Quick learners, take note AT A GLANCE
Novice riders may resist the urge to trade up after honing their skills on a Triple 660
The 660 is a seriously quick machine, given its peak torque of 55Nm from just 5200rpm, or 4500rpm lower than the 675’s peak of 68Nm,
Along with the Ducati 659 and Yamaha MT-07, it’s the go‒to bike for riders wanting a machine to last the three probationary years being phased in across Australia.
The acceleration dies out well short of the red-line but this LAMS-legal weapon is backed by some seriously good fundamentals.
Capacity apart, the 660 keeps the chassis, suspension and anti‒lock brakes that have made the regular Street Triple a favourite with riders and reviewers.
At $12,490 it isn’t cheap and the price ensures it will suit returning riders more than beginners.
This is understandable given the components’ quality but also a shame because the inherent stability and forgiveness make this a phenomenal learner bike.
For those who can afford it, a suite of “packs” — like those of prestige car companies — adds to the attraction by transforming the look and intent of the bike. They range from a $749 style pack, with fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl, to a touring pack for $590 with a sports tail, pack harness, tyre pressure monitors, heated grips and mount for a GPS. A protection pack adds covers for the engine, key frame points and forks for just $425.
It is hard to go past the Street Triple 660 as a fully fledged bike that will keep LAMS riders
TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 660
PRICE $12,490 WARRANTY 2 years/unlimited km ENGINE 660cc 3-cyl, 41kW/55Nm TRANSMISSION 6-speed; chain-drive DIMENSIONS 2.0m (L), 740mm (W), 1.3m (H), 1.4m (WB) Seat height 800mm SUSPENSION Inverted Kayaba 41mm forks (fr); Kayaba monoshock with preload adjustment (r) BRAKES Dual 308mm discs with Nissin four-piston calipers (fr); 220mm disc with Brembo single-piston caliper (r); switchable ABS WEIGHT 181kg (dry) TANK 17L safe and secure during their three years of restricted and provisional duties. Many will find they don’t need to upgrade beyond that … for those who do, the Street Triple R is a truly seductive prospect.