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Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS

Damp roads didn’t slow Bruce down…that’s why they call him Dangerous.

I’m a big fan of technology. In fact I’m a big fan of anything that makes my life easier. Sometimes though, the old adage of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ really ought to be adhered to. I’m referring of course to the ‘keyless’ ignition system on the RS. You have to applaud Triumph’s willingness to utilise all the tech they can think of on the new Speed Trip’ but this particular feature is nothing but a pain in the arse. I’m sorry to start this on a negative note, but that’s exactly how my first ride on the RS began; I was handed the ‘key’ (which is a key, by the way), which I placed on a wall next to my helmet and gloves in close enough proximity to the bike to start it, which I did before putting my helmet and gloves on. I think you know where this is going. A mile down the road I noticed a light on the dashboard and a message telling me how much of an idiot I was for leaving the key on a wall. Luckily the motor didn’t cut out and allowed me to spin round and collect it, but it was a bloody nuisance.

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