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Triumph Street Twin - Tasty Twin

Triumph Street Twin - Tasty Twin

Snapshot: The Street Twin is clearly a modern looking bike that retains a classic appeal but all this tech and modern bits, how does it translate into making the bike better?

The Street Twin came last year when Triumph Motorcycles decided to give the 3rd generation Bonneville makeover since it had the same get-up from over 15 years. In 2016 came the new 4th generation Bonneville and launched the new Street Twin along with a couple of new bikes in the form of T100, T120, and the Thruxton R. Triumph is very clear about each model in the Bonneville family tree as every model serves a different set of riders with different styles. The Street Twin is clearly a modern looking bike that retains classic appeal but a lot of tech and modern bits, how does it translate into making the bike better?

Design:

Without much debate on the design, the Street Twin looks charming enough and has an exquisite appeal that makes it special to almost everybody. Overall it looks smaller than it’s siblings but that doesn’t make it any less attractive. The fit and finish along with the details are top-notch and the closer you look at it, the more you will appreciate the work done even on its smallest components. The company also provides more than 150 accessories on the bike to customize it according to your own taste. The twin stock up-swept exhaust can be taken off to the single sided scrambler Vance & Hines exhaust system (which costs a whopping Rs 87,890) just like we have on the test bike, you can also install LED turn indicators, leather seat, sleeker LED tail light and different side view mirrors and gives it your unique look (though mirrors on our test bike failed to provide decent rear view visibility and were just a showpiece!). All these custom bits are a part of the ‘Scrambler Inspiration Kit’ provided by the company. Such kits by Triumph gives you the freedom to become a bike customizer yourself and that’s one of the reasons why Street Twin looks this cool.

The instrument panel on the bike is simple and informative. It comprises of a single circular analog with an embedded digital display. The speedometer is analog while other information such as instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance to empty, time, gear indicator, traction control status and much more is displayed digitally. All the information can easily be toggled with the button provided at the left side of the handlebar.

Engine and Performance:

The engine in question is an all-new 900cc, 8-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin unit. The displacement figure went up from 865cc to 900cc. In the process, the engine gained more torque but lost few horses. This new engine makes about 80Nm peak torque at 3,230rpm, while the power is just 54bhp. If these figures sound low for a motor of this size then I assure you, you are mistaken. The engine feels brimming with low-end torque and pulls right away as soon as the throttle is twisted. As expected, the delivery is smooth, predictable and plush. On the other hand, the motor feels red lining sooner than one would expect and if you are pushing hard, you will find yourself shifting sooner than you do on other bikes. There is strong mid-range and stronger bottom-end available but same couldn’t be said about the top-end. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission which is slick and precise to use. The clutch feels light but not the lightest. Apart from displacement, and power figures the other update the motor got was the liquid-cooling system which works just fine and keeps your legs from getting roasted. It also comes with a Ride-by-wire throttle that ensures accuracy and linearity in terms of power delivery when the gas is cracked open. Overall, a great engine that keeps the thrill on and is perfectly smooth and predictable.

Ride, Handling, and comfort:

The bike offers neutral handling and feels nimble at all speeds. It weighs around 210 kg with all liquids filled but as soon as it starts rolling, all the weight disappears instantly. It is impressive in terms of straight-line stability and handling is nice and easy. Its tubular steel cradle frame makes the bike agile and acrobatic in terms of changing directions and riding it in the daily city traffic.  

But it’s only when you start hard pressing it around corners that it makes you feel some sort of uncertainty in terms of holding lines or making corrections mid-corners, but it’s not really meant to do that, isn’t it?

It comes loaded with KYB 41mm forks up front and KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload at the rear. These shocks work fine in terms of absorbing all undulations everyday Indian roads throw at the bike. At the same time, a wide and flat seat and natural riding posture make sure to provide a comfortable, plush ride. Brakes work fine with the ABS and provide plenty of braking power in a safe and predictable manner. Traction control on the bike is switchable and ensures safety in terms of riding hard in wet or slushy conditions.

Verdict:

Triumph Street Twin is like a new kid that though has been risen from the Bonneville family but decided not to follow the same set of rules. It has become modern from the inside as it is on the outside. The Street Twin comes as a retro-modern bike which targets a younger set of audience that appreciates uniqueness but on the flip side, Triumph purists might have their opinions split. We were skeptical at first if the Street Twin carries the same spirit as the old Bonnies but the more time we spent on its saddle, more we found ourselves connected to it.

Photography - Mohd. Nasir

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