Ah Kev, looked like a nice bike although I never wanted any of the "retro-y" Triumphs badly enough to buy one. I've heard more than one person say they never bonded with their modern Bonneville, so I understand.
The one modern Triumph I sort of always wanted was the Sprint GT- NOT the super sporty ST but the last of the Sprint line, which was apparently made specifically for "2-up,long distance comfort" according to something I read about them... well that was BEFORE the purchase. While I really like the bike- the 1050 Triple is completely fantastic, and it sure is a gas to ride.... but it's far more on the "sport" side pf Sport Touring than any of the BMWs I ever owned.
The main way this manifests is behind the fairing. It's almost totally sport bike fairing with a dinky sport bike windscreen... I can pretty well tuck my legs into the bike's body well enough to be mostly out of the wind but upper body, arms, and hands are all fully exposed. This has the unexpected benefit (actually) of slowing me down! At 75 I feel like I'm getting the snot kicked out of me, and at speeds above that, the battering is quite nearly too much.Add the fact that there's no cruise control, and there goes any real (distance) commuting (my "commutes" to work can be 100 miles or more one way)- or serious distance riding. Well for me anyway.
That said, I had the bike basically all last summer. I spent the 1st half of the summer doing long day rides of 200 miles or less - BUT- we in Entertainment went "back to work" in earnest long about late July/August and I spent the rest of the year panic-grabbing every gig that came along! At the end of the riding season, I'd only ridden the GT to work on maybe 2 occasions, and didn't get away to ride for 4,5,6 days as I like to do each year.
I'm going to give it a minute but I can say in honesty that I do have some regret in selling my plastic fantastic K1200 RS- which I'd just dumped a pile of money into which included new custom built Shocks
by Penske Racing suspension
The good news is that A not a lot of Sprint GTs were sold in the U.S. market, and B: K1200s are readily available and not a lot of money. But I seriously need to spend some days on a lap around the east coast (or something) so I can know for sure how I like the bike for long distance riding.
Maybe I could ride down to the TSMR and back the "long way"- and experience all the best roads the east coast has to offer over 1800 miles or so of up-and-back.
Meanwhile tho... Kev, what replaced the Scrambler then?