Why you should bag the original 675cc naked before prices go crazy ‘People need to get Street wise’
I’m looking at Triumph Street Triples with interest rather than commercial lust, because I think prices for the early Mark Ones, in really good nick, are firming noticeably, and here’s why.
The Street was, and remains, a superlative motorcycle. It’s in the same class as the original Yamaha 350LC – a bike for Everyman that runs rings round machines in the class, and maybe even two classes, above. Nobody has been able to better it. And the current model is just a bit… softer. More civilised. The R is still naughty, but the base model has a taller first gear and loses some of its eagerness.
I think this is down to marketing. The first R was mechanically identical, and only had better suspension and brakes. Triumph needed to differentiate between the two models, and so deliberately emasculated the ordinary Street and tweaked the R. So an early immaculate round-headlight Street is now bankable.
I’m not saying this just because I’ve got one. Mine’s a mint 2009 (bought new), and a dealer recently offered me three grand for it. I’m looking at an advert for a 2007 example, and the (private) seller’s asking £3200. That’s a tad strong, but I’m sure he’ll get £3000.
If I had to pick one modern bike, that is going to be the bike that everyone will be chasing in 20 years’ time, it’d be a Mark One roundheadlight Street Triple – in black (forget the green and purple ones).