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First Impressions of some Impressive Bikes

After a day in the saddle the two Robs have done a little report on todays riding. These are the words of normal riders that ride nearly every day.

Rob Murphy is currently riding a Tiger 800 for his daily commute and Rob Mercer has been using a Street triple. They are both experienced and this first impression will be echoed by most customers when they take a demo.

The Speed Triple:

The new engine has transformed how the bike revs and feels. The handling is far superior to the outgoing model , much sharper and more planted. Bringing the speed triple bang up to date. The rider modes alter how the bike feels in terms of how lively the engine picks up , which in our climate in the uk will be well received .combine this with the revised ridding position, and the bike goes exactly where you want it .The improved suspension also make the bike less harsh , ..... When you crack open the throttle , you get the distinctive triumph triple sound , that becomes addictive .(.....Second gear clutch up wheelies are a doddle, and the quick shifter will ensure you can stay airborne up to the max speed ) Maybe these antics are best left here in Portugal but its good to know the true hooligans bike is still not politically correct.

By Rob Mercer .

Rob has one of the old Speed Triples with a supercharger bolted on the side he regularly uses the demo so if it impresses Rob it must hit the mark.

Explorer :

I suffer with being vertically challenged , and have always struggled with the explorer. That is until now. The new white power suspension has made the whole bike turn much quicker , and feel more refined.The New Explorer also benefits from revised body work and aerodynamics , combine this with the electrically adjustable screen and motorway speeds become very quiet ... The new display is also a joy to use, cycling through the different modes is both intuitive , and easily accessible whilst on the move.

By Rob Mercer

Also worth noting there is special low version at no extra cost

Street Twin:

The new generation Bonneville range future proof triumphs modern classic range. The street twin , handles superb the bike is very refined , in every way , with its low centre of gravity , oodles of low down torque, this is a joy to ride , the suspension is very compliment , much more forgiving than the outgoing 900 range. These are now in the showrooms and we have a demo at both stores. Again these are low and a good all round easy to handle bike the build quality is just stunning.

By Rob Murphy

T 120 . And thrust on

The whole game has moved on , triumph engineers have worked wonders. This new 1200 engine has lots of torque low down. Yet it is very civilised with no unwanted vibrations from the 270 degree firing order. The clocks are both stunning looking and informative , with all the mod cons you would expect on a modern machine , gear indicator , fuel range meter , all accessible without your hand leaving the bars. On top of this , triumph have also managed to squeeze in rider modes, both rain and road modes offer the same overall output , but alter how the power comes in , abs is like your guardian angel , you will not know its there until you need it. On top of this , traction control... and a slipper clutch , a slipper clutch I hear you ask ? Well that's what I thought , triumph tell me it also works in reverse , which means that when the engine is applying load , the clutch assembly tightens up , ...this means that the clutch springs are lighter ........the upshot to this , is the clutch is very light , lighter than my 1970s Suzuki AP 50 was ! The suspension is very smooth , and comfortable , without compromising handling. Yea I like this a lot the Bonny just grew up.

The Thruxton R

carries on this ethos, the suspension moves up a notch , as does the performance, the bike feels much lighter to ride, and more eager when the pace quickens , this will appeal to sports riders who want the classic look and feel , without compromising performance .

In Conclusion

(from both Robs)

This all add up to dividing the gap between the outgoing air cooled range, while these bikes will always be appealing due to their simplicity and classic feel , the new range brings triumphs classics into the modern era

Overall we have had an excellent time riding the bikes in Portugal in the sun. We have posted a few shots of the day even met a film star called Milky who stars in a film called this is England. He is doing a documentary on racing and is being sponsored by Triumph. Please feel free to pop in for a chat when we return we would love to answer any questions you may have.

Now for a beer or two in preparation for tomorrows classroom session.

That's all for now