Fast Bikes - - LONGTERMERS -

It’s been a frus­trat­ing month for Tri­umph ac­tion. Sportsbike of the Year du­ties kept me out of the coun­try for a week and also ne­ces­si­tated the loan of my RS to Bruce as I swapped in with his Fireblade which needed prep­ping and pack­ing for the Por­tu­gal bound truck. There­fore of the three hun­dred miles reg­is­tered this month very few are mine, in fact I think I did more on the R6 round Por­ti­mao in a day than I man­aged in a full month on the trum­pet.

For­tu­nately I am still buzzing from my visit to Cas­tle Combe which only re­in­forced the re­ports from the launch at Catalu­nia cir­cuit that this was a proper track weapon. If any fur­ther ev­i­dence of this was needed there’s the fact that it, un­like the rest of Street Triple line up, comes with Pirelli Su­per­corsa SP as the OE fit­ment. This is a great tyre for Combe which has the abil­ity to re­ally chal­lenge you, ques­tion­ing whether you have the balls to carry your speed from the Start/ Fin­ish into the long fast right han­der at Folly. Hold­ing your nerve to break late into the tight right han­der at Quarry or in­deed keep the gas on over the oc­ca­sional bumps that make this a key TT train­ing ground.

This track has in­tim­i­dated me in the past but this day was dif­fer­ent, the 765cc de­liv­ery is smooth though de­lib­er­ate, and the M50 Brembo calipers work in har­mony with the fo­cused rub­ber and sus­pen­sion. You al­ways feel un­der con­trol while heavy brak­ing. Then of course there is the Showa big pis­ton forks com­bin­ing with the Öh­lins STX40 Monoshock tak­ing all of the move­ment out of the oc­ca­sional sharp rise or fall in track sur­face.

Un­for­tu­nately I can’t ride this on track ev­ery day and with road miles lim­ited this month have to look at other mer­its of this bike. One of the stand-out things is the TFT dash, not only pretty but ex­tremely user friendly nav­i­ga­tion. The five-way joy­stick on the left bar al­lows you to tog­gle through your modes with ease, be it Street, Sport, Wet, Track or Rider con­fig­u­ra­tion. Wet as you would ex­pect will give you a more slug­gish power de­liv­ery to aid trac­tion on damp sur­faces, Street is the norm un­less giv­ing it a few beans which is when you would step it up into Sport. Then of course you have the Track mode ex­clu­sive to this model and Rider, where you cus­tom­ize your rid­ing and can turn off TC, ABS etc. I shall be in­ves­ti­gat­ing this more soon.

As for the speedo and rev counter you have two ‘themes’ each in­clud­ing three styles of dis­play. The other mod­els in the range only have one theme thus three styles to choose from as op­posed to the RS’s six. This is a nice touch for those that han­ker after some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. In each sce­nario you have your gear mon­i­tor, fuel and rid­ing mode dis­played which for me is the real ben­e­fit though choice is never a bad thing.

So for the com­ing month it will be more road miles for me. I will try to get an­other sneaky track ses­sion in to re­ally get into the heart of the dif­fer­ent modes but will see what I can get away with. I am very in­ter­ested in run­ning this on James’s Dyno at JHS rac­ing. His take on the new 765 engine that will be sup­plied to all Moto2 rac­ers from 2019 will be fas­ci­nat­ing, es­pe­cially with his past of rac­ing what now seems like a very old 675….

Oh, and P.S. Made a boob last month when I said that heated grips came as stan­dard. They don’t, it’s an added ex­tra which came with this staffer as they prob­a­bly knew I was get­ting it and was a bit of a Jessie...

The Sher­iff, Sher­iff­ing hard!

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