- Aug 10, 2016
Does anyone here have an opinion on the Triumph bobber TFC and speed twin?
Which would you choose and do you like either?
Any experience riding either?
I can’t decide on what I want.I’ve not ridden either Scott, so can’t give any proper feedback.
However, the Bobber does have a certain appeal in my eyes. And the press says it rides very well. But, if I were looking for something of that genre I’d be looking at these boys (although they’re more $ than the Triumph): http://www.zero-eng.com/
The Speed Twin gets rave reviews. Lighter than a Thruxton but same power. And the Thruxton doesn’t hand about!
The styling just doesn’t cut it for me though, and I’m still a little hung up on a bike marketed as British that’s made in Thailand. But they’re both only personal opinions rather than anything objective.
I thought you’d be ordering a Duc Streetfighter anyway...?
The Thruxton RS would be the version I’d get if I were wanting a Thruxton. More hp. Less weight. Better components. But I already have a Commando SF and a Dominator Naked. I realize the 961 doesn’t have the power of the Thruxton, But I kinda want a two up bike, even though some of what I like are not 2 up and the few that I like that are 2 up wouldn’t be comfortable for a passenger.The Speed Twin is ideal if you need a two up bike. I like the styling but find the Thruxton more appealing.
If purchasing today just for solo use, I would still go for the Thruxton R.
With the Thruxton R you get the better suspension and brakes. The main weight difference between the Speedtwin and Thruxton is in the wheels. The Thruxton R factory spoked alloy rims are about the nicest looking rims I've seen on a production bike, so I'll pay the weight price. The weight difference can be cut down quite a bit with the Outex tubeless kit.
The other reason to think about the Thruxton is the fairing. Its almost worth having the bike just so you can hang that fairing on it. The original 60s Thruxton had a nice fairing but the one designed for the Thruxton 1200 is exquisite. Whoever designed it really nailed it, every curve is as it should be and the fit to fuel tank is perfect.
It's also good to tuck in behind when up against strong headwinds.
I don't care for the Bobber styling.
There you go, some strong opinions based on my personal bias ( and 20,000 kms riding a Thrux R).
No you don’t !I can’t decide on what I want.
I like the Ducati Streetfighter, but do I really need 208hp?
I thought that was our job.C) my mates would make my life hell...!
Eddie, you're trying to convince someone with a 500+HP Shelby Mustang that he doesn't need a 200+HP bike?No you don’t !
No-one does !
I originally tried to get the Brutale Oro series 1000 but missed out.Eddie, you're trying to convince someone with a 500+HP Shelby Mustang that he doesn't need a 200+HP bike?
Scott, you have parallel twin bikes. Try a 4-cylinder bike. Power delivery is so different. If I had a choice of your list, it would be the Brutale 1000RR. I had a MV F4-312R for five years. With exhaust and Race ECU it was doing about 190HP at the crank. When those throttle bodies open up, it makes a howling sound that is so intoxicating.
But yeah, Eddie's right, that kind of power on the street is nearly unusable. Nearly.
Obviously I haven't ridden either as they are so new, but I've ridden and earlier 4-cylinder Brutale. Great bike.This MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR
THE Ducati Streetfighter????
I just looked up wheel base.Obviously I haven't ridden either as they are so new, but I've ridden and earlier 4-cylinder Brutale. Great bike.
The only concern I would have about the Streetfighter would be how well it handles, as the wheelbase is a bit long compared to other naked super bikes. The first generation Streetfighter got a lot of criticism for slow turn-in and people pointed to its long wheelbase as part of the issue.
In another thread we are all baulking at a car engine in a bike frame. This one is just done more tastefully than Imp or Cortina engines, I mean....2.3 litre engine in a bike - OMG mad Max would be jealous.