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I've been doing a lot of thinking about what an ideal bike is to me.  Fully acknowledging the moving target that is that bike, I do think I get pretty close with each purchase I make.  However, as much as I love my Sprint GT, there is one big, fat gorilla standing in the corner.  And that is that... it pretty much weighs as much as a big, fat gorilla.

At 590lbs fully loaded, the Sprint GT is actually among the lightest of the officially dubbed "sport tourers" out there.  Bikes like the Sprint ST and the former Honda VFR800 best it by a bit, but the GT's weight includes those massive panniers and it brings the weight difference to within 15 lbs or so.  In any case, despite its smoothness, fantastic ride and surprising sporting ability, my Sprint is the largest and heaviest bike I've owned.  I get a lot for the weight in terms of protection from the elements (as much as I need, anyway) and luggage capacity, but I wonder if I can do something a little different and be just as happy on the long stretches and happier still in the tight stuff...

Enter the 2013 Triumph Street Triple.  That's right, I said "Street Triple", and the not the big brother Speed Triple.  I had the opportunity to sit on both at the IMS this year, and while I love the Speed Triple's looks, powerplant and dimensions, it just feels heavier than it should.  The Street Triple, on the other hand, clocks in at a svelte 404 lbs fully gassed up - 186 lbs less than my GT.  The advantages are obvious - a lighter bike turns better, goes better and stops better.  They easier on tires, easier on gas and easier to live with everyday in most cases.  But what about those disadvantages...