Which Triumph (Hinkley) would you buy?

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I ve had 2 Hinkley Triumphs in the past. I had a 900 Sprint Sport and later had a 955 Tiger.

I loved the Tiger but in the end sold it because SWMBO was complaining it was too much of a climb onto the pillion (to be fair it was)

Having been without a bike for a while because I didnt have a house garage I'm now looking for something comfortable but with enough get up and go to make it fun, been looking at the (97-04) Thunderbird Sport (better brakes), just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a characterful comfortable weekend machine?

Jon
 

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Speed Triples are good I’ve been told.
No idea what years they made them, not ridden one either to be fair.
 
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Speed Triples are good I’ve been told.
No idea what years they made them, not ridden one either to be fair.
Yes look like fun but don't think they will pass the comfort test. I don't want to spoil her too much but she probably does need a seat to sit on:LOL:
 

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Might be worth trying the bonneville (hinckley) for pillion friendliness
 
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When you get a bike for comfort send seat to Tony Archer who modifies it with a nice contoured comfort padded cover.I got my Deauville done (£100 + £10 p/p ) and is more comfortable than past gel etc. Another choice is a Airhawk (blow up ) but that makes bike a little higher
 
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Well that`s our 6th year & still loving it.
When you get a bike for comfort send seat to Tony Archer who modifies it with a nice contoured comfort padded cover.I got my Deauville done (£100 + £10 p/p ) and is more comfortable than past gel etc. Another choice is a Airhawk (blow up ) but that makes bike a little higher
Glad I read this thread, Need my Honda CX500 seat rebuilding and was looking for a reliable source to do the job, looked at Tony's website and had him on my short list, your recommendation has made up my mind, Thanks. (y)
 
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Glad I read this thread, Need my Honda CX500 seat rebuilding and was looking for a reliable source to do the job, looked at Tony's website and had him on my short list, your recommendation has made up my mind, Thanks. (y)
I can also recommend Tony Archer. I had a pad made for the Wing to raise the seat height as it was too low for me to ride comfortably. He matched it to the existing seat and People don't even know it's there unless I point it out.
 
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Speed Triple is a great bike but not brill for the pillion, Thruxton R is a fantastic bike but pillion space is equally lacking.
Best allrounder is the Tiger 800, goes and stops well, fit PR 4 / 5s and it will handle VERY well. Good for the lady on the back, fit a top box (Skip) to make her feel safer and away you go.
If not.. the Bonnie T120 is a cracking bike, think upright Thruxton with a bit less power, but de cat it, new air filter and Power commander and it will fly..
FYI The build quality of the ones made in Thailand are easily equal to the UK built ones, all designed, QC ed and tested here and Spain.
Good hunting.
 
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Our VMCC group has just been but I don't think they were over impressed. It was a non-production day so there wasn't much to see.
 
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The downside is it's so beautiful would you dare getting it dirty ?

I'm happy if my bike looks used. But the insides are immaculate.
I'm so disappointed, Ive kept it open and then this morning Ive noticed that the rear foot pegs are set high (presumably because of the different exhaust) but they look to high for anyone other than the tiny tenacious girlfriends you see folded on the back of sports bikes. I wonder if this is why the mileage is so low? I had the same feeling a few years ago when I really wanted a Ducati ST4 until we both got on it where I was low but comfortable but Sue was perched way above me.

Jon
 
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Well that`s our 6th year & still loving it.
W800.jpg Why bother with a Triumph when this machine is available.
 

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the rear foot pegs are set high (presumably because of the different exhaust)
Jon
It is so common these days, the pillion being a second class citizen. I was slavering over a Street Triple but the passenger seating was a joke, not that wife rides with me much these days. We had the same problem with the original 600 Fazer, great bike but I had to drop the rear pegs on it.

Maybe the current success of "adventure" bikes is because of sensible seating. It certainly gets my vote even though I have no desire to "be" Ewan McGregor or take to the rough stuff. Triumph are very limited in Adventure, why not go and test ride a Tracer 900 or Vstrom 1000.
 
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It is so common these days, the pillion being a second class citizen. I was slavering over a Street Triple but the passenger seating was a joke, not that wife rides with me much these days. We had the same problem with the original 600 Fazer, great bike but I had to drop the rear pegs on it.

Maybe the current success of "adventure" bikes is because of sensible seating. It certainly gets my vote even though I have no desire to "be" Ewan McGregor or take to the rough stuff. Triumph are very limited in Adventure, why not go and test ride a Tracer 900 or Vstrom 1000.
Valid points Brian but the Street is a "full on" sports bike, so pillion is not an option that would be used often. The Speed triple is remarkably good for a pillion, had my daughter on one for some long 400 mile days and she was surprisingly OK on it.
Tiger 800 is a good 2 up bike or as I said before the T120..
 
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Valid points Brian but the Street is a "full on" sports bike, so pillion is not an option that would be used often. The Speed triple is remarkably good for a pillion, had my daughter on one for some long 400 mile days and she was surprisingly OK on it.
Tiger 800 is a good 2 up bike or as I said before the T120..
Yes, I have ridden a new Bonneville and it was Ok but I didnt care for the parallel twin engine much, found it a bit sterile. But I do also remember riding a newish bonnie in early eighties hating it, so some improvement.
 
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Yes, I have ridden a new Bonneville and it was Ok but I didnt care for the parallel twin engine much, found it a bit sterile. But I do also remember riding a newish bonnie in early eighties hating it, so some improvement.
900 or 1200? Very different engines. I really like the 1200 engine (and the new 900 just launched ) had a Thruxton for a while and loved the torque in any gear but everyone to whatever they like ;-)
 
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