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Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)


by Pascal Bastien ,

Triumph Speed Triple R
After the success of the standard Triumph Street Triple and the ‘R’ (for race) version of the Daytona 675, it’s now the Speed Triple R’s turn with the 135-hp, 1050-cc 3-cylinder engine inheriting all the renowned know-how of this venerable English brand.

As easy to ride as the standard version, the Speed Triple R shows above-average dynamics for the naked bike category. Like two of its competitors (the Ducati Streetfighter S and the Aprilia Tuono V4 R), it wholly succeeds in offering charismatic rideability, formerly reserved just for the elite, state-of-the-art performers.

2012 Triumph Speed Triple R front 3/4 view
Photo: Sébastien D'Amour

Yamaha FZ1
In a range that includes the sweet little miss FZ6R and the versatile Fazer 8, the FZ1 is the sexy sports star, designed for everyday road use. A powerful street bike contender, the FZ1 offers enhanced capabilities and impressive specs that will readily meet and exceed expectations.

Sporting a 998-cc inline 4-cylinder engine, the FZ1 is a superb Japanese ride, offering both comfort and versatility and very much at home in a true sports bike group.

2011 Yamaha FZ1 rear 3/4 view
Photo: Sébastien D'Amour

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