Something about a triple motor makes it special. Perhaps a portion of the special factor comes from the notion that triples - with the exception of only a few manufacturers - were the odd engine out amid a sea of v-twins and inline fours . The fact that they were unusual is what made them interesting. The Triumph Tiger 1050 comes to mind as a sweet triple that had both the torque and sound that would bring a smile to any rider’s face. With this issue we introduce a flurry of new triples that have arrived on the market for 2014. The new FZ-09 from Yamaha, the new triple that powers the revised BRP Spyder RT and the MV Agusta Rivale. On the cover is the one of the sweetest set of pipes you will find on a bike from MV Agusta along with the question “Is 3 the New 4?” Just to have that set of sculptured pipes on your motorcycle is enough to induce running out and buying yourself a triple.
We ride the BRP Spyder with its new ACE triple that produces 115hp and 96ft/lb torque. But those aren’t the only changes to the Spyder which has undergone several improvements for the sake of rider comfort. The Spyder may have raised quite a few eyebrows when it first arrived but the popularity of this three wheeler means it is here for the long run. This one take luxury to a higher level.
The great new triple motor isn’t the only thing to appreciate about the Yamaha FZ-09 as we ride it around Ontario’s cottage country. Good looks and a low price also go a long way towards enjoyment.
Because we are in a triple sort of mood we look back at 10 triples that have made an impression on us and motorcycling from the sixties to today. Some are notoriously famous while a few others are legends of a much quieter sort.
Also in this issue we feature a custom build from Alberta. It is comforting to know that with the gulf left with the passing of Big Dog, American IronHorse and others you can still build yourself an old school custom. But with bikes like this one out there, you can be sure that the trend will one day return.
What else? Introducing motorcycling to your children, searching for the missing (chain) link, a more “masculine” GS Adventure (their words not ours), the Corduroy Enduro enters the Hall of Fame, the return of Paul Sr. and more.