Thank you for giving the Triumph some much-needed ink. The general concensus among the print rags has been that the Speed Four would dominate the class, if only it were actually IN the class. They have used its narrow focus as an excuse not to put it head-to-head with the others, where its excellent engine and fully adjustable suspension would cause it to dominate. That being the case, I'm reasonably pleased with its 3rd place showing. A set of Heli Bars and a custom seat, though, and watch out!
My guess would be that the Nighthawk S would do well in any test looking for overall "goodness". As far as looks go I found it appealing. Of course having ridden the 749 I find the 999 Beautiful so what do I know.
Re: When your Triumph breaks let me know. I have a lust for a yellow Daytona
I haven't had any problems thus far, I've put 15.3k since June and other than one valve adjustment that I paid for, it's been just normal maintainance IE, one set of plugs, oil and filters and a set of tires.
I bought the bike at I-90 motorsports. Cycle Barn and Cycle Mart in Olympia also sell Triumph. Obviously there aren't as many dealerships as Harley or the big four Asian's but between those three and the net I don't foresee any problems, and the bike has run like a swiss watch anyway.
It's the same as most things, you hear all this B.S. about reliability but if you talk to anyone who owns one or visit TriumphRat.net and see the posts there you'll see that owner satisfaction and reliability are at least on par with anything else and better than most. I think you'd be happy with any model you got, price and performance wise they're competitive, they have a 2yr unlimited warranty for peace of mind and it's nice to have a bike that not a UJM sportbike or dirivitive cruiser.
Show some class and go for it Kpaul, (we always new you could do it)
Try a polar-tec fleece pull-over, thats all I wear over a T shirt, plus my JR ballistic 4.0 jacket and pants combo. It was 39 and foggy this morning and I was nice and toasty, 'course if you've got an electric vest why not use it.
You have to realize refrences to cold when you live in So. Cal. don't go over too well in the mid west. Up here in Washington State we figure if it's not snowing it's OK to ride. I actually got caught twice riding home in the snow this year but it wasn't much fun.
Kind of a Rugged Manly Northwesterner Mud Check kinda' thing ya' know ..... ride anyway 'cause it'll probably turn to rain before long.........
The 1200 and 883 weight almost exactly the same. However, power wise, the 1200 falls right into the middle of this group, while the 883 would have been at the bottom of the HP pile, while still being the heaviest bike in the test.
518lbs give or take, 108hp and 78 lb/ft torque, full fairing and bags, trunk available, "near" sportbike handling and acceleration, reliable as a brick and durn handsome to look at, all for $11,900. MSRP. There's left over '02's and a few '03's to be found.
Mine has proven to be the best bike out of the few dozen that I've owned, If I had the money I'd buy another one to ride after this one wears out in 300K miles or so.
My "Purse" contains the video camera that takes all the cool clips. It also contains the still camera that takes the higher quality photos that you see (when I let Fonzie use it). I'll gladly wear that purse while riding, if it means I can capture full motion video, souns, and high-res photos. Besides, i tell myself it's really a shrunk-down "Messenger Bag".
I hear that, I pay more for my '00 Venture Kiddie-hauler than my Triumph, If you have all your insurance thru State Farm they're actually pretty competitive. I looked into Progressive and the one Rider magazine offers and S.F. was still at least as good, if not better, plus my agent's a hottie so it's always nice to see her.