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