Just try to tell Tom Bentley that the Triumph Speed Triple's bug-eyed headlights present one of the most iconic faces in modern motorcycling. "Who cares? What an ugly bike!" Talk to him after the first ride, however, and it's a different story: "I wouldn't have even thought of this bike; it's so awful looking," Bentley said. "It has outdated technology, or, in the case of the electronics, no technology… But it's so neutral, so rider-friendly, and so easy to go fast on. If BMW hadn't invented the S1000R, I would buy this." The Speed Triple has long been one of our favorite streetfighters, proving once a good bike, always a good bike. Many testers singled out the 1,050cc inline-triple engine: "Triples rule!" Mark Gion said. "This is not a compromise between a twin and a four-cylinder engine but the best of both, with smooth, linear power delivery in a predictable but still exciting way." Testers also gave the Speed Triple high marks for handling, even though our example was the base model, not the Öhlins-suspended R-version. "I wasn't expecting much from the Speed Triple, one of the oldest designs in the bunch," Tom Chambers said, "but it was one of the most fun bikes to ride. It's flickable, light and easy to turn in, and always predictable."