Originally Posted by gtowntt
I was reading the last post about this bike, and still no price was listed or torque. Well I might be a little late, but I picked up a motor cyclist magazine the other day, and it has a nice write up about the 675. To answer a few questions, that I didn't see answered are the price in the US will be sub-$9000, and below 11,000 euros in Europe. They are also set to make 32,000 of those bikes, then boost that number up to 38,000. 53ft.lbs. of torque @11,750 rpm. It should also top out at more than 160. The dude writing it up said that the bike was real comfortable and stable at high speeds. Anybody else got any updates?
The 675 was on "tour" and at my local Triumph dealer yesterday. I got to eyeball a 675 dressed up in red, up close & personal and stradle it. Looks wise, it didn't really knock me out, but of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's got a clean, contemporary design.
For sportbike reference, I'm presently on an '05 Duc 999, but recently checed out ALL of the 600/1000 I4 bikes @ the Int'l Bike Show, as a friend was shopping hard for a 600cc bike. I'm 5'9" w/ a 33 sleeve lenght and 32" inseam.
On the 675, the cockpit felt compact. The bars are closer in vs. a GSXR or CBRR. Those w/ short arms or upper bodies will probably like it. I'm used to being stretched out on the 999.
The rear seat height is high, even the Sales Mgr. @ the dealer said that is has a "stink bug" feel. However, they said that with the rear link set up, the rear height could easily be adjusted / lowered.
Partly as a result of the high seat height, the bike felt like it had a high(er) CG than most of the 600 I4 bikes out there. I thought the Kawi 636 had a lower feeling CG, which I personally liked.
Not having read any reviews or tech articles, I was somewhat surprised to see a clutch cable vs. hydro, but I guess that comes with the territory. It looks like the clutch basket is mounted somewhat higher than other bikes.
The dealer said that they are getting MSRP, right about $9k ($8,999 I guess) They said that they had already sold 8 and 2 customers wanted to pay $2,500 more just to be moved up in priority on their list. I asked if they could start it up, but they said Triumph delivered the bike for the "show" and took the key. Triumph did start it up for the boys @ the shop when it was delivered and the owner told me that it sounded pretty damn good. It should definitely have it's own voice when it's wrung out!
If it means anything, the owner of this shop has been in the motorcycle industry for 30 years, and he ordered 1 for himself.
That's about all I can offer from just eyeballing the bike and throwing a leg over it.