If you read my column in the issue last month, you know I went out and somehow scraped together enough money to pay the down-payment on my new Street Triple, Ferine. Iâ€™ve managed to credit card my way to an impressive add-on parts bill but we shall discuss that next time around.
Ferine and I went to the latest edition of our TWO Track School by Indimotard at Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore. The Street Triple, in stock 79PS form, turns out to be everything I hoped for. Itâ€™s fast, agile and responsive and while Iâ€™ll detail it out later, sheâ€™s great on the track too.
But Iâ€™ve already got stuff that needs to be made better or made to fit me better. The worst are the mirrors. Theyâ€™re entirely useless and must go. They donâ€™t stay in place, you constantly have to adjust them, they use a silly hex bolt to mount with a handful of easy to lose washers and I was shocked that I had to tighten them along the way.
Next up is the seat. After the same distance, my KTMâ€™s seat became a solidÂ 10 hour seat. The Triumph seat works for about four hours after which there are aches and pains. Not sure what the fix is yet.
Finally thereâ€™s the gearing and throttle. I find the gearing a bit too tall for my liking. 200kmph is nice but not necessary. Iâ€™m thinking of replacing the front sprocket with a Daytona unit for lower overall gearing. Second is a quicker throttle. On the far side of Kari, I found the throttle too long in travel to redline on the short straights which is unsatisfying. So the hunt for a quicker throttle is on.
For those whoâ€™re asking about the performance upgrade to full power – Iâ€™m thinking of keeping the bike as is for now. Enough money has been consumed up to this point.
Total mileage: 4724km
Date acquired: Apr 15
Fuel : 211 litres
Costs: Rs 2,000 Stompgrip pads – Performance Racing Store,Â Rs 5,051 oil change at 400km, Rs 5,051 first service at 712km, Rs 10,000 JCMoto crash protection kit, Rs 8,586 Triumph case sliders