2. Triumph Speed Triple, 2005-2010

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Triumph blew it when they replaced the original hooligan-bike’s chrome bug-eye lights for 2011, but that’s okay because the earlier versions are just as furious and fun, complete with delicious and powerful 1050cc Triple.

For some reason, there seem to be lots of low-mileage pampered examples for which delusional people (dealers) want $6 to 7k. Not on my watch. A quick jump to Craigslist uncovers my favorite green version, a 2006 model with 30,000 miles and two months left on extended warranty, always-garaged, perfect California bike – asking $2900. Sounds about right. Complete with chrome high-mount twice pipes, single-sided swingarm, etc… destined to become a highly rideable classic if it isn’t one already.

2008 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 Review

Triumph Speed Triple 1050