Moto Grand Prix
Main Motorcycle: 2016 Triumph T120
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: West of the Pecos, TX USA
Other Motorcycle: 2007 Ducati GT1000
Extra Motorcycle: 2003 Triumph T100
You're not somehow getting a lesser bike if you choose the T120 over the Speed Twin, just one that's somewhat different in appearance and philosophy. You still get that marvelous 1200cc motor, and the same precise six speed gearbox. In the end, people buy the bike they like the looks of, hoping that it's adequate to their needs and not too hard to live with. It's not an objective decision.
Looked really hard at the Speed Twin, with the thought of possibly trading into one. For me, the T120 turned out to be the right choice. Yes, it's heavier, has less power, and may not handle quite as well. But, the T120 has plenty of power, handles great in the riding I do, and (IMHO) looks great. Comfort is really good because the seating position is just about perfect. The cruise control, center stand, and low grab bar are nice to have, too. These can't be fitted to the new Speedie.
I've never had a flat, and have never had a problem with tubes. For me, that's the bottom line in the tubes v. tubeless debate.
Photo: Ducati GT1000 at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats