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You gotta' be sh*ttin' me. Triumph has such a long and storied history of sporty 360 degree twins and triples why the hell do they insist on copying Harley or Harley style cruisers. Here's a clue, how about a 1600cc twin that looks like a beefed up version of a T100? well screw 'em, If I want a Harley that's what I'll buy not a copy cat sans the vtwin (but with a V twin power pulse) engine.

Triumph has hit a solid home run with the Bonneville and triples, even the original Hinckley Legend, Thunderbird or Trident would look good built around this engine. The development cost of this model would have been better spent on a Trophy replacement as competition for the 1400 Conk and FJR...then at least I would have something to think about buying.
 

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Not to be overly persnickity but a 360 degree firing interval is the same as a 0 degree firing interval as there's 360 degrees in a circle, a 270 degree is ...well, 270 degrees and I might add an abomination in the eyes of God hissef' as prophisised by the Messiah Edwin Turner. A 360 degree firing rate is the only acceptable configuration for a British vertical twin.
 

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think Heretical pop-pop....pop-pop.....pop-pop...pop-pop instead of God-inspired pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-......
 

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stiffer frames, heavier wheels, more electronics and wiring, all that stuff ads weight. Original Sporties and Bonnies were pretty simple bikes.
 

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I'm not saying they should be heavier but like LR said, these bikes are built to look a certain way. To keep the look and still get anywhere near the standards of a modern bike with a mild steel frame you need to go thicker and add gussets, electronic ignitions weigh more than points and coils, cast alloy wheels or steel rims and spokes weigh more than alloy rims and spokes, disc, calipers and master cylinders weigh more than skinny drums and cables, tubeless tires weight more than skinny tube tires, electric starters weigh more than kick starters and require bigger batteries, ignition modules and regulator rectifiers add weight, the copper wiring and switch gear that ties all that stuff together adds weight

Modern standards and nekkids are built for performance, the frames are designed to be light and stiff not to look a certain way, the bikes use mostly plastic and alloy instead of steel, it's a totally different set of manufacturing requirements. so no, these bikes shouldn't weigh more but if they were built using chrome molly and alloy like the originals they'd exceed the price point, cheaper materials and modern conveniences equal more weight.
 
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