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After the Hype – Triumph Street Twin

This June the Street Twin falls under a lot of umbrellas in terms of offers! Not only does it currently qualify for the low 7.9% APR rate, it also comes with £500 to personalise your purchase, whether that’s accessories for the bike, clothing for yourself, or a boost to your Tri-Star finance deposit! These offers are only on until the end of June, but it’s also part of a store promotion we’re running with RJH Motorcycle Training where you can collate the cost of the bike, your D.A.S., AND up to £200 worth of gear into 1 monthly payment.

So these are all great offers, but we’re here to read about the bike itself so we’ll let you get on and read what Andrew Brady at Manchester store has to say about the Street Twin…

After the Hype – Triumph Street Twin

It doesn’t seem that long ago Triumph had just completed a successful Motorcycle Live show where the all-new Modern Classic Bonneville range was on display to the British public for the first time. With its radical new ‘Water Cooled’ engine range and lots of bang up to date Rider Aids and Safety Features the Thruxton, T120 and Street Twin were the most talked about machines throughout last winter.

18 months later and the model range continued to grow further with the addition of another 4 models for 2017 including the stunning ‘Bobber’ which has been out since March 2017 taking the total models under the ‘Bonneville’ moniker to 9 - the most hyped bike over a year ago was undoubtedly the Street Twin – seen as a direct replacement to the Bonneville 865 and a bike that Triumph could happily pit against the likes of the Ducati Monster and Moto Guzzi V7 whilst being affordable enough and easy enough to ride so to tempt new riders away from the Japanese manufacturers which looked to have that area of the market all sown up. The bike took the motorcycle press by storm and was instantly labelled one of the bikes of the year, many months have now passed and the initial ‘buzz’ created has now shifted focus to the other new bikes. So has the Street Twin managed to keep up with the initial hype it created and in the process earned its tag of "best retro bike"?

I may be slightly biased being a previous generation Bonneville owner and an employee of Youles but no matter how many Street Twins I have seen come through the showroom and out on the road I think Triumph has absolutely nailed the styling. It’s a great mix of modern technology and classic British style giving the bike an ageless look that only Triumph seem to be able to pull off without looking like they are trying too hard to achieve it. Ok it doesn’t have the lashings of chrome that the new T120 has but it just works – from the brushed stainless exhausts to the simple single gauge speedo this isn’t a bike that has had a parts bin thrown at it but one that has been designed like this from day one. The low seat height is great for people a little short in the leg department but there is ample room for someone over 6ft to get comfy on too.

Firing up the engine for the first time and previous generation owners will be in for a surprise – gone has the smooth and free revving 360-degree twin in place of a much deeper, lazy almost v-twin-esque growl thanks in part to the new 270-degree firing order – offering more torque throughout the rev range and a much punchier feel from the get-go. This new engine is all about real world performance and out on the road it’s pretty obvious that Triumph has put a lot of effort into this new 900cc lump – very smooth very tractable and above all else it’s a lot of fun, with 55 Bhp on tap you aren’t going to be breaking any speed records but if that’s what you are after a Street Triple would be a better option – what the Street Twin does offer is genuine ‘Real World’ performance – power is always available whatever gear and whatever revs and for a street based bike its all the performance you will need. You will see 3 figures on the clocks if you want to no problem but the Street Twin is much more at home on a busy commute or twisty B-Road where you can use every bit of its performance without living in fear of losing your licence. Handling is very neutral; the new Pirelli Tyres offer excellent grip come rain or shine and a big improvement over the previous models ageing Metzelers. An excellent choice for a new rider wanting something that is easy to handle whilst offering a bit of character, something that the (boring) Japanese Twins that most people learn to ride on cannot bring to the table. For an experienced rider, you will find this such doddle to ride that you find yourself enjoying your surroundings more than having to concentrate on keeping the bike on the straight and narrow – we have had a few people downsize from Sports bikes to these over the last year and always been satisfied with the switch.

So, the Street Twin looks good, sounds good and rides well. Over 150 Accessories to make your own stand out from the crowd and 10,000-mile service intervals to keep maintenance costs low as well.

Bad points? Not really found one yet, I am a sucker for a rev counter but I can’t say I missed it whilst riding, you know when a gear change is needed so not really essential to the bike. A few people have mentioned the single disc up front not being as effective as its rivals but not once did it cause an issue, yes it needs a big fistful if you are braking in earnest but the ABS is there to help if the situation arises.

Our demo bike is available to book now and if you want to order one then availability from Triumph is currently less than a month so a great time to buy and with finance options available it may even be cheaper than you think to have a new Triumph tucked up in your garage.