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    Default Triumph Street Twin- The 2000km ownership review

    For the last few years, I have lusted after one bike and one bike alone, the Triumph Street Triple. The blue colour. But come 2016, when it was time to finally pick it up, the logical part of the mind woke up, and I figured out that I couldn't use 90% of the ability, 90% of the time (atleast safely). And for someone who rides his bike daily, I needed it to be very usable.
    Then came the Triumph Street Twin, which I had seen earlier at the EICMA 2015. And at Rs 8.10lac on road Mumbai, for a vehicle with traction control, slipper clutch, ABS and ride by wire throttle, it was a lot more bike for the money. Of course the purists will argue that Im comparing apples and oranges, and they are absolutely right. If I could afford two bikes, I'd definitely take a Street Triple, and it would be the bike I buy first. But I can't afford it. So here I am.

    **I am writing this after riding 2000km in two weeks, first service done, and two proper long trips**

    The Buy:
    So I have been a regular at the Triumph Goregaon showroom for the last year or so. I would go every 2-3 weeks just to test ride the Street Triple, and go home depressed waiting till I can buy it. I thus knew most of the sales guys, and would call them up individually to pester them about the bike, and when it would come for a test ride. When it finally did arrive, I was the first on the scene. And these were the very first pictures I took of the bike.

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    They are pathetic, but I took them anyways.
    The test ride blew me away. I had hated the previous Bonneville, so I was really apprehensive, but man oh man what a bike! I remember pulling out of the parking lot and just feeling how easy and manoeuvrable the bike was. I remember how easily it pulled away. I remember being in 4th gear at 40kmph and the bike not knocking. Thats something I couldn't do on my Duke 390. And I distinctly remember how the clutch felt lighter than my Duke. There are some bikes that you need to go home and think about. And some bikes that you know are perfect before the first km is over. The Street Twin was the latter.
    I got back home, and came with a cheque the next day.

    Long story short (since there are lots of posts discussing Triumph Mumbai service and sales) I got the Red I wanted booked, and delivered on the date mentioned.
    Whew, now that's out of the way, let the real reason you are reading this begin. The Bike.

    The Looks and Feel:
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    As you may have guessed by now, it looks pretty darn awesome from every angle. If you want aggression and cuts, go for a Ducati. But if being subtle and extremely classy is your thing, then this is right up your street. The tank is this beautiful, ovoid thing, with lovely sculpted knee depressions. The engine this really light brushed finish to it, and with the air cooled design looks just so retro! And the red accents all over add a fine touch too. The red rim tapes and red thing over the engine block (please tell me what that is guys) just make you go "ooooh damn, someone likes attention to detail". And detailed it is. There is Triumph branding everywhere, and everything is built extremely solid and sturdy. The rear footpegs open with a solid clunk, which is just so satisfying!. And all of this comes together to give this rich and regal feel to the bike. It does communicate on an emotional level. The adjustable levers are solid, and the fuel tank cap has a lovely mechanism that makes every petrol pump attendant stare. Oh yes, speaking of stare, you get a lot of those. No, not cause it sticks out on the road, but because the headlight is permanently turned on. Cant turn it off even if you want to, so people keep gesturing during the day "arey bhai, light chalu hai", which is funny initially but gets immensely annoying later on. But besides that, this is a very subtle bike. It does not have the road presence of a Harley, which I really like, cause that way less people notice = safer. What will get you noticed though is the sound. It has a deep rumble, like its not coming from the mouth, but the belly of a whale. And that deep sound resonates and builds up, and you will fall in love time and time again. I just turn the bike on and smile, it sounds that good. I honestly see no need for a slip on exhaust with this. The seat is low, which is a major boon for short and weak people like me (60kgs, under 5'9) who can comfortably flat foot. The riding posture is not as laid back as the previous Bonnie though. Its still very comfy and relaxed, and it won't hinder touring (I did 900km in two days) but it is ever so slightly leaned forward. Oh yes, it also has a really useful USB charger under the seat, so you can snake your wire and keep the phone in your pocket. Charge all day long, yay! All in all, the Street Twin gives a really good impression, and you can see you have got your money's worth.




    The Ride:
    Triumph markets this bike as a "Modern Classic-Retro". Its the entry level, with the 900cc (900cc is now considered entry?! Good times I must say!) engine, with 80nm of torque. I got this bike as I figured I really love red lining the Duke 390, but for 90% of my time, I ride pretty relaxed, and in terms of that, a high torque engine would be good. Im not too fond of Harleys. I find them too brash, and loud. The entry level ones don't come with ABS, and the bigger ones are well, big. This was thus perfect. To get a good feel, I rode to Baroda and back in two days soon as the bike arrived.

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    The engine is an absolutely beauty. It pulls strongly from very low in the rev range (can't say how low, as there is no tach), but doesn't appreciate being revved high either. Its happiest just burbling along. That being said, it can very easily hit 90kmph in first gear, so don't for a second think its a slouch. Most of your highway ride though will be in 4th gear if you under 100kmph, and 5th gear if over 100kmph. So long as you are in these, you can pretty much treat it like an automatic. Don't bother downshifting for overtaking, or even when you slow down. That same 4th gear will take you to 120kmph and be very comfy, and rumble along at 50kmph with the same ease. Its unbelievable how it can do that, and it is unbelievable how smooth and vibe free this engine is. Oh yes, a 6th gear doesn't exist. It was extremely sad when I learnt of it, but 2000km later, I see no reason why I need that extra cog. You really don't.
    The bike stays extremely stable at whatever speed you are, and crosswinds don't upset it at all. Coming from a Duke, which would shake like a leaf in a hurricane at crosswinds, this was a very welcome feeling. Of course, it isn't as nimble or quick into corners as the KTM, but then again, its not supposed to be. But trust me, it can hustle all right when you want to. Pretty easy to chuck around for a bike this heavy (about 210kg fuelled).

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    While getting up to speed isn't a problem, you would think that a single disc up front to slow you down would be. But Triumph has worked its magic again. I've ridden a BMW S1000R http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/superbik...rspective.html and the brakes there have a bite that will through you over the front. And I have ridden an Enfield with drums. The Street Twin though, has a very unique feel and feedback to them. I read a lot of reviews complaining they were spongy and soft, and those are true, partly. You see, in their obsession with making this perfect, Triumph rightly decided that with a relaxed bike, the brakes shouldn't throw you over the front. What they did instead, was make brakes that have a spongy and progressive initial bite, and then a much stronger stop. I feel this is stunning, in the way that it gives a smooth retro brake, but when you truly need it, just pull further and it acts like a proper modern brake should! Kudos Triumph. And adjustable levers are always appreciated of course.

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    Now of course I must talk about another important aspect, Comfort. I rode on pretty much all kinds of roads. Highways, cities, potholes and gravel. The suspension does a decent job soaking up bumps. I haven't scraped the bottom yet, but my 90kgs brother has, until we raised the suspension preload (stock comes with it at the softest setting). So nothing special about that. What is sad though, is that the seat is kind of terrible. So long as its a short ride, its lovely. But I did a couple of 5+hour rides, and my bum was destroyed. I got an inch of foam added from a seat maker, and that hasn't helped too much either. So I ride to Pune tomorrow, to Redline+ and see if they can get me a gel seat cover made. Besides this, the lack of a windscreen makes riding over 100kmph tiresome for longer periods, so that is one thing I will definitely invest in. And the slip assist clutch makes it a blessing. Couple that with Ride-by-Wire throttle, and the strain on your hands and wrists is negligible.
    Oh of course, the heating! A 900cc engine is going to heat up. A lot. But you won't believe me when I say it, but I find it marginally higher than my Duke 390. On the highway, you won't even notice. In the city, if you been Duking for the last year, you won't know the difference. The engine is hot, and broad, so riding without ankle high shoes will definitely result in burns.
    One gripe I have though, is the turning radius. It is pathetic! You don't realise how bad it is until you try taking a U-turn. Wish it was better. But all in all, I say it is pretty comfortable.


    What I love:


    • It is subtle. It doesn't draw a lot of attention.
    • Oh that sound!!
    • The engine. That torque! And the smoothness
    • The milage. I got 25-28kmpl in the city and highway
    • Solid build quality




    What I don't like:


    • Turning radius
    • Seat. Terrible really
    • Chain lube interval of 300km (seriously?! My Duke has a 500km interval)



    Conclusion:
    I love this bike. I am super happy with it, and other than the seat, I have no real complaints. So who is this bike for? For someone who likes riding in a relaxed manner, and going really fast once in a while. For the distinguished gentlemen. Its a proper modern retro. And it is customisation heaven. I am going to start by getting a windscreen, and see where I am in 2yrs! Hopefully it will be unrecognisable.


    Im attaching a few more pictures from my rides. And would love to answer questions that I haven't covered here. Also, to prospective and current Street Twin owners, what are your takes on accessories? Who is doing what?


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    Default Re: Triumph Street Twin- The 2000km ownership review

    Ownership Thread Approved

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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    Nice ride bro @aadilnaik. Would like to see you clock many more miles, but don't forget to write about it here.

    Triumph is really on a roll and this machine I think is their ticket for return to glory. For someone coming from Enfield's this is a perfect upgrade. Even better than Duc Scrambler.

    Do also share your service experience, as this could be something that break this machine, which would be sad, as it has so much potential.

    For upgrades, I don't know about you, but the first thing I would do is to relocate the number plate at front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deejayrox View Post
    Nice ride bro @aadilnaik. Would like to see you clock many more miles, but don't forget to write about it here.

    Triumph is really on a roll and this machine I think is their ticket for return to glory. For someone coming from Enfield's this is a perfect upgrade. Even better than Duc Scrambler.

    Do also share your service experience, as this could be something that break this machine, which would be sad, as it has so much potential.

    For upgrades, I don't know about you, but the first thing I would do is to relocate the number plate at front.
    I second everything you said!

    As for the service, it was no hassle at all. Cost a total of around ₹4500, and it got done is about 5-6hrs. Bike now runs smoothly, heats up less and I'm a happy customer.
    Service head Atul Kamath is a very friendly fellow, who was happy to address all my queries, and showed me how to lube the chain on my own until the centre stand arrived. So I'm very happy with the service!
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    nice one man. I loved the Twin for exactly its subtlety. my daily commute is thru the highway & I pass triumph showroom & always my head turns left Triumph-Indian-Benelli .

    Though I think the bike would've looks a bit better with dual clocks rather than just a single. something like the GT.
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    Congratulations brother!! Wish you many enjoyable miles with the beauty.

    I really love the looks of the new Street Twin. I think they have hit the nail perfectly in the looks department.


    CHEERS!!

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    Congrats! The bike looks beautiful. Wish you many happy miles on it.
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    What about the run in speeds??

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    Congrats on the bike brother! Wishing you many happy miles!

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    Default Re: Triumph Street Twin- The 2000km ownership review

    First of all , congratulations on the acquisition. Having been a fan of what Bonneville offered and what it missed, this one has managed to tick all the boxes.

    Except, my apprehensions are limited to the tank range. What did you get ? I know, the mileage is 25kmpl+ but in touring long distances ? What is the Range on a full tank of fuel till reserve ?

    Enjoy more miles on it and ride safe !
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