Tidy work from Triumph
Engine takes centre stage as designers banish ugly plumbing MCN STAR LETTER
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
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.