I had always heard that the Triumphs were solid, ferocious, and dependable bikes, but I was curious about the British sport bikes since I never owned one. Triumphs live up to their reputation. This bike was aggressive, handled beautifully, dependable, and easily holds its own against the big sport bikes. The design of this bike is fully functional, minimalistic, but packs all of the power where needed. Bravo to the Brits for giving the Italians a good run for their money in the sportbike racing world.
As for the Italian sportbikes... Yes, I too fell victim to the allure of the sleek, lightweight, and definitely powerful Italian sportbikes and bought a 2004 Ducati 749S Superbike.
Damn! These things are scary. The Ducati doesn't handle like any other production-made street bike I've ever ridden. You don't turn a Ducati into a turn, you lean a Ducati into a turn. I'm having to relearn my sportbike riding skills all over again. This bike was made with one thing in mind. Racing. These bikes are noisy, temperamental, uncomfortable monsters at low speeds, but get them up into their power bands, and look out. Ducati earns its reputation at 65+ mph.
After all of this, my 2007 BMW 1200GS lays in the wait for my upcoming 4K-mile trip in the end of May through Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, and back into Oregon. I'm overdue another 'escape trip', and looking forward to the upcoming one. As usual, I'll keep posting my adventures as they unravel.