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Triumph Street Twin 2019

NEW 2019 Street Twin

Triumph's best selling modern classic gets even better

Triumph reveal the updated and upgraded version of their best seller.

The success of the Street Twin can’t be over emphasised – the perfect bike for everyday riding and as a canvas for personalisation. Its easy handling and beautiful looks have made it the ultimate gateway into classic-style motorcycles. For all of these reasons it has become Triumph’s biggest modern classic success story.

The Street Twin was already well known for its torque rich performance to begin with, and now even more power and an upgraded finish it’s a very impressive motorcycle straight out of the showroom.

For its next iteration Triumph hasn’t held back. What’s great about Triumph’s approach is the details – we really like the styling upgrades which bring this Modern Classic into new territories of custom looks and high-end detailing.

Pushing performance

It’s not all looks, however, as Triumph has invested in generating more power and improving the handling of an already impressive motorcycle.

The big figure is the 10PS more peak power, which is no small feat. The torquey 900cc engine has been very popular, so an 18% increase should kick this bike to the next level.

How’s it done? Well a new magnesium cam cover, a lightweight crankshaft, lightweight dead shafts and balance shafts, new mass optimised clutch cover and lighter clutch all contribute to an improved power curve.

This is all accessed by ride-by-wire for an incredibly responsive feel, great fuel economy and, as always, the technology is beautifully integrated into the bike’s classic design.

Comfort and control

Further handling improvements have been made with a new Brembo 4-piston front brake caliper, enhancing braking performance, and new higher-specification cartridge front forks for a more comfortable ride. These are coupled with improved rider ergonomics for a better riding experience and enhanced rider and pillion seat comfort.

Make it yours

If you’re going to buy a Street Twin, you will probably want to add your own style to it. Over 80% of the bikes that are sold are fitted out with accessories. It’s easy to do so as there are more than 140 accessories all ready made for your dealer to fit.

New for 2019 are two inspiration kits: The Urban Ride and Cafe Custom. Both inspiration kits show how riders can create their very own special Street Twin.

The Urban inspiration kit gives the bike a stripped back urban style, with an additional brown quilted bench seat, black sump plate kit and waxed cotton pannier.

The Cafe inspiration kit adds a contemporary urban custom look, with Fox rear suspension and slip on Vance & Hines silencers. Both kits will come with LED indicators (depending on your market).

Getting technical

A first for a bike in this category, the Street Twin now gets Road and Rain riding modes which adjust throttle maps and traction control.

A great new feature is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) capability, allowing the bike to be fitted with a device to monitor tyre pressure in real time – fantastic for spotting a puncture early.

Traction control, ABS and torque assist clutch round out the rider aids, all of which are great for both riders getting their first bike, and for anyone looking for a really responsive and fun ride.

One-off reveal

To celebrate the launch at Intermot in Cologne, contemporary artist, D*Face has continued his collaboration with Triumph and created this one-off graffiti-style tank, fitting of the urban rides where it excels.

What’s the verdict?

After the fervour of the Intermot reveal, FTR spoke to Spurgeon Dunbar of RevZilla to gauge his reaction.

“A bit more power is good. This has become one of my favourite engines in the Triumph line up. They’ve kept the accessibility, increased power, better braking, and more sophisticated electronics. It’s a recipe for success.”

Beauty and style

Triumph are excellent at the beautiful touches. The contemporary update to the logo, the cast aluminium wheels with machined detailing go a long way to updating the overall look and feel of this bike.

The most obvious addition as you sit on the bike is the instrument styling – a metallic Bonneville logo and silver finish with new dial face. It’s the perfect balance of modern custom and authentic classic design.

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