The Streets are paved with sim­plic­ity

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

If there’s a sin­gle word that sums up Tri­umph’s Street Twin it’s ‘sim­plic­ity’. From rid­ing to cus­tomis­ing, ev­ery­thing about the bike is de­signed to be fuss­free and as sim­ple as pos­si­ble.

In just a cou­ple of miles of rid­ing the Street I was in­stantly fa­mil­iar and com­fort­able with it. The slip-as­sist clutch is light, the sus­pen­sion plush, the chas­sis ge­om­e­try per­fectly neu­tral and the sin­gle front disc brake pro­vides im­pres­sive feel and power. Af­ter a cou­ple of days com­mut­ing I felt like I’d been rid­ing it for years! Even the large speedo and func­tion dis­play are sim­ple to read and un­der­stand. The Street Twin is an ab­so­lute mas­ter­class of er­gonomic de­sign.

Tri­umph have made chang­ing the bike’s ap­pear­ance just as sim­ple. With 160 gen­uine Street Twin ac­ces­sories on of­fer it would be easy for own­ers to be­come over­whelmed by so many op­tions. So Tri­umph have clev­erly com­bined groups of the ac­ces­sories into what they call In­spi­ra­tion Packs. The Brat Tracker, Ur­ban and Scram­bler kits show what’s pos­si­ble with the ac­ces­sories and no doubt, are in­tended to in­tro­duce own­ers to the con­cept of con­tin­u­ally up­grad­ing their ma­chines. It’s some­thing Har­ley-davidson have been en­cour­ag­ing their own­ers to do for decades.

The Scram­bler pack (£1745) holds the most ap­peal for me and is the di­rec­tion I’d like to take the bike in. If the Street could be crit­i­cised at all, it’s that its stock styling is a lit­tle vanilla flavoured. The knee-level Vance and Hines ex­haust, flat tan seat and alu­minium bash plate from the Scram­bler kit give the bike a much­needed ag­gres­sive stance.

The two-into-one ex­haust is la­belled as off-road only so be­fore I book the bike into the lo­cal dealer for the up­grades I need to check on just how noisy it is. My neigh­bours like the Street Twin at the moment, so if the V&H pipe is loud enough to rat­tle win­dows I may well go a dif­fer­ent route...

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