The Street Twin from Triumph is an attempt from the iconic British marque to combine modern-day features and riding dynamics, with the charm of the traditional British twin. For those who love retro-styled bikes that offer a good mix of performance and practicality, the Street Twin is the answer to all your prayers.
For starters, the bike has low-slung thinly padded seats and a relatively low seat height of 750 mm, which ensures that even shorter riders can keep both feet planted on the ground while sitting on the bike. This makes the Street Twin suitable for a large cross-section of riders. Styling is simple and minimalistic, with design cues from 1960s and 1970s British bikes, which should appeal to a mature audience.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Push the electric start button and Street Twin’s 900cc 8-valve parallel twin engine wakes up with a gentle rumble. Power output is a rather sedate 54 hp at 5,900 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at just 3,200 rpm. These are not exactly headline-grabbing figures, but once on the move, get the job done. The engine is mated to a smooth, slick five-speeed transmission with well-selected gear ratios, and the bike gets off to a strong start, with even, consistent power delivery across the rev range, and strong low- to mid-rpm acceleration. We must mention here that the Triumph parallel-twin’s ride-by-wire throttle and multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection system works very well, allowing the engine to do its work smoothly and helping the rider make consistent progress through city traffic as well as out on the open highway.
RIDE & HANDLING
Given the Street Twin’s positioning, Triumph has given it comfortable ergonomics that allow the bike to be ridden all day without any discomfort. The handlebar-seat-footpeg geometry makes for a relaxed riding position, which is particularly useful in heavy traffic. On the move, the bike feels planted at all times and quick direction changes do not upset the handling. At higher speeds, the Twin’s ABS and traction control provide added peace of mind. These electronic rider aids are not overly intrusive, but do provide a welcome safety net, especially in wet weather and while riding on broken, slippery tarmac.
The bike’s 41mm Kayaba forks at the front offer 120 mm of travel and the preload adjustable KYB twin rear shocks ensures a comfortable ride, even with a pillion on board. Minor undulations do not upset the bike, but one needs to be careful when hitting bigger pothole that are common on our roads, as the suspension gets a major workout when asked to cope with bad roads.
The Street Twin features a tubular steel double cradle chassis with a tubular steel swingarm, which is adequately stiff and more than capable of handling anything that our roads can throw at it. Whether riding on fast, open roads or carving through tight, twisty tracks, the bike stays on course and inspires confidence in the rider.
BRAKES, WHEELS & TYRES
The Street Twin rides on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels and is equipped with a 310 mm brake disc with 2-piston floating caliper at the front, and a single 255mm disc at the rear. Both units come equipped with dual channel ABS and braking performance is beyond reproach. There is enough braking power to slow the Street Twin quickly from triple-digit speeds, while the 100/90 (front) and 150/70 (rear) Pirelli Phantom tyres provide adequate grip levels even during hard braking and fast cornering maneuvers.
SAFETY & ELECTRONICS
What deserves a special mention here is the adoption of ride-by-wire technology, which the Street Twin comes equipped with. Unlike a conventional cable actuated throttle system, r-b-w enables an onboard computer to take charge, controlling the fuel injection system by studying multiple parameters, including gear selection, degree of throttle opening and so on.
The Street Twin’s anti-lock brakes and switchable traction control also, as mentioned earlier, provide additional peace of mind. The ABS prevents wheel lock-up even while braking from high speeds, on wet or slippery surfaces, while the traction control system constantly monitors wheel speeds and, if it detects any difference between front and rear wheel speeds, scales back the power delivery to avoid the possibility of a crash.
The Triumph Street Twin retails for Rs 6.90 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and is the least expensive Triumph motorcycle available in India. For those who want a good-looking all-round British twin that provides a nice blend of performance with everyday practicality, the Triumph Street Twin is a brilliant package.
Text: Anwesh Koley
Photo: Bharat Bhushan Upadhyay