Never mind the fact it was made in Thailand, Triumph’s Twin has delivered a faultless season of scrambling in style
‘Instead of being ignored in the bike park it was now getting love and attention’
Price £7350 Fuel 12ltr @63mpg = 164 miles Weight 198kg (dry) Seat height 750mm Power 54bhp Torque 59ftlb
PED BAKER Enjoys tinkering nearly as much as riding.
Height 6ft 4in Weight 90kg
What an epic year. From a dark, wet slog to Lowestoft to watch the sunrise on the longest day of the year, to blazing sunshine and off-road riding in 40°C heat in the mountains of Northern Spain, it’s fair to say my time with the Triumph Street Twin has been eventful.
It started as soon as the bike arrived in April. The genuine accessory Scrambler Inspiration kit (£1706) was instantly ordered from Triumph. Not that there was anything wrong with the stock bike, apart from it was a little on the soft side, but the Scrambler kit transformed both the appearance and feel. Instead of being ignored in the MCN bike park it was now getting a little more love and attention, especially when I fitted the chunky Continental TKC80 off-road tyres (£154). The Vance and Hines exhaust included in the kit gave the bike just enough noise and attitude, the flat seat and bashplate a tad more style. In appearance and attitude it was a little more edgy and it’s no surprise that a dedicated Scrambler model has just appeared in Triumph’s 2017 line-up.
The Street Scrambler overcomes some of the off-road issues I discovered when I rode my ‘Scramblerised’ bike in Austin Vince’s Twin Shock Challenge event last summer. The new model features a 19in front wheel (instead of the 18-incher fitted to the Street Twin) and that means off-road rubber is more available. The wheels are spoked not cast (more durable) and you’re able to disable the ABS at the press of a button, essential for off-road riding. On Austin’s event we had to disconnect the ABS sensor from the front wheel on the Street Twin to put the system into its fault mode, then turn off traction control. What’s more, the Street Scrambler model is £506 cheaper than ‘Scramblerising’ a Street Twin, so if any off-road riding is in your plans (or even if it isn’t) I know which model I’d choose.
As you’d expect, there have been no breakdowns, faults (or thankfully, crashes) or any signs or anything going wrong or wearing out. The plastic engine covers (sprocket, ‘points’ and ‘generator’ covers) held their finish well. Even after the off-road abuse in Spain the bike cleaned up well, leaving only a few dings in the sump guard and a couple of swirl scratches in the tank from my tank bag, and they were easily polished out.
Triumph designed the Street Twin to be fun, accessible, easy to ride and easy to live with. With a slip assist clutch, low centre of gravity, low seat height and unthreatening power delivery (plus traction control if you really get carried away!) from that point of view it’s a total success. For me it’s just a little bit on the soft side, the 2017 Street Scrambler or the Street Cup look a bit more up my er, street.
Mudguard and ABS mods were needed for the Twin Shock challenge This beats commuting on the A47