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!”

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”

Do We Need A Triumph Street Triple RX SE ?

 

It’s the not-so-new Triumph Street Triple RX SE, but what does this mild update represent?

 

2015 Triumph Street Triple RX SE

 

It’s an odd one, this. For all intents and purposes, the (breath in) Triumph Street Triple RX SE is a new machine, taking over from the model before it that we all knew and loved. But what exactly has changed on it, other than the borrowed back end of the 675 Daytona ? The answer, it appears, is not very much. Continue reading “Do We Need A Triumph Street Triple RX SE ?”

A Brief History of Motorcycle : The Outlaws’ Conveyance

 

WW II Motorcycle

 

Motorcycling in the World entered the modern era following World War II. Important technological advances had been made prior to the war, but most people were too busy  struggling to survive the Depression to pay much attention. Continue reading “A Brief History of Motorcycle : The Outlaws’ Conveyance”