O Top-selling modern classics get a serious performance boost October 3 2018
Street Twin and Scrambler reborn
Forget all about your Bonnevilles, Thruxtons and Bobbers, the humble Street Twin is actually Triumph’s biggest selling modern classic – and after a raft of updates we’d expect those sales to accelerate again.
Both the standard Street Twin and the more evocatively-styled Scrambler benefit from a decent performance hike for 2019. The lack of gusto from the 900cc parallel twin was one of the main complaints from those tempted over to the Street range, while new riders or those looking for a more genteel plodder flocked to it in their droves. But the breathed-on twin gets a healthy 18% boost in peak power, which is almost 10bhp on top of its existing 54, while the torque remains at 59ftlb.
The engine also now spins a little higher before bumping into the limiter, with 500rpm more to play with (taking it to 7500rpm), giving a little extra flexibility between gears. The motor also gets dressed up with a magnesium cam cover, while the clutch cover has been lightened, as have the crank and balance shafts.
The duo get more chassis control, too. Both the Twin and the Scrambler receive new Brembo four-piston brake calipers for added bite and power, while an uprated cartridge telescopic fork delivers improved composure from the front end. Hardware aside, there are also new Road and Rain riding modes to give riders a little more assistance at the throttle when the going gets changeable and there’s even a tyre pressure monitoring system as an optional extra. Switchable traction control is standard fare on both bikes and ABS is also standard (the Scrambler’s is switchable for dirt forays) and both get the ‘torque assist’ clutch that results in a lighter lever but with more positive feel.
The Street also gets new multispoke cast aluminium wheels with machined faces, new seat materials and a thicker seat pad for improved comfort, plus more classy finishes on the clocks, brushed ally headlight brackets and detailing and a pleasantly subdued paintjob.
The Scrambler gets some plastic surgery, too, with new numberboard panels and graphics, a new seat cover finish, the same clock upgrade as the Twin, and wider spaced forks for a more rugged, adventure bike look.
Impressively-spaced service intervals, at 10,000 miles, also help to keep maintenance costs down.
Both new Street models get a new, classier-looking instrument cluster The Scrambler boasts a bit of Mcqueen cool Street Scrambler pillion pad can be swapped for a small luggage rack