The naked Brit thrills experienced pilots, but it isn't exactly a newbie-coddler. (We admit it; this is a difficult chore.) Compared with the others, the Triumph's suspension is firmly dampedit responds well to small imperfections, but the chassis does the usual sportbike hobbyhorse over larger whomps, such as you'd find on a concrete-block highway. As a result, the Four takes a bit of aggression to make the chassis work best; it's not as happy pottering around at a five-tenths pace as, say, the Honda 599. Those powerful brakes are a bit too sharp for genuine beginnersand we wish the adjustable lever had more range closer to the bar, as we don't all wear size-XXL gloves. Primary ergonomics come from the previous school of sportbike standardsmeaning they're amazingly comfortable compared with the smaller, lighter, tighter 600s of todaybut are considerably more cramped and aggressive than the sit-up postures of the other three. In particular, the Speed Four is very tight betwixt seat and peg, challenging long-legged riders to find a comfortable perch. In truth, had the S4 more standardlike ergonomicslower pegs, a Speed Triple-style tubular barwe probably would have put it back into the main comparison, where we're absolutely certain it would have been the victor.