Two more HP and two more ft/lb is easily achievable with the arrow exhaust. So yes, for $1,800 more than a '12, add a Yoyodyne and Aftermarket exhaust and what have you really gained? Seriously?
Sorry, I respect your opinion but I believe more people find this to be a "follower move" rather than a "leader move" which has been a hallmark of triumph since they were reborn.
I'm just using these quotes as an examples of many of the points made here...
The new 2013 has a completely different motor. From what I've read it sounds like it will be easier to develop more reliable power. It has a separate cylinder block now which makes me think they've probably gotten away from the floating cylinder liner which was a weak point on the WSS bike. Also it has high and low speed fuel injectors. Not to mention the fact that it has a factory slipper means the fuel injection is likely tuned to work with it which is always a huge advantage.
Then this quote begins my answer. This isn't just about the incremental changes; based on what I've read, this is about building a competitive bike for WSS. If you watched Jason DiSolvo destroy the clutch and drive line of his AMA Daytona R this year, while Dominguez's lighter tuned bike lasted most races, you'd know that the circa 2006 internal mechanical design needed to be updated to allow for the increase in power needed to be competitive at the highest levels.
So, don't think of it as only +2 ponies and minus a couple pounds, think of it as capable of handling the +50HP and minus 50 lbs when tuned for professional level racing.
All that being said; I'm not a huge fan of the looks either, it is not as different as it used to be, and that was part of it's charm.
But, other than the Italians, who seem to be able to build both performance AND looks (although their build quality and reliability still are far behind), if you look at racing at almost any professional level, form comes a very far second to function, and I think Triumph (and the teams) are tired of losing.
Since I'm not a professional racer, sure doesn't mean I'm gonna rush out and buy one. Three years from now though, when everyone's gotten used to it, and the older bikes are a more distant memory, opinions will change (for a large portion of the crowd anyway); especially if they start winning championships.