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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Question New Speed Twin, owners comments?

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I tripped upon the new Triumph Speed Twin recently. The bike checks a lot of boxes for me as a single bike, all rounder. Seems to have comfortable geometry, reasonable weight, reasonable seat height, technology and safety, performance and looks that I like. I just turned 65 and currently own a Moto Guzzi V7 III Special, and MV Agusta Dragster RR: both wonderful bikes. One big issue though: my dealer in Houston TX folded last January. So: no mechanic or warranty, or parts support. And, I am not a wrencher, and frankly distain the process of finding an independent mechanic for these bikes, or shipping either to Austin or Dallas for significant maintenance or fixes.

We do have one Triumph dealer left in the Houston area: Gulf Coast British/BMW. Their reputation is dicey, some love them, some hate them, but they do have a couple Speed twins in stock. I am thinking about a test ride.

https://www.gulfcoastmotorcycle.com/...52217?ref=list

Does anyone on this forum have experience they wish to share about Houston, TX British USA as far as a capable, and more important: stable (won't go out of business soon) dealer?

I previously owned a 2015 Triumph 675 STRX triple, but traded it for the MV last August when my local Triumph dealer folded. Seems lots of dealers in Houston can't make financials?

Some questions on the Speed please: how is the geometry as far as neck/wrists/back? It looks pretty upright. I know I need to sit on one and test ride to be sure. Question two: is there a rear rack available to strap on a small bag? Question three: is there an add on throttle speed control available similar to the T120? Likely Dart makes a fly screen, another must accessory.

The T120 also interests me, but the additional weight is a concern.

Color for me would have to be the red.

Help a recently retired guy out please.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 08:38 AM
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I have a new Speed Twin and have only ridden it twice for any length of time but one thing I noticed about the seating position (which is a bit forward for me) is you can move your butt on the long seat and when I was just cruising at a steady speed this last ride I had it right up against the tank and was sitting upright like on my Moto Guzzi California. Normally I'm a few inches back from the tank but was pleasantly surprised as some bikes plant your butt in 1 position with no room for adjustability.

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A rear rack is available here. I use a Kriega bag on the passenger seat, works fine for me.
https://www.hepco-shop.de/en/easyrac...twin-2019.html

Ergonomics are good for me but you would prob want a good test spin on one for sure. Itís a little sporty as you are inclined slightly forward with some weight on the bars. I find this perfect if you are moving swiftly but it corners brilliantly anyway. I have the dart classic screen which helps a bit but thereís still plenty wind to contend with as the speed increases, but thatís naked bikes for you.
Shame you have not got a decent dealer near you but my bike isnít likely to go back to the dealer I purchased from. Iíve an option up in Northern Ireland 3 hrs away so this will probably be my go to if problems arise. I did the first service myself and documented all done and kept receipts. Hopefully this will suffice should a warranty issue arise.
Best of luck in you choice.
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So there is no official cruise control as of yet and the bar end mirrors are a problem for normal third party throttle locks. I use one of the little plastic cramp busters to ease the highway riding a bit.

If you are planning to put on a lot of miles Iíd say be away that youíll probably need to replace the seat. Corbin already has a couple options. But they are not cheap either.
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In terms of a throttle lock I use the Go Cruise which is so simple in terms of function that it borders on genius.

It won't keep you at a steady speed like a dedicated cruise control will due to elevation changes but when you want to take your right hand off the throttle for a rest, it does the job.

The Go Cruise 2 has more adjustability. https://www.amazon.com/CRUISE-2wheel.../dp/B00ERXG4TM

Check the size on that link if you do order as it's just a random Amazon search.

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re: rider triangle - I find the ride pretty upright (I'm 5'8") but at anything over legal highway speeds, scooching back and leaning into the wind is more comfortable.

Speaking of wind, Dart does make screens that will fit the Twin, but so will the Thruxton flyscreens. And with the latter, you can colour match them (for both Korosi Red and Silver Ice)

https://www.triumphrat.net/water-coo...post2003941612

Looks good with a black screen too

https://www.triumphrat.net/water-coo...post2003941218
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Much thanks for owners comments. So: no cruise control yet, rear rack available and fly screen, but seat is a plank. Seat could be expensive fix, but yeah I get it. Dang, wish it has a cruise control.

Sometime next week I plan on a dealer visit and test ride. We will see. Plan would be to trade either my Guzzi or MV for the Speed, if I really like it, dealer impresses me, and they can get me one in red. Not sure how this will play out. But, my main concept is to simplify. I am looking to go from two exotic Italian bikes to one all rounder with a good local dealer. If the Triumph does not work out, I may look at a Ducati, either a Monster, perhaps a Diavel. I do like power, and looks, and some "character". The Speed Twin appears to be promising.

I will report results in a few weeks.
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All,

Much thanks for owners comments. So: no cruise control yet, rear rack available and fly screen, but seat is a plank. Seat could be expensive fix, but yeah I get it. Dang, wish it has a cruise control.

Sometime next week I plan on a dealer visit and test ride. We will see. Plan would be to trade either my Guzzi or MV for the Speed, if I really like it, dealer impresses me, and they can get me one in red. Not sure how this will play out. But, my main concept is to simplify. I am looking to go from two exotic Italian bikes to one all rounder with a good local dealer. If the Triumph does not work out, I may look at a Ducati, either a Monster, perhaps a Diavel. I do like power, and looks, and some "character". The Speed Twin appears to be promising.

I will report results in a few weeks.
Give the T120 a try. It has available cruise (I have it, it works great), aftermarket screens and seats. Itís a great all around motorcycle.
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To the op. You have another triumph dealer in Houston

It’s in the woodlands on the north side
The shops called the woodlands premium motorcycles

There current stock in the triumphs is extensive
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To the op. You have another triumph dealer in Houston

Itís in the woodlands on the north side
The shops called the woodlands premium motorcycles

There current stock in the triumphs is extensive
Steve,
Much thanks! I was unaware of the Woodlands dealer. Website appears to show a large, robust Triumph presence. That makes a difference even though I live in Sugar Land, but Beltway 8 connects... takes about an hour to ride from here to there. But, doable. They even have a Speed Twin in red. I need to get a family wedding in Lubbock checked off first, then....
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