THE REASON I’M here at Triumph is a Speed Triple. I’ve been riding bikes since I was 12, starting with lots of little Kawasakis – AE80, KDX125S that sort of thing – and then moving on to bigger stuff, but my first Triumph was a Speed Triple 1050. There was a particular photo that they put out with it in an underground car park with a low Arrow can – it was very moody and although by then I’d had lots of bikes, when I saw that picture I decided I had to have one. I went down to Metropolis and bought one new, and haven’t looked back. I loved the triple engine, and the style really grabbed me. Then – about seven years ago – I was working in advertising in London and I did a project with Triumph about connecting up the Meriden period and Hinckley, and how that could be done, and what Triumph could say to link up with their past. Before that I’d been working with companies such as Mcdonald’s so, what with me having a Speed Triple, this was a dream project, which eventually turned into a dream job. The current Speed Triple is the best yet because they really have got better with every generation – I can’t think of another long running bike you can say that about. With the current one, apart from it being such a scream to ride, the sound of it is just amazing. That really does it for me. The exhausts have got such a bark on them. I remember about a year ago we had all of our overseas subsidiary managers here to see the new line-up and I was revving a Speed Triple RS with the Arrow can to show the managers how the sound had changed from the old model. When we finished, I was going back in and one of the guys from the engine team come over and told me off for running a Moto2 test engine. He really thought it was a race engine – it sounds that good. I never get tired of that exhaust note.
‘The current Speed Triple is the best yet because they have got better with every generation – I can’t think of another bike you can say that about’