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There were some minor mechanical issues that were addressed over the years. Apples to apples, you'd probably be better off going with a '12 or '13 over a '10.
ABS has always been available. As for differences, there are a few minors issues but the only one i can think of offhand that they have actually changed to a improved part is the adjusters on the rear wheel, but more importantly the rear hub and bearings are different. the hub was changed to accommodate beefier bearings. This part can be retrofitted but it's around $300. Triumph has subsidized the cost down to $60 for owners of bikes with the original hub, at least for some. Others have had no luck asking for that deal. The decompression weights were also beefed up on later models. So if it were me i'd certainly opt for at least a 2012 model. I don't think either of those things is a issue for most older bikes, but they thought enough so that they should change them. Mine has the beefier decomp weights because the BB kit came with cams that had them. My hub is the older one but they seem to be ok for those like me who ride only in dry weather and live in an area where i don't have dirt roads and other bad conditions that might cause the bearings to become contaminated.
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