Dear, Speed Triple: I Love You

Dear, Speed Triple: I Love You

2005 Speed Triple Long Lonely Road
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Yesterday I met someone who asked, “How do you like it?” about my Speed Triple.

My answer to him was, “I love it as much as I did the day I brought it home 6 years ago.”

Sure, I’ve had some dalliances with other bikes but the Speed Triple – she’s still my number one girl. As I rode along yesterday, gliding through turns, rolling on the gas, listening to that unmistakable sound of the motor – I felt completely at home.

I love this bike.

How about you?

Do you love your bike?

44 Replies to “Dear, Speed Triple: I Love You”

  1. Great post Fuzzy, and in answer to your question…..

    I absolutely love my bike.

    I had a roadtrip on the weekend and the route home took me via some of my favourite twisty mountain roads and the V-Strom felt effortless to ride – so much fun.

    And that’s a great photo of the Triple too!

    1. I really get the impression after reading your posts that you really do love your bike and the rides you take on it. You always seem excited about each one 🙂 Isn’t that the best feeling?

      I was riding with my good friend on his Wee yesterday and he’s just like you about it. Adores that bike.

      Thanks, Anthony 🙂

    2. I love Hidalgo, and Hidalgo loves me. I trust him to take to places unknown and sights unseen. To show me exhilaration like I’ve never known. He has shown me peace of mind, and takes me to places deep within myself. My wife thinks I have an unhealthy relationship with my bike. I think she’s just jealous.

  2. Of course I love my bike, my wife even says I would sleep with her if I could, I named her “Goldie” 🙂
    I have always loved my bikes though.
    Nice pic of your Speed Triple.

    1. “I love gooolllllllld”

      I’ve always loved my bikes, too. Some more than others, though. Ever have a love/hate relationship with one?

      Thanks, George. 🙂

      1. I know about the RSS feed but then it’s all comments and not just the ones where I left a comment 🙁
        It’s a nice looking blog though 🙂

  3. You know I love my bike otherwise that two bit hussy would be in the long island sound already. But seriously despite my new found admiration for the DRZ the 1098 still trumps it in pure passion. I have said it before but despite all the problems the 1098 is a bike I will never part with. It has seen me through too much…… first dragon trip, my first 700 mile ride, my first track day, my first ride in a downpour, my first ADV tag and it goes on and on and on.

    I feel every mile on that bike was when I first REALLY started to ride and become a real motorcyclist and not just a starbucks rider or commuter. It brought out all my potential and I learn from it every time I ride. Yup true love.

    1. I’m like you – i equate the bike with a “time” and the experiences that I have with it.

      Your relationship with the 1098 is like a bad romance. Things are going okay, then you get into a spat, fight, break up for a bit and then have amazing make-up sex 😆

      1. Lol I couldn’t have said it better myself.

        When I look at that bike a flood of memories and experiences hit my brain. The smell of the exhaust brings me back to random adventures……it was funny my fiance said last night that my bike smells like gas, the exhaust i think is making it run rich but besides the point, to me that smell had nothing to do with gas but everything to do with every place I have visited.

        It’s cool how a smell to one person can be so mundane but to another it can mean years of experiences.

        Now i’m going to ask you what bike has brought you the most experiences or had the largest impact on your riding?

        1. Let me expand I know you Love the Triple but is that the end all be all of the motorcycles you have owned? Just curious.

          1. Um, end all, be all – i guess in some regard, yes. It does everything that I want a street bike to do – without a lot of pain. 🙂

            I personally think it’s sexy, it’s fast, stops well, handles great, I can load my bag up and travel on it – its kind of a jack of all trades. So at this point in my life it suits me better than anything else i’ve owned up to this point by doing all of the things that I want to do.

            Some of the other bikes are/have been too focused or we just didn’t click.

            The Triple… we click <3

        2. GREAT question.

          I am inclined to say my 96 ZX6R changed my life the most.
          It opened doors for me to meet really great people and helped me learn to let go of some of my shyness. I started learning to ride well and learned to navigate and explore my universe in a way I never had before. That bike changed my world.

          There are moments i still miss it:
          Me and my zx6r

  4. I love my KLR 650 my ZRX 1200 and my husqvarna wr250 two stroke. How’s this for a statement. If I could only have one bike it would be the KLR is I had to get rid of one bike it would be the KLR.

    1. 😆
      That’s quite an interesting statement, but, after thinking about it I get it. Thank goodness these aren’t choices you HAVE to make 🙂

    2. Oh, man, I know exactly what you mean, lol! If Fuzzy doesn’t mind, I’ll drop in a plug: see the book of my 2 year trip to the Americas on the KLR (

      As for the Speed Triple 1050, that bike had the sweetest engine on anything I ever rode, and was the most fun to ride too. Miss her lots. (& not the KLR)

  5. Love my Ninja. She’s the perfect bike for me. Light and nimble, she feels just right! It’s a pleasure anytime I’m out for a ride.

  6. I honestly have never met a biker that didn’t loved his bike. I loved my 1985 Shadow, but I adore my 1999 CBR Hurricane.
    Though I have to admit I am getting quite fixated on triumph those days…
    If I have to change my bike (not that I’d like to), a Bonneville would surely be my choice.

    But, I have to say that the street triple in imperial purple is lovely…

  7. I haven’t had my current bike long enough to say I love her yet. Although I do have high expectations. As for loving a bike I’d have to say Doll Baby was my favorite love. She and I did so much together. The places she took me both on the road and in my mind will always put a smile on my face. As for the Little Woman, only time will tell.


    1. It sounds like you two are off to a great start. I’m confident though your new bike isnt your first love – it’ll be one of your great loves 🙂

  8. I started riding this year and have been on my 2nd bike for about 3 weeks. She’s a 2007 Sportster and I fell in love on the first ride. It is the most nuanced relationship I’ve ever had with a mechanical object, and at this point I can’t imagine riding anything else.

    1. Sounds awesome, Jeremy!
      It’s so great to “connect” with your bike on that level. When it becomes an extension of you – it doesn’t get any better. Good luck with it!

  9. Two bikes spring to mind, my current one, the Tuono which I use for absolutely anything (like crash training recently) and my old ZXR. All other bikes are mere memories, but these two like represent friends almost…

    When I walk in the garage and smell the bike all adventures are re-lived…

    1. That’s sweet, P. I know what you mean.
      I have that reaction when i smell Vanson leather. It’s very specific. It reminds me of great times riding.

      you and the T are like one.

  10. Oh 636, how I love thee. I really, honestly love that motorcycle. It’s older now, a little worse for wear, certainly not as shiny and new as when I first bought it, but I still love how it feels when you crack the throttle and roll away. I love the RS too, but for different reasons and in a different way. The 636 will always have my heart.

    1. Wow. I gotta tell you babe – I didn’t actually know you felt that strongly about the 636. I mean, obviously i know that you really like the bike – but to say SHE is the one. I’m actually surprised.

  11. The RS – well, that represents a few things – a dream realized thanks to the love of my life, the wonders and result of what a great friendship can help accomplish, and a piece of Pimmie we get to keep here. Oh, and a huge fun bike that actually makes you laugh when you run it out.

    1. What? I forgot something in the US?? I have to come and get it! :))

      Dude, that was a great adventure you sent me on… 😉 And loved doing it for you…

  12. You know, I have not actually loved any of my bikes. With just under 600 miles on the new one, it’s hard to say if I’ll love this one. At least that’s what I thought this morning when I first saw your post. Which, by the way, go me so thinking about riding that I actually did a lunchtime ride today. The F650GS is just so light and maneuverable. I swear it feels like an extensions of my body. I wish I’d made the switch years ago. I think we’re going to have lots of fun this summer…

  13. I came to this blog post because of the title of this post. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  14. Ha! I love to see which blog-posts get the greatest responses — and this one jumped straight into the air. Obviously, your audience loves their bikes and talking about them adoringly, the way you invite us to do, is the direct line to our hearts.

    I just read a fascinating comparison of the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple (1050cc) with the 2011 Triumph Street Triple R (675cc). It was in Ultimate Motorcycling magazine which is a little hard to find but fun to read. If you want my copy, I’d be happy to mail it to you.

    And, yes, I love my bikes!

  15. I think all of my bikes have a place in my hart but the RE5 is my favorite. It is very fussy and demands my attention to keep it going. And I have put a lot of time and TLC into it, and I have very special feelings about that quirky thing.

    1. That’s awesome, Rex-
      it’s amazing that you can fall in love in one ride – but I know it happens! I felt that way about the Speed Triple, too.

      Do you have a link to your trip blog post/pics?

  16. I know what you mean about loving your speed triple. I love my Triumph Tiger 1050 triple and have loved it each and every of the 31,000 + miles i’ve ridden it over the past 3 years. Most amazing bike I’ve ever! Great on the twisties and comfortable on the long hauls too.

    1. Hi Jessica 🙂

      Isn’t there something so distinctly wonderful about the sound the Triple makes? It sounds like home <3

      What color is your Tiger?

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