At Ghent motor event, I could testride a Speed Twin. it was in group with a lot of other bikes, so probably not the best way to really test a bike, but still.
So what was it like.
It felt nimble, not heavy at all and it was easy to turn in the bike at all times. I only recently started to ride bikes again ( at 52) and I do compare with my 2011 Street triple.
It has a lot of torque, ones I could unleash the bike, but it was very controllable, never scary. Brakes were good.
Now in comparison with my standard 2011 street triple?
I choose the triple all day.
Somehow the engine of the triple is way more flexible and progressive through the complete powerband. I had a feeling that in second gear at low speeds ( in group) the speed twin had the tendency to be on off . A bit jerky. I never have that with my street. Also My street reacts much quicker at all actions on the throttle, but in a natural way. It revs so much more supple.
The twin engine has vibrations that the little triple does not have.
I also felt the engine heat more then on my Street Triple.
I was surprised though that this classic looking 1200 bike handled as nimble as the 675 street triple. I did not see that coming and that is a good thing.
All in all the Speed Twin is a very nice bike, I loved it and it felt @home the instant I was on it. But I will keep my 2011 street triple.