|2003 Speed Triple 955|
It's a second hand bike so it has a few little nicks and a ding in the can (Brian's already onto that and a new can is in the works). It also has those terrible bar-end mirrors which are also probably going to go (they really are only good for getting a warrant of fitness - not for seeing anything behind you). A rad guard (and oil-cooler guard) are on there way too.
|Parked next to a truly classy machine|
But, straight away I was comfortable on the bike - as with a lot of naked bikes the riding position and wider handle bars always tend to be a lot more comfortable than say...a gixxer thou. If she was mine I'd definitely ditch the mirrors and adjust the gear lever (it's just a little high) and then it'd fit nicely.
The clutch needed a decent pull but once released the bike pulled away nicely - reasonable torque and a very smooth mill. The engine's smoothness also lends to it feeling happy to rev and pretty smartly I had gone up through the box and was managing to keep up with Brian on my Connie. I'd have to say that the engine was kinda like a smoother Bandit 1200 (got a bit of time on a couple of those eh) but with perhaps not quite the torque. This makes it a very easy engine to live with. Even with it's current pipe I thought that the bike sounded lovely as you went up through the gears - soon it will speak with a bit more authority.
|Barty McFarty checking out the bug-eyed monster|
Climbing off the Connie I also had to get my head around the Trumpy's handling. The chassis feels really nice and tight with what feels like a front-wards (is that a word?) weight bias. I rode the bike through to Mangamire so got to pilot it through plenty of nice tight corners and had absolutely no complaints with the handling - although I was in no way pushing things. I'm sure it could be hustled along under the right conditions...
At the end of the road we swapped back bikes and I let Brian know that I approve of his new toy. I'm pretty sure he's going to enjoy his time on it.