Triumph are currently offering a £500 contribution to anyone looking at buying a Street Cup, Street Twin or Bonneville T120 and T120 Black. And best of all, you are free to spend it on any official Triumph clothing or accessories or even use it to cut your insurance premium or TriStar monthly finance payment. However if you are tempted by this deal, you had better move fast as it runs out on Saturday March 31. But which Modern Classic is the one to buy?
Launched in 2017, the Street Cup takes the Street Twin’s base and gives it a bit of a café racer look through a small fly screen, bullet seat with a pillion seat cover and clip-on-style bars with bar-end mirrors. But this bike isn’t all about show, jacked-up twin Kayaba shocks tip the Cup further on its nose when compared to the Street Twin, giving it slightly more agile handling.
While far from a full-on café racer, the Street Cup is an easy-going and cool-looking bike that comes with ABS and traction control and can be made A2-legal if required. It’s a chilled-out entry into the Modern Classic family with a dash of café racer style.
The first of the new water-cooled small capacity classics, the Street Twin arrived in 2016 and is best thought of as a classically-styled roadster. The parallel twin motor (which is identical to the one in the Cup) makes a reasonable 54bhp with claimed economy figures of 75mpg and can be made A2-legal. Like the Cup, the Street comes with traction control, ABS and a USB charger under its seat, but it has taller bars giving it a less sporty stance. At £7800, it’s the cheapest of Triumph’s Modern Classic range and is a great lightweight city bike or sunny Sunday rider.
Triumph’s Bonneville T120 uses the High Torque (HT) version of its new water-cooled parallel twin and is beautifully styled with a hugely impressive attention to detail when it comes to recreating touches from Triumph models of yesteryear.
With 77ftlb of torque on offer, the 1200cc motor makes cruising effortless and the huge seat is extremely comfortable either one or two-up. Despite looking like something your dad rode in the 1960s, the Bonnie is thoroughly modern with all the electronic assists you would expect hidden away beneath its retro façade. The Black is the same, but with understated black detailing instead of chrome.
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What are the best used options?
When it comes to used Triumph Modern Classic models, the best option are the older air-cooled Bonneville range, which were replaced by the water-cooled models in 2016.
You can go for a classic Bonneville, which was initially launched in 2001 in 790cc capacity before growing to 865cc in 2006. This is a very traditionally-styled Bonnie and runs the smoother 360-degree crank in its motor for a more refined overall feel. If you want something a bit different, the Scrambler emerged in 2006 and added an off-road look through a 19-inch front wheel, twin stacked silencers and a bench seat. It has the 270-degree crank motor for a bit of extra vibration and character. Fans of sportier Triumph classics should aim for the Thruxton, which arrived in 2004 and brought café racer styling through clip-on bars (they were raised in height in 2008) and a sporty look, while the 2001-onwards feet-forward America and Speedmaster models are cruiser-styled.
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