Why you should bag the orig­i­nal 675cc naked be­fore prices go crazy ‘Peo­ple need to get Street wise’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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).

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