Money aside - if you could have any production bike, which would you own?
To make it a little more specific, there are some restrictions :
-the bike would be provided for free but could be your only bike
-you would be responsible for insurance and fuel
-you would be responsible for maintenance and storage
-you would have to keep the bike for at least five years
-you could have any bike - it doesn't have to be a brand new model
Adding restrictions makes an HP4 or a 1299 a little less compelling as an obvious first choice.
For me I would go BMW S 1000 R
in red. The bike provides all of the power I could ever need, it's comfortable enough for long-distancing riding or commuting and it's perfectly adequate for the occasional trackday. For me, this is the perfect dream bike
. In contrast the Triumph Speed Triple is archaic without any of the sophisticated rider-aids that are quickly becoming the norm in the motorbike industry. I see the Triumph Speed Triple as a "muscle car..." - brute force but without sophistication and I believe the S 1000 R would be a great long-term ride.