#1 – 87.3%
Triumph Speed Four: Nick Nasty
If you're looking for a polite entry-level machine, may we suggest leaving the Triumph showroom and heading to a Honda dealer? This is the bike that is akin to all those hammered CBRs and Gixxer 600s that have had all their plastic ripped or crashed off, amped with attitude and a feisty demeanor. "So I vibrate a little – you wanna make somethin' of it?" Its powerful front brakes are touchy enough to set an unwary rider on his ear, but that's just the way its hard-riding and mischievous riders like it—that's our version of reality.
The perfect reality bike has yet to be built. If it were, it would have the grunting torque of the SV, the top-end hit of the FZ, the adjustable suspension of the Speed Four, the refinement and smoothness of the 599 and the wind protection somewhere in between the FZ6 and the Triumph.
In the meantime, we declare the Triumph Speed Four the winner of our Reality Bike shootout. It may not be best suited to you in particular, but it just might be the best value in motorcycling today