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I'm sure this has been done before, but indulge me, as on top of current world events, we got 6+ inches of snow in the the NE US last night, so I need a boost!

Assuming you didnt have your current rides, which current Triumph would you spend your hard earned money on (let's assume money wasn't the issue)?

Why would that be your choice?
 

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New, would be the Speedmaster. An older bike, a thunderbird Storm or TBS. depending if I was limited to one bike.
 

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I just went to a BMW R1250R from a T120. After 2 RIII’s, the new R3 was tempting but for $27K, you get a lot of power and so-so technicals on a 700+ lb bike. Sport bikes are out for orthopedic reasons. I was seriously considering a Tiger 900. Technically great bike with good power but none at the dealer. The BMW is a far superior machine for less than $2K more.
 

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Thruxton R - more power than I could use and beautiful, for a stock bike. Not saying I wouldn't go and try a BMW but I'm a Triumph guy.
 

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Picking from the current Triumph lineup, the new Rocket III. It’s a visually stunning bike in person, plenty of tech, and the biggest production motorcycle engine on the market.


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Stay with a brand I like. Gone for the street scrambler. Enjoy the ride. Matches the traffic and road condition.
 

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I just went to a BMW R1250R from a T120. After 2 RIII’s, the new R3 was tempting but for $27K, you get a lot of power and so-so technicals on a 700+ lb bike. Sport bikes are out for orthopedic reasons. I was seriously considering a Tiger 900. Technically great bike with good power but none at the dealer. The BMW is a far superior machine for less than $2K more.
I currently own a 2020 BMW, 2016 Triumph and 2017 Royal Enfield and I also have been riding for 50+ years like you.

Statements like a far superior machine are troublesome for me. While that statement may be true for you doesn't make it so for everyone across the board. Maybe explaining what makes it better for you than a T120 gives someone looking a better understanding as to why you made your choice and help them make their choice.

Personally I find features that appeal to me more but they may not be important to someone else.
 

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My choice would depend on it's intended use, the proper tool for the task. Currently there is no space in my garage for another bike. The Vespa 300, H-D Heritage, Guzzi V7 Special, and a Street Twin satisfy my current need for short tours and daily rides. Recently Sold a GSA as my old age now limits my ability to go long and I have no plans for exploring gravel road in remote places.

If my old bones would fold as use to I have Thruxton or maybe another Daytona for track duty. Unfortunately that ain't gonna happen.

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I have a T120 and am happy enough with it that I would buy it again. The 1200 Scrambler would also get strong consideration.
Likewise. I found the Scrambler 1200 strangely appealing when I sat on one but I would never go off road and the keyless ignition seemed like a problem waiting to happen. I still prefer the look of the T120.
 

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I voted T120. I have one, it’s a good motorcycle. But, I am very curious to see and ride the Tiger 900 as soon as the apocalypse passes. That could be a bike the can suit many purposes.
 

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I'm genuinely surprised that the Speed Twin doesn't have a single vote yet...
 

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I would only ever now purchase a Triumph. All the Jap bikes just look like power ranger nonsense and BMW just doesn't rock my boat. That leaves KTM. Nothing to look at there. Royal Enfield. I have a great deal of respect for the 650 twins but they are just a bit cheap. Harley and all the other clones. Sorry, I just don't get the whole Harley thing, Lots of noise and nothing else. I have wild visions of going on a big biking adventure on a 1200 scrambler. It, of course, is a pipe dream while I fund the wife and the kids. Look out for the elderly parents and work every hour for my crust. Still back to thrashing the StreetTwin in and out of London. The roads sure are clear. Spoilt now in town by the 20mph speed limits and all the cameras. How I wish it was 1980 on my Z650 at the tender age of 17. No cameras, plod in ford escorts (if they were lucky) and not a care in the world.
 

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I'm genuinely surprised that the Speed Twin doesn't have a single vote yet...
Almost my choice but (A) yet to have the pleasure of riding and (B) not sure of its two-up capability. But it’s the bike I would buy if replacing my Thruxton.


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I currently own a 2020 BMW, 2016 Triumph and 2017 Royal Enfield and I also have been riding for 50+ years like you.

Statements like a far superior machine are troublesome for me. While that statement may be true for you doesn't make it so for everyone across the board. Maybe explaining what makes it better for you than a T120 gives someone looking a better understanding as to why you made your choice and help them make their choice.

Personally I find features that appeal to me more but they may not be important to someone else.
Of course “for me”. I wouldn’t presume to speak for anyone else. I liked all of my Triumphs, old twins, new twins, and Rockets. The 1700 TBird was the best of the lot. The T120 is a nice bike but I got bored with it. I was looking for a lot more power, better brakes, better suspension, and similar weight. The T120 was jittery on the downhill, twisty, rutted 50-60 mph road I regularly take when leaving my house. I had considered spending thousands on hotter cams, fork cartridges, best shocks, better tires, front Brembo kit. I never thought BMWs were cool enough to own, but after riding it, I find that the R1250R is technically superior to anything I’ve owned. It is always planted, the integral, cornering ABS brakes are super, and it’s got more HP per lb than the Rocket 3. Also, it has a standard riding position, which I need. I’ve never ridden a performance sport bike and I suppose those who have can appreciate the appeal of these features. I test drove a new 2019 Tiger 800 XRt which was a nice ride at a good price but you have to rev it to 8000 rpm to get any power out of it. Unfortunately, I don’t fit on the Tiger 1200. The Yamaha dealer here seems to be mainly into ORV’s and ADV bikes but couldn’t say when a new 900 Tracer would come along, and they don’t give test rides. I’m a one bike at a time rider. We have a two car garage and my bike gets a slot at the expense of my car. With no constraints, I’d accompany the BMW with a new Rocket 3, just for the torque rush. There.
 
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