NEW STREET CUP TESTED
Does Triumph’s T100 café racer go as well as it looks?
Most café racers look cool but often at the expense of the fun stuff – the stopping, the turning and the going, which have to play second fiddle in the design process. So often, the look is more important than how the bike actually performs.
Triumph changed all that last year with the liquid-quick Thruxton R and now reckon they’ve done it again with their latest ‘modern classic’ Bonnie – the Street Cup. And they’re not wrong. They have produced a café racer that is incredibly easy to ride, unintimidating and, despite its sprinkling of mod cons such as switchable traction control, delightfully minimalist and sporty, too.
The Cup is actually the hugely popular Street Twin in disguise – and, although it is festooned with trick bits and café racer goodies, it is so much more than a mere accessory job. At its heart is the Twin’s 900cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine, frame, suspension and electronics package (ABS and traction control), all wrapped up in café clothes. Triumph have jacked up the rear suspension, increasing the seat height by 20mm and pulling it slightly further back. The bars have been dropped, making them lower and set further forwards. So it’s bum up, head down, which makes for a sportier riding position and a more focused, agile handler. Sweeping round the Spanish bends on the world launch in
Seville quickly impressed; the Cup’s set-up certainly adding an element of sportiness to the rather relaxed Street Twin. Ground clearance has been improved, too, so you can find yourself at surprisingly aggressive lean angles. The brakes, an evolution of the Street Twin’s Nissin system, are strong and progressive, too.
It handles. It’s fun. And, of course, it is drenched in café racer components. Mimicking the Thruxton, the Cup gets twin clocks, drop bars, a posh bullet seat and removable seat cowl, fly screen and snazzy bar-end mirrors. There’s a host of other goodies too, such as new pegs, posh headlight mounts, fork protectors and bullet indicators. Exquisite finishing touches, including the decals, badges and two colour options ( yellow or black), complete the look and add further touches of class.
Triumph’s design department have done a clever and detailed job of transforming the Street Twin into a café racer – and they’re encouraging customers to carry on their good work with over 120 official accessories available.
While the Cup has a sportier riding position and feel, it is still essentially a Street Twin. And that means ultrasmooth, easygoing riding. There’s no clunk from the five-speed gearbox, the ride-by-wire throttle pick up is silky and there’s plenty of usable and friendly power from the 54bhp motor. Add its feather light slip-assist clutch to the mix and you’ve got a sweet blend of slick and smooth riding.
Triumph haven’t deviated too far from the Street Twin. That’s what makes it such a good bike. Tweaked ergonomics sharpen the focus but, despite the dropped bars and raised seat, the riding position is still all-day comfy. The new mirrors are well placed and provide a decent view while the finish, quality and attention to detail are sublime. Like the Street Twin, the Cup will appeal to a wide audience, which includes anyone who fancies a café racer that actually works.
Triumph’s latest is sporty, classy and minimalist
Triumph have created a cool but practical off-the-shelf café racer The Triumph Cup gets twin clocks, drop bars and fly screen and a sportier feel A posh bullet seat for all-day comfort The new Triumph will have wide appeal