Kawasaki W650 And Triumph Legend TT - Retro-Activity

Kawasaki W650 And Triumph Legend TT: One Recalls History, The Other Refuses To Be Held Captive By It

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

Triumph Legend TT

MSRP $7699

Type liquid-cooled, inline-three
Valve arrangement dohc, 12v
Bore x stroke 76.8 x 65.0mm
Displacement 885cc
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive chain
Weight 522 lb. (wet)
489 lb. (tank empty)
Fuel capacity 4.0 gal.
Rake/trail 27.0 deg./4.2 in. (107mm)
Wheelbase 62.2 in. (1580mm)
Seat height 28.5 in. (724mm)
Front 43mm fork,
Rear single shock, adjustable
  for spring preload
Tire, front 120/70-17
Bridgestone BT-57
Tire, rear 160/60-17
Bridgestone BT-57
Corrected 1/4-mile* 13.32 sec. @ 96.70 mph
0–60 mph 5.06 sec.
Top-gear roll-on,
60–80 mph 5.87 sec.
Fuel mileage
(low/high/average) 30/37/33
Cruising range  
Cheers & Jeers
Engine 9 Excellent torque and good manners
Drivetrain 7 Notchy gearbox and heavy clutch
Handling 7 Feels modern but limited ground clearance
Braking 9 Very good; becoming a Triumph trait
Ride 7 Softly sprung and adequately damped
Ergonomics 7 Not as strange as a cruiser’s; no standard
Features 6 Cupboard’s bare to pay for the crossing
Refinement 7 Engine hampered by inconsistent carburetion
Value 8 By Euro standards, it’s a steal
Fun Factor 7 Torque of the town, but not a thoroughbred
Verdict: Understated British cruiser puts on no airs but packs solid performance.
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