It’s a Triumph!
What’s lurking in my shed? A machine you described in your article (CMM September), as an underrated and overlooked naked machine from the early Noughties – a Triumph Speed Four of 2003 vintage. Resplendent in its new classic finish of professionally applied Triumph metallic burgundy paintwork, gleaming stainless steel SP Engineering four-into-one exhaust, Triumph Legend style high bars, this is a ‘forgotten’ bike to be proud of. It is my seventeenth bike and my fourth Triumph, (Sports Cub, T140D Bonneville, Legend) and the Speed Four is by far the best one. I cannot agree more with what you say about it; it handles, it goes and it stops all very rapidly and efficiently, I cannot fault it. Whenever I park it up someone will stop and chat. As you rightly say, to some people the full frontal view may be somewhat aesthetically challenging. Personally I didn’t like the look of the air intakes, particularly when sat on the bike – easily solved! I had them sprayed satin black to match the frame; all remaining plastics and the tank are burgundy with white ‘Triumph’ logos, the intakes now blend in with the frame and no longer resemble a ‘stick-on’ afterthought. The bike now looks amazing! Now for the bad news! I am coming up to 72 years of age, a retired aircraft engineer who loves tinkering with all things electrical and mechanical. I have rebuilt a Kawasaki Vulcan, found a trail bike to mess about on and now have three bikes – and only room for two, sadly something has to go! Sadly there is a great possibility it may be the one that needs nothing doing to it except some enthusiastic rider to throw a leg over and scream off into the sunset – oh those were the days! Mr Fixit (aka Michael Morris) Bertie says: “So where’s the picture of the bike, Mike?”
That was a great piece about the Cagiva Alazzura. Not the smallest L-twin I know of though, that would be Honda’s VT250 and its descendants. One gorgeous little bike, almost 20 years since I sold mine and I still miss it, enclosed disc and all, although if I could now I’d have the later VTR versions or a Spada. Michael Durrant Bertie says: “It’s nice to get something quirky in our pages Michael.”
We love Speed Fours.