Church of MO: 2010 Triumph Street Triple R Vs. 2011 Ducati Monster 796 Shootout

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By John Burns

Ten years ago, there were no orange motorcycles from Austria to challenge the middleweight might of the British Empire, and so it was left to the Romans and their red ones to defend the realm against the Britons. Heck, ten years before that there weren’t any decent British middleweights either, and come to think of it ten years before that, there weren’t even any Ducati Monsters. It just goes to show you, the more things change, the more they change. That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun, except for all the stuff that’s new. Amen, brothers and sisters.

Naked middleweight duel!

By Pete Brissette Sep. 22, 2010
Photography by Alfonse Palaima
When you’re king, sometimes you have to defend your throne.Triumph‘s Street Triple R lost its 2009 Motorcycle of the Year crown to BMW’s stunning S1000RR (no other bike really stood a chance against it) in this year’s 2010 Best of awards. Yet, had the Beemer not come along, we’re pretty certain the raspy lil’ Trumpet once again would’ve represented itself well for a shot at BoY this year.

In the naked sportbike realm, Kawasaki’s mostly unfaired 2010 Z1000 possesses an advantage on the order of at least 25 rear-wheel horsepower over the Triumph, but the Street Triple makes a case for itself by scaling in 65 lbs lighter than the Z’s 481 lbs in a comparison of wet weights.

Triumph’s Street Triple R was our favorite of all bikes last year. Does the STR still have what it takes to remain one of our most loved motorcycles in 2010?

Regardless of missing out on a winner-take-all title for 2010, the TSTR is still a top dog in the nekkid bike segment.

New naked middleweight contender? …read more

Source:: Church of MO: 2010 Triumph Street Triple R Vs. 2011 Ducati Monster 796 Shootout


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