The Street Twin is a brilliant roadster, with the added cool of the vintage/retro styling. It offers a smooth, relaxing ride and very nice handling. Triumph has clearly given a nod to its heritage with this model, while including all the modern day electronics and comfort. This is a ridiculously fun bike to ride and, it’s fairly wallet friendly.
The Street Twin offers a spritely 54hp, more than enough to have fun with while pottering around town. This naked retro 900cc has 59 ft-lb max torque from the 270° parallel twin-cylinder engine. This bike features liquid cooling, a single overhead cam, dual counterbalance shafts and compared to Triumphs earlier model 790 cc, the torque curve has been completely revised for the better. The Twin is perky and responsive, ideal for day to day riding.
Triumph have created a light, nimble 198kg machine, dry. The bike handles extremely nicely, it feels agile and nifty through the corners and filtering couldn’t be made any easier. It could work well with both a novice and experienced rider, offering enough power to make for a fun ride but is also a great confidence builder. The handlebars hold you in a nice riding position, somewhere between upright and sporty. Levels are extremely light and responsive; the handling in general is just a pleasure.
There’s great attention to details on the seat, with retro stitching and nice amount of padding. It’s a fairly low seat height at 29.5”, which was very nice for me at 5.5”. I was able to have feet-down at the lights, great height for the shorter riders. You could easily ride all day on this seat with no aches or pains.
Sitting at 198kg dry this is a pretty light bike, I found it extremely easy to manoeuvre while walking besides it. So if you don’t have bulging biceps, worry not, you’ll be able to handle little beauty no problem.
Build quality on the Triumph Street Twin is excellent. Attention to detail is brilliant, including the switches, welds, paint finish and less obvious features like the logo’d fuel cap. This bike begs attention; it really is a head turner. People seem drawn to it, who knows if it’s because of the retro styling, but this bike just appeals to the masses – riders or not!