Triumph TIGER 1050 /ABS /SE $11,999/12,799/13,399
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.8 IN. | Wheelbase 59.4 IN.
Triumph says the Tiger is "equally at home in the urban jungle as it is prowling on the open road." We'll agree, as you can't go wrong with the company's 1050cc triple nor the tall riding position. A wide range of official accessories (including optional ABS) lets you tailor the Tiger to your needs; SE version adds ABS, hardbags and handguards as standard.
Triumph Speed Triple $NA
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 56.2 IN.
The bike that invented the streetfighter segment back in '94 gets a makeover for '11, with new angular headlights and a revised frame and swingarm that repositions the weight further forward for better handling. Minor internal engine and exhaust changes boost power slightly as well, with a claimed eight percent increase in torque.
Triumph Street Triple /R $NA/9599
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat31.5/31.6 IN. | Wheelbase 54.9 IN.
Both versions of the naked triple are in the 2011 lineup, and both combine the Daytona 675's stellar engine with an upright riding position for loads of fun as well as performance. The base model makes do with nonadjustable suspension and lower-spec brakes, while the R version boasts running gear lifted right from the Daytona 675 for an even wilder ride.
Triumph SPRINT GT $13,199
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 60.5 IN.
An evolution of the Sprint ST, this new model leans more toward the touring end of the sport-touring spectrum, with 31-liter hard bags, standard ABS, upgraded suspension, newly styled and better-performing headlights and an optional top box. A standard-mount exhaust (replacing the ST's underseat unit) makes more room for luggage.
Triumph Daytona 675 /SE $10,499/10,899
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat32.5 IN. | Wheelbase 54.9 IN.
Subtly updated last year, the Daytona 675 bucks the middleweight trend with its sweet-sounding and torquey three-cylinder engine and continues to be a threat to the Japanese four-cylinder machinery. The limited edition SE model returns for 2011 as well, with its Pearl White bodywork and Sparkle Blue frame and swingarm distinguishing it from the standard model.
Yamaha FJR1300A $15,490
Engine L-C 16V 1298 Inline-Four | Seat33.3 - 34.2 IN. | Wheelbase 60.6 IN.
Yamaha's Supersport-Touring model is a step more comfortable this year with the addition of heated grips as standard equipment to go along with its adjustable ergonomics and pushbutton-adjustable windscreen. Otherwise its status quo for the Liquid Silver color option.