Speed Twin report-update.
Well figured I report up how the new Triumph Speed Twin is doing for me. Personally I think it is a good looking bike, maybe I should have got the silver one,ha,ha. My camera on my phone does not do the paint any good. I actually like the red color or what ever Triumph calls it. Went to the dealer today and got the plates. So I had to look around some. Picked up a cruise control or throttle lock for it. Yes I miss the electronic cruise on the Victorys. Tried to get a service manual for it,no they do not offer one supposedly yet. Also no Haynes manual so far they told me. I will have to research a little for a manual. So when I was younger man I would have put the first 500 miles on the bike the first weekend, did not happen this time. Just now close to the 500 miles so later this coming week I get to take it in for its first service which is suppose to be done at 500 miles. Now get this the wrench on the dash is suppose to come on at 500 miles telling you it needs serviced, that is fine and dandy, but get this you have to use the Triumph service tool(computer-service tool) in order to shut off the service light(wrench). To me there ought to be a way to reset the wrench or shut it off, just like in a car when you service it yourself. So Triumphs reasoning is it only needs to be serviced every 10,000 miles. Yes 10,000 miles, so just bring it in to Triumph to change the oil. My problem is I do not like letting other people change my oil on my vehicles & or service them. They also recommend a 10w-50 Castro motorcycle engine oil. So after I get it serviced the first time by the Triumph dealer just like they like for warranty then the next oil changes will hopefully be done at my house by myself.
So back to the bike itself. The bike handles great, brakes are dual disc Brembos, brakes work great, good power, lots of torque. Engine is rated at 96-hp, but mods will begin once I get some money again to play with a bit. As I said the bike handles great, but it does ride very stiff even on the lightest setting for the shocks. I put some small saddle bags on it and had maybe 20 pounds of stuff in them, the bags having weight in them made the bike ride much better. So I guess I could gain 20 pounds or down the road buy some better shocks. With my short legs when I do get new shocks they will be one inch shorter. The seat feels like it looks, it is hard and the edges are square, so yes if the seat does not break in better it may get a different seat. My wife no longer rides with me(back issues) so I do not need a bike for a passenger anymore, this new bike is so much lighter, easier to handle and just ride I believe I am going to really enjoy it. Oh yes the engine is very smooth and the trans is a six speed and shifts very easy and smoothly. Now so far on the gas mileage it has been getting 46-47 mpg and then I filled up today and got 50 mpg. So as it is breaking in it is getting better on gas, hopefully it gets better mpg at a steady cruise on a trip I hope. So no bike is perfect and it seems a new bike is a new project. The fun begins again. Hopefully this was a good report.
Buckeye, Arizona(USA) 2011 Victory Cross Roads, Black police bag guards, black engine guards, black handle bars, Triumph Tiger mirrors, Triumph hand grips, set speedo/tach back 5" , adjustable timing wheel, Lloyzz Fuel Programmer III & air filter. Modified exhaust, made stock into 2 into 1. MRA windshield, Rotated front fender forward,relocated ignition switch, Bad Ace Fuel Tank Risers, Fat front tire.
Last edited by Speedblue; 09-28-2019 at 08:03 PM.