Top Tri­umphs

O Top-sell­ing mod­ern clas­sics get a se­ri­ous per­for­mance boost Oc­to­ber 3 2018

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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

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