Motorcycle Poll: Which triple would you buy?

| 10/21/2010 10:29:57 AM

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Motorcycle Poll 
Which Triple Would You Buy? 

Way back in our very first issue we examined Yamaha’s 1976 XS750 triple. For comparison, we looked at other three-cylinder motorcycles including a 1976 Laverda 3C and a 1976 Suzuki GT750. While they’re all good bikes in their own way, they don’t all share the same appeal. So our question is, if you were going to buy one of these today, which would it be? Vote now, and feel free to leave a comment in the “comments” section.

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10/22/2010 11:50:02 AM

Suzuki gt750. Nothing like a 2 stroke and in tripple form it is even beter. Here in Cape Town it was called a waterbus by many. Yes they were heavy on gas and handling was not great, but boy it was a great bike. The Yamaha was good as well, cleaner and had a great exhaust note.That is my next classic bike as I already have the gt. The Laverda was not sold in South Africa so I can not comment on that bike, but it must be a nice bike as it's a tripple.

johndavid flightning
10/22/2010 1:13:15 AM

C'Bell, There is really NO COMPARISON in Existence between a LAVERDA 3C and ANY other MOTOrCycle in the World!!! Its like trying to compare a 2Wheeled Italian Made 427 COBRA to a Datsun or Toyota to even ao much as Consider comparing the LAVERDA to the others, which i imcidentally have also Had. Such a PublicParticipation Article like this is actually Beneath MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS to have even suggested. Even a 'NowAdays' MV AGUSTA would be more Comparable to a NowAdays YAMAHA than this so Called comparison. I had the GREATEST 'GrandSport Touring' MV as well. I Love MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS , but they Definately NEED to ReTHINK Thee's Concepts.. Devotamente, giade

phil sasak
10/21/2010 10:16:05 PM

I had a 1980 XS850SG that took me from Hawaii to New Jersey in 1981. Bulletproof and reliable - two words that best described those Yamahas. The shaft drive was pretty new at the time - you had to be careful rolling the throttle off on a curve with sand on the pavement on Oahu, and the gears would "climb" when cranking on the power. But, 20,000 miles and never had to change the valve shims! I would get another in a flash!

10/21/2010 9:12:35 PM

At this time, I'd rather have the Jota because it will keep appreciating. Nobody is giving them away free however! For an old nail, probably go for the teakettle: would love to p!ss off the greenies here in CA by riding a 2-smoke! Owned the XS750; prefer either the product improved XS850 or the XSEleven [which I later owned, after the 750. The XS11 owners started off w/ a listserve & now have their own website; strongly recommended if you own either an eleven or an 850 that you need help with!] As triples go, the Yammie XS850 was the way to go in the go-go '80s until Hinckley Triumphs started appearing stateside in the mid '90s; pretty solid bikes once Yo Mama! Ha rationalized production alongside the Eleven & eliminated the 750's major faults. Still handled poorly, due to the (normal for the time) spindly fork tubes: fork brace STRONGLY recommended (I think SuperBrace still makes one), along w/ drilling of the compression damping holes & upgraded springs & oil for the forks: the suggested mods are all archived on the site somewhere, it's been a decade since I got rid of my XS11 & moved on to an SV650... Still miss Black Betty tho'! Great bike, the XS11, and the 850 as well!

10/21/2010 5:57:26 PM

Had 2 Water Bottles when I was younger. Rode them around Australia when there was still a lot of dirt to cover, never missed a beat. Comfortable and reliable. Awesome motorcycle.

bill getty
10/21/2010 5:34:30 PM

I have owned each of those when new. Laverda is by far the most fun.Yamaha is nice but handles poorly and Suzuki is a nightmare at this stage of it's life to rebuild. They are usually welded together from exposure to the cooling system fluid.

randy randall
10/21/2010 5:18:37 PM

Rode the Laverda before I bought a 1976 R90S in 1976. Loved the Laverda but there was something about that Daytona Orange Beemer that won out. No Regrets! I now have a T160E and a R100S, would love to add the Laverda to the collection after I finish up the Triumph and the Beemer.

10/21/2010 5:11:03 PM

Back in the day I had a Laverda 3CL. It's a beasty, visceral ride that sends shivers down your spine. No contest.

robert tremblay
10/21/2010 4:23:33 PM

The Suzuki is still bulky and the Yamaha quite "ordinary". The Laverda remains a truly exotic motorcycle and therefore get me vote. I wish the Triumph T160 Trident would've been in that poll though.

10/21/2010 3:21:59 PM

I have owned a couple of the 3cyl Yamaha's although they were the 850s. They were good working motorcycles but suffered like so many jap bikes of being uninspired and ordinary. The Suz 750 (water buffalo) had a reputation of not always being the dependable touring 2 stroke that Suz claimed it was. I think that the styling as well as the water cooling gave it the nick name of water buffalo. I guess this is why I passed on ever owning one. The Laverda is the most interesting of the 3 bikes to me and I would liked to have owned one.

chopper joe
10/21/2010 3:13:30 PM

As glamorous as the Laverda 3C, and exotic as the Suzuki GT750 is, the Yamaha XS750 triple still offered the most practical package available at that time. A solid chassis, a bullet-proof, torquey, air cooled motor, and shaft drive? That bike ran great then, and I'm sure it would continue to be a great commuter. That's my 2 cents.

10/21/2010 2:56:45 PM

I would love to have that Suzuki 750. Quite a unique physical appearance, and the liquid cooled two stroke sound – I can still hear it in my mind as if it was 1976. Of the three, I wonder which one would be the easiest to get parts.

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