... aaand holy cow is it quick!!!
Iíve kind of liked them for a while so thought Iíd book a test ride to see what they are all about.
First impressions - at slow moving speeds it all feels a little agricultural when compared to the Bobber. Not necessarily a bad thing in itself, just very different from the Bobberís slick gear shifts and silky smooth feeling engine.
On an open road it feels altogether lighter, (itís practically the same weight as the Bobber) and far easier to place in the corners which is no doubt a result of the slimmer front tyre. But Iíd have thought itís huge rear section would have upset things somewhat but that really isnít the case. Lean angles are very sports bike like and I have to say great fun.
Speed... well with 163 bhp @ 9000 rpm and the redline at a dizzy 10,000 rpm it was never going to be slow, but I was still somewhat shocked by just how fast it is. Having said that itís delivery is liniar and dare I say manageable.
Comfort... looking at the seating position I wasnít really sure how well Iíd fit. I of course suspcted it would be a great deal more comfortable than the Bobber, and it is indeed a nice place to sit. Itís a bike you sit in and not on like the Bobber.
Negatives... the tft display is annoyingly low and out of the natural field of view. This results in taking your eyes of the road to look at the information displayed which is less than ideal. Iím also not keen on the look of the bike directly head on but the moment you take a step to the side it looks great again. Looking down on the tank whilst in the seat is on the whole very uninspiring... the tank just looks huge and out of place. Finally the quality of the fit and finish just isnít a patch on the Bobber or any of the new area of Triumphís.
Verdict... none of these things really matter when compared to how it rides. Itís far more comfy, capable of being loaded up and touring, sounds great, rides great and is remarkably fast. But is it good enough for me to get ride of the Bobber, Iíd say no... but would it be a worthy addition to the garage... watch this space!