Miles Perkins

BIKE (UK) - - TRIUMPH’S TRIUMPHS -

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’

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