Well its winter now so I figure I may as well give everyone a little bit of reading material.
I have been riding for about 5 years and would consider myself an intermediate, quickish, rider. I have about 60,000 km of experience give or take. The first 25,000 of which was on an SV 650. I truly loved the SV 650 it is a fantastic motorcycle with only a few short drawbacks. With that in mind I set out looking for a bike that was basically an SV with better suspension and brakes. My search concluded with the Triumph Street Triple.
The STR is basically a Daytona 675 without bodywork. I personally love the look of the bike especially in its completely naked form. The fly-screen and windshield are nice for a touring setup but who the fuck needs them in the twisty stuff. From a comfort standpoint I find the bike very pleasing, I have done 1000km days and simple 15 minute commutes and always felt quite good afterwards. My bike had the gel seat which was an absolute blessing for the most part. This brings me to my first con, the under-seat exhaust. Strangely the exhaust was really polarizing, I had a number of total stangers comment on how much they loved it, however I personally did not like the look. But on a hot day the look was the least of your worries. Combined with the gel seat your ass simply bakes. The gel seat does an absolutely fantastic job of retaining every degree of heat. I was also not a huge fan of the stock exhaust note at lower RPM's, as a V Twin lover I like my bikes to have a little rumble...the triple is the opposite a screaming high pitched whine. However when you are putting the whip to her, my does she sound fucking marvelous. If I were to buy one again a low mount exhaust would be a must.
Now as far as performance, I was simply blown away by the motor. It is simply great, coming off third gear corners this thing will destroy just about anything. Power almost everywhere in the RPM range but up top in third gear it was simply incredible. The brakes are very good, far superior to the SV, stainless lines come standard a nice touch that should really be standard among all sport-bikes. The front fork was also quite good once the sag was adjusted. Now for my second con...the rear shock. I am not a small guy by any stretch but by all accounts the rear shock/spring is shit for anyone over 200lbs. When you are a 240lb rugby player its really shit. After some fiddling and adjustment it got much better but was still far from perfect. The bike is still quite narrow between your legs and has a great low center of gravity for city riding. It was very flick-able and easy to maneuver in all situations.
Another great feature of the STR is the gauge cluster/on board computer. It is clearly visible in all lighting situations and has all the bells and whistles, shift lights, gear indicator etc. It has a bunch of cool built in features like a lap timer/fuel consumption/range/top speed/average speed etc. They also have multiple pre-loaded fuel maps, making it almost unnecessary to add a power commander when you change simple things like exhausts. Plus it does the blingy tachometer sweep when you start it up.
For the season and 20,000 km I owned the bike I had no reliability issues really, but that does not mean I did not get to experience some of the draw backs of triumph ownership. First; parts where quite reasonable but difficult to get, a number of times I waited weeks for stuff I could get from Jap dealers in days. I don't blame this on the dealers I dealt with but actually Triumph themselves. It was frustrating certainly. Secondly the engineering was at times comical...For example you need multiple tools, bits, sizes etc to remove a single part when they easily could have used one single fastener, not a big deal but a little funny. Also this was the first bike I owned that did not have a simple "oil window" Fuck is this ever annoying the process for checking the oil literally takes nearly a half hour after you warm the bike up...stand it up, clean the dip stick etc. I know this is not unique to Triumph but it is something I will look out for in the future.
Passengers, my girl loved riding on the back of this bike. The gel seat was great for her and she said she had ample leg room. She is 5'10 so good enough for her good enough for anybody. We did not do any huge days but up to Whistler and back she said it was just fine.
Can not think of much else to ad other than the bike was just about exactly what I had hoped for...an SV with better suspension. It was certainly an attention getter/conversation starter, even compared to the SV which I felt was well loved by the public.
If anyone has any questions fire away.