TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2019 - on) Review
- A great all-round middleweight modern classic
- Engine and handling upgraded for 2020
- A2 kit offered along with lots of personalisation
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The 2019 Triumph Street Twin will continue the success of the previous model and does everything you want from a modern classic, but now with improved braking, comfort, safety and more importantly performance.
The increase in power and more significantly the mid-range grunt has increased the appeal of the Street Twin and injected some excitement to the bike, whist still retaining its ease-of-use and rider-friendliness.
In October 2019 Triumph announced a £500 "personalisation contribution" to make the bike your own.
There's loads of forums and online communities for the Street Twin. Once you've read this review and our owners' reviews, we'd recommend visiting the Triumph Owner's Motor Cycle Club for more.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The ‘entry-level’ Street Twin has improved handling and braking, with upgraded 41mm KYB cartridge forks and a new Brembo four piston caliper gripping a single floating disc, replacing the Nissin of old.
The huge Brembo caliper is not just eye-catching, but also delivers impressive braking performance, backed up by conventional ABS. The racing looking stopper is still user friendly and progressive, though.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The old 900cc machine was a little gutless, and could never have been described as exciting. However, that has been rectified thanks to an 18% increase in power - up from 54bhp to 64bhp. The upgraded engine revs quicker and to 500rpm higher, due to lighter internals. The result of this is a 2019 model that pulls stronger in the mid-range and feels more alive, underneath you.
Although peak torque is identical to the old model, there’s significantly more torque throughout the rev range, noticeable from 3500rpm onwards. Tap back one gear for a fast overtake and the new Street Twin delivers, whereas the old model was a little shy. A dealer fitted A2 licence kit is still available.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Reliability shouldn’t be a problem as the motor is based on the previous model with lighter internalsa and service intervals remain at 10,000 miles.
Our Triumph Street Twin owner reviews are very positive, with the exception of the standard tyres, which is often the case on new bikes.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The OTR price of the Triumph Street Twin has jumped up from £7300 in 2016 to a launch price of £8100 for the new 2019 model. That said, prices remain on par with the competition for the Hinkley designed Triumph, which is actually built in Thailand.
Twin test: Triumph Street Twin takes on Yamaha XSR700
First published by Phil West, 27 March 2019
On face value, the XSR is the better-value bike and the new Street Twin the more convincing retro; only it didn’t work out like that. The uprated Triumph is also, surprisingly, virtually the Yamaha’s performance match, is better equipped and, as expected, more charismatic and classy, too. Some of that is due to extras, so needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and there’s also no doubt the XSR remains a great-value motorcycle.
But while a couple of aspects of the Yam can be criticised the only ones of the Triumph that turn me off are its dinky size and cast wheels. And I’ve just realised that’s no problem, either. The equally new, 900-powered Street Scrambler sorts those issues out, too. So it looks like Triumph have got ‘classics’ covered.
Twin test: Triumph Street Twin vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
First published 2 October 2020 by Michael Neeves
In an effort to discover whether the 2019 Street Twin really is among the best in its class, we pit it against our Best Retro 2020 - the stunningly cheap yet capable Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Here's our verdict:
Forget everything you know about old Royal Enfields because the new Interceptor 650 is in a different league. It still oozes old-school Enfield simplicity, but it’s well-built, classily finished and packed with well thought-out detail touches. It’s light, easy to ride, fun and handles incredibly well. At normal road speeds, it’s as capable as any retro roaster, but at a fraction of the price. Slicker, with funkier styling, more equipment, presence and more of a big bike feel, the Triumph is a class act and, compared to the BMWs and Ducatis of the world, decent value. It’s packed with character, superb handling, grunt, speed with easy road manners. It’s worth some of the extra cash over the Interceptor 650 for all its niceties, but for the pure riding experience there’s little to separate the two, which just goes to show what an incredible job Royal Enfield have done and why the 650 is our winner.
For 2019, the Street Twin comes with class leading rider modes; 'rain' and 'road', which alter the ride-by-wire throttle map and traction control intervention accordingly. Both modes allow full power and can be changed on the move.
There’s a noticeable difference between the modes, with the rain mode significantly reducing the low to mid-range performance and giving the rear Pirelli Phantom an easier time in the tricky conditions we encountered; wet cobbles for example. Triumph have also installed an optional tyre pressure monitoring system, (TPMS).
Furthermore, Triumph have more than 140 accessories to personalise your Street Twin, and then there are countless aftermarket companies offering parts too.
|Engine type||water-cooled, 8v. twin|
|Frame type||Steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm, Kayaba non adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Twin Kayab rear shock, pre-load only|
|Front brake||310mm single disc with four-piston Brembo|
|Rear brake||255mm single disc with two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||110/80 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||£6,800 - £8,100|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||64 bhp|
|Max torque||59 ft-lb|
|Top speed||120 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.
- 2019: Updated bike revealed with more power, better handling and new rider modes.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2019 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TWIN (2019 - 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Fantastic looking and quality machine. Easy to ride - just needs an extra 10hp and better engine braking to make it perfect.
Why do comfort seats come as an option? Surely seats should be comfortable as standard.. this one is ok, but gets numb after about 50mins. Suspension is rear adjustable only, and gives a firm controlled ride. Tyres not the best in slippery conditions.
Engine can struggle to keep up with mates.. just accept that fact and ride along to the smile-inducing exhaust note. Worst part is that for a big twin there's next to no engine braking.
Very reliable. Everything continues to work as it should. Been out on wet and muddy roads, but cleans up a treat. No visible rust or corrosion.
Regularly get over 70mpg, and so far not had to top up the oil. Insurance cost very low considering it's 900cc.
Brembo brakes really good. Standard pipes sound as good as the V&H option. OE tyres aren't the best. Heated grips by far the most popular option.
Buying experience: Bought as brand new but in stock at end of quarter, so got good discount from dealer. Dealer also delivered it to my house FOC. Good experience indeed.
Annual servicing cost: £150
A separate tachometer would be more convenient. Lack of possibility to install rear spools. Really confortable on long ride (500 km) all day. Shifting is precise and smooth. Otherwise an excellent machine
As I said, It has a confortable seat.
I do my own maintenance.I had 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650LT and parts and accessories were really more expensive
Choice of tyres. Rear tyre is sometime at limit on wet pavement. Why not 2 radials?
Buying experience: Excellent service from my dealer