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2006 Triumph Speed Triple

Power is the name of the game with the 2006 Triumph Speed Triple 1050. Not quite “ultimate” power. Probably not “supreme” power. But “serious” power for sure. Particularly compared to the last few motorcycles I’ve owned and my current “other bike,” a 1999 Kawasaki KLR650.

2008 Triumph Tiger 1050

On the prowl with Triumph’s 2008 Tiger 1050 As “adventure” bikes go, Triumph’s Tiger 1050 is one sexy cat. I’d thought as much since the first photos of this bike surfaced in 2006, but standing there looking at the bike, there was just no denying it. I’ve long been a …

2000 Triumph Thunderbird Sport

Not quite sure what it’s supposed to be The late 90s/early 2000-era Thunderbird Sport is an interesting mixture of classic good looks and sporting ability. Between the chrome, beautiful paint and lace wheels, the bike can easily be mistaken for just another modern interpretation of a 60s or 70s motorcycle. …

2006 Monster S2R 1000

A Monster Impression The 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 is not—by today’s standards—a modern machine. Its basic design dates to 1993 when Miguel Galuzzi penned the very first version of a bike that has become one of the best-loved motorcycles in the world. Sure the engine is now fuel injected, …

2006 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000

This is a first for me. I’ve ridden cruisers, naked bikes, sport bikes, and standards, but this is the first time I’ve been handed the keys to a piece of art. A retro-modern, fully-functional piece to be sure, but this bike is a work of art none-the-less. The bike in …

2007 Ducati Sport Classic GT1000

Love at first Ride I was fully prepared to like this bike. After I low-sided my Multistrada 620, I’d been leaning towards the simplicity of naked motorcycles more and more. No plastic to get scraped up (and replace) if you go down. Plus, I’d recently been reading (and rereading) Peter …

2006 Ducati Multistrada 620

Love at first…no second…ok, love eventually The first time I had the pleasure of riding the small (and now extinct) version of Ducati’s Multistrada, I have to say that I was underwhelmed. Coming off of a Honda 919, it didn’t have the power I was used to, and with the …