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Triumph Speed Four

Stripped down and loving it.

by Tal Rozenfeld

Italy, July 2, — Quite a few years ago I across a nifty little called Designing Design. Its a respected design lecturer, in it a strange process: letting and the unexpected steer you towards new and solutions. After all, some old, mold-filled dishes what brought to the discovery of penicillin?

And in our beloved field, didn’t MZ’s Kadden discover a 20-percent in power when he made a transfer port in a two-… that was only meant to and lubricate the small end bearing in the place?

So how about dropping new crotch rocket in the parking messing up all the plastic, only to out that your MasterCard is out, ruling out proper

Can’t it be turned into a situation? Why not save the dosh and a mean’n’light streetfighter? Well, the has worked extremely well for at least with the Speed — essentially a Daytona fairing.

Its bold, freshly looks have endeared it to the of many enthusiasts that’d growing tired of all those and designed fairing panels, a punk in disco-land. The kinky Triple has become a bit of a cult with its distinctive bug-eyed pose, a virtue that company’s marketing guys be happy to sell their for.

Recently, the question was whether or not the trick could work on bro’ TT600. And the answer is at least functionally speaking. year I had the chance to sample the Speed Four at a track and stop giggling for a week. The handling manners of the chassis as good as a CBR600s, orchestrated by and flat bars and an engine thrives on gearshift lever tap

That prototype Speed was an absolute adrenaline pump on the (Made me also understand why so crazy Germans fit straight to ‘Busas and ZX9s.) Trouble was in the looks department, that … 600 left a lot to be desired. The cover on the radiator’s left and the twin black elephant intakes looked a bit homemade and the aluminum castings of the engine scratched my eye’s retinas.

In any case, Triumph picked at the original idea of the Italian and proper designers that read Designing Design put to work. Ah! Much, much

That little g-string fairing that the Speed lost for 2002 has been put to on the Four and aggressive, shorter and snouts replace the previous and the frame and engine are painted black. The result is a much homogeneous looking tool, and the between the black mass of the and the bright candy orange parts is pretty exciting.

have been mechanical too. The cast, semi-dropped of the TT600 remain in place prototype had flat tubular and the engine has been detuned for usable torque. Peak is down, from a claimed 108 to 97.

two changes saddened me somewhat. tubular bars are fun and easy to when your stand-up go wrong (not that I am any with ’em. ) while de-tunes always arise Are we really going to get that bulge for the horses we traded up

One thing is sure; as I pull the track on the Four, I can’t but notice that the new, minded valve timing to have cured the last gremlins of this engine. The pulls now as cleanly as in any of the last of Japanese 600’s.

Four is utterly flickable, abundant ground clearance and you at home using all of it immediately.

On a I don’t spend too much doing roll-ons. Revs get in no time into the upper but on the retuned Four there is a of a need to wait for 10,000 to on the tacho to get the engine on the boil as the TT600. Pulling out of turns, from as low as 7,500 rpm, the moves on swiftly while, on the hand, there is less of an urgency near red-line. very much like the old CBR900RR engine to the one in the new 919 streetfighter.

On the I kinda miss the upper-range of the prototype, but on the street the retuned should provide a much balance for everyday, lower use.

What haven’t are the impeccable wicked road of the cycle portion. The Four is flickable, there’s abundant clearance and you feel at home all of it immediately. Just as on a big-H you have instant confidence.

Triumph Speed Four

I haven’t had too much time or to play with suspension as the standard ones felt OK nice absorption even I was unfairly cutting up on people in the riding the curbs. The standard TT600 bars are a mixed Gone is the ample leverage of the and flat bars, but on faster the lower crouch comes its own, supplying greater and reducing wind blast on torso.

Nevertheless, for its intended use as an hooligan tool or while the excellent anchors to the max, I feel that the flat were a better choice as put less stress on your The unchanged ergos of the TT600 were a big hit and at least the previous offered some improvement.

If you are a beast like me, change is a matter of taking the handlebar from the old Maico in the garage, by eye two 5/16 holes on the upper clamp, fit some KN superbike bars and hey, presto! hooligan pose restored. on the issue of nitpicking, on such a I’d rather have gearing, too.

High speeds are not an issue this kind of bike and the extra pull could be for those Garry Rothwell and to impress your friends on

After two turns on the track, I was again. The S’Four is a true tool, amazingly efficient on a and the enhanced mid-range is really

It’s hard to pinpoint makes riding a fairing-less so much more exciting riding a normal crotch but the magic is there. Maybe its the fact that it looks, so damn different than run of the mill 600. Maybe a wind-in-your-face thing making you like you are moving a lot faster you actually are.

Or maybe you to ask any Speed Triple owner for a explanation.

The last Euro-crop of 600s, namely Honda’s 600 and Yamaha’s Fazer 600, has the US, but there is no more need to cry brothers and sisters. The US-bound Four is a much more bad-boy tool. The two Japanese although big hits in Europe, steel frames and their manners are not in the Speed Four’s

With all due respect, the Speed didn’t make me salivate at it’s sight as the hairy-chested Triple did, but then, at its 2K cheaper than its big brother. so much street cred heaped on the Speed Triple, is no reason why the Speed Four not be following in its footsteps.


Triumph Speed Four
Triumph Speed Four


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