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Triumph Unveils 2019 Speed Twin (with video)

Despite numerous, leaked photos, the official unveiling by Triumph earlier today of the 1,200cc Bonneville Speed Twin still hit us right between the eyes with the beautiful machine displayed in the high-quality images provided by the British manufacturer.  This is the classic Bonneville with big power and relatively lightweight handling. Delivering 96 horsepower at less than 7,000 rpm and 83 foot/pounds of torque at 4,950 rpm, the Speed Twin will be a monster launching from stoplights.

All that power down low works with a significantly lighter machine, as the Speed Twin is a claimed 22 pounds lighter than the Thruxton and 60 pounds lighter than the T120 (claimed dry weight for the Speed Twin is just 432 pounds). With many of the electronic aids found on a modern sport bike, it isn’t a surprise that Triumph has fitted Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tires to the 17″ wheels.

We understand that the new Speed Twin will be in dealer showrooms next Spring, but pricing is currently unknown. Here is the full press release from Triumph with all of the details, followed by a video:

The beautiful new 1,200cc Triumph Bonneville Speed Twin proudly re-introduces a legendary British moniker to the world in a machine truly worthy of the iconic ‘Speed Twin’ name. A performance motorcycle that sets a new benchmark for how a custom roadster should look, ride and feel, the Speed Twin offers class-leading handling, advanced rider tech and impeccable style.

  • Class-leading handling
    • Confidence inspiring, precise, agile and dynamic ride
    • Dedicated new chassis and suspension set-up
    • More than 22 lbs lighter than the Thruxton and nearly 60 lbs lighter than the T120
    • High specification Brembo brakes and twin discs
    • ABS and switchable traction control
    • Comfortable, engaged riding position with accessible
      low seat height and pillion capability
  • Thrilling performance
    • Updated 1,200cc high-power Bonneville twin engine with ‘Thruxton’ tune
    • High power across the entire rev range, with peak output of 96 HP @ 6,750 rpm
    • Exhilarating torque delivery, with peak torque of 83 Ft-lb @ 4,950 rpm
    • Distinctive British twin sound from dual black upswept sports silencers
  • Advanced rider technology
    • Sport, Road and Rain riding modes
    • LED Headlight
    • Torque-assist clutch
    • Feature-packed twin clocks
    • USB charging socket
    • Immobilizer
    • Accessory TPMS capability
  • Beautiful modern custom style
    • Triumph’s timeless DNA married to a new standard in contemporary Bonneville style
    • Muscular and imposing roadster poise
    • 90+ custom Speed Twin accessories
  • Category-leading finish and detailing
    • A host of beautifully designed premium features, finishes and details
    • Brushed aluminum mudguards, throttle body covers, side panel finishers, heel guards and headers
    • Seven-spoke aluminum wheels
    • Monza-style fuel cap
    • Minimal rear end
    • Bar-end mirrors

A legend reborn

Changing the face of motorcycling, the original 1938 Triumph Speed Twin was a revelation to ride, featuring the most successful parallel twin engine of its day packaged into a game-changing chassis. Its smooth, dynamic handling and superb, responsive feel established Triumph’s reputation for producing the world’s best performing, sweetest handling motorcycles, setting the template for all that followed.

For 2019, the all-new 1,200cc Speed Twin re-introduces this illustrious Triumph name to our Modern Classics line-up, once again setting the new standard in its class for handling and performance prowess, establishing the benchmark for how a modern custom roadster should look, ride and feel.

The brand new Speed Twin carries all of the contemporary custom style of the Street Twin, but adds even more beautiful premium details. It delivers the power, torque and technological advancement of the thrilling Thruxton R, with the confidence-inspiring ride and all-day comfort of its renowned Bonneville T120 sibling.

The result, just like its iconic 20th century namesake, the new Speed Twin is a new performance icon that again looks to raise the bar in its category, with the chassis set-up, riding position, braking ability, suspension and thrilling power delivery of a truly modern roadster.

Class-leading handling

The all-new Speed Twin boasts class-leading handling characteristics, for a precise, agile and dynamic modern roadster ride with Triumph’s trademark intuitive feel.

The dedicated new frame developed from the Thruxton R delivers comfortable and engaged ergonomics which, combined with the high specification cartridge front forks and twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring pre-load, make for a truly confidence-inspiring performance machine.

High specification twin Brembo 4-piston axial calipers on the front and a 2-piston single floating caliper on the rear provide excellent stopping power, complementing the motorcycle’s modern roadster character.

Adding to the confidence-inspiring ride, the new Speed Twin also benefits from:

  • Lightweight, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels
  • High specification Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tires
  • ABS and switchable traction control as standard
  • Comfortable, upright, engaged riding position
  • Tapered handlebars and new upper yoke and risers
  • A comfortable new bench seat at a low height of 31.8 inches,
    making the bike accessible for all riders
  • A significant 22 lbs weight savings compared to the Thruxton, and incredible 60 lbs weight savings compared to the T120, contributing to its class-leading handling

Thrilling performance

The modern roadster character comes to life through its 1,200cc High Power 8-valve, parallel twin Bonneville engine, specifically updated for the new Speed Twin.

This revised high performance engine features a low inertia crank and high compression head developed from the Thruxton R’s renowned powerplant.

Engine updates include:

  • New magnesium cam cover
  • Revised clutch assembly
  • New mass optimized engine covers

Together these deliver a unique 5.5 lbs weight savings versus the Thruxton engine. With 96 peak horsepower @ 6,750rpm, the new Speed Twin achieves an impressive 76% increase over the 2018 Street Twin, and 49% more than the new 2019 Street Twin.

Additionally the new Speed Twin engine also delivers a strong peak torque figure of 83 Ft-lb @ 4,950rpm – an amazing 40% more than the 2019 Street Twin.

The Speed Twin’s all-new distinctive twin upswept silencers, with satin black painted wrap
and stainless steel end caps deliver the unmistakable sound of a British Twin, a unique exhaust note that matches its powerful and legendary character – rich, deep and full.

Behind the classically stylish exterior sits a modern liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimize its visual impact while achieving clean emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency. Combined with an extended first major service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km), this contributes to a reduced overall cost of ownership.

Advanced rider technology

The new Speed Twin features a full suite of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced rider control and safety, plus enhanced rider confidence – sensitively integrated to maintain its iconic Bonneville style and character.

The Speed Twin’s technology features include:

Three riding modes – Linked to the ride-by-wire system, the three selectable riding modes – Sport, Road, or Rain – each with dedicated throttle maps and traction control settings, providing enhanced rider control and safety, and in ‘Sport’ mode, a more immediate throttle response.

ABS – The contemporary safety standard, with minimal visual impact, the ABS is responsive yet unobtrusive.

Switchable traction control –  Managing the Speed Twin’s high torque delivery when traction is compromised, the switchable system offers increased rider control.

LED headlight – Incorporated into the headlight, the LED headlight brings excellent visibility and a distinctive light profile.

LED rear light & indicators –   Built into the classically inspired minimal tail set-up, the LED rear light and indicators bring a distinctive rear light pattern and excellent power efficiency.

Ride-by-wire – Enhancing throttle responsiveness, safety and feel.

Torque-assist clutch – Optimized for a lighter touch and feel to the clutch to make it easier to ride, and ride longer.

Switchgear – Elegant switchgear presents simple fingertip controls for easy access to the key features on the new twin clocks.

USB charging socket – For maximum rider convenience, the USB charging socket charges riders’ essential devices.

Engine immobilizer – Transponder integrated into the key adds greater security.

Stylish twin clocks – New twin clocks, beautifully detailed and premium, incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the handlebar mounted scroll button.

Key features include:

– Riding mode setting
– Gear position indicator
– Odometer
– Trip settings
– Service indicator
– Range to empty
– Fuel level
– Average and current fuel consumption
– Access to turn off traction control features
– Clock
– TPMS indicator (when accessory fitted)
– Heated grips indicator (when accessory fitted)

Beautifully modern custom style

With all of Triumph’s timeless DNA, married to a modern stripped-back custom look, muscular poise and a host of beautifully designed premium features, the Speed Twin is the most contemporary styled Bonneville ever.

Key features include:

  • Signature sculpted 3.8 gallon fuel tank
  • Custom style bench seat
  • Minimal front and rear mudguard set-up with small rear light
    (and integrated brake and turn signals in the US and Canada)
  • Sculpted side panels with aluminum badge detailing
  • Twin upswept sports silencers
  • Contemporary bar-end mirrors

Category leading finish and detailing

The new Speed Twin continues the class-leading theme of the whole Bonneville family
when it comes to its premium level of finish and detailing, including:

  • Brushed aluminum mudguards, throttle body covers, side panel finishers and heel guards
  • Bright anodized forged aluminum headlight brackets
  • Distinctive Monza-style locking fuel cap
  • New 7-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Clear anodized aluminum swingarm
  • Painted headlamp bowl and bezel
  • Handlebar clamp with Speed Twin branding

The new Speed Twin comes in three color choices:

  • Silver Ice and Storm Grey, with hand-painted Graphite coach line and white stripe
  • Korosi Red and Storm Grey, with hand-painted Graphite coach line and white stripe
  • Jet Black

Building your own Speed Twin custom

Designed with personalization in mind, the Speed Twin comes with over 90 accessories
to help you add even more style, practicality and security.

It’s never been easier to create your own special with a host of custom-inspired parts to choose from, including: brushed Vance & Hines silencers, blacked out detailing, quilted seat and Triumph-engineered security additions such as disc locks, ground anchor and locking chain. In addition to these we also have a range of stylish and durable luggage available for commuting and long-distance travel.

**Availability of accessories is governed by local market legislation – please check with a Triumph market representative for availability.


Engine Type Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity 1,200cc
Bore/Stroke 97.6 x 80 mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Maximum Power 96 HP @ 6,750 rpm
Maximum Torque 83 Ft-lb @ 4,950 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system with twin silencers
Final drive Chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Gearbox 6-speed
Frame Tubular steel with aluminum cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminum
Front Wheel Cast aluminum alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel Cast aluminum alloy 7-spoke 17 x 5 in
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 160/60 ZR17
Front Suspension 41mm cartridge forks, 4.7 in (120mm) travel
Rear Suspension Twin shocks with adjustable preload, 4.7 in (120mm) rear wheel travel
Front Brake Twin 305mm discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Rear Brake Single 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Width (Handlebars) 29.9 in (760 mm)
Height Without Mirrors 43.7 in (1110 mm)
Seat Height 31.8 in (807 mm)
Wheelbase 56.3 in (1430 mm)
Rake 22.8 º
Trail 3.68 in (93.5 mm)
Dry Weight 432 lbs (196 Kg)
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 US gal (14.5 L)
Fuel Consumption 59 mpg
CO2 Emissions 109.0 g/km

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  1. Rickster says:

    It has 4.7 inches rear travel (120 mm, not 12 inches). Caution significant other about caloric intake 😁.

  2. Cw says:

    On the subject of tank size – I’m suspicious it won’t be a big deal for most of the prospective customers of this bike – not that it wouldn’t be great to tour on for some.

    This whole discussion takes me back to my desire for modularly designed bikes that could be easily rearranged for one’s momentary needs – easily attaching/locking screens and luggage, easy ways to add fuel capacity when desired and leave of the excess weight when not.

    I’ve thought that a small tank that fits onto the main tank like a locking tank bag would work.

  3. Grover says:

    This Triumph will sell regardless of all the complaining about tank seams, tank capacity, wire wheels etc. If this is the bike you’ve been waiting for you could really care less about such things. I’m lucky enough to currently own two bikes at opposite ends of the spectrum…an 800# touring bike with cast wheels and a 6 gal. tank and a 300# Dualsport with a 2 gal. tank and wire wheels. Each of my bikes is perfect for it’s intended mission. This Triumph wasn’t made to fulfill the mission of a touring bike with a 300 mile range but is, in fact, a sport bike built to carve up the local canyons. No bike will check all the boxes so buy the one that is closest to what you want and have fun. This Triumph is a contender for “Bike of the Year” and deservedly so. So despite all the complaining and nit picking, this Triumph will sell for a premium price and they’ll sell every one of them.

    PS- I’ve owned 4 street bikes with tubed wire wheels and I’m still alive.🙂

  4. John B. says:

    I have a 2017 Street Scrambler; smaller tank, smaller tank likely the same range. The Speed Twin with fuel gauge and distance left would be much easier to live with. My fuel mileage has more to do with how much throttle is used than tank capacity. Without a fuel gauge and being aggressive in the twisties the low fuel light flashing prematurely can be an unpleasant distraction.

    I just spent about $2000 upgrading Front brake, suspension and a camshaft to turn my 2017 into a 2019 Street Scrambler.

    The Speed Twin is like my bike with less weight,better brakes, much more motor. I think I am in lust again but I need wire wheels for complete satisfaction.

    I waited on my street triple for the “R” perhaps I should wait for the “R” version of this one.

    • Dave says:

      “perhaps I should wait for the “R” version of this one.”

      I don’t know how long I’d wait. Depending on how you view Triumph’s line, this and the Thrux should probably considered “R” versions of the Bonneville line. This might be a D.I.Y. “R” model, but seeing the changes you’ve made to your Scrambler, that might be even more fun for you, yeah?

  5. arrowrod says:

    12 inches of rear wheel travel. In case you can talk your wife into a ride.

  6. JVB says:

    Geez guys! Some folks have been sniffing fuel vapors. We all love what we love, and adapt our behaviors in order to accommodate/possess that which we love. There are those out there that want to ride they toy across country, and anything less than 5 gal won’t make them happy. Longest day ride I’ve had was 850 mi, and after the second tank of fuel I was looking for a reason to pull off the road around 120 miles to give my butt a rest. As long as a bike can make it 150 or so an a tank of fuel, then 99% of the riders will be happy. Sweet trumpet, and wish I had the cash to have one in my garage.

    • Anonymous says:

      “As long as a bike can make it 150 or so an (sic) a tank of fuel, then 99% of the riders will be happy.”

      Actually, you don’t know that to be true. And as others have stated here, it ain’t just about racking up the miles in a day but about getting from point A to point B, C, D or maybe even F without having to stop every 85 miles for fuel let alone HOPING there’s a station available.

      I can’t claim to speak for everyone here but I know not only what I want but what I need and 3.8 gallons won’t cut it. Triumph was just too concerned with looks. All riding is a form of touring.

      Harley did the same thing with their Fat Bob. What a waste that bike is and it’s languishing on the showroom. Whether or not it is because of that tanklette that holds but 3.6 US gallons is debatable but really? 3.6 freakin’ gallons? Oh..Wait! HD claims outrageous mpg for the bike! FTN. Stupid of Harley and just as stupid for Triumph.

      And before anyone whines about me or others here “beating a dead horse”, we do so because Triumph, Harley and othermanufacturers don’t listen. They’re the dolts resurrecting the problem each new model year.


      • paul says:

        1969 Triumph Bonneville had a 3 gallon tank and I don’t recall any whiners going on about that.

        • mickey says:

          I was riding in 1969 and that’s because of several reasons. (1) there weren’t many options with larger tanks other than the new CB 750 and (2) guys just didn’t have the wander lust that they do now. Only guys on Harley full dressers road “out of state” back then. Bikes like Bonneville’s and Sportster’s and and BSA’s Lightning’s were “local bikes” ridden to cruise the local Big Boy drive thru restaurant and drag raced down a local country road, so bikes didn’t need to hold much fuel. At least that’s how it was around here. Real mass cross country riding didn’t take off until the mid 70’s with Gold Wings, and BMW R 75’s.

          Now, it’s nothing for a guy in Indiana or Illinois or where ever to take off for a week of riding in North Carolina. Nobody did that in the 60’s.

          • paul says:

            True. I think 1969 was the release of Easy Rider and I’m pretty sure that is when the “wanderlust” really set into people’s minds and led to the development of touring bikes.

            Still, I know of one British lady that crossed Canada solo in the 1950’s on a very small BSA single. Imagine.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          That’s because you were far more likely to breakdown than run out of gas on a Brit bike’s available range back then.

    • Bob S. says:

      More than a few riders, myself included, must have been happy with the tank capacity for Triumph to have used essentially the same tank on the twins for the past 18 years. I think if they felt the majority of us wanted a larger tank, we’d have gotten it by now. I like it as is.

  7. Mark Trimmer says:

    Love it! Home run!!! Gonna buy one at Street Stuff Triumph in Norwich CT

  8. Mike says:

    Best looking Triumph in a while. I still think the seams or whatever they are called on bottom of gas tank look cheap.

  9. mike d says:

    I like the specs and I liked the looks until I saw the picture that exposed the hideous radiator. Man, that thing just destroys the look.

  10. todd says:

    You think they could’ve adjusted the headlight so it wasn’t shining up in the sky.

  11. Kermit says:

    First off, this is a striking motorcycle. I really like it. But like so many newer designs today, it looks great till you get to the back of the seat. Nothing there. Well, not much. Biggest problem I have with bikes today. This Triumph is better and I could live with it but it’s still lacking. But I do find the comments about spokes and tank seams interesting to the point of being comical. Spokes and tank seams have been around for decades, but just like Confederate statues and memorials, we’ve just discovered their existence and they MUST be abolished! Besides, I don’t think the people on this forum would pay the extra money to be tubeless or seamless.

  12. Artem says:

    Honda CB EX was th best comment about.
    Yet, very wide motor

  13. ABQ says:

    I also have issues with the smaller fuel tank. I like to ride long roads.
    Aside from that, they could put that engine on the Bobber or a new Speedmaster.

    • WSHart says:

      How dare you?! 😉 😉

      C’mon now, Triumph is claiming 59 mpg! That should be enough for any rider! I mean, Honda took something along the lines of a gallon or more from their new Goldwing’s fuel capacity (OoooOOooo…Honda is soooo smart! They made the bike even lighter by removing capacity!) and they CLAIMED it wasn’t neeeeeeded because the new GL1800 got “20% better fuel economy”.

      I still haven’t seen one new Goldwing on the roads. Pfffft!

      I mean, Honda gave the first year crAprica Twiin a too dinky for the bike’s advertised purpose fuel tank and then the next year they pulled what’s known in the industry as a “reverse Harley” and came out with a “special edition” crAprica Twiin with a LARGER fuel tank. Oh yeah…One of the online motorcycle “mags” did a test on a bunch of the new adventure tourers and the crAprica Twiin got crashed and needed to be replaced due to damage incurred on the (I think) side case of the engine. They got a replacement but then it FLATTED it’s TUBED rear bicycle wheel and they had to swap the rear wheel/tire combo with the bike that had the busted cases. Why didn’t these intrepid adventure manlets just repair that tire by the side of the road?

      Cuz it ain’t as easy-peazy-mac-n-cheezy as they and a few folks here claim it is. That’s why.

      And t’s called a “reverse Harley” because HD always removes features/makes the tanks smaller or does something equally stoopid to a bike and calls it “special”…Isn’t that just special?

      So well said, sir. Because in the real world the majority of those that type here about how they neeeeed to get off every 100 miles or so and therefor they will just get fuel then, don’t ride further than their fragile safe space allows them to.

      They’re less Captain Kirk and more Captain Underpants. I myself am more along the lines of…”HIM”…Captain Chaos. 🙂

      Hopefully Dirck will get one of these to test and will actually obey the posted speed limits long enough to see what mileage can be achieved going that route and compare it to what he gets when he rides like so many here doubtless claim to. If not, it ain’t a real test of the bike.

      Well said, ABQ. Well said, indeed.

  14. hartri55 says:

    I want one.

  15. hartri60 says:

    I want one.

  16. Bubba Blue says:

    The main point about tank seams, with me anyways, is that when Triumph reintroduced the retro bikes, they went on and on about how faithful the styling was to the originals from the ’50s, ’60’s and ’70’s. THey even made the fuel injectors look like carburetors, they boasted. No effort spared to reproduce a real retro design.

    But it was a lie because the originals did not have tank seams. Triumph was lying to your face. THey have tank seams, I guess, because it eliminates the few steps required to buff them off. THey look hideous, but Triumph didn’t care. The bucks, er, pounds, er, Rupees, er, bhatts, you know.

    I hate ’em. I had my name on the first 1200 that came into the U.S., and when I saw it, I barfed and walked away. It was all a lie, was my take on the PR.

    • mickey says:

      The original Bonnie’s had a tank seam right down the center of the top of the tank.
      Some people put chrome strips on the seam to dress it up. Some covered it with a tank luggage rack.

      • Bob S. says:

        That seam down the middle was used through the ’72 model year on the Bonneville and variants. The smaller US market tank introduced on the 1973 T140 was the first one without it. There is quite clearly a precedent for visible Triumph tank seams, so to call it a lie is just plain incorrect. The Hinckley Triumphs simply had the top seam moved to the perimeter to accommodate the production pinch weld.

  17. gpokluda says:

    OMG. Stop! You people who think you need 7 gallons of gas just to ride to the burger joint. I did a 1000 mile day on a Virago 1100 and never once worried about running out of fuel. Unless you live in the Australian outback, 3.8 gallons will suit 99% of the riders just fine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh really? What’d you do, go back and forth 354 times between home and the local Piggly-Wiggly?

      And no, we’re well aware that no one needs 7 gallons of fuel just to ride to the burger joint.

      Unless the burger joint is in another state and you have to cross a few hundred miles of desert. Or family and friends live across a couple of states that include long stretches of highway that span open desert. I could go on but facts seem to trigger you, LOL!

      “OMG” indeed.

      • Dave says:

        I think the number of riders riding hundreds of miles across desert at a time, on a naked sporting motorcycle all fit neatly into that 1% gpokluda left on the table. There are many, much better bikes for that job, if that job is done frequently enough to weigh heavily on the buying decision.

        • Anonymous says:

          People will ride what they have to get where they either need or want to be.

          “Naked sporting motorcycle”…Pffft!

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          Maybe if people had more fuel range, then that 1% would more like 20%? (Nah, okay, probably not. 🙂 )

          As far as there being better bikes for the job, screw that. I ride the kinds of bikes I like, and there is nothing better for riding long distances than a nice, comfortable naked bike… especially if you are blasting through the baking desert. In fact for me, a minimalist, naked bike is best for any kind of street riding outside of a race track.

          I remember quite a large number of people touring on naked bikes 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. We would see each other at the gas station and bitch about fuel range. (Just kidding, tanks smaller than 5 gallons were pretty rare back then.) Times have changed.

          • mickey says:

            I wonder what the usage would be at 80 mph. I was in Utah on 1-80 this year headed towards Moab and passed a sign that said ‘ No Services Next 104 miles”. I was sure glad my gas tank held more than 3.8 gallons, although I could have stopped and filled up at that exit, and again at the exit 104 miles later. I suppose even at 80 it would go 105 miles (28 mpg). It would be mildly stressful though I would think lol.

          • Neil says:

            Next services 104 miles. Slow down and enjoy the ride. I don’t have an issue with the tank not being huge. It’s nice and light that way. Yeah at 80 mph but I find the sweet spot on the highway is 60 to 72.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            The sweet spot here, in the mountain states at least, often even off the main thoroughfares, is 80 – 85. Otherwise, you aren’t covering much ground. And there is a lot of ground to cover here. Trust me, the scenery looks just as good at 80 mph as it does at 60 mph.

            To Mickey’s point, a bike with a 150 mile range often can’t afford to pass up a gas station unless you’ve just topped off, which means you might be stopping every hour or so.

          • Anonymous says:

            Neil says:

            “I don’t have an issue with the tank not being huge. It’s nice and light that way.”

            Geeze Louise, Neil. Put less fuel in if you’re too weak to lift it with another gallon or two in there, LOL! 😉

            And 5 gallons isn’t a “huge” tank but should you run out of fuel because your bike had a 3.8 gallon capacity (or less) and the gas station you thought was just up the road is closed?

            I’d call that a problem and you’ll wish you had a 5 gallon tank, believe me.

            I carry a 1 gallon plastic gas tank with me on my touring bike for times I see someone on the side of the road and I stop and, yup – They’re out of fuel on their pathetic “cruiser” or “dual sport” with the dinky tank.

            I’ve only used it a few times but it’s good to help out when you can.

            Triumph kinda screwed the pooch with this one. Nice bike that is limited in it’s use due to being limited in it’s range. 59 mpg? I doubt it. Maybe at their rated speed of 55 mph but talk about pissing on your back and telling you it’s raining?

            Endeavor to persevere… 🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        I think if I lived out west that I’d want a larger gas tank. I live on the east coast where there are lots of gas stations. This tank would be fine for me.

        • mickey says:

          yea small tanks are not a problem at all (as far as finding gas to refill) east of the Mississippi where the majority of motorcyclists live. West of the Mississippi things can get dicey, the further west until you hit the coast the dicier. If you are a long distance rider it can be an issue, but most LD riders won’t be riding this bike. Still if you are a daily rider or commuter east of the Mississippi stopping every other day or so for gas is a bit of a pain.

          Personally I average about 300 days of riding a year and 70 miles per day. One of my bikes holds 6.6 gallons, the other 4.6 and it seems like one of my bikes is always needing gas. On the 6.6 bike I stop at 200-220 and on the 4.6 bike I stop at 150-175 miles to fill up.

          I’m sure with a 3.8 tank I’d stop at 125-135 miles.

          • mickey says:

            heck in 1968 and again in 1994 I had HD Sportsters with a 1.8 gallon tank and I rode all over the place and never ran out, but had to stop for gas about every 75-80 miles or so.

    • Dino says:

      Not that people “need” 7 gallons. It is the difference between making a choice to stop after just 100 or more miles because you want to, and getting nervous about running low on gas and you HAVE to stop. Sometimes you get in the groove, and could keep riding for hours.
      And i have my doubts that they have the same range, based on their ratings.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      It isn’t about a fear of running out of fuel. It is about the inconvenience of having to stop more often for it; or worse, having to plan your ride around fuel stops. Nothing takes the joy out of a nice, long trip more than having to plan it out like that. If I see an interesting road, I want to go down it without much concern for fuel.

      Any street bike that gets less than 200 miles to the tank is hard for me to live with. That’s just me. I’m sure I’m in the minority.

      The lack of range on the Triumph isn’t so bad that it would kill the deal for me: the bike seems great. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it

    • Gham says:

      These “out west” guys are my hero’s,when I was young I couldn’t go 150 miles without stopping to have a smoke,then I got older,gave up smoking and bought a sport bike,I couldn’t go 150 miles without stopping to stretch and get some feeling back.
      Now I’m an old man with a nice touring rig,cruise control,and a 6 gallon tank.Can’t go 150 miles without stopping to pee. Doesn’t seem fair.

      • Anonymous says:

        I applaud you for being able to go 150 miles on a sportbike. My max was about 30 miles. Now that I’m a geezer with a dry eye condition, I have to stop about 75-80 miles to put drops in my eyes. Might as well pee while I’m here and might as well top off the tank and drink some water while I’ Got the time. I’m adjusting.

  18. Jagov says:

    I just want to say that there have been some very insightful comments in this thread and it’s much appreciated. Of course, there are the usual comments from people that just like to poop on everything too, but all in all, I enjoyed reading the comments as much as I enjoyed reading about this fantastic sounding bike.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      Me too. Depending on what bike is the subject, it is satisfying to hear that flat seats are still valued by some, probably crusty old boomers. Bless their butts.