Sounds like you are asking if you should eat an apple or burger. They are very different and I would not consider buying a Triumph, but there again I am English!
I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the SuperSport and the R. But just looks alone...the STR is horrendous. I know some people love it but I just can't get over the bug effect.The Ducati SS is probably a better street bike than the RS. It can probably compare well with the R version though (from the power delivery perspective). The STR costs less and is a fantastic bike from all the reviews!
Unfortunately for me, I never liked the headlights on the STR, I almost always cringed when I looked at them, so no matter how good the bike is, if you could not stand looking at it - not worth buying it!
I've not read the whole thread, but hope it's not too late. I do own both, but my SuperSport S has just a bit over 100km. on its odometer. However, both bikes are ridden on a 650 metres gokart track exclusively, so I can judge them quite well. Both have ride by wire, a feature that I consider top priority. Both have very good brakes and suspensions. THe SuperSport has tyres that warm up much slower than tyres on Street Triple 765RS. The heavy curb weight doesn't help here either. Tyres can be changed, but weight is going to be a burden on the SuperSport. However, on long tracks, the SuperSport may be more comfortable to ride. I'll be taking lessons on 2,410 metre track end of this month, and may move my SuperSport there in a couple of months. May be I'll see the better side of the SuperSport. On gokart track, the 765RS edges the SuperSport on handling, while the SuperSport could be on par at longer track>2,400 metres.Still haven't bought my Supersport S yet, although i have test rode it once. The other bike i was looking at and still need to test it out was the new Triumph Street Triple RS. Have any of you guys tested both out and if so, what were your thoughts?
The STR's headlights don't bother me, but a lot of the details do - like the look of the subframe - it looks plastic to me even though I know it's cast metal. Triumph just doesn't have the same design acumen as Ducati. Another thing about the STR is a lack of wind protection, which the SS has.I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the SuperSport and the R. But just looks alone...the STR is horrendous. I know some people love it but I just can't get over the bug effect.
I've wanted to own a Triumph for several years, now, but I agree. I'm just not feeling some of their design cues. It's Ducati or bust.Triumph just doesn't have the same design acumen as Ducati.