Triumph's Street Triple was launched with much fanfare and high praise and immediately I decided I wanted one. Being a fan of 'naked' bikes, but when Yamaha came to the market I bought a Yamaha FZ6 and, currently the idea of buying a Triumph Street Triple is more and more in my mind, so maybe the end of the year the Yamaha FZ6 – good as it is – would quite probably be sold in favor for the Triumph Street Triple.
The girlfriend suggested that I look for a used Triumph Street Triple, if I could only find one. So, I pretty much exactly fitted the profile of who a Triumph Street Triple buyer would be as I was indeed a prospective purchaser.
So, what will I be planning to use the Triumph Street Triple for? Well, I'm fortunate in that I live less then a kilometer of my work and so it won't be needed for serious commuting duties. However, what it will be is pressed into service touring me around the country at the weekends.
Why did I want a Triumph Street Triple then? Well, as I've said before, I'm a fan of naked bikes. Sure, you are exposed to the elements but as far as I'm concerned, isn't that one of the joys of motorcycling? And yes, I know that sustained high speed can be a literal pain in the neck on a motorcycle of the unfaired genre, but I really need to make sure I love my live so try not to cruise at 'high' (unsafe) speeds.
Riding a 'naked' puts a limit on what's comfortable cruising speed and so means temptation is easier to avoid. Or that's the theory... The Triumph badge is one that always meets with approval at motorcycle events, so that's an added bonus too.