A tale of three Triumphs

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Trundled back to Carl Rosner today. Liked the Bonneville immensely, but
    the thought kept nagging at me that I've already got one relatively
    low-powered twin...

    So I had a go on something else, and... well, you know how you get off
    some bikes with a great grin stitched across your mug? What an utterly
    fucking *fantastic* fun bike. What an amazing engine.

    I'll collect it when I've got back from South America, at the end of the
    month. And it's in The One True Colour, too.

    See sig.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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    Dan Guest

    That's more like it!
     
    Dan, Mar 8, 2009
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  3. That engine is sublime. Just sublime. OK, so the thing was still running
    in, so I didn't spank it[1], but it revs like utter stink and has quite
    phenomenal torque. You can drive it around at 30 in top, whack open the
    throttle and it just howls away.

    And that's another thing. The noise is absolute poetry. I actually asked
    if it had the standard cans on it, because it's so rorty. From 7k[3] it
    sounds gorgeous.

    And a decent sized fuel tank, too. Decent seat, though time will tell.
    Not much of a pillion perch, but who GAF?

    Price? Um, not many discounts on Triumphs at the moment, so list (£5.7k
    otr) plus £350 of bolt-ons. I've gone for the nose cowling and
    flyscreen, rear hugger, Givi rack and if anything's left over, a set of
    crash bobbins.

    [1] Much.[2]
    [2] Offered an ex-demo bike? Don't. Just don't :)
    [3] Oops. Sorry, Mr. Rosner. My throttle hand slipped.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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    Catman Guest

    The Older Gentleman wrote:

    Odd. Mine seems fine after 24k additional miles.


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    116 Giulietta 3.0l Sprint 1.7 145 2.0 Cloverleaf 156 V6 2.5 S2
    Triumph Sprint ST 1050: It's blue, see.
    www.cuore-sportivo.co.uk
     
    Catman, Mar 8, 2009
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    YTC#1 Guest

    Sorry, but "urrghh"

    oh, CIHAGM ? :)
     
    YTC#1, Mar 8, 2009
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Depends. I never really warmed to them. Back when I was busy having my
    Sprint ST repaired I had one as a loaner several times and I just didn't
    "get" it.
     
    Timo Geusch, Mar 8, 2009
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    You're expecting me to *read* and *remember* what he wrote? Sheesh, what
    is this place coming to?
     
    Timo Geusch, Mar 8, 2009
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  8. Yup, the 675. Didn't even bother trying the Speed Triple. Probably more
    of the same, but it's physically much bigger.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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    Catman Guest

    If the Street Triple has the same engine as the Daytona, it feels *very*
    different from the 1050.
    IME
    YMMV etc etc

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    116 Giulietta 3.0l Sprint 1.7 145 2.0 Cloverleaf 156 V6 2.5 S2
    Triumph Sprint ST 1050: It's blue, see.
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    Catman, Mar 8, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    I've got the Daytona 675, wiv a baffle-less Micron, and I absolutely
    loves it. The noise is just, well, (summons up the most descriptive
    word he can think of post huuuuge roast lunch with wine).... great.
     
    Simon Wilson, Mar 8, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    Same engine, slightly different tune I think. (Bit more torque,
    slightly less top-end)

    Of course the Daytona looks like it's doing 140mph, just when stood
    still ;)
     
    Simon Wilson, Mar 8, 2009
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  12. This speaks volumes about the reliability of the Sprint :)
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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  13. That's about it, I think. And a more upright riding position, obviously.
    For me, the abundance of torque from an engine that revs like a banshee
    was the deciding factor.
    It does. But I really can't contort myself to ride something like that.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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    YTC#1 Guest

    Looks like a tarts handbag. But riding one may be nice :)
     
    YTC#1, Mar 8, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    You might be surprised - I was. Once you get above a 'certain' speed,
    the airflow takes the weight off your wrists and it's just fine.

    The air is so smooth too, no buffeting and hardly any wind noise.

    It's also a bit of a weird trip IME, your head is *so* far forward it's
    just like there's no bike in front if you, and you are just floating
    along.

    The grunt and exhaust noise all add nicely to the experience, not
    forgetting the brakes, it really can *stop*.

    I rode mine back from Edinburgh, in all weathers, with the standard
    seat. The only issue I had was needing a break more frequently towards
    the end due to numbum.
     
    Simon Wilson, Mar 8, 2009
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    It certainly hasn't increased my need to go buy another one.
     
    Timo Geusch, Mar 8, 2009
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  17. No... I mean, I've already *got* an Italian V-twin.
    I reckon so. It's so rarely these days that I hop on a bike and
    *instantly* find myself grinning like a loon. Without trying to sound
    blasé, after more than 30 years' riding, I really don't want another
    identikit Japanese four. Within their classes, they're mostly the bloody
    same.

    I am prepared to make an exception for some Kawasakis, however[1].

    I've always liked triples. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to.
    And it's just occured to me that I'll soon have in the garage a twin, a
    triple, an across-the-frame four and a longitudinal four.

    Right, I need another big single to complete the set :)

    [1] What *is* it about Kawasaki that they manage to put a character into
    their bikes that others[2] just can't?
    [2] Honda.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2009
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    platypus Guest

    For a millisecond, I thought "Huh? An Indian?"
     
    platypus, Mar 8, 2009
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    Catman Guest

    Oh aye. Such a shame about that mis-calculation of scale...

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    116 Giulietta 3.0l Sprint 1.7 145 2.0 Cloverleaf 156 V6 2.5 S2
    Triumph Sprint ST 1050: It's blue, see.
    www.cuore-sportivo.co.uk
     
    Catman, Mar 8, 2009
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    Catman Guest

    Have you tried a Speed Triple?
    ding

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    Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright (Remove rust to reply)
    116 Giulietta 3.0l Sprint 1.7 145 2.0 Cloverleaf 156 V6 2.5 S2
    Triumph Sprint ST 1050: It's blue, see.
    www.cuore-sportivo.co.uk
     
    Catman, Mar 8, 2009
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