TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016 - on) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||8v, Parallel-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||63 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£150|
|Used price||£5,300 - £7,300|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year, unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||54 bhp|
|Max torque||59 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||164 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2016 - on)
13 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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I agree with MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child - It's gutless.
It's not a Thruxton, but it's well balanced.
No failures so only routine.
I don't need electronics.
Buying experience: Bought from a good dealership, if a bit boutique.
Annual servicing cost: £80
A terrific bike with stunning looks. Great pulling power with effortless seeming acceleration. It looks great and feels terrific. I’m enjoying every second one with this bike.
Bike rides perfectly and feels stable and nimble. Great for filtering in traffic and motorway driving.
I’m totally delighted with my Street Twin and it’s surpassing all my hopes and expectations. I had some extras fitted, centre stand, heated grips, luggage rack and some minor cosmetic items.
Everything feels well thought out and well designed. Switchgear is well placed and so easy to use.
Heated grips are great. Good dashboard display which covers a lot of information.
Buying experience: Buying my bike was a good experience with helpful advice from the sales staff. No pressure whatsoever.
Version: 900 watercooled engine
Lack of power standard.
Rear shocks are cheap and chearful. Fit better basic rear shocks like girling gas or hagon.
Great strong crankshaft and love watercooled design and I like high torque but camshaft seriously limits the power and peak torque and a good 20 plus bhp can be had by fitting TEC tuning after market camshaft. Triumph kept the power very low for a 900 cc watercooled engine due to it being potentially as powerful as the 1200 and stealing sales off of the 1200.
Very good strong over engineered crankshaft and motor.
Its too fancy and expensive for a twin and needs a basic version thats cheap no frills like a yamaha fazer royal enfield interceptor.
Not over fancy and a great twin engine that is cheaper than other models like the bobber. . Many of us want carburettors reverse cone megaphones and old school T140 solid engineering that doesnt cost a fortune as we aint rich harley riders but often guys working in lower paid jobs and working class . Keep it real triumph like BSA did with their basic excellent A7 and A10 twins in the 1946 to 1962 period. Functional and we could service them ourselves easily. Royal Enfield have done great with the interceptor for £6000 and triumph can do the same!...
Buying experience: I saw tec. After market camshaft that TEC developed made a huge difference around 70 bhp at back wheel and loads more torque right up to redline. I want one now. My mates in bike club are older lads into tuning and a mate rephases yammie xs 650 engines and bores them out . He is impressed with TEC aftermarket camshaft costing around £250 and forged and ground and hardened of very high quality. See their video on you tube. Its fab.
I have had my Street Twin for almost a year now and have to say I am very pleased indeed with it.Over forty years of biking I've had bigger, faster machines but the Street Twin suits me fine now I've 'eased off' a bit.
It has a low seat with a comfortable riding position and handles nicely. The steering is slightly slower than my last bike, so at first I found myself backing off on fast sweeping bends until I got the feel for things.The brakes are fine, with just the right amount of feel. I've never had ABS on a bike before and, fair enough, I suppose it is a safety feature, although it wasn't one of my cosiderations. However, I can't imagine why anybody would need traction controll on a road bike.
The engine is lovely - smooth and tractable with plenty of performance if you want to crack on. The five speed box is sweet with well chosen ratios ; a sixth gear would be quite unneccessary.
The finish is excellent and the jet black tank is gorgeous (even better now I have removed the idiot stickers with a hair dryer). Running has been faultless.
You can pay quite a lot more for a new Triumph twin, but this one is the best value. I was slightly concerned about the twelve litre petrol tank capacity, but the frugal fuel consumption gives it a similar range to bikes I have had in the past with tanks of greater volume.
The only extras I had fitted were the front mudguard extension - to keep crud off the radiator and the centre stand, which is so useful for chain / rear wheel maintainance. Many modern machines can't be fitted with a main stand and paddock stands are a real pain when you are on your own. To my mind many of the other extras : bars,racks rails, screens, bags etc. just add weight and clutter, spoiling the classic simple, clean lines. No option for a tacho as on the old Bonnie.
Buying experience: Cobb and Jagger at Shipley were first class - very friendly and proffessional - so I couldn't be more satisfied.
Version: Mat Black
Annual servicing cost: £60
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 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.
Waveing revs when cold. Engine can stop working.
Corrosion and condensation.
In my case servicing is an oil and filter (2x), plus rear pads and chain lube. Serviced at home.
Very expensive accessories.
Buying experience: Aftersales is a disater.
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.
So much torque, and the stock pipes give the bike a beautiful rumble.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 attention to detail set this out as a class leader.
Front brake a little weak under emergency braking but the ABS is a superb addition
Lovely torquey engine that doesn't seem to run out of puff unless pushed well beyond the legal limits
Quality shines through with no issues.
ABS, ride-by-wire, traction control all as standard - what a very "adult" motorcycle.
Annual servicing cost: £200
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 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.
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.
Not "powerful" but pulls really well, I tend to be lazy about changing gear and generally she will pull away.
Attention to detail to what is effectively an entry level machine is superb. Have done around 1400 miles with no problems.
Averaging around 68 MPG which for 900cc bike is unbelievable!
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.
Version: Red Speed twin
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 suited to those with plenty of testosterone. Not a young blokes bike. Good for the over 80 mature rider.
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
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.
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!
unknown service costs yet
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good set up for me at 78kg, although not adjustable. ABS re-assuring. Stops well.
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.
No complaints yet, but still early days.
Incredibly efficient engine with very high mpg. Service intervals of 10,000 miles is good too.
ABS, Traction Control, and console information all good. Would be helpful to have some under seat storage.
Buying experience: £7300 from Metropolis Motorcycles
Annual servicing cost: £250
Best for me of the over 30 bikes I've had.
First service at 500 next at 10k!
Added long tour windscreen and my neck is now a happy camper!
Buying experience: Exceptional