The popular Street Twin is Triumph’s entry-level modern-classic Bonneville, but its spec gives a far more premium feel that the ‘entry-level’ tag makes out. Updated in recent times with improved performance, comfort and retaining those gorgeous vintage Bonneville looks, the Street Twin is a retro motorcycle aimed at new riders and veterans alike, but what is this latest update like to ride?

Styling and attention to detail

The Street twin remains an absolute head turner, rocking the true Bonneville styling. Its vintage styling mixed in with a little modern works perfectly for me.

With the short front mudguard, cartridge forks, circular halogen headlight, indented fuel tank, bench seat, brushed metal work including the twin stainless steel exhaust, the looks continue to work so well even to this day and literally everyone who saw it complimented it highly.

The attention to detail and finish is great on the Street Twin, with Triumph and Bonneville logos placed throughout but in a classy way – from in the headlight and dash to the rear of the seat. Mix in the aforementioned brushed metalwork including the headlight mounts, it gives such a great finish to this entry-level bonnie.

Available in three colourways: Jet Black (£8,400), Matt Ironstone (£8,600) and the version we had on test the stunning Cobalt Blue (£8,600).

Down to the wheels and the Street Twin has an 18” at the front which has a 100 wide tyre, and at the rear there is a 17” wheel which has a 150 tyre. The wheels themselves are cast, however, the spokes have machined detailing to add that little extra sign of quality. The tyres on the Street Twin are Pirelli Phantoms which on test were absolutely great and I cannot criticise them at all.

All in all, for looks it is a massive thumbs up from me.

Engine and power

The Street Twin is all about the torque!

Powered by a 900cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, 270° crank angle parallel-twin, which even has HT (High Torque) on the engine nameplate. It puts out a respectable 64.1hp at 7,500rpm and a throbbing 80nm at a low and easily accessible 3,800rpm, which results in this being one very torquey motorcycle! All that torque is done in a way that can remain relaxed and gentle, but on tap for when the moment takes you or you want a quick overtake.

You can rest assured that the 900cc parallel-twin sounds absolutely fantastic, hearing it thumping away as it idles, pull that throttle back and it starts to roar away, and those twin stainless steel upswept exhausts compliment it well – the overall sound is great!

Fuel tank and consumption

That vintage-styled fuel tank holds 12litres, and you should expect consumption to be somewhere around 60-70miles per gallon, which I think is pretty good going for classic style machine such as this with a 900cc engine. Using that full 12-litre tank will see a range of around 170miles.

Dash, switchgear and technology

The perfect merge of modern and classic continues with the dash and switchgear. Staying with a traditional circular dash which is split between the large analogue speedometer at the top and the smaller LCD panel below with dash warning lights between the two.

That LCD panel has all the other vital information, it is not the biggest display in the world, but the information is easy to see and not crammed in either. There is an ‘i’ button on the left of the switchgear which allows you to navigate through the display options. The LCD dash displays fuel gauge, gear indicator, clock, odometer, trip, rev gauge and fuel consumption so I think most people will be pleased.

At the very bottom of the digital display are your riding modes, and it is done nice and simply on the Street Twin – there are two options ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’. ‘Road’ will be the go to for most, but if you want things a bit more reserved and cautious then knock it into ‘Rain’ (by the mode button on the left of the switchgear) for increased traction control and reduced throttle response.

The Street Twin doesn’t stop there it actually packs quite a bit of other tech too; these include ride-by-wire throttle, torque-assist clutch, under-seat USB port, immobiliser key fob, traction control and of course the mandatory ABS.

The switchgear is simple and as you’d expect with everything all very nicely laid out, quality to the touch and working nicely. The indicator is a typical push in to cancel, and the electric start is adapted into the kill switch where you simply push it down while holding the clutch in.

If you have the bike running in gear and put the side stand down the engine will cut out, so make sure to put it in neutral to save the engine cutting out.

Now if all this standard spec isn’t quite enough for you then as is typical with most Triumph models you are well catered for with accessories, as there are over 120 available.

Brakes and suspension

Brakes are also well catered for on the Street Twin. At the front is a large single 310mm disc, with a four-piston Brembo brake caliper, heading to the back and there is a 255mm brake disc with a two-piston Nissin brake caliper. Now the braking is sharp and progressive on the front and the back brake is more gentle, used both in conjunction and the standard braking on the Street Twin is really nice and effective.

Onto suspension and at the front we have those vintage looking 41mm cartridge forks, and to the rear, there are twin shock absorbers (pre-load adjustable), which are not too firm not too soft. Suspension is set up perfectly for everyday riding, making every day riding an absolute breeze!

Price

The Triumph Trident starts at £8,400 for the jet-black colourway, want to get the nicer ironstone or even better Cobalt Blue? Well, that can be yours for an extra £200 at £8,600.

Oh and another great thing; the service intervals on the Street Twin are every 10,000 miles! 

On the road

Looking stunning in its Cobalt Blue colourway and Bonneville goodness, I was absolutely buzzing to get riding! Sitting on the bike before leaving base, I was instantly loving the comfort!
With a very accessible 765mm seat height, padded bench-style seat, and that lovely neutral seating position, the Street Twin is a very comfy and rider-friendly motorcycle – one you can cover a lot of miles on and feel fine for doing so. The only drawback on the comfort side is the obvious lack of protection from the elements and wind buffering, being the naked style classic motorcycle that it is.

Powering on the Street Twin and you hear those throbbing notes of the 900cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, which I just adore, start to pull that throttle back and you really start to hear the engine roar. With those brushed stainless-steel exhausts sounding fantastic, nothing too over the top, you get just enough of a rumble to impress (or annoy) those nearby.

The throttle is very friendly, yet the torque won’t fail to put a smile on your face, it is fantastic fun! With the torque kicking in at 3,800rpm and the gearing really well-spaced it allows great use of the gears to build up speed and have fun. The 5-speed gearbox truly helps define the Street Twins’ torquey characteristics, allowing you to gently coast in gears or use them to their full potential.

That’s what helps the Street Twin suit a mass audience, from beginners looking for their first big bike (can be restricted to A2) or for those well-seasoned biking veterans, the Street Twin mixes rider-friendly riding and great looks with plenty of torque which just gives it oodles of character.

Hitting the B-roads and country lanes, I was instantly surprised – the Street Twin can handle! It can handle really bliming well!

Weighing in at a modern-classic average 216kg (wet), the Triumph handles superbly, far better than you’d expect from a motorcycle such as this. Manoeuvrability-wise, whether road riding or manual handling it is done with ease. 

The suspension setup is kind of goldilocks style – not too firm, not too soft and it just works well and handles everyday roads very well. The Pirelli Phantom tyres give great grip throughout, which will be confidence-inspiring for new riders.

Braking again is pretty much spot on and what you’d expect from the model (you’ve got to remind yourself this is an entry-level Bonnie). The 310mm front disc and four-piston Brembo caliper give great responsive braking, and the rear 255mm disc and two-piston Nissen work really nicely too. Want more performance braking then best look towards the more top of the range higher performance Bonnies, but the Street Twin definitely isn’t lacking!

Summary

When riding the Street Twin, it is hard work to find areas to improve when you look at it for what it is. The two little niggles I did come up with are, firstly, the 12-litre fuel tank gives a range of around 170miles now that’s not terrible, but it would be great to have a slightly larger fuel tank, maybe 14 litres, just to give that little extra range.

Secondly, and I feel bad for saying it (and I will give my full opinion), is the fact that some people will want to see full LED lighting. Now for me, seeing the Street Twin running, with the golden yellow glow emitting from the halogen headlight, makes me think ‘yup this looks like a proper Bonnie!’ So having the halogen works really well and doesn’t bother me. However, there will no doubt be some who’d want to see LED throughout.

Onto the good bits and my oh my, have I been impressed with the Street Twin – it really is a great all-arounder for newbies and old-school bikers alike. It is lovely and comfortable, from the low seat height, decent suspension set-up, wide bars and relaxed sitting position, it is a bike you could ride for hours and hours and love every second!

The torque happy 900cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin is a lot of fun and more than happy gliding along at comfortable speeds, but with plenty of torque on hand to really enjoy yourself. The throttle, like everything else on the Street Twin, is nicely set up to be very friendly to use indeed, so not intimidating for new riders.

The handling for me really stands out. For a modern classic such as this to handle the way it does is a great achievement, it is so easy to ride, and it goes exactly where you want it to on bends.

The gearbox, gearing and ultra-soft torque-assist clutch are a joy to use, while the braking is more than adequate to bring this 216kg retro to a halt. All-in-all it just ticks so many boxes.

The Street Twin is designed to be an extremely rider-friendly entry-level classically-styled machine with decent spec and it most definitely delivers!

I know this is the entry-level Bonnie as a fact, but for me, the ‘entry-level’ tag is hard on a bike that offers so much.

Spec

Engine 900cc, 64.1 bhp, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, 270° crank angle parallel-twin
Fuel tank 12L
Brakes Front: Single Ø310mm floating disc, Brembo 4 piston fixed axial caliper, ABS
Rear: Single Ø255mm disc, Nissin 2 piston floating caliper, ABS
Suspension Front: Ø 41mm cartridge forks
Rear: Twin RSUs with preload adjustment
Seat height 765mm
Weight 216kg
Price Jet Black (£8,400), Matt Ironstone (£8,600) & Cobalt Blue (£8,600)

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