As patriotic as I am, I think I'm more of a brand loyalist and although I've only been riding for a couple of years myself, I've had three bikes in total and they were all Honda, so the Triumph doesn't feature in my list of desirable bikes. I have a list though that consists of four bikes:
What can I say? I wouldn't make a very good admin if I didn't actually own the bike would I? Fingers crossed it won't be too long, just a shame dealers are pushing the ABS/CBS version due to the poor demand for that model and the high demand for the standard one. Would I consider an ABS/CBS CB1000R if I couldn't get a standard? Yeah, I'd consider it. I said consider
My mate has the 2007 Speed Triple and I think that looks amazing. But they have messed the 2008 model up by putting the black forks on. It now looks like a budget bike. he gold forks made it stand out. I have just ordered the Honda and I cant wait. The Honda looks to be finished off a bit better and the cockpits a bit fancy.
Yeh, I have that English Bull called Alfred and a Staffy called Thelma.
Alfred is the biggest pain in the ass, he is only two, but he is completly bonkers. Thelma is a cutey, she is better trained than lassy!
Everyone walks away when we go out on walks, they dont relise they are the sofest dogs on the planet. We have gone through two leather sofas and a bedside table since we got alfred he likes eating them, no joke!
Well, without wanting to hijack icedfusion's thread, Boston has totally destroyed my door frames and skirting boards in the kitchen. He's eaten the live power lead and drain pipe from my washer. He's also pulled things off the kitchen units like packs of scones, washing machine instructions and rolling pins, and ate all of them :banghead
We've had to invest in a crate for him now when we're out or in bed, he just can't be trusted and we can't afford to keep replacing things You're right though, people are scared of them, which is a shame because they're brilliant dogs, including with kids, and I find they always try to avoid a fight where possible; they certainly never start them
Just wanted to say some things about the Speed Triple issue...
The Triple is one of my favourite bikes. WHen I told that to the CB1000R project manager, he looked at me and said "I love the Triple too, and that's why I am sure you'll love the CB".
He was right.
Now... the day after I got back in Greece, we got the 08 Triple in the magazine for testing. So I quickly snapped the keys to see if I was right about how wonderful the CB was. I went out to some good roads in Athens (rare to find), and while the Triple still felt nice, it didn't thrill me half as much as the CB.
The Triumph growls, and feels rough everywhere. It also feels heavy, it feels tall, the front doesn't inspire confidence in bad road conditions (grit, potholes etc), and sometimes it makes you run wide. All in all, my first quick impression was that the Triple felt... old, compared to the Honda.
It wheelies great, but then it all ends quickly... whereas at the same rev spot the CB is pulling strong for more revs and THEN it hits THE SWEET SPOT too!
The only section I liked the Triple more, were the brakes. REAL ANCHORS!
We are anxious to get the Triple, the Superduke and the CB all together, to run a comparative test. Probably in June. Will keep you updated.
I don't think the new curvy wheels suit it either; much prefer the older model. Those subtle cosmetic mods they made this year I personally think ruined it. Well, not ruined, but made it less attractive than before
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