MCN Fleet: The Street Twin serves an ergonomic masterclass

Published: 21 April 2016

If there’s a single word that sums up Triumph’s Street Twin it’s ‘simplicity’. From riding to customising, everything about the bike is designed to be fuss-free and as simple as possible. 

In just a couple of miles of riding the Street I was instantly familiar and comfortable with it. The slip-assist clutch is light, the suspension plush, the chassis geometry perfectly neutral and the single front disc brake provides impressive feel and power. After a couple of days commuting I felt like I’d been riding it for years! Even the large speedo and function display are simple to read and understand. The Street Twin is an absolute masterclass of ergonomic design.

Triumph have made changing the bike’s appearance just as simple. With 160 genuine Street Twin accessories on offer it would be easy for owners to become overwhelmed by so many options. So Triumph have cleverly combined groups of the accessories into what they call Inspiration Packs. The Brat Tracker, Urban and Scrambler kits show what’s possible with the accessories and no doubt, are intended to introduce owners to the concept of continually upgrading their machines. It’s something Harley-Davidson have been encouraging their owners to do for decades.

The Scrambler pack (£1745) holds the most appeal for me and is the direction I’d like to take the bike in. If the Street could be criticised at all, it’s that its stock styling is a little vanilla flavoured. The knee-level Vance and Hines exhaust, flat tan seat and aluminium bash plate from the Scrambler kit give the bike a much-needed aggressive stance.

The two-into-one exhaust is labelled as off-road only so before I book the bike into the local dealer for the upgrades I need to check on just how noisy it is. My neighbours like the Street Twin at the moment, so if the V&H pipe is loud enough to rattle windows I may well go a different route...

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