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Triumph Street Triple

… and a revisit of the latest Speed Triple 1050

On what was possibly the last sunny day of 2010 (felt like it anyway), I decided to celebrate the successful submission of both my company accounts and my personal tax return (don’t you just love the online service – no more traipsing down to the Post Office for Registered Mail and waiting for an acknowledgment).

An Earl Grey tea (they were out of my normal espresso-strength coffee) and I decided on the spur of the moment to take out the latest Speed Triple and the Street Triple for a back-to-back run.

First the Speedy:

This one was Tornado Red with a White stripe (very nice…)

More-or-less as I remember it from April this year but note that the Brembo caliper is now highlighted in red.

Sounds lovely and went as well as I remember. I was a little disappointed with the harshness of the front forks – maybe my old Sprint is just a little soft. It was quite uncomfortable on some of our pockmarked roads.

I tried a 90mph blast along the M4 and must admit that the natty little fly screen/deflector thingy seems to work well. No buffeting at all – the arm-stretch is still there though and I wouldn’t want to go any faster for long.

The clocks are nice – I like the white on black digits.

So, back at the dealer, another Earl Grey (still no coffee) and a go on the Street:

First impressions (100 yards up the road): WOW!

This is brilliant! Smaller, lighter, (cheaper), lovely feeling from the front forks. Very flickable.

The brakes are not as good as the Speedy – maybe I need to try the Street Triple R.

There’s also no burble and pop on the overrun. Maybe an aftermarket can would fix that.

There’s a very useful gear indicator (showing “n” for neutral – I initially thought that it had a dead LCD element). Also a silly line of blue lamps (LEDs?) that come on at 8k revs – presumably a “change gear now” indicator)

I had a ball on this bike.

Better than the Speed Triple?


Triumph Speed Triple 1050

I had a long ride on one of these today whilst my Sprint was at Bulldog Triumph having a 12k service.

Having never ridden one of these (shock smiley required!), first impressions were of the high and forward riding position. Almost as if you are sitting over the front wheel. No fuel gauge – only a little yellow light that was glowering at me.

What a brilliant noise! I was riding it around town in 2nd gear just for the burble on the over-run. Very fast but I struggled to hold my head up at anything over 85. If you can high-speed-tour on one of these you have my admiration!

Almost got to the wheelie stage before returning the bike – but it only had 90 miles on the clock so decided that maybe wasn’t such a good idea.

If I could have two Triumphs, I’d have one of these.   Or maybe a Street… 🙂