After the usual agonising wait for restrictions to end, I picked up my new bike last Saturday. I must have been keen, because I flew in from a business trip to Jakarta at 7 in the morning, with 4 different crying children on the plane and as a result no sleep whatsoever. But still, there I was later that day handing over my money and getting a set of keys in return. I'd put a lot of thought into what bike to buy, and got a lot of good feedback and advice from folks here. The Striple R was the definite favourite, and now I can see why. I'm still in the first stage of engine break-in, so I have to keep it under 5000 rpm, but even with that little touch of throttle it is fun to ride. My first impressions have all been good. The salesperson warned me about being easy with the throttle in first gear, and gentle with the brakes, and generally scared the bejeezus out of me before I rode away. But I needn't have worried. At low revs the throttle is very well behaved, and I think that first is if anything less twitchy than on our CB400. The brakes have a really nice feel to them too. I did some quick-stop practice in the local Bunnings car park last night and I was quite impressed. (Even managed a small stoppie, but nobody saw so it doesn't count.) The one thing that I was worried about more than the reportedly twitchy throttle was the poor turning circle. Certainly the handlebars don't have nearly as great a range of motion from lock to lock as the Honda has, but I can't say it is bad enough to be a problem. I can do a u-turn in the width of 2 - 3 parking spaces, which seems fine to me. It does make the bike a bit more troublesome to squeeze into our parking space, along with the 400 and the car, but nothing that can't be worked around. I think that what I like best about the bike, even more than the excellent handling and suspension, is the sound. I have the stock pipes, but they are plenty loud enough. The way the 3 cylinder growls is completely captivating. After riding the 4 cylinder Honda, which kind of purrs or whines depending how hard you are pushing it, the Triumph sounds fantastic. It actually sounds as if it should vibrate a whole lot more than it does - another plus in my book. (The lack of vibration, that is.) This thread is useless without pics, so here is a shot from my phone. I'll put some better ones up somewhere when I get around to taking some.