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chief lurker
preston lancs,
United Kingdom

Posts: 232
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon07 Dec 2018 23:13
As this is triumph forum anybody owned a honda firestorm are they any good:thumbup:
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Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Dec 2018 00:18
Peanut sized tank which you will rinse dry in 90 miles but they’re generally well respected. Suspension ok but no SP2. Plenty of poke tho.
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onlineStrongy
Cumbria,
United Kingdom

Posts: 4,996
Daytona 955i (04-06)


icon08 Dec 2018 01:21
what can I say exup sorted it LOL
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Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Dec 2018 01:46
:lol:

Ooh, sorry. :tongueout:

If anyone can add any pearls of wisdom I’m sure we’re still all ears.
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J-Zeus
London,
United Kingdom

Posts: 14,878
Daytona 955i (04-06)


icon08 Dec 2018 02:15
chief lurker:
As this is triumph forum



Since when....I want proof!!:frown::frown:
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onlineStrongy
Cumbria,
United Kingdom

Posts: 4,996
Daytona 955i (04-06)


icon08 Dec 2018 02:25
bloody el just listening to sinnerman by nina simone what a fantastic song :smile::smile: full 12 min version:smile::smile:
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Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Dec 2018 02:26
f!$% me, there's more site traffic here at 2 in the morning than during the day!:lol:
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KentGoldings
Mälardalen,
Sweden

Posts: 857
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon08 Dec 2018 07:41
J-Zeus:
chief lurker:
As this is triumph forum



Since when....I want proof!!:frown::frown:



Search Yamaha and you will get proof! :tongueout:
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Earl 2
Powys,
United Kingdom

Posts: 192
Tiger 800XC


icon08 Dec 2018 08:38
Wasn’t the firestorm nicknamed the widow maker :beatup:
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Spugs
scotland,
United Kingdom

Posts: 1,120
Sprint ST (05->)


icon08 Dec 2018 08:44
No twas the first of the Fireblades :lol: fantastico bikes:thumbup:
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chief lurker
preston lancs,
United Kingdom

Posts: 232
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon08 Dec 2018 10:03
Wrong the widow maker was the first tl1000 and stop going of topic i want to know about firestorms oh and sv 1000:thumbup:
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Mustapha Dump
South East,
United Kingdom

Posts: 6,784
Enthusiast


icon08 Dec 2018 10:39
The Z1300 was nicknamed the "midget scarer" :smirk:
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Flappytabs
Derbeeeshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 19,544
Speed Triple 1050


icon08 Dec 2018 10:48
chief lurker:
Wrong the widow maker was the first tl1000 and stop going of topic i want to know about firestorms oh and sv 1000:thumbup:


The firestorm was a wannabe TL, grunty comfy relatively bulletproof and sound great.
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
United Kingdom

Posts: 40,019
Enthusiast


icon08 Dec 2018 11:30
chief lurker:
As this is triumph forum anybody owned a honda firestorm are they any good:thumbup:

I had one for several years.

Fit Fireblade front forks as the originals aren't that good.
Tank range is about 100 miles.
A set of cans makes the thing sound fantastic.
A S/H WP or Ohlins shock transforms the handling. If it has an aftermarket belly pan fitted it can drag that through corners so you fit a spacer to raise the rear ride height.

Camchain tensioners can fail. An easy fix is to fit a pair of manual ones.

Finish is generally very good.
Anything else I can help with?/media/file/18478.aspx
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon08 Dec 2018 11:32
The current Mrs. R has one.

She's had it for 11 years plus.....that says it all.

Superb bike.
Rubbish tank range, later ones are a bit better, but not much.
Sensitive to tyres. Contis make the handling really weird.
If it's done over 40,K budget for new camchain tensioners.

All round, bloody good bike.
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J-Zeus
London,
United Kingdom

Posts: 14,878
Daytona 955i (04-06)


icon08 Dec 2018 12:04
Mustapha Dump:
The Z1300 was nicknamed the "midget scarer" :smirk:


Please leave Mr. P. '£500-00' Harrison out of this. he was NOT scared :lol::lol::tongueout::tongueout::drink:
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chief lurker
preston lancs,
United Kingdom

Posts: 232
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon08 Dec 2018 12:20
Anybody interested in this/media/file/135383.aspx:thumbup:
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Andy
Newbury,
United Kingdom

Posts: 18,490
Sprint RS (00-01)


icon08 Dec 2018 13:24
They fitted the same engine (de-tuned) to the Varadero XL1000. My mate has one (a Firestorm) and I have a Varadero. Both are bloody good bikes. :thumbup:
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mikeg15
N.Ireland,
United Kingdom

Posts: 100
Tiger (01-06)


icon08 Dec 2018 13:37
That bloke Nick:

If it's done over 40,K budget for new camchain tensioners.

https://www.bike-parts-honda.com/honda-m...
The CCT looks very Honda generic - very similar to the one on my CB500. If one is at all handy, these can be overhauled cheaply (for under £10) with new springs. I used clock spring bought on ebay. Works well.
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Andrew Lodge
West Yorks,
United Kingdom

Posts: 363
Sprint ST (05->)


icon08 Dec 2018 13:59
I had one for a few years, great bike for the money.

You can improve the handling without going to the expense of fitting a new shock by adding a 6mm spacer to increase the rear ride height a bit.

Mind you, the shock on all of them must be knackered by now.
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon08 Dec 2018 14:57
A YSS shock is £200 and works OK.
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lord homertrix stand up
derbyshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 24,598
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon08 Dec 2018 15:14
Just buy a ducati 900 ss
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Ape Hanger Wanker
Wilts, Berks & Hants,
United Kingdom

Enthusiast


icon08 Dec 2018 15:37
Mustapha Dump:
The Z1300 was nicknamed the "midget scarer" :smirk:


Bought for £6000 and sold for £9250 two years later

Never did anything to it in those two years apart from put fuel in it and pump up the tyres after a winter layup. I never even had to clean it :tongueout:

Z1300 "the profit creator" :thumbup:
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Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Dec 2018 15:44
Sir-TT, your media files are private to non premium members, or which I don’t think there are any here anymore unless I’m mistaken.

Given the choice I’d go for an SV1000 these days as most VTRs left will be more tired than the SV’s. I’d personally look for a TL1000S. ‘‘Twas a better bike IMHO although the fit n finish on the VTR will still be typical Honda of the day, which seems better than now.

I had an SV650 for a short time and loved it!
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chief lurker
preston lancs,
United Kingdom

Posts: 232
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon08 Dec 2018 19:41
lord homertrix stand up:
Just buy a ducati 900 ss

Have you been on the sauce or banged your head:lol:
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon08 Dec 2018 19:50
"Banged your head" rhymes with "Inbred".



Just sayin'.........:smile:
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russ123rocket
Swinetown, Wiltshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 562
Enthusiast


icon08 Dec 2018 20:23
Andy:
They fitted the same engine (de-tuned) to the Varadero XL1000. My mate has one (a Firestorm) and I have a Varadero. Both are bloody good bikes. :thumbup:


I know of a 80,000 mile Varadero that is still taken on regular long haul European trips down to Greece.
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Mustapha Dump
South East,
United Kingdom

Posts: 6,784
Enthusiast


icon08 Dec 2018 22:14
Ape Hanger w!$%er:
Mustapha Dump:
The Z1300 was nicknamed the "midget scarer" :smirk:


Bought for £6000 and sold for £9250 two years later

Never did anything to it in those two years apart from put fuel in it and pump up the tyres after a winter layup. I never even had to clean it :tongueout:

Z1300 "the profit creator" :thumbup:

:thumbup: I paid 1800 quid for mine. Mind you that was 20 years ago :tongueout:
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~Bluelabel~
The Shades, Ongar,,
United Kingdom

Site Moderator
Posts: 58,445
Thunderbird Sport (98-00)


icon09 Dec 2018 13:15
I got offered one for a grand by a mate years ago... wish I'd bought it now... bought a Katana 650 instead:sad:
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lord homertrix stand up
derbyshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 24,598
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon09 Dec 2018 23:25
chief lurker:
lord homertrix stand up:
Just buy a ducati 900 ss

Have you been on the sauce or banged your head:lol:
it looks to me like some people are saying get a firestorm and fit sporty suspension and other bits to make the piece of s!$% better... As the old saying goes if you want a sporty vtwin, then start with a sporty vtwin. Well more of an L angled engine actually. :smile:
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon10 Dec 2018 09:34
The Showa suspension on a 900SS is no better than the Showa suspension on a VTR, and it's a lot easier to change camchain tensioners the cam belts. :smile:.

And Hondas aren't painted in watercolour. :-D
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chief lurker
preston lancs,
United Kingdom

Posts: 232
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon10 Dec 2018 09:43
ta dah:lol:
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon10 Dec 2018 09:55
Also....

Ducati 84BHP (Factory's figure)
Honda 100BHP (X Man's dyno)

:tongueout:
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The real X-man
North Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 216
Enthusiast


icon10 Dec 2018 09:58
Nah, changing belts on a Ducati is a piece of piss. And there is no messy oil to get on your fingers. And you don't need to guess at the tension as you do with manual adjusters. Of course no one who services Ducati's wants you to know that. lots of software for your computers for the later ones that 'needed' a twang test
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Andy
Newbury,
United Kingdom

Posts: 18,490
Sprint RS (00-01)


icon10 Dec 2018 13:01
That bloke Nick:
Also....

Ducati 84BHP (Factory's figure)
Honda 100BHP (X Man's dyno)

:tongueout:


Even the Varadero makes 93BHP:smirk:
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lord homertrix stand up
derbyshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 24,598
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon10 Dec 2018 13:32
I've had a ducati 750 superlite and it was lighter and faster and handled much better than a firestorm.
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Strat
North West,
United Kingdom

Posts: 380
Daytona 955i (04-06)


icon10 Dec 2018 13:56
Exup:
Sir-TT, your media files are private to non premium members, or which I don’t think there are any here anymore unless I’m mistaken.

Given the choice I’d go for an SV1000 these days as most VTRs left will be more tired than the SV’s. I’d personally look for a TL1000S. ‘‘Twas a better bike IMHO although the fit n finish on the VTR will still be typical Honda of the day, which seems better than now.

I had an SV650 for a short time and loved it!


I had a TL1000R for a couple of years, bright yellow with Remus cans, I bloody loved it and to this day, still my favourite ever owned bike. The last word in the 'why did I ever sell it' angst we all go through.
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Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon10 Dec 2018 16:26
:thumbup:
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Mustapha Dump
South East,
United Kingdom

Posts: 6,784
Enthusiast


icon10 Dec 2018 22:01
lord homertrix stand up:
I've had a ducati 750 superlite and it was lighter and faster and handled much better than a firestorm.


What, you mean a Firestorm with one of it's HT leads disconnected? :speechless::tongueout:
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon11 Dec 2018 06:57
Mustapha Dump:
lord homertrix stand up:
I've had a ducati 750 superlite and it was lighter and faster and handled much better than a firestorm.


What, you mean a Firestorm with one of it's HT leads disconnected? :speechless::tongueout:



64 BHP.....At the crank!:lol:
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lord homertrix stand up
derbyshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 24,598
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon11 Dec 2018 07:11
Not the one I had, it was a supalite with lots of porting and viper exhaust system, probly the only bike I wish ide never sold,
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lord homertrix stand up
derbyshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 24,598
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon11 Dec 2018 07:33
Or if you don't like ducati, what about cagiva raptor, that uses tl1000 engine, the tl engine is much better than Honda vtr engine, or if you decide tl1000 I heard the r has more top end power that you just don't need but the s has bit less power but much better in the twisties.

And unless you are tq who rides motocross and the likes of a 190 bhp v4r, and I've witnessed her go past me like I was sat still, when I was bouncing my second gen sp3 off the limiter in top gear,. The vtr is a ladies bike at best. :smile:
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Spugs
scotland,
United Kingdom

Posts: 1,120
Sprint ST (05->)


icon11 Dec 2018 11:30
lord homertrix stand up:
I've had a ducati 750 superlite and it was lighter and faster and handled much better than a firestorm.
Can't recall a 750 Superlite thought you only got the 900? Can't imagine a 750 Ducati being as fast as a Firestorm and lasting more than a fortnight before it went BANG18
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon11 Dec 2018 11:48
McWill:
........Can't recall a 750 Superlite ......


That's because they didn't make one.:speechless:
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Ape Hanger Wanker
Wilts, Berks & Hants,
United Kingdom

Enthusiast


icon11 Dec 2018 12:19
900 only weren't they ?

What you want is a proper 4 valve water cooled Ducati not one of them faggoty air cooled jobbies :tongueout:

/media/file/135302.aspx
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The real X-man
North Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 216
Enthusiast


icon11 Dec 2018 12:34
I'd take on a Firestorm with a Ducati 749 both in standard trim any day of the week. Depending on whom was riding the Firestorm.......
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onlineThat bloke Nick
Birley edge,
United Kingdom

Posts: 351
Daytona 675 SE


icon11 Dec 2018 12:46
A 749 is a totally different prospect than a Superlight, even a 900, let alone the mythical 750!:lol:


My ex-wife's company used to sponsor the guy that rode this thing....... ow, that was a Firestorm!

http://www.moonpie.co.uk/html/moriwaki_v...
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Spugs
scotland,
United Kingdom

Posts: 1,120
Sprint ST (05->)


icon11 Dec 2018 12:53
That bloke Nick:
A 749 is a totally different prospect than a Superlight, even a 900, let alone the mythical 750!:lol:
:thumbup

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lord homertrix stand up:
I've had a ducati 750 superlite and it was lighter and faster and handled much better than a firestorm.
Did you get a bang on the head at some point\\20
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Andy
Newbury,
United Kingdom

Posts: 18,490
Sprint RS (00-01)


icon11 Dec 2018 12:54
That bloke Nick:
McWill:
........Can't recall a 750 Superlite ......


That's because they didn't make one.:speechless:


Guys you have to remember this is 'Welderup Stu' we're talking to here. Everything is super-spinney or superlite :lol:
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Andy
Newbury,
United Kingdom

Posts: 18,490
Sprint RS (00-01)


icon11 Dec 2018 12:54
That bloke Nick:
McWill:
........Can't recall a 750 Superlite ......


That's because they didn't make one.:speechless:


Guys you have to remember this is 'Welderup Stu' we're talking to here. Everything is super-spinney or superlite, especially if he's been on the Tennents :lol:
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