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...

One that should immediately jump out to anyone is the lack of panniers on a Street Triple.  While I'm no stranger to fabricating custom brackets to fit hard luggage to bikes that have no business having it, I'm not so sure I would even bother with that going forward.  The 2013 model is too new for the typical luggage manufacturers to have done anything yet, but both Givi and Bags Connection made racks and soft luggage solutions for the high-piped outgoing model and I expect the same for this new one.  The Street Triple is Triumphs best-selling model, and so the aftermarket is expectedly healthy for it.

My only complaint with side cases is that they are typically small, and while you could easily add a tail bag, the storage to bag ratio is a little small for my liking.

Something like the Bags Connection Cargobag would be more up my alley, I think.  Lots of storage in an efficient package.  Combine this with a larger tank bag or even an SW Motec luggage rack to mount a hardcase and the amount of 'stuff' I could carry would not be diminished by all that much

The other main obstacle is wind protection.  Personally, I prefer bikes with less fairing and smaller windscreens, but when you're on a long trip or need to go more than an exit on the interstate, their value becomes apparent.  Luckily, there are some options for the Street Triple.

The first is annoyingly small and annoying expensive option of the factory flyscreen.  This requires you get the painted fly screen and then separately the windshield which goes on top of it and part with far too many of your hard earned dollars to make it worth while.  Not to mention I don't particularly care for the looks of it.

This is one I found cruising the interwebs.  It looks to be rather universal, provides good coverage and might be simple to remove when not needed, but the install isn't particularly clean and the fact that it moves with the bars while the clocks and headlights stay stationary may cause issues.

Dart hit the nail on the head with their flyscreen.  It's the size of a small winshield, looks very unobtrusive, and removes in no time with 4 screws, leaving a very discreet frame on the bike.  At $179 it's a steal.  Sure, my GT provides better coverage, but I've made do with a lot less.

Could I make it work?  Might be worth a try...
Joel storm
2/23/2013 01:40:55 am

One bike to fill multiple roles always means compromise someplace. Likewise trying to fit a bike into a role it is not designed for can be done but there are always the compromises( inthis case wind/weather protection and locking waterproof luggage capacity). Having multiple bikes like I do compromised your wallet and hard to keep them all running. Good luck

2/23/2013 11:09:17 pm

Lusting after another machine? I don't believe it. Lol. You just need to keep adding to the stable. Any hardcore motorcyclist needs at least three bikes. Although the Multistrada gets pretty close to an all in one bike for me.

2/24/2013 08:08:35 pm

Mark any thought on the Tiger 800? The street is a great platform but a bit buzzy just thinking while I type here but the 800 tiger might be as good a fit if not better?

3/22/2017 01:54:30 am

How was it? I hope it worked well. It was more than four years since you posted this and I think you've collected more and more motor cyle machines throughout the years. I'm just fond of how passionate people can get in their respective interests. Keep on sharing about it!


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