Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Genoa, Nevada, USA 89411
I'm in the same boat, trying to pick a new sport-tourer. Take a peek at the thread in the ST area.
There's an indepth review in the latest Motorcyclist magazine, which puts the ST, Aprilia Futura & Ducati ST4s together. As a true sport tourer, the Aprilia is really the top one, but they give the nod to the Duc largely 'cause it is so race-track compatable. They knock the ST for a lackluster suspension (compared to the others) and are a little nit-picky about the brakes.
Given the fact that you can STEAL a Triumph, for at leat $3000 less than the Aprilia and nearly $5000 less than a Duc, it seems like a no brainer...you can do a lot of suspension upgrades for a couple grand. I also submit that you'll find as many Triumph outlets as Ducati (parts wise) and the Aprilia isn't even on the radar screen yet from a dealership network.
The big questionmark for me right now is the BMW, as it is really a superb bike (K1200RS) but now we're talking $17,500 with bags...ouch!
I guess, all this to say, the Triumph is a superb choice. Many will suggest VFR's (also an excellent choice) plus many others. There's an ST discussion group I visited of hard-core European riders that ride regularly in foul weather. They all praised the bike and it's longevity.
It's a good choice and the triple's a great motor. You won't likely be disappointed!
Our greatest challenge in life is living up to our own potential.
Last edited by Tahoe; 11-20-2001 at 04:20 AM.