KIWI RIDER 05 2018 VOL.1 - Page 42

on the output later. The diamond-sharp finish on the tank is yet another example of the ‘luxe end of the Triumph quality being lavished on this bike. It’s impeccable and the stainless tank strap adds a flash of metallic zing to the set up and is echoed in the ‘Monza’ style tank cap. The pegs are higher, and the riding position between them and the bars gives a forward leaning thrust without being uncomfortable, or feeling like you are giving excessive body weight to the wrists - or attempting to shove your heels up your bum. As a slightly older rider I tend towards the ‘bag-o-spuds’ style, and refrain from superbike knee- grating, but this focused position was comfortable for quite long periods. The suede-finish seat is grippy and a rear painted cowl covers the non-existent pillion spot on this bike. (I believe it is possible, though, given the 160 or so 42 KIWI RIDER additions and mods from Triumph, to set it up for a passenger). At the rear are twin fully-adjustable Öhlins shocks, and the trademark yellow springs deliver a reflection of the golden front. Personally I like the look, but others weren’t so sure. What I can say is that the shop set-up was very firm initially, and it took some time to find the perfect adjustment, but there was plenty to play with. It rewards effort. A clear anodised swingarm is pure art, and the 160 width, 17-inch rear wheel, with polished aluminium rims and Diablo Corsa grip as standard, sits clear, with another 120mm of rear travel. The engine is black with bronzed brushed plates and polished aluminium covers delivering a sparkling clean look. It stops people in their tracks when parked. Given