Tidy work from Tri­umph

En­gine takes cen­tre stage as de­sign­ers ban­ish ugly plumb­ing MCN STAR LET­TER

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Will, email Ed: There’s no doubt Tri­umph have done a classy job, but don’t be too harsh on the SV650 – it’s an hon­est ride at a great price. We’ll have both on our 2016 test fleet so we’ll see how they stand up to the test of time. If you’re look­ing to in­sure a bike, visit Mc­n­com­pare.com and you can quickly com­pare prices from 43 top mo­tor­cy­cle in­sur­ance brands. The writer of the best let­ter each week pub­lished in the Let­ters pages will re­ceive a free retrode­sign MCN T-shirt cour­tesy of the Mc­n­com­pare.com web­site.

Keep it sim­ple

Hav­ing owned seven new or un­der two year-old bikes in the pre­vi­ous four years, I de­cided last Au­gust to buy an ’08 plate BMW R1200R. Lovely bike with ABS and ESA sus­pen­sion but it now has an ABS pump prob­lem which could cost £1000 to £1500 to put right on a bike that cost £5500. The brakes still work fine and I’ve only had one ma­chine with ABS, so no big deal. But with all the elec­tronic this and that, ride-by-wire, dif­fer­ent maps and rid­ing modes on the lat­est bikes, what will re­li­a­bil­ity be like in five years' time when out of war­ranty but af­ford­able out­side of PCP deals? I'm now think­ing old-style Speed Triple with­out the ABS as the route to go for less costly bik­ing. Lee Watkeys, email

Tune in on the cheap

I'm sure your read­ers will en­joy this lit­tle work around. Those Mo­togp fans that may have no­ticed that Dorna seem to be pro­mot­ing just the 199 euro video pass here in the UK and not the 99 euro deal of­fered in pre­vi­ous years will be as an­noyed as I was. Here's the way to get around it: down­load a free VPN pro­gram or one that gives you a trial pe­riod, switch your vir­tual lo­ca­tion to one in Ger­many, log-on to Mo­togp.com and se­lect the 99 euro op­tion, pay it and then watch from any­where you like even with­out us­ing the VPN. Gary Jack­son, email

More power please

When I saw the first pho­tos of the Thrux­ton R I thought that I could be tempted. I am 67 and own three bikes: a Mon­ster 821, a one-off self­built Har­ley Sport­ster Street Tracker, and a TDM 900 win­ter bike; I like twins! But £11,700 for 96bhp? You have to be kid­ding! Whilst not a retro, my Mon­ster has 113bhp, sounds fab­u­lous and is made in its home­land of Italy, and it only cost £9500. Steve Hub­bard, email

Triple crown

This is my Trinelli 1050 a Benelli TNT with a Tri­umph Speed Triple 1050 en­gine and electrics. Great looks, re­li­able and a bril­liant bike. Best of both worlds. Ricky Cartwright, email Ed: Nice one, keep those home­brewed projects com­ing in

Wel­come back Suzi!

Bril­liant that Suzi Perry is back do­ing her bit in Mo­togp this sea­son. I am sure we have all missed her charm, wit, and ex­per­tise. Suzi has been in­volved with bike rac­ing for as long as I can ever re­mem­ber and I think she gets the same big buzz as we do re­gard­ing bikes. I find this news just as ex­cit­ing as when I found out that Keith Huewen was get­ting back to­gether with Ju­lian Ry­der. Th­ese two to­gether re­ally do the biz, they are quick on de­liv­er­ing the ex­cite­ment to us at the very se­cond it takes place, and also add that ex­tra bit of hu­mour by tripping each other up on facts. So Suzi has no need to worry, she comes back to join a great team and will feel at home the minute she steps foot on the cir­cuit. Can­not wait for it to start. Bring it on. Neil Tate, Bridling­ton, East York­shire

Ready for all weath­ers

Your re­cent fea­ture on keep­ing warm in cold weather was so use­ful. Spring is just around the cor­ner now but here are two more hints of my own. Firstly, wear qual­ity welling­tons/ other rubber boots. Rubber is a nat­u­ral in­su­la­tor and wa­ter­proof. And se­condly, for your hands wear soft warm in­ner gloves such as Thin­su­late and waxed cot­ton over­mitts, elas­ti­cated at the wrist, over the top. You get air in­su­la­tion and wa­ter­proof­ing. Not fash­ion­able but warm! An­drew Gush, Beds

Get some cheap speed

Cars get faster, bikes get slower. Last year's ZX-10R was al­most two mph faster than this year's bike! What's the point of the new Hayabusa? We know it's not go­ing to be any faster than any other bike. The 1999 Busa was – and is – awe­some. £42,000 for a 200mph H2R? Save your money and buy a 1999 Hayabusa for £4000. Der­rel Weaver, ad­dress with­held

What's in a frame?

Sorry to 'nit pick' but the Du­cati Panigale does not have a trel­lis frame (MCN, March 2). Like the Vin­cents of the 1950s and Brit­tens of the ’90s, the en­gine be­comes the frame. I have owned a 1199 since the be­gin­ning and it's a mag­nif­i­cent ma­chine. The 1299 sounds even bet­ter but at the age of 70 I’m go­ing for a Scram­bler next. Roger Bilbe, Lon­don Ed: You are quite right, apolo­gies for the slip-up in the tech­ni­cal panel

Read­ing the let­ters in last week's MCN re­gard­ing the new Tri­umph Thrux­ton’s broad ap­peal got me think­ing. The new bike (along with the Bon­neville and Street Twin) has one of the ti­di­est en­gines I’ve seen in a long time. The en­gine of a mo­tor­cy­cle is its main fo­cal point and yet most man­u­fac­tur­ers leave it as an af­ter­thought ( just look at the new Suzuki SV650 if you don’t be­lieve me) with wires and plumb­ing all over mak­ing it tricky to clean and nasty to look at. Mean­while, Tri­umph have man­aged to add liq­uid cool­ing with min­i­mal ex­tra­ne­ous tub­ing.

SV650 en­gine has char­ac­ter It’s not quite as pretty but the Tri­umph’s new T120 en­gine is the at­trac­tive face of mod­ern wa­ter cool­ing One Benelli + a Tri­umph = a Trinelli!

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