NEW STREET CUP TESTED

Does Tri­umph’s T100 café racer go as well as it looks?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY DAVID­SON STAFF WRITER andy.david­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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

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