Dangerous, expensive toys: pre-release hype

The rumors and object-lust surrounding the Triumph Street Triple remind me of an Apple product launch. The full website isn’t up and won’t be for a month. A few photos and drawings are available, but no reviewer has ridden one yet. We know that it’s an unfaired, street-oriented version of last year’s sport/race-bike hit, and that it’s going to cost about eight thousand dollars. But really, all we have is the imagination of the perfect motorcycle.

The real bike won’t live up to that, of course, but I am probably not alone in hoping it really falls flat. If it’s good, I will want one, and might even be tempted to do something as stupid as buy one. I already have a dangerous toy. I do not need to trade it in for something shinier, faster, lighter, and more expensive.

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