Interview: ‘These are far from just body kits’

Published: 23 October 2016

Why there’s more to the Bonnies than meets the eye...

"If you stop and have a look at the Triumph Street Cup you will see there is far more to it than first impressions suggest, and it is actually something we couldn’t have done with a body kit,"says Stuart Wood, the man behind Triumph’s retro range. "The back end is jacked-up and the ergonomics are different so the bike is a little bit sportier in its focus."

Wood says that when you ride the Street Cup and Street Twin back-to-back the differences are clear, adding: "Going the extra mile makes a real difference."

He says the Street Cup experience starts with the ace bars, the seat with its hump and the bike’s overall look. And then you get the new pegs, the paintjob with its hand pin-striped wheels, which is a different colour depending on the bike’s main colour. 

"The exhausts intentionally have a single skin header so it blues up nicely at the top,” he continues. “It’s certainly not simply an inspiration kit on a Street Twin, it’s a step above. But it is not a Thruxton.

"The Thruxton and Thruxton R are  very different bikes. They’re full-on sportsbikes in many ways with their geometry and components, which isn’t what the Street Cup is about, it is more of a fun bike. At the moment this means you can’t fit the Thruxton’s dolphin fairing to the Street Cup as its bars are more relaxed and that would interfere with the fairings. That’s not to say there won’t be a dedicated Street Cup dolphin fairing in the future."

Wood says the new 900cc T100 Bonnevilles are closer to the larger T120s than the are to the Street Twin.

"They are an accessible version of the T120 for riders who are maybe happy with the performance of the old 900cc Bonnevilles but want a bike that is cheaper than the T120. It is a big step forward on the old Bonneville. 

"Think of the T100 as a smaller version of the T120 and you won’t be disappointed. You can buy all the kit the T120 has such as a pillion grab rail, heated grips, centre stand, but have it in a smaller package."

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