Advantages Great performance, great brakes, excellent value, individual and rare
Disadvantages Lack of aftermarket parts, expensive parts
I noted that there are no reviews from an actual owner so I thought that I had better write one to inform what the Speed Four is like to live with on a long term basis.Before I bought a Speed Four I spent hours and hours looking for honest reviews, road tests etc. There aren't that many around and whilst most were very informative I could not find any bad points about the Speed Four. In order to get a balanced view I like to know what problems I could face with the bike. After owning a Speed Four I now know why I could not find bad points.... I am still looking for them after a year of untroubled biking.
I won't bother detailing all the technical specs since these can be obtained from other websites.Up until I got my Speed Four I had always been a fan of fully faired out and out sportsbikes, and these were all I had ever owned. I never, ever, thought that I would get in to the naked retro scene.
However, from that point I needed a naked bike. After a bit of research I found the alternatives were the Fazer, Bandit, Hornet and Monster. Other thewn the Monster nothing really inspired me. The bandit could be customised, but i had read about poor build quality.I managed to get a test ride on all and thought I had finally made my choice. It was on the drive back from testing the bandit I noticed it - A lime green Triple (that looked quite small) sitting on the forecourt of a local Kawasaki dealer. At first I thought it was a customised bike, and it looked like one that I could actually touch the floor on.
It wasn't till I got close to the bike that I realised it was not a Triple after all but actually a Speed Four. Up until this point I never even knew that they existed.The Speed Four was devised in Italy. A dealer had a load of TT600s left over and decided to pull the fairing off, make it look like a Speed Triple and re-map the engine to make it more user friendly. These were then actually put in to production - although they never captured the imagination of the biking public.
The TT600, apparently, had engine issues low down. The fuel injection system was inefficient below 3000 rpm causing the bike to 'lurch' and be difficult to ride around town.I cannot comment on this since I have never ridden a TT600. The Speed Four has been re-mapped to over come this. However, it still lurches below 3000rpm. To me this is not an issue since all the sports bikes I have owned had a problem lower down the rev range. I (like most bikers) buy a bike to actually ride and in everyday riding you keep the revs up and the engine singing. I also bought a bike to ride out in the country - I didn't buy one to ponze around the city on.The Speed Four has retained the air intakes of the TT600.
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