STREET TWIN TAKES TO THE DIRT… AND LOVES IT
Street by name but it’s not limited to tarmac
As you might have already seen on page 36, I took my Street Twin on the Austin Vince Twin Shock Trail Finder in the Spanish Pyrenees last month.
The Street Twin’s standard Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres weren’t suitable for the Spanish trails so a pair of the excellent and brutallooking Continental TKC80 Twinduro tyres were fitted.
Clearance between mudguard and front tyre was minimal and any mud would have clogged it instantly. On closer inspection I could see the guard was attached to a bracket that spans the fork legs. This reduces clearance even further but with no easy way of raising the guard I just had to hope the trails would remain dry. Luckily they did and the tyres gave me much-needed confidence and grip on the rocky tracks.
The other issue was the ABS system. ABS can be terrifying off road as some systems can get overwhelmed. More dirt-orientated machines have off-road modes or allow you turn the ABS system off completely. As the ABS isn’t switchable on the Street we disconnected the front wheel sensor and zip-tied it out of the way. As the traction control uses the same circuit, we had to disable that too – luckily that system is switchable from the bars.
Ground clearance on the Street is limited but the bashplate (£100, plus fitting) is very flat so when the Triumph did ground out we were able to rock and slide it over the obstacle. The Street Twin’s very light slip assist clutch also enables the clutch lever to be comfortably operated with two fingers, inspiring confidence on the trail.
Despite its shortcomings the Street is a hoot down the trails and with the TKC80 tyres fitted it’s more than capable of light green-laning. I’ll definitely be taking the Street Twin trail riding again this summer.
‘Another 27km due west and there’s a superb tapas bar’
Conti’s TKC80S did well on the trails
Not much clearance with the mudguard