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I've been watching this bike with minor interest the last few months because 1. I thought the front looked horrid and 2. I didn't think the 110 HP would interest me. My current bike is a 2014 Multistrada Granturismo which has been a great bike for me, and still is however I finally test rode a SuperSport S yesterday and I must say I'm much more impressed than I thought I'd be on both initial reactions listed above. I don't have any plans to buy one currently as I don't have enough cash to buy one outright but I'll probably chime in on threads here and there and figured an intro may be helpful if others are wondering who this gadget person is posting about nonsense :grin2:.

A couple things I'm trying to organize is whether I want to maintain two bikes or just have one and if I want to spend time on a SuperSport or if the Triumph Street Triple RS would be better for me longer term. I say longer term b/c I've never had a bike more than 4 years. The Multi has only been in my possession 1.5 years.

If I have just one bike, would the SS be a good enough all rounder? The Multi is a great only bike unless you want to ride it around town as an errand bike in which case it's a bit big sometimes, although that makes it great for interstate runs. I have fun on it in the Mountains and I like to do regional trips on it. My thought is the Multi is better if I want to do longer trips whereas the SS would be better if regional trips are far enough. I've also thought about getting into track days which I'd never use the Multi for as the lean angle just isn't enough for me but again I think the SS would be a much better option for that.

I'm looking forward to all the posts about this bike and learning as much as I can to decide if I'll take the plunge or not.
 

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I find this bike would be a perfect all-round + track bike (city traffic, highway, track). It is a much smoother and more technologically advanced upgrade from my Monster 696 and a great alternative to my heavier and gruntier R Nine T. I haven't taken it on longer trips, but I'd imagine there are more comfortable bikes for all day rides. (A Multistrada for example? :)
 

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You answered your own question...

The Multistrada is a great bike, but not so great in the looks department. It is quite top heavy for city driving. If you want to get into track days, commute and do occasional tours, then the Supersport is a great way to go. Yes, there are better sport bikes and there are better tourers, but the Supersport is, in my opinion, the best combination of looks, performance, sport and touring out there at the moment. It is just a great all around bike.
 

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We obviously can't answer your questions, it's something you need to answer for yourself.
I hope you can find the information you're looking for on the forum.
 

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The Multistrada is a great bike, but not so great in the looks department.
Don't be calling my Multi ugly! :x

We obviously can't answer your questions, it's something you need to answer for yourself.
I hope you can find the information you're looking for on the forum.
Correct! I don't hope for anything other than to read what made other people come to the decision about buying the SS as they've probably considered something I didn't. I am at a crossroads of sorts with riding and am either going to expand into track days or into off road riding and you can be sure I'll way over think things the whole time. The SS or the Street Triple could do track days but I think the fairings on the SS would lend itself to better track days or I could say screw it all and go buy a BMW F800GSA...the horror.

If it were just me I'd probably just go ahead and get a SS in addition to the Multi and call it good but I won't for 2 reasons:

1. My wife wouldn't like it
2. My wife wouldn't like it

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Seems I'm a tad late but welcome to the forums!

Also seems like one decision has been made though.. the wife definitely trumps any decision you have ;) As per the usual with majority of us here haha
 

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Seems I'm a tad late but welcome to the forums!

Also seems like one decision has been made though.. the wife definitely trumps any decision you have ;) As per the usual with majority of us here haha
Better to ask forgiveness than to ask for consent. My mrs didn't know I had bought one until this past saturday when a base model was placed on the dealers floor and we drove through to see it. I first took her out for a nice lunch with good wine then stopped off at the dealer. She loved the bike and said I should get one. The salesman almost died laughing, he then said my S is upstairs in the service center about to be uncrated, obviously I was straight up the steps and my hands were ready. Bike arrives home tomorrow. Oh and now she knows the new garage is not for the garden tools. Not sure what she is more upset about, the tools or bike.
 

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Better to ask forgiveness than to ask for consent. My mrs didn't know I had bought one until this past saturday when a base model was placed on the dealers floor and we drove through to see it. I first took her out for a nice lunch with good wine then stopped off at the dealer. She loved the bike and said I should get one. The salesman almost died laughing, he then said my S is upstairs in the service center about to be uncrated, obviously I was straight up the steps and my hands were ready. Bike arrives home tomorrow. Oh and now she knows the new garage is not for the garden tools. Not sure what she is more upset about, the tools or bike.
Give her more wine, then it'll be the tools. >:)
 

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Well I rode down to the local dealer to look at the SS they had on the floor just to see it again and consider some things. I think I may prefer the red to the white but until I actually see a white one in person I won't know. The sales guy was trying to sell me on prepaid maintenance and I said well valve checks are only every 18k miles to which he said no they are something like 7 or 8k miles. I just downloaded the manual and see he was mistaken on that...thank heavens. That would've been a deal breaker.
 

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... The sales guy was trying to sell me on prepaid maintenance and I said well valve checks are only every 18k miles to which he said no they are something like 7 or 8k miles. ...
I'd at least let them know that their salesman is spreading false information.


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I'd at least let them know that their salesman is spreading false information.


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The guy sent me a text with his info, I sent him one back with the correct service intervals. But you're probably right, he's trying to sell service contracts and probably knows the correct service interval.

ETA...lol, you literally posted the same thing on two different threads. These sales people!
 

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Gadgetech:

I'm a former Multi rider, albeit the first generation Multi, not the newer one you have. I had to decide between the SS and a newer Multi, so here's how I thought it through.

1. I think the SS is "sex on wheels." An absolutely gorgeous bike.
2. I think the newer generation Multi is sinfully ugly. Sorry, just my opinion.
3. I rode these bikes back-to-back at the dealer fully expecting to love them both as I've heard so many great reports on the newer Multis. My experience is detailed elsewhere in these forums, but bottom line the SS was unbelievably smooth and tight. The Multi felt too tall, loose, and sloppy. It felt much looser than my '04 MTS and I was really surprised by that.
4. After my test rides, it was a no-brainer.

I have now ridden my SS for three days. Maybe a total of five hours. It's everything I was looking for. Great in the curves, pretty comfy with both one and two people up. It's very flickable. Just super-fun. The one big surprise has been that I think I could do some touring on it. I'm not going to lie and say it would be as comfy as a Multi for a 1000 mile ride. But for several hundred miles, I think it would be fine. And keep in mind, I'm 6'8". For anyone else, it would be even better.

The big drawback to this point is it just can't carry as many bags as a Multi. My old one had a tank bag, saddle bags, and a top box. I was and am used to carrying pretty much whatever I want on a bike. At present, all you're going to get with an SS is a smaller tank bag and some saddle bags (panniers, whatever.) So I'd only give the Multi the advantage in the hard-core touring/load-carrying department (and off-road, if you want to open that door).

Since I really don't do much touring, the SS was the clear-cut winner for me.
 

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Gadgetech:

I'm a former Multi rider, albeit the first generation Multi, not the newer one you have. I had to decide between the SS and a newer Multi, so here's how I thought it through.

1. I think the SS is "sex on wheels." An absolutely gorgeous bike.
2. I think the newer generation Multi is sinfully ugly. Sorry, just my opinion.
3. I rode these bikes back-to-back at the dealer fully expecting to love them both as I've heard so many great reports on the newer Multis. My experience is detailed elsewhere in these forums, but bottom line the SS was unbelievably smooth and tight. The Multi felt too tall, loose, and sloppy. It felt much looser than my '04 MTS and I was really surprised by that.
4. After my test rides, it was a no-brainer.

I have now ridden my SS for three days. Maybe a total of five hours. It's everything I was looking for. Great in the curves, pretty comfy with both one and two people up. It's very flickable. Just super-fun. The one big surprise has been that I think I could do some touring on it. I'm not going to lie and say it would be as comfy as a Multi for a 1000 mile ride. But for several hundred miles, I think it would be fine. And keep in mind, I'm 6'8". For anyone else, it would be even better.

The big drawback to this point is it just can't carry as many bags as a Multi. My old one had a tank bag, saddle bags, and a top box. I was and am used to carrying pretty much whatever I want on a bike. At present, all you're going to get with an SS is a smaller tank bag and some saddle bags (panniers, whatever.) So I'd only give the Multi the advantage in the hard-core touring/load-carrying department (and off-road, if you want to open that door).

Since I really don't do much touring, the SS was the clear-cut winner for me.
I totally understand your predicament. Although not a highly sophisticated bike but I opted to keep my 8yr old suzuki bandit 1250 for touring with mrs. She sits like a queen on the wide seat and is wrapped in fully loaded sides and top boxes. We generally go do 2000 mile tour weekends. Yup thats cruising on some roads at 130mph for hours. It usually costs me a new rear tyre which is bought half way through the weekend. I opted for an SS for the weekends without the mrs because the suzuki can be hard to throw around. It can be done but one has to know the suzuki's limits in terms of brake trailing etc. I am so pleased to read how SS owners write about how effortlessly the SS goes into the bends. So the SS is my alone fun bike and the suzuki stays the tourer.
 

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@fishoutofh20 Thanks for that feedback, that's pretty much where my thoughts land at the moment. Did you ride the new DVT Multi? I'm not a fan of that one, too much lag in acceleration and I prefer my beak to the new one...as unattractive as they both are to some folks.

Is the SuperSport your only ride?
 

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Sorry, I've been busy riding. Seriously.

I have my '04 MTS in the garage for sale and the SS. So, I guess the SS is my only ride. The MTS is near and dear to my heart, but 13 years of motorcycle tech improvements make the '04 MTS really seem lacking.

To answer your question: I rode a base model 2017 Multi. I have no idea how that would compare to a DVT or whichever model you are referring to.

It is interesting riding the older, taller (than the SS) MTS vs. the SS on the same roads. I never noticed the height of the MTS until I rode the SS. The MTS always felt fine, but I never really wanted to push it much past 90 on high speed sweepers. (Admittedly, I'm not a track rider, so I'm probably more cautious than some.) The SS is obviously lower and feels locked in on the sweepers. Going 100+ would not be a concern.

Interestingly, one of the roads I ride is a highway--very curvy, and in relatively poor condition. It has lots of tar between seams in the concrete. The seams are perpindicular to your path of travel and can create a pretty good bump. The MTS just ate these up. I don't even remember going over them. The SS is much harsher over these types of irregularities. In its defense, I haven't messed with the suspension, so I may be able to moderate this to a degree, but as you might expect from the two bikes, the Multistrada ("many roads") handles poorly maintained roads better than the SS (basically a comfy race bike.)

That being said, I'm still glad I purchased the SS. I'm just more interested in doing the things it does well than the things the Multi does well right now. It is just ridiculously fun on sweepers and weaving in and out of traffic. The MTS I have can do these things too, but it seems like it does them with less of a fun factor.
 

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No worries, thanks for the feedback. DVT stands for Desmodromic Variable Timing = variable valve timing on the new Multistrada engine. Some say, and I agree, that it has a rubber band feel b/c there's a slight lag in acceleration sometimes. I know what you mean about the fun factor on the Multi, I typically scrape something every time I hit the mountains and given how low the shift peg sits I get particularly cautious in left hand corners because I bent the shift peg right after my first 600 mile service.

Some things I like about the Multi that I think would be an issue on the SS are:
- I like to stand up on the pegs to stretch a bit
- Sometimes I run back up to SC to meet friends for lunch or something which usually involves hitting the interstate to get there and back (about 120 miles or so) and I'd rather do that on the bike than the car if it's nice weather. Not sure how unbearable that would be on the SS.
 

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I typically scrape something every time I hit the mountains and given how low the shift peg sits I get particularly cautious in left hand corners because I bent the shift peg right after my first 600 mile service.
I mean no offense, i really do, but you drag the pegs because you do not lean your body enough into the corner.
I saw a track instructor on a Multi, and he was way faster than me (monster) without dragging the pegs...
 
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