2014 Triumph Street Triple 675R

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DSC_4848 - Version 2I don’t know about you, but after seeing bike reviews and introductions of new models and comparisons between different models go by in the motorcycle trade magazines month after month, the desire to have another bike other than what I have becomes overwhelming. I imagine I am not the only one so affected.

After enjoying the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Twin for almost three years, the yen for something a little lighter, a little more powerful, a little more refined, started to take hold. That yen was exacerbated by seeing a stunning MV Agusta Dragster 800 in person at a local dealership. “Way too much bike for me, I thought, but what a gorgeous piece of Italian art. Why not an MV Agusta Brutale 675 Triple? I could probably handle that, and it’s only a little more horsepower and a little less weight than what I have now, and a gorgeous piece of Italian exotica as well.” Seemed reasonable, and fortunately for me, the dealer didn’t have a Brutale 675 on the floor as yet, so I had time to consider all available options and read even more reviews and comparisons before making a decision. I made a list of possible candidates gleaned from articles read and re-read in Motorcyclist and Cycle World and Sport Rider, taking into account all the statistics: weight, seat height, horsepower, torque, chassis adjustability, brake manufacturer,  and on and on.

4796editI came up with a list of five bikes. An Indian Scout. A BMW RnineT. A Kawasaki Ninja 1000. An MV Agusta 675 Brutale. A Triumph Street Triple 675R. All in the same ball park concerning size and power, and pretty close in price, although the BMW and the MV were considerably higher by several thousand. Without recounting the details of how and why the other three were eliminated from the competition, my choice came down to the Triumph and the MV, both 675 Triples, weighing within a few pounds of one another and very close in horsepower, the Triumph having a claimed 106 hp against the Brutale’s 108.5 hp or so. By contrast, the Ninja 650 Twin could deliver around 70 hp, weighing 460 lbs. These 675s I was considering were both sub 400 lbs.

The trades had comparisons and individual articles about both bikes, and while there were positives for both, the overwhelming opinions given were that everyone loved everything about the Triumph, and while they admired the beauty of the MV, they universally complained that the software was poorly developed and needed more work. Added to that was there was no MV to be seen in Denver for the foreseeable future, so naturally I began looking for a Street Triple.

It turned out to be a 2014 with 4 miles on the ODO, one that had been purchased in that year, ridden home, parked, and never taken out again. The lady trailered it back to the dealer a year later and asked them to buy it back. Since they weren’t getting a 2015 until mid-summer, I made the deal and rode it home on April 15. Then it rained every day for two months.

DSC_4562I’ve put almost 2000 miles on it since, and I couldn’t be happier with the purchase, especially after I installed the Triumph bar-end mirrors and got rid of the useless Mickey Mouse-ear mirrors that came on it. A sub 400 pound bike with 106 horsepower is probably the most powerful machine I should ever rationally own, but as long as I keep renewing my subscriptions to Motorcyclist and Sport Rider, I can’t make any promises.