‘These are surprisingly different bikes’
The Speed Triple, on the other hand, is friendly and familiar – like the old Speedie, only slightly better: slightly better performance, slightly more rider aids and, in this R trim, a slightly better spec than the S. Which, in my book, and for £11,500 (where the S is £10,200) makes it slightly better all round than ever and great value – but still nowhere near as classy as the Monster S.
In short, if you want true exotica go for the Ducati. But if you’re after a motorcycle you can use every day but with a little added class, it’s the refined, easy- going, yet still punchy and pleasing Triumph by a country mile.
Classy, racy, but no everyday bike