Ride L for leather

Tri­umph’s learner-ap­proved triple will keep up with the per­for­mance pack

Herald Sun - Motoring - - TWO WHEELS - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@news.com.au

THE huge ap­proved mo­tor­cy­cle scheme (LAMS) mar­ket in Aus­tralia ex­plains why bike mak­ers are happy to in­vest in what should be a niche seg­ment. Pre-LAMS, rid­ers would have to lugg about on a 125cc or 250cc bike for the du­ra­tion of their L and P li­cences, then rush to the shop and ditch said ma­chine for for a “real bike”. That no longer ap­plies. New or re­turn­ing rid­ers can opt for for a mid-ca­pac­ity cruiser such as the the Honda Shadow, a stan­dard learner bike such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 — or Tri­umph’s Street Triple 660, a light­weight naked ma­chine. The Street Triple is es­sen­tially a fac­tory de­tune of a full-blown Street Triple 675. The stroke has been short­ened short­ened to meet the the 660cc 6 LAMS limit, limit, the inlet inlet camshaft mod­i­fied and the the en­gine con­trol mod­ule con­trol mod­ule remapped to deliver a max­i­mum of 40.6kW. That just just keeps the bike on the right right side side of the the LAMS power-to-weight re­stric­tion of 150kW/tonne (cal­cu­lated by adding 90kg for rider and fuel to the bike’s dry weight). The $12,490 start­ing price puts it in the pre­mium sec­tor for learner ma­chines but is still $500 cheaper than a Street Triple 675. Buy­ers get one of the best chas­sis and han­dling pack­ages on the mar­ket. It’s also a bike they they won’t won’t need to re­place — it maybe may be down in out­right ac­cel­er­a­tion butt few ma­chines will cor­ner as en­thu­si­as­ti­cally as the ju­nior Tri­umph, which will run with a much more pow­er­ful pack p on weekend rides. The build qual­ity matches the same high bench­mark as other Tri­umph prod­ucts and rid­ers can add the re­as­sur­ance of anti-lock brakes as an op­tion.

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