Up­grad­ing the cock­pit view

Motorcyclist - - Garage - —Ju­lia La­palme

I’VE BEEN A FAN of café rac­ers from the very start of my mo­tor­cy­cling years— sim­ple, el­e­gant de­sign and torquey en­gines al­ways got me—and I can’t help but lean that way now with the Street Twin. Bar-end mir­rors seem to go hand in hand with that de­sign ethos, and a pair of Ri­zoma Class Retro mir­rors ($232; ri­ was de­liv­ered among many other items from the Ital­ian com­pany. I opted for black brushed alu­minum, pick­ing up on the Twin’s sil­ver paint and blacked-out en­gine cases.

The mir­rors are mostly an aes­thetic up­grade from the stock an­ten­nae-like ap­pendages but—with about the same glass size—pro­vide com­pa­ra­ble rear­ward vis­i­bil­ity. Two things strike me as odd: the blue-tinted glass and the lim­ited lat­eral ad­justa­bil­ity of the mir­rors on their stems. The tint takes a lit­tle get­ting used to but oth­er­wise isn’t a prob­lem. Some­times the mir­rors are dif­fi­cult to ad­just, but I’d rather they were a lit­tle chal­leng­ing to move than loosey-goosey. Aside from that, I’m en­joy­ing the up­grade, both on and off the bike.

The folks at Ri­zoma were eager to share a smat­ter­ing of ac­ces­sories for the Street Twin, and a pair of “3D” Brake and Clutch Levers ($322) also made it into the mix. Th­ese ma­chined-alu­minum pieces fold up or down, re­duc­ing the risk of it snap­ping off in a crash. A black-ma­chined bil­let Front Brake Fluid Tank ($62) fur­ther helps clean up the cock­pit view; I don’t know any­one who likes stock clear plas­tic fluid reser­voirs. The Ri­zoma ad­di­tions cer­tainly class up the bike, but they come at a steep cost. Oof.

To round out the up­grades, I threw on a pair of Triumph’s Brown Bar­rel Grips ($35; tri­umph­mo­tor­cy­ My orig­i­nal in­ten­tion with the Street Twin was to turn it into more of a scram­bler, and while cer­tain parts have proved elu­sive to achiev­ing that goal (ahem, ex­haust) th­ese grips are a gen­tle nod to that orig­i­nal as­pi­ra­tion. The ribs of­fer more grip and com­fort than the stock­ers, and the brown is a nice change from black.

WRIST Ju­lia La­palme

MSRP (2016) $8,700

MILES 6,276

MPG 55

MODS Mir­rors, brake & clutch levers, front brake fluid tank, grips


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