With all this talk of Triumph’s 2009 models we thought we’d take a look back at one of our favorite current bikes. The 2008 Triumph Speed Triple is an extremely thorough lesson in how to create a handsome, timeless, class-defying design. That attention to detail is carried through even to its brakes, which mount the disc carriers directly to the spokes instead of the hub. Think of this as a halfway house between Buell-style rim mounted brakes and traditional mounting methods. Benefits include easier disc changes, increased rigidity, more direct transfer of braking forces and super sex appeal.