TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016-on) Review

Published: 16 December 2015

Classic looks aside - the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right.

TRIUMPH STREET TWIN  (2016-on)

Classic looks aside - the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Classic looks aside - the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right. But add in the retro style, Triumph’s unrivalled heritage and a sensible price tag and you’ve got a winner.  With its smooth new liquid-cooled 900cc motor, easy handling and modern day electronic rider aids, the Triumph is a cinch to get on with, but fun, too. It’s affordable and there are a raft of accessories and kits available to turn your Street Twin into something special.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its new chassis, non-adjustable Kayaba forks and preload-adjustable twin Kayaba shock set-up (with 20% more rear wheel travel over the old Bonnie), the Street Twin is agile around town offers a plush ride. A well padded seat and relaxed riding position enhances comfort and lets you ride all day with no aches or pains. The Triumph is low enough for feet-down at the lights, but not too cramped for tall riders. 

The Street Twin handles brilliantly. The 198kg (dry) machine is light, agile, has excellent full lean stability and acres of ground clearance. The single disc twin-piston Nissin brake set-up has impressive feel and power, too. 

The Triumph has an 18” front wheel for retro looks, which takes a bit of getting used to after 17-inchers, so the front end needs more muscle to get into a corner, but once you’re in and powering through, the Street Twin is completely stable. 

Engine 5 out of 5

Triumph claims 54bhp from its smooth new ride-by-wire controlled, liquid-cooled, 900cc ‘high torque’, 270° parallel twin-cylinder engine. That’s more than enough for mischief on a naked retro. Power is up 22bhp over the old out-going air-cooled Bonnie (between 2750rpm and 4750rpm) and the new motor makes 18% more torque. Triumphs claims a frugal 75.5mpg and service intervals have increased from 6000 to 10,000-miles. The new ‘slip assist’ clutch is far lighter than the previous-generation Bonnie’s and the five-speed gearbox is slick and precise.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Although designed and developed in the UK, the new Bonnie range, including the Street Twin will be made at a Triumph factory in Thailand. Build quality is excellent, from the paint finish to the welds. There are some nice detail touches, including a stitched seat, brushed ali throttle body shrouds, logo'd chrome fuel cap, finned cylinder heads and dummy exhaust headers, to hide the catalyser.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The Street Twin offers superb value for money. Its retro rivals come in the shape of the more basic, but punchier Yamaha XSR700, the entry-level Harley Davidson Street 750 and the quirky-but-lovable Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone.

But the Triumph’s big rival is the Ducati Scrambler Icon. Both manage to pull off the neat trick of appealing to new and experienced riders alike, breezily mix classic cool with modern performance and technology and come with phonebook-thick clothing and accessory catalogues.

Equipment 4 out of 5

You get traction control and ABS as standard, as well as a Smiths-style white on black speedo, incorporating a multi-function digital display, an underseat USB socket and immobiliser. There are over 150 official Triumph accessories available, including heated grips, Vance and Hines 2-1 exhaust, a tail tidy, fly screen, handlebar grips…the list goes on. Triumph also offers three pre-prepared ‘Inspiration Kits’ to transform your Street Twin into a scrambler, flat-track and urban style. And of course there’s loads of old school Triumph-branded clothing to choose from.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Long term review

19 July 2017 by Bogo

My ST has 8 months and 15kkm (almost 10k miles). Good things: engine, torque, tires, brakes, in general bike is very nice to ride. Bad things: corrosion and engine management. Lamp bezel had to be painted after just 4 moths. I made claim, but no... Read more answer from the dealer since. Rust on rear shocks, condensation in the indicators are problems too. After almost 15kkm I know, that bike should be serviced not every 16kkm but every 8-10kkm. Revs are waveing when engine is cold. Maybe throthle have to be cleaned. Not sure.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
Waveing revs when cold. Engine can stop working.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Corrosion and condensation.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
In my case servicing is an oil and filter (2x), plus rear pads and chain lube. Serviced at home.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Very expensive accessories.
Buying experience

Aftersales is a disater.

5 out of 5

13 September 2016 by Mark

An astounding bike. It's so forgoving, comfortable and fun. I've had a few bikes, but it feels like this is the one I've been waiting for all my riding life. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
So much torque, and the stock pipes give the bike a beautiful rumble.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Ideal for Aging Urban Cowboys

12 September 2016 by The Mild Colonial Boy

An attractive proposition for many on account of it's clean retro styling, bland power output, relative low weight, lowish seat height and light clutch pull. Possibly a bit beamy at the cases and the engine could certainly use a visual lift by having... Read more less black and more chrome or polished aluminium to it...Yes you can dress up the bike with expensive factory bits but it would be nice if the engine at least looked a little bit less Darth Vaderish. A great bike if you have the money and aren't a speed merchant.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For the type of riding I do (urban, urban/rural fringe and occasional shortish trip) the handling and brakes are just fine. Rear brake almost unnecessary except where needed to adjust the physics for particular corners.
Engine
4 out of 5
The only reason I didn't score this as a 5 is that while the amount of power on tap is generally "fit for purpose" the number of ponies that Triumph are extracting from a 900cc bike is pretty pathetic.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
I would have liked to have seen a dual instrument pod. It they can do it for the T120 and most likely for the 2017 T100 why not this bike? There should definitely be an option to order this bike with spoked wheels over cast wheels. A nicely designed retro bike like this deserves to come with old school wheels. OK you can buy spoked wheels as an option (which is something of a well kept secret) but they should be there in the first instance w/o having to pay a premium. The reverse cone mufflers are beauties. As much as I can appreciate the desire for 1960's authenticity with the pea-shooter type mufflers on other models they are about as stylish as grandmas old sensible low heeled squared toed shoes.
5 out of 5

Stunning machine that does all you demand

02 August 2016 by hartley2248

Stunning machine that does all you demand of it whether pottering around the lanes, funnelling through traffic or motorway cruising at 70mph plus. Handling that is totally predictable and stable, an engine with real character and a thoughtful... Read more attention to detail set this out as a class leader.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Front brake a little weak under emergency braking but the ABS is a superb addition
Engine
5 out of 5
Lovely torquey engine that doesn't seem to run out of puff unless pushed well beyond the legal limits
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality shines through with no issues.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS, ride-by-wire, traction control all as standard - what a very "adult" motorcycle.
5 out of 5

Is this the nicest bike I've had!?

18 May 2016 by philmink

The best thing about the "Street" is that I want to ride it every day. Set up as a mini tourer: panniers, tall screen, topbox, and heated grips all factory accessories. while obviously not perfect it works for me. The worst thing are the mirrors... Read more all you can see is your arms, cured with a pair of ally spacers from Amazon people don't even know they are not standard.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes good but nothing special. They are up to the job. Pitches around a little on uneven roads and squirms on road banding. I can ride about 1.5 hours before I need to stretch but I do suffer with a dicky back.
Engine
5 out of 5
Not "powerful" but pulls really well, I tend to be lazy about changing gear and generally she will pull away.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Attention to detail to what is effectively an entry level machine is superb. Have done around 1400 miles with no problems.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Averaging around 68 MPG which for 900cc bike is unbelievable!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Multifunctional clock is great you learn how many times to press button to view info you require. I can also read info, time MPG etc without wearing glasses (a bit different to my last bike) On reflection I might have gone for the slightly smaller screen.
Buying experience

Bought it from Triumph World in Chesterfield. they are like friends and very helpful.

3 out of 5

Not so perfect yet

19 April 2016 by Mike the Bike

Best feature -grunty smooth motor. BUT cases are too wide and steering is too slow for a good all rounder. OK if you want to just tool along for a coffee cruise on a nice sunny day. Motor revs out well. Would be good for a short lady but not really... Read more suited to those with plenty of testosterone. Not a young blokes bike. Good for the over 80 mature rider.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Handling is too slow which makes bike unsuited to fast riding in the twisties -front tyre too big-heavy and wide (try 17inch?) and needs steeper angle on fork. Fine for M'Ways and sweeping highway bends though .Good seating position but seat itself is too low for most males -good for girls, teens and asians I guess. Im 5' 9" and would add 1 1/4" padding .Tank is v narrow but cases are too wide results in splayed out legs -not good for cornering. Brakes ok -non threatening. Suspension ok
Engine
5 out of 5
The power is smooth and grunty from about 2 to 7,000rpm as smooth as a good 4.slipper style clutch makes engine easy to use-very light and no lock ups on down shifts at higher revs.Good in steep terrain -not much gear changing needed.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Should be able to order the accessories without paying thru the nose by swapping them with the std parts from new. Wire wheels are v nice, Engine is too black-needs the chrome and or alloy touches. Although there are many optional seats most look pretty bad. Std mirrors look clown like!
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
unknown service costs yet
Equipment
4 out of 5
Tilted up speedo acts as a mini fly screen -can lope along at 65-70 no problems with wind blast but above this fit the mini screen. Info on screen -mpg etc is a bit feint and too small for these older eyes. Don't like black bars either.
Buying experience

dealer

5 out of 5

Best combo of old and new. More than enough bike for you,trust me.

26 March 2016 by steve

Outperforms my beloved 1967 Bonneville in every way but smell. I continue to be astounded at how simply good this bike is for zipping around the streets and backroads of my modern world. Great machine, has exceeded my expectations. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
A bit undersprung and underdamped for a 200 lb rider,but I expected that. I can easily upgrade the shocks and tune the forks. Easy peasy.
Engine
5 out of 5
The motor pulls like a dump truck. I can't wait to sneak on the 1200 top end. In the meantime, this is a sweet street motor. Im getting super mileage and it runs and sounds just great.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
I would like a bit more feedback from the tires, but this bike is so very good as a package, Im nitpicking.
Buying experience

Dealer bought. They treated me like a prince.

5 out of 5

08 March 2016 by Simon Brown

Fun, relaxing bike for town and country with lots of opportunities for customising. Might try a flat seat and ace bars to make high speed riding more comfortable. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Good set up for me at 78kg, although not adjustable. ABS re-assuring. Stops well.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very lively at low revs. Probably not for those who lust after a surge up to the red line. It reminds me of my old Norton Commando. Lots of torque with immediate response at normal engine speeds.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No complaints yet, but still early days.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Incredibly efficient engine with very high mpg. Service intervals of 10,000 miles is good too.
Equipment
4 out of 5
ABS, Traction Control, and console information all good. Would be helpful to have some under seat storage.
Buying experience

£7300 from Metropolis Motorcycles

5 out of 5

Loving my new street twin

26 February 2016 by Alfaboy

Best for me of the over 30 bikes I've had. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
First service at 500 next at 10k!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Added long tour windscreen and my neck is now a happy camper!
Buying experience

Exceptional

Read all 9 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £7,300
Used price £6,000 to £9,300
Warranty term Two year, unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 54 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 63 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Specification
Engine size 900cc
Engine type 8v, Parallel-twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 750mm
Bike weight 198kg
Front suspension 41mm Kayaba forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin rear Kayaba shocks, fully-adjustable
Front brake 310mm disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
Rear brake 255mm single disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2016: Street Twin released, featuring a new liquid-cooled 900cc engine, chassis, suspension, traction control and ABS. The first of five new-generation Bonnevilles released in 2016.

Other versions

Only one Street Twin version available, but Triumph offers over 150 dealer-fit accessories for customising. Three ‘Inspiration Kits’ also available to change the look of the bike: The Scrambler, The Brat Tracker and The Urban.

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