5k more than a 765.


Isn't it a £3k difference between the 765RS and the 1050RS?

How impartial do you think you'll be? You're not in the market for a new bike and you've spent hours in the saddle of your 765 so you know it and know how to ride it, you've bonded. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.

You can see where the extra money goes between the S and the RS. The salesman told me they've sold a couple of the S, Everyone is going for the bling and extras on the RS. I think it's good value for money.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby duke63 » 18 Aug 2018, 21:41

£13,250 for the 1050 and £10,200 for the 765 RS versions.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby C00kiemonster » 19 Aug 2018, 08:09

Kwacky wrote:
C00kiemonster wrote:Very interesting. I've got one for a few hours at the end of the month when i get the 765 serviced, so i'll be interested to see if it's worth nearly £5k more than a 765.


Isn't it a £3k difference between the 765RS and the 1050RS?

How impartial do you think you'll be? You're not in the market for a new bike and you've spent hours in the saddle of your 765 so you know it and know how to ride it, you've bonded. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.

You can see where the extra money goes between the S and the RS. The salesman told me they've sold a couple of the S, Everyone is going for the bling and extras on the RS. I think it's good value for money.


My bad, my maths was out when i checked - I meant against a 765R too so it's 4k or so for me.

I've never ridden a 1050 Speed so the weight feel and pull are the most interesting for me.

Wierd that it doesnt have a QS as standard. I thought it had a blipper as well so i assume thats part of a QS package.

On the Street the QS is standard on the RS and it's only the unit on the gearshift that's missing on the R, if you fit one to the linkeage all the functionality in the ECU etc is active. I might get one over the winter.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Kwacky » 20 Aug 2018, 10:17

I suppose can notice the weight compared to the 765 when you're sat on it but anything feels light after being on the Versys. The bike certainly doesn't show its weight on the move.
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Westy » 21 Aug 2018, 07:53

duke63 wrote:£13,250 for the 1050 and £10,200 for the 765 RS versions.



Street RS can be had for 9,400 and 9,500 cash (1st hand experience)
I was told that the Speed has no discounts - 13,250 + blipper was the price deal breaker that pushed me to my 18 SuperDuke 1290R (12,750 new).

The build quality on the Triumphs is top notch, hope the IMU can let it wheelie a little with cornering abs on (continental not Bosch branded)

I think the 1050 has the switchgear recall due to water ingress at the moment though
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Kwacky » 21 Aug 2018, 08:24

I can't find anyone online doing a discount on the 1050 and the dealer I spoke to wasn't budging on the price so it looks like you're right about the lack of ability to haggle.

How do the Superduke and the 1050 compare?
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Re: 1050 Speed Triple RS

Postby Rossgo » 28 Sep 2018, 18:20

Im going through these write ups slowly! Personally really like the look of the speed. sounds like a cracking bike to be honest. Enjoyed that write up Kwacky certainly have a knack with having a drawing way with words

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