I was going to wait with this review until I tried the new 05 Speed Triple, to compare the two, but it seems like it might be a month or two before I can get my hands on the 05 model. So here’s my opinion on the 2004 model. After riding it I had the impression that this bike is now what the “bonnie” must have been back in the days of the rebels James Dean and Marlon Brando. The mean attitude and the angry three cylinder roar from the Triumph racing can really bring out your inner rebel.
I was as close to switching from the Honda as I have ever been, totally impressed with the handling and the low rev pull of the Triumph. It doesn’t feel heavy at all and it turns a little quicker and sharper than the Honda. But in the end I decided that I couldn’t part my self of the Hornda just yet (especially now that I’ve just fitted it with Akrapovic cans and a power commander).
One of the lads did fall in love with the Triple after the first stare in to those twin headlights and had to have one. He just picked it up from the dealer last weak and is working hard to restrain himself and hold the revs down while he get the first 1000km on the bike. The Speed Triple have earned it self the top spot on my short list of bikes to consider when the Honda isn’t fun any more. But I think it is going to be the 05 model, it’s a bit more up to date in the design and they say the engine runs even better. Can’t wait to try one.