2016 Triumph Street Twin 900 Review, For Peaceful Souls!

Until you know better, the all-new 2016 Triumph Street Twin 900 looks very like the 1200cc T120. But don’t be fooled. The 900 is 26kg lighter, 30mm shorter and 35mm lower at the seat. The fuel tank is 12 litres rather than 14.5, there’s only one disc, you get a solitary speedo and have to make do with five gears rather than six. In short, it’s the budget model, gunning for the same price point and emotional appeal as Kawasaki’s W800, Moto Guzzi’s V7 variants, and Ducati’s rather pricier Scramblers. Continue reading “2016 Triumph Street Twin 900 Review, For Peaceful Souls!”

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2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Review, as Retro as Elvis!

Big capacity retros have been around so long that the first ones have almost turned into classics. Kawasaki’s Zephyr 1100 appeared in 1992. Yamaha’s XJR1200 (later 1300) followed in 1995. But the basic idea of the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 is even older than the ’69 Bonnie on the previous classic review. I’ve got a 600 Panther in my garage with the same riding position, wheelbase, seat, silencers and colour. And they were first built in 1932. So you could say that nothing on the T120 is particularly new. Continue reading “2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Review, as Retro as Elvis!”

1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 Classic Review

When the Meriden factory boys screwed together this US-spec Triumph Bonneville T120 in 1969 – no doubt to the strains of Bad Moon Rising and A Boy Named Sue on the radio – they little suspected that it would, almost half a century later, be revered as a classic. The idea that someone would one day painstakingly restore the thing to as-new condition, right down to the correct aluminium tie wraps and water transfers, would have had them spluttering sugary tea all over their spam sandwiches. Continue reading “1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 Classic Review”

2016 Suzuki SV650 Review, Sensible Choice!

 

2016 Suzuki SV650 Review

 

Am I simply too biased? I had one of my best ever rides on an SV650 in 1999 – the year the bike was launched – with my mate and I on a pair of them. The SV650 was a superb balance of light weight, small form, easy handling and a fun, but unintimidating engine. Seventeen years later the new machine feels just how I remember it. So why am I having to so passionately defend it to the other riders on this test? Continue reading “2016 Suzuki SV650 Review, Sensible Choice!”