Qual­ity Street

Never mind the fact it was made in Thai­land, Tri­umph’s Twin has de­liv­ered a fault­less sea­son of scram­bling in style

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - peter.baker@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

‘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

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