Quick learn­ers, take note AT A GLANCE

Novice rid­ers may re­sist the urge to trade up after hon­ing their skills on a Triple 660

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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.

VER­DICT

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.

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