Reader's test: Double Triple couple
FAMILY AFFAIR: Egor Oussov's converted his girlfriend, Nicola Forsyth, to a lover of Triumph two wheelers as well.
Author: EGOR OUSSOV
Triumph Street Triple
This article is the continuation of a previous one I wrote in 2009 when I bought my Triumph Speed Triple. I still ride the same bike but there is an addition to our family as we bought the Triumph Street Triple in 2011 for my girlfriend, Nicola.
Why still Triumph, as there is a fleet of gorgeous Japanese and Italian bikes available? We believe that the bike is very sexy, leads in many ways over other brands, turns heads and puts the biggest permanent smile on our faces.
I am still saving for the sports car that can match a bike’s performance figures.
As an example my Triumph chunks out 105kW over a 189kg dry weight. That’s a power-to-weight ratio of 550, while my girlfriend’s smaller Street Triple produces 79kW over 167kg for a power-to-weight ratio of 470.
By comparison, my next car, the Mini Cooper JCW has a 127 power-to-weight ratio while the car following that (which I must save even harder for…) is the Nissan GTR 2012 with a power-to-weight ratio of around 240. That’s why there is such an adrenalin rush when you get on a bike...
BREAKFAST EXPENSE ACCOUNT
It has become our tradition to go for a breakfast run almost every Sunday to any restaurant in the middle of nowhere or just to visit friends. Since we don’t ride the bikes to work, our hobby isn’t practical or functional, but, at the weekend in the right time and place, there’s an experience between the road, the bike and the rider that leaves the biggest grin on your face.
We love our Triumphs and, due to their brilliance and timeless looks, we don’t have to replace them with every facelift. A “problem” that haunts the Japanese breeds.
Some of our friends ride Japanese, German and even Italian two-wheeled metal stallions and we all get along in out inter-continental mix.
On overtaking acceleration, my Speed Triple matches bikes such as the Honda CBR 1000 and a few modifications on my machine help to do it with less work.
The beauty of our naked three-cylinders is that we don’t miss out on any experiences the road and weather throw at us. Nicola has only been riding a few months and is, therefore, still exploring and getting to know her horse, but the bike has settled nicely due to its compact size and electric punch from its 675cc, three-cylinder gem.
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