Finally my *&$^# garage was made usable and they turned it over to me so I can use it. The bike arrived this afternoon. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics but no digi and I won't be able to get out and use the 35mm on her until next week. I will try and get my hands on a digi ASAP for better pics though.
crappy cell phone pic 1
and crappy cell phone pic 2
For starters.. Triumph of Ft. Myers has been an absolute joy of a dealer to work with. Jeff Gallo has gone above and beyond the call to make this possible considering the freaking pain in the ass I have been since I walked in the dealer. That is the condensed version.
Kris at Naarden was nice enough to make an adjustable speedlink for the 675 as I am vertically challenged and this bike is taller than the '06. Yep, you heard me, taller. Although the bike is more narrow than anything I have ever ridden, the seat is way too high from stock so I immediately began to look for some alternative. I emailed Kris as he already makes the speedlink for other bikes and his piece looked like it was what I was looking for. Initially the bike was lowered 2" which is what you see in the pics above. I had ended up raising the bike about an inch as I would have been forced to leave the bike on the rear stand and never park it any other way or cut the sidestand as it was damn near vertical. In all it took about five minutes to adjust the ride height and all is good. Kris is going to look at making me a sidestand as well so double bonus in the future.
The bike.. well as I mentioned to shorty when I gave him my first impressions hot off my first ride. It is intoxicating. If you have never heard triple at speed it is something else, now get on a triple and take it for a ride and the sound it makes above 6K rpm is just amazing. I had to have a huge, shit eating grin when I was 6th and rumbling down the road.
My first ride was to visit my buddy to show off the bike and it was in traffic through some roads that offered some nice sweeping turns as well as some tighter corners and I had a few opportunities to open her up as well.
The bike has some torque, there seems to be a bit of a hole right around 5K but at 6K that is just an afterthought. I wound her up a couple of times a little above 6K, blame that damn sound and the feel of the engine as it purrs the triple. The map they will load at the first service runs the flapper valve wide open and that hole is gone.
The throttle response is smooth and a flick of the wrist can get you in trouble due to the torque the bike has. Again, I cannot say much as I have to be gentle.. for the moment. All bets are off once I turn 500 on her though!
It is a short throw through the gears and they are butter. Understanding that at first they can be a little clunky but after the transmission has some miles to it, it only gets better. There is a slipper clutch on the market already so if I ever decide I really need it then I can buy one.
The bike handles like a dream, I felt right at home on her as soon as I wound through my first set of curves. The bike is suited well for cornering and curves and I am eager to get her in a better situation where I can see what I can do.
I can honestly say that I feel at home on this bike in the short amount of seat time I had today. Sadly I will be out of town for the holiday so I will have to wait until Monday when I return to take her out again.
I will get better pics and another ride report once I have some more miles on the clock. Feel free to shoot me any questions.