Dealer meeting is next month. Supposedly the Sprint ST is getting a re-do (after only five years and one engine upgrade). One rumor I heard is the next Touring rig will be based on the Rocket III architecture (no timeline for its intro). Not surprising, given their habit of cross-platform applications.
I couldn't be happier with my second ST, and I have never heard of anyone with a problem with their bike. Great build quality.
So Sean, when are you going to give us a write-up on the Thruxton (with the normal pipe and breather mods) and RIII? Inquiring minds want to know how they hold up to a good thrashing.
I had a '59 XK150. Sometimes the carbs would work, sometimes they wouldn't.
When it would quit idling, I'd have to get out of the car, open the monstrous hood, and take those little piston thingamabobs out of the tops of the SU's, pump them up and down a few times, and screw 'em back in. It would then idle for a couple days, maybe.
It also handled like a BUDA, and shifted about as good. I sold the car to some guy with a big purple hat, with a green feather stuck in it.
My ex owned a MG midget, without a doubt one of the most poorly concieved mechanical devices ever built. I hadn't experienced so many "interupted" trips since I got rid of the Victor. In comparison a Yugo seemed as reliable as a Checker Marathon. VWW
When I was a kid, my mom and uncle both owned Mini-Coopers.
My mom had an 850, and I remember one time, driving back from the beach, when the insulation melted off the rats-nest of wires under the minimal dashboard, and started dripping flaming plastic drops of insulating material on our bare feet.
Good job Triumph. Now let's get to business shall we.
The next bike you need to make is a replacement for the Daytona, Sprint series. Something with a 1400cc motor, styling like the Daytona and ergos like the Sprint. Just make one of those. The Daytona, Sprint RS and ST can be combined into one for all the interest they've generated (or lack therof).
A touring bike built off the Rocket 3 motor or the new Daytona 1400 motor you're going to build.
Next, you need to bring in a supermotard bike that can be used as a dual purpose bike. Single cylinder, about 650cc and very (very very) light! Trials tires will do. Make this one convertable to decent trail bike, street bike or motard bike with changes to tires and gearing as desired. It can't be that tough.
Finally, you need to take the Daytona 600 seriously. We really need to add a 5th 600-4 to the SS grids. I realize it may be a big risk trying to bring spotty kids into your showrooms, but you can't rely on us old geezers to buy your bikes. We're old geezers and we're starting to spend our money on health care. Tick, tick, tick...
I too am happy to hear of Triumphs sales success. However, I sincerely hope that their dealer support and parts supply equal the sales progress. My 97 tiger was a great bike and if not for a chain breaking and causing case damage I never would have gotten to sample how poorly those divisions of Triumph function. After reading the results of the Triumph survey in MCN I was definetly not the only one to be dissatisified with the above.
If the parts distribution and dealer support can improve or have improved I may once again proudly fly the Union Jack on a new Triumph.
YEAH!!!! I used to be a beemerguy when I had their cruiser, but I've been converted by the great engineering efforts by those Brits across the channel ever since I took home my Rocket III. It was the easiest bike to break in. I never had to rev the engine to be at speed. In top gear I'm going 80mph at 3000rpm! Power and torque is always at hand. It handles awesomely well for it's size. Almost as good as the R1200C. Rear shock is a bit stiff and the stock seat gets uncomfy after an hour, but my only real complaint is that it's too darn quite. Those Euro restrictions made this thing quieter than my beemer was! Overall it's an awesome package. Plenty of chrome and nice finish touches. Almost looks like a custom. It will look like a full custom when I'm done painting it this winter. I can see riding this thing beyond 100k.
I disagree...I just got off my daytona 600 and I LOVE it. It's a hugely underrated bike IMHO. As fast (or more so) than any of the other 600s, way more comfy and very good quality as well. And it's really nice to have an alternative to the japanese megaconglomerates. I mean who wants a bike made by the same people who make pianos, construction equipment, or snowblowers?