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TB Sport vs new Speed twin......why would you?

Looking at the new modern heritage line, it seems that triumph is coming full circle in making an 80+ hp standard with comfy bars and good brakes, just like 20 years ago when the TB Sport came out. But ironically, they're using twin shock suspension, with minimal adjustablity.

Yet a 20 year old TBS has the same 80+ HP, similar ergo's, DUAL disk front brakes, and what some would say is a superior suspension......and that's stock.

It just irk's me that Triumph wouldn't make a Standard TRIPLE. A 1050 triple in a standard frame would be the bees knees in my world. For now, I'll keep finding reasons to not sell my TB sport.
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Looking at the new modern heritage line, it seems that triumph is coming full circle in making an 80+ hp standard with comfy bars and good brakes, just like 20 years ago when the TB Sport came out. But ironically, they're using twin shock suspension, with minimal adjustablity.



Yet a 20 year old TBS has the same 80+ HP, similar ergo's, DUAL disk front brakes, and what some would say is a superior suspension......and that's stock.



It just irk's me that Triumph wouldn't make a Standard TRIPLE. A 1050 triple in a standard frame would be the bees knees in my world. For now, I'll keep finding reasons to not sell my TB sport.


Love the speed twin but my thoughts exactly!


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My TBS is on the way, if the shipper can ever get it here. So, my choice would obviously be the TBS, for me the nicest bike ever made.

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Easy: answer is TBS because of the tripple sound 😄 and because it is real, heavy motorcycle, not drive by wire new technology toy. (I know that some people will say that it’s less problematic but I like to get my hands dirty after having couple Honda’s and Yamaha’s.)
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Original TBS used Triumph's then current big triple engine shared with the Tiger. IMO a new TBS in the mold of the original would be a 1200 triple, classic styling cues & standard bike versatility.
I do give Triumph mega-props on the new speed twin, looks to be a fantastic motorcycle.
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TBS vs. Standard is a matter of taste. I just like the looks of the standard T-Bird, and at my age, I'm just not hooting around the corners enough to justify the second disk. Upgrading the suspension on the standard can be cheep and easy.

Regardless, the only reason I've put even a moments thought into a Bonneville is the age of my T-Bird. The concern hasn't been enough for me to do anything about it, but it is a thought. Going on a 2 or 3 thousand mile tour on a 17 year old bike gives one pause. I had to truck her 600+ miles from Norther California to Seattle Washington a few years back when the alternator decided to go.

Granted, I rode from Seattle to Utah and back in a roundabout way on my 1973 Norton. I logged just over 3000 miles. In hindsight, it wasn't too smart, but the Norton was only 34, and I was a young 53 at the time.
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Granted, I rode from Seattle to Utah and back in a roundabout way on my 1973 Norton. I logged just over 3000 miles. In hindsight, it wasn't too smart, but the Norton was only 34, and I was a young 53 at the time.
There was a guy (John Young) who did the Iron Butt Rally (48 states, ~11,000 miles in 11 days) back in 2011 on a 1968 T150.
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Easy: answer is TBS because of the triple sound and because it is real, heavy motorcycle, not drive by wire new technology toy. (I know that some people will say that it’s less problematic but I like to get my hands dirty after having couple Honda’s and Yamaha’s.)
And I always wanted to have one.
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Yes, the TBS is 535lbs dry , the Speed Twin , 432lbs. TBS 82 HP @ 8500rpm, Speed Twin 96 @ 6500rpm. So, I'm starting to see why someone would consider it. TBS 885cc, Twin 1200cc.

Unfortunately, the upgrade would likely be around 8 grand if I sold my TBS for 4K. I'd need another 8 to cover the Twin.

For some, I can see the appeal.

Then there's the look.....which do you see as prettier? or so pretty that it justifies spending the $$$$.

And I get it, Some folks have the luxury of owning latest and possibly better, but I've always felt I'd rather have the nicest Car, Bike, Guitar, made 10+ years ago for 20%-40% of the original cost.than spend full boat for something that will lose thousands of dollars in value the minute I plunk down the $$$.
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TB Sport vs new Speed twin......why would you?

ABS and EFI! My current bike has carbs and they are a pain to deal with. That ~50lbs less weight doesnít hurt either. It would be cool if they made a classic triple but I love the sound of the 270 parallel twin. And itís subtle but I personally prefer the proportions on the water cooled twins to any of the non original triumphs. But I in no way wish to imply that this is negative against the TB sport. Iíd totally look into that if I was trying for a used bike.


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