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Old 08-05-2004, 01:50 AM   #11
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Ditto all the compliments to Triumph. I've owned a '96 Sprint and an '03 Speedmaster -- both have been excellent, good-handling, well-made bikes. Great to see a European manufacturer flourishing in the US, especially after Aprilia's near-death experience.



What's next? Hey Bloor, for the atavistic among us, how about a sport single, done right (kick start, light weight, low bars, wire wheels, 650cc or so)? Would also be a great platform for a street scrambler!
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Old 08-05-2004, 02:14 AM   #12
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Triumph did things right by making their own way by producing motorcycles that are distinctive, reliable, and perform well. After riding a Rocket III, I can tell there will be interest in that beast. I just wish Triumph would quit fooling around with 600 Supersports. It's a slam dunk for the Japanese in that category. Pour all that money into the twin motor and give us a vertical twin with 100 horsepower. Stick it in the Bonnie and I'm there. Here's to my 72 Bonnie and all the parts that fell off that I never found!
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Old 08-05-2004, 02:19 AM   #13
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The complaint has always been the lack of oomph of the Bonneville (new) engine. Check out French firm Meccatwin and the beautiful stuff they do with Triumph and Harleys. http://www.mecatwin.com/



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Old 08-05-2004, 03:33 AM   #14
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Default Is MO working on a Rocket III article?

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Old 08-05-2004, 03:53 AM   #15
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Anyone heard about a new/updated Sprint ST for '05?
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:31 AM   #16
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What style of armchaps do you think would go well with a Triumph?
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:33 AM   #17
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It was hard to be overly sad at the demise of MG/Triumph/Austin/Sunbeam automobiles...... if you've ever owned one. They went out of business because they richly deserved it.



How can one miss being stranded frequently and spending half the day every Saturday adjusting those miserable SU carbs?
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:48 AM   #18
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I think rain suits are more in line with the British heritage than faggy armchaps. Lots of Loc-tite too. And those funny sugar bowl helmets.



I actually saw some guy on a metric cruiser wearing armchaps and sporting a fringed windshield a couple of weeks ago (shudder). It was enough to want to make me want convert to Catholicism and start carrying a crucifix in an attempt to ward off the demons that possess such people.
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:53 AM   #19
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Gotta do the Belstaff wax jacket, gauntlet gloves and sugarbowl helmet with aviator goggles. I could see you in that get up Buz.
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Old 08-05-2004, 05:41 AM   #20
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I'd need a scarf too considering I'm the meterosexual of the group.
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