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Harley vs Triumph

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by nikerret, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Well, it's time to buy a bike.

    I'm looking at a Harley Sportster 883C with 1500 miles and a Triumph Bonneville America (800cc) with less than 6000 miles. Both have aftermarket exhaust (both sound great!) and filter. Both are 1-owner.

    The Triumph also has several accessories, including running boards and a sissy bar; which the Harley does not have.


    Any thoughts?
    Namely, between the two brands. Pros and cons of each.

    BTW, the Triumph is a couple thousand less than the Harley, asking price.

    I'm thinking I'll get the Triumph.
     
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  2. DriBak

    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

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    I'm a Harley owner, FXSTDI (Softail Deuce) and between the models you listed I'd go with the Triumph.
     

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    Never owned or rode a Triumph, so really can't say much positive or negative about them.
    But I can speak of the Harley as I ride my SoftTail as often as possible.
    Love it!!!
    I don't think you can go wrong with any Harley.
    Either way, have fun and be safe!
     
  4. TexasVine

    TexasVine

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    One of my favorite Harley's was a Sporster. Resale value will probably be higher on the Sporty. Triumph Bonnies are nice as well. They are two different kind of bikes. I would test drive each and see which is most comfortable. Make sure the proper steps were made for the after market pipes. As far as after market, Harley offers a lot more accessories. Make sure you check resale value on both. With this economy you should be able to find a very good deal on motorcycles. Don't pay to much for the upgrades. See what the prices are for trade ins from the Harley and Triumph dealers. Dealers don't give extra bucks for add ons. Good Luck.
     
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  5. dregotglock

    dregotglock CHL Instructor

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    Ride a HD - but the Triumph is nice bike.

    I would also consider how often you can ride and what you are buying it for - this determines how much you should spend IMHO. No need spending more if you are not able to get out and enjoy the ride. At a couple grand less with the extra goodies it may be the best fit.
     
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  7. Glock-it-to-me

    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    Check into what service/parts cost on the Triumph. If within reason, go Triumph.
     
  8. Conrad559

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    not even a question, Triumph.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Given those two models, I'd say neither.

    Get a bike with proper brakes, chassis and suspension.
     
  11. Glock-it-to-me

    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    Go ask Alice, I think she'll know
    Like an old hardtail frame with mechanical drum brakes and a springer front end?
     
  12. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    In all honesty, given those two choices, the Triumph is going to give you a better experience. It will be well received by most and probably more fun. People like Triumphs. The 883 is a turd and a lot of people have pretty strong opinions about men on 883's.

    If those things matter to you, at least now you know.
     
  13. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    What year 883? If it's pre-'06 they are easily and cheaply converted to 1200cc's and it's an afternoon conversion that makes for faster bike than the stock 1200. Ignore the PowerRangers here...they hate cruisers! :rofl: HH
     
  14. HexHead

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    The 883 Sportster is pretty universally considered, especially by other Harley riders, as a girl's bike. :rofl:
     
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    Bren NRA Life Member

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    I ride my wife's 883C sometimes - very nice bike. I looked at Triumphs once, but one thing my wife and I agree on is that we ride Harleys or else just drive a car. If all you want is a motorcycle to ride, the Triumph may be a great deal - just isn't Harley. Nobody ever calls it a girls bike when I ride it - if they do when you ride it, that's more a reflection on what they think of you than the bike.
     
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  16. marklukich

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    Please... Tell me you're not one of those "Sportster's are for girls..." types... WTF?? Stereotypical BS from brain-washed idiots. Not calling you personally an idiot, but if the shoe fits...
     
  17. PH-Wolf

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    Now that you mention it. They do look like Powerangers LMFAO!!!!!!! :rofl::rofl::rofl:.

    If I had to choose, I'd take the Triumph.
     
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    Bigger aftermarket for the Sportster along with a little bit better resale value. You didn't state the year but at one point HD went from a solid mount to a rubber mount for the engine so newer Sportsters will have less vibration. I see alot of them on the road so with that I would go with the Bonny. I just like having something different. Check out an 04 Magna just for comparison.
     
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    Same here.
     
  20. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    Calm down there trigger. I was pointing out a truth...and your post confirmed my statements.