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.