First things first, we have to say that without a doubt, the 2016 Triumph Street Twin is one handsome motorcycle. It looks great and feels great – 21st century technology great. Classic combined with modern perfectly in this model, with Triumph managing to hit a perfect sweet spot they have been looking for since quite some time now.
The Street Twin is Triumph’s biggest and most costly project so far. The Street Twin model, with the basic cost of $8,700 is the first in the new family of Triumph motorcycles. It does have the smallest capacity of the five bikes in its family, but don’t let yourself fooled – it is not an entry level bike.
First of all, the engine looks absolutely great. Although it boasts a classic look, underneath it we will find a very modern engine, albeit a small one, only producing 59 hp at 5900 rpm. It isn’t as weak as those numbers tell you, because in real world riding it can produce 59 lb-ft of torque at just 3230 rpm, which can ensure all the power you will ever need. The ergonomics of the bike are absolutely incredible also, with a low seat and comfortable saddle. This provides even female riders with the possibility of putting both feet down, while the taller men (taller than six feet and a few inches, let’s say) still have enough room to comfortably maneuver the bike.
The aesthetics of the bike are spectacular. Its finishing touches are both matte and glossy, its headlight is large and round for a classic look, and the exhaust bikes are stainless steel silver. The engine is left open in order to examine most of its interior, and this has proven to be a great choice, giving a classic model some classic bad boy looks.
To sum up, the 2016 Triumph Street Twin is a remake of a classic model with some twists. It is designed to work between 3000 and 6000 rpm and at a speed of around 80 mph, in order to provide a lean, enjoyable riding experience. Triumph has set the tone for future developments in this sector with the Street Twin, and we are eagerly anticipating their competitor’s answers.