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Triumph Street Twin [2018]

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Key specs
  • Displacement900 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight225 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,76,690

Triumph Street Twin [2018] is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Street Twin [2018] Summary

Street Twin [2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 900 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 225 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres
Seat Height 750 mm
Max Power 54.2 bhp

About Street Twin [2018]

Triumph Motorcycles launched their most awaited product – the Street Twin at the 2016 Auto Expo. Positioned below the Bonneville T120, the Street Twin is the new entry-level model in Triumph’s global line-up.

The Street Twin has been Triumph’s one of the biggest projects. This motorcycle has been built from ground up and gets a new chassis and suspension setup. The blacked-out frame, engine, side panels and the cast alloy wheels complement the bike’s sporty character. A low seat makes the motorcycle accessible to a wider range of audience.

The Street Twin employs an 899cc high torque engine which has been tuned to deliver 18 per cent more torque in the low and mid-range than the previous Bonneville. The parallel twin engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and churns out 80Nm of torque. Triumph has equipped the Street Twin with modern technology like ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, and LED lamps. These features are a welcome move considering the fact that the Street Twin is an entry-level model. For social network savvy riders, the bike is also equipped with USB charging socket to take care of the long distance needs. Along with these features, the British manufacturer is also offering quite a lot of accessories for the Street Twin.

The Triumph Street Twin is available in five paint schemes - cranberry red, aluminium silver, matt black, jet black and phantom black. In terms of the competitions, the Street Twin has the Ducati Scrambler and the Harley-Davidson Superlow.
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Triumph Street Twin [2018] Review

A modern classic. An entry-level Triumph. Ducati Scrambler competitor. Or simply a large capacity, torquey motorcycle, which, in a welcome change, isn’t intimidating at all. Say hello to the Triumph Street Twin, which might look retro, resemble the older Bonneville and seem simple, but is brand new and a whole lot more modern than before.

What is it?

A modern classic. An entry-level Triumph. Ducati Scrambler competitor. Or simply a large capacity, torquey motorcycle, which, in a welcome change, isn’t intimidating at all. Say hello to the Triumph Street Twin, which might look retro, resemble the older Bonneville and seem simple, but is brand new and a whole lot more modern than before.

The Street Twin is a generation ahead of the old Bonnie in the truest sense. It has a new engine, new frame, new cycle parts, completely new styling, and some handy electronic aids. Plus, when you walk up close, get astride and spend sometime riding it, you learn, it’s all for the better. And not just for newbie riders, mind, but for a motorcyclist in general.

How does it ride?

Now, if I were to best sum up the riding experience of the new Triumph Street Twin in one word, it would be easy. It has a low seat height, easy to reach handlebar, upright seating, and the engine – no matter how daunting it might seem on paper being 900cc and all – on the road, its power delivery is approachable and exploitable even.

The engine is a liquid cooled parallel twin. It makes around 55bhp but it is the torque of 80Nm that really gives the Street Twin its identity. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, comes with a slip-assist clutch and there’s traction control too. On the road, the light clutch feel is a boon. And when you give the bike your all from a standstill, the Street Twin doesn’t take off with frightening ferocity; in fact, it is slower than a few lesser capacity modern bikes.

But it is still fast. Only thing is, it gathers momentum at a pace that allows you to keep the throttle pinned without having to tamper it. It’s more like a German Shepherd than a Rottweiler; sure it can tear you apart, but it’s more sociable. But, to truly enjoy the Street Twin, one must ride its meaty torque wave.

Short shift, open gas, and you can instantly feel the potency of those large thumping pistons between your legs. And while doing so, these produce large chunks of torque that take you to the ton and beyond in no time. It makes the Street Twin a quick bike to commute in the city with, and an equally relaxed highway cruiser. It is refined, vibe-free and quiet too; till the time you don’t rev it.

As far as ride and handling goes, the Street Twin has an acceptable slow speed ride. But, it only works over slightly broken tarmac or bumps. Give it something severe, and the front just crashes into it, including flyover joints. It’s not the best to tackle undulating roads with either, especially at speed. The front works fine here, but the rear on the Street Twin first begins to pogo over undulations. And soon enough, it runs out of travel and begins kicking the rider uncomfortably.

Handling, again, isn’t anything to write home about. The Street Twin’s straight-line stability and braking is acceptable, but the handling is still old-school. It is no doubt a big improvement over the older Bonneville, but it still can’t compete with modern machinery.

It doesn’t turn into corners willingly and one has to fight the bike to keep the intended line. It also gets into an uncomfortable weave every time it encounters a mid corner bump, ripple or pebble. It is slightly better around longer, faster corners that require less lean and steering input, but around tighter bends and quick direction changes, the Street Twin is work.

Anything else I should know?

Let us get the negatives out of the way first…

The Triumph Street Twin might have a light clutch and an easy to wring throttle which eases city riding, but one must struggle with the bike’s low-gear-high-rpm throttle snatchiness, nonetheless. The gearshifts are clunky too, and if you ride the bike hard, you’d also have to live with an engine which when revved gets loud and vibey. Then there’s the Street Twin’s slow and heavy steering. It affects its turn-in ability but it also makes the bike cumbersome at slow, city-speed manoeuvring . It’s a good workout for your arms, though.

…Then there was good news.

I love the styling – simple, soothing and attractive. The Street Twin is also high on quality and finish. And, the bike has all the necessary rider aids. There’s ABS and traction control, and we did end up calling on the former quite often, courtesy wet roads, average Pirelli rubber, and an overzealous rider, which would be me.

We love the switchgear, the easy to access rider information, and the Brat Tracker kit our press bike came with. The kit, one of three inspiration kits Triumph sells along with the Street Twin, does push the price up by around Rs 85,000.

But then, you do get nicer looking and sounding tail pipes, a smarter seat, nicer grips, new tail lamp, and LED turn indicators. The kit also includes an aluminium bash plate, which to us seems like a good add-on given the Street Twin did scrape its belly over a few speed breakers. One can also order Scrambler and Urban inspiration kits for similar money.

Now to goodies that come as standard. The Street Twin gets a locking fuel filler cap, USB charging, adjustable clutch and brake levers, and a simple looking instrumentation with readouts for two trips, average and instantaneous fuel efficiency, gear indication, fuel level, time and tank range.

Should I buy one?

Want a Triumph? But, don’t want to splurge? Well, then you can’t really have anything. But, the Street Twin is the most affordable Triumph in India currently. And it is easy to ride. One can commute on it, go intercity riding, and if not ridden hard, it’s difficult to fault the Street Twin. However, if you like to keep that throttle pinned, or round bends with kid like enthusiasm, or hate slowing down for poor roads, speed breakers or water streams, the Triumph Street Twin might not rock your boat.

Where does it fit in?

It might be Triumph’s entry-level motorcycle, but the Street Twin – minus the Brat Tracker kit – still retails for over Rs 8.0 lakh on the road. Which is expensive. For similar money you also get the more versatile and hardier Ducati Scrambler. It is lighter, more powerful, but lacks the refinement and calm nature of the Triumph. But, that’s not all; you can also get the Kawasaki parallel twins for the same money, the ER-6n, the Ninja 650 and even the very likable Versys 650.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Click here to read the Ducati Scrambler Icon First Ride Review

Click here to read the Kawasaki Versys 650 First Ride Review

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Street Twin [2018]

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 54.2 bhp @ 5,900 rpm

    Max Torque 80 Nm @ 3,230 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 900 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 85 mm

    Stroke 80 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 255 mm

    Calliper Type 2-piston caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Kayaba 41mm forks

    Rear Suspension Kayaba twin shocks with adjustable preload

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 225 kg

    Overall Length 2,090 mm

    Overall Width 785 mm

    Wheelbase 1,439 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 750 mm

    Overall Height 1,114 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular Steel Cradle

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

    Standard Warranty --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator --

Low Battery Indicator --

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight Type--

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Triumph Street Twin [2018] User Reviews

4.4 9 ratings 4 reviews
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  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 3

    Service Experience

  •  1Pathetic service in triumph India 3 years ago by Akhil, Bangalore

    How triumph motorcycles is handling customers in india. In early 2016, i finally decided to buy a triumph street twin after spending sleepless nights Looking at and deliberating all the gorgeous looking motorcycles triumph Manufactured. Before buying my first triumph, m

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5Master machine 3 years ago by Ranjan, Bangalore

    It's an awesome bike to ride on the highways.It has awesome power to cruise at high speeds and good looks as well.When it comes to service it's very high.Charges based on hourly basis for servicing is ridiculous.. Accessories are not sold individually at times and we ar

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

  •  5Great bike 3 years ago by Deepak, Patna

    This bike is a great fit for everyone i bought this bike and for middle class family it is some very high cost but pick up and all the way is best to buy it. This bike is really great for all people who are in search of bike riding on highway they can go for it and buy

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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  •  4Triumphing 3 years ago by Sharan, Coimbatore

    I bought the bike at chennai and was deliveredAt coimbatore ,had and amazing time with the bike , looks retro supreme refinement levels , can be used as daily ride, one issues with the bike is have to be careful of speed breaker due to the low ground clearance , plenty

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

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