With the predictably unpredictable British weather largely precluding any more hands on biking activities I’ve had to think rather more laterally for blog ideas.
Owning both a Street Triple and a rather lovely looking 848 EVO, I’m in the priveleged position of getting to compare and choose from both a V Twin and a Triple soundtrack.
I thought it would be fun to do a couple of videos so that you can share in my dilemma.
Here’s the Triumph in the environs of my garage on a slightly overcast and chilly day.
Not my best directing work (I didn’t fancy hours of editing) however you get the picture. The Triumph engine is tight sounding and revs willingly like a Japanese sportsbike. In truth it’s very easy to ride as the power curve is super linear. The more you twist your wrist the more you get and the faster it goes. Not fickle or fussy, just willing and simple to ride.
Here’s the Ducati for comparison after a short period of warming up.
I captured these on my phone rather than the GoPro however the video and sound quality is pretty good to be honest. Check out the sweet sound from the Termignoni pipes when I move the phone down to the back end. It veritably purrs like a resting tiger and then gives the occasional growl to remind you of it’s real potency.
I’ve never heard this bike with standard pipes and ECU and I don’t plan to return it to it’s original set up however I imagine it would still sound absolutely bloody amazing.
To my mind, if it’s on aural drama alone there is simply no contest here, the Ducati V Twin sounds absolutely and totally thrilling compared with the Triumph. Even with after market cans from Arrow or similar it’s hard to imagine the little triple getting close to the thumping sound of the highly tuned Twin.
And that’s fine too. I bought the Ducati because it creates a real sense of drama, an X Factor if you like. When you start it up in the street people look admiringly or come to chat. I bought the Triumph essentially to learn to ride and as a practical day to day proposition. Something that starts readily and delivers oodles of power effortlessly.
Genuinely horses for courses I’d say.
Well there you go, the Triumph Triple (675) and the Ducati 848 EVO V Twin, running side by side. Which would you choose? Is there a better engine sound in a road bike than the Desmo?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.