It’s a Tri­umph!

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FEEDBACK -

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?”

Cool Ca­giva!

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.”

Cool Ca­giva!

We love Speed Fours.

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