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TRIUMPH STREET CUP (2017-on) Review

Published: 23 July 2018

Updated: 23 July 2018

Triumph reckon they’ve nailed it…and they’re not wrong

The 2017 Triumph Street Cup

Triumph reckon they’ve nailed it…and they’re not wrong

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Triumph Street Cup isn’t going to blow your socks off with raw speed and racing talent. It’s an easy-going, manageable and friendly machine based on a hugely popular motorcycle and in a café racer get-up. Triumph has done a great job of extending their range. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Triumph jacked up the rear suspension, increasing the seat height by 20mm and pulling it slightly further back. The bars have been dropped making them lower and further forwards. So it’s bum up, head down, which makes for a sportier riding position and a more agile bike. The Cup’s set-up certainly adds an element of sportiness to an otherwise relaxed Street Twin. Railing round corners is easier than it should be on the Street Cup, the ground clearance has also been increased so you can tip it further than you think it should go. The rear twin Kayaba shocks (preload adjustable) do a decent job of soaking up the bumps, but anything too gnarly and they’ll throw a wobbly. The front brake is an evolution of the Street Twin’s Nissin twin-pot caliper, which coupled with the floating brake disc has plenty of bite and does a good job of stopping in a hurry. While it has a sportier riding position and feel, it is still essentially a Street Twin. And that means ultra-smooth, easy going riding. There’s no clunk from the five-speed gearbox, the ride-by-wire throttle pick up is silky and there’s plenty of usable and friendly power from the 54bhp 900cc motor. Add its feather light slip-assist clutch to the mix and you’ve got a sweet blend of slick and smooth riding.  

Engine 4 out of 5

The Triumph Street Cup is the Street Twin in café racer disguise. So it uses the same ‘High Torque’ 900cc, liquid-cooled parallel twin motor. The 900cc parallel-twin pulls away smoothly.  Triumph reckon the new motor produces 28% more power and torque between 2750-4750rpm than the outgoing model and it’s certainly smoother and more refined with a broader spread of power. They also say it’s more fuel efficient and service intervals have been bumped up from 6,000 to 10,000 miles. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The overall finish, quality of parts and attention to detail is sublime. Like the Street Twin, the Cup will appeal to a wide audience, which basically includes anyone who fancies a café racer that actually works.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At £8,600 it is over £1000 more than the Street Twin, so it totally depends on how much you value the café racer style. 

Equipment 4 out of 5

Triumph has gone to town on the café components. Mimicking the delectable Thruxton range, the Cup gets twin clocks, drop bars, a posh bullet seat and removable seat cowl, fly screen and snazzy bar-end mirrors. There’s a bunch of other goodies too, such as new pegs, posh headlight mounts, fork protectors and bullet indicators. Exquisite finishing touches like posh decals, badges and two colour options (yellow or black) complete the look and add a further touch of class.  It also gets ABS, traction control and a slip-assist clutch.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £8,600
Used price £5,800 to £8,800
Warranty term Two year, unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
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
Engine size 900cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, 8v, parallel-twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 200kg
Front suspension KYB 41 mm forks, 120 mm travel
Rear suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120 mm rear wheel travel
Front brake Single 310 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Rear brake Single 255 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 100/90-19
Rear tyre size 150/70- R17

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET CUP (2017-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 CUP (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

01 April 2017 by Thaistralian

Extremely happy with the bike. The quality is fantastic and it has bags of character!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes could be better.
5 out of 5
Full of character
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Buying experience

Webb's of Peterborough were excellent

Photo Gallery

  • The 2017 Triumph Street Cup
  • The Triumph Street Cup clocks
  • The Street Cup engine
  • The Triumph Street Cup seat
  • Riding the Triumph Street Cup
  • On the road with the Street Cup
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