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    Default Triumph Street Twin : Ownership Review

    Disclaimer:
    1. I'm new to xBHP, and hence, please ignore formatting errors.
    2. I'm not good at words/writing.
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    4. All views expressed in this post are personal.


    I wish to keep this as short as possible, and hence, I won't be drilling into what made me buy this bike over the others. This will just be an ownership review of my motorcycle. So, here it goes:

    Likes:
    1. Torque : Lots of it. More than sufficient for city commute and long rides.
    2. Looks : Subjective, but I love the way it looks. Absolutely smitten.
    3. Niggle free: No issues so far since 8 months / 11,000 kms.
    4. Clutch : Can't believe that I'm mentioning this, but a rider feels blessed if the clutch is so light and wonderful, esp., in a city like Bangalore.
    5. Quality of alloy wheels: I've dropped by bike accidentally inside Bangalore craters in high speeds and come out of it alive to write that I haven't found cracks/dents on either of the alloys. Speaks a lot about the quality.
    6. Fit and finish: Feels great (including switchgear and pegs).


    Dislikes:

    1. GC and suspension: Bottoms out and scrapes most of the speedbreakers in Bangalore. I ride two up most of the time, and I had to bump up my rear suspension setting to 4. Now, it feels better. Having said that, the springs leave a lot to be desired. 67k for Fox RSU upgrade is a burn on the savings. I've seen other options in EU and US markets, such as TEC, British-Customs, etc. No real world review on how good their springs are, esp., here in India.
    2. Horn : Stock is pathetic. An after-market accessory can fix this issue.
    3. Tyres : Pathetic; leave a lot to be desired. The next set of tyre upgrade will fix this. Wet grip is horrible. Dry grip is just about ok.
    4. Absence of luggage options for two up touring: If your criteria is two up touring, look elsewhere. Versys 650 should be a better option, provided, Kawasaki changes their strategy of treating customers like crap.
    5. After sales support: While Keerthi Triumph folks are alright, there's still a lot of room for improvement. Their turn around time for servicing the bike, or fixing minor issues, is huge/phenomenal. I've seen RE doing better in this area.
    6. Lack of 6th gear and a tachometer. Triumph guys have overdone themselves by not providing a tacho here.



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    Accessories:

    1. OEM bash plate (absolutely necessary).
    2. SW-Motech Crash bars (ordered from Big Bad Bikes)
    3. OEM luggage rack.
    4. Dart Marlin windscreen (sourced from UK - got is as a gift)
    5. Denali Mini Soundbomb Horn (bought and fixed at Torq92, Bangalore)



    Luggage Storing Options used during Touring:
    1. Rynox Tank Bag (31 lts capacity) : Recommended on a Street Twin.
    2. Rynox Nomad Saddlebags (64 lts capacity in total when bags are expanded) : Used this on a 10 day road trip to Goa and back. While the bags held well, I wouldn't recommend using these bags, since they left nasty scratches on the rear suspension and tail tidy. The quality of the bags are also not great. In just a single trip, I have stitches coming out. There's also waterproofing issue. While the outside can be covered with the rain-proof covers that they provide with the bags, they don't cover the bags entirely. Bags can easily get wet from the constant water spray that goes on as long as you're riding the motorcycle.
      Overall, wouldn't recommend these.
    3. In one of my monsoon rides, I've used ROK straps to tie down a regular backpack to the luggage rack. It has worked wonders even at illegal speeds.


    Misc stuff that I use:
    1. GRoller from GrandPitstop: Amazing product for regular chain maintenance. Highly recommended. One can easily carry this during trips.
    2. Oxford x46 disc lock: Ordered this from Big Bad Bikes. I use this on a daily basis. Simple and small, no alarm, no fuss, no muss. Easily portable during trips.
    3. Gun-type puncture repair kit and CO2 inflators from GrandPitstop: Haven't used this till date, and hence, cannot comment on how easy it would be to use this. Having said that, I bought this after detailed online research, presuming that this is extremely easy to use.
    4. Ride-On-Air NexGen Prime seat for my pillion during rides: Since it'll be difficult to sit on saddlebags directly, this will provide a good medium. However, my wife (pillion) mentioned that she didn't find much difference between the stock seat and this. Will probably continue using this anyway.
    5. Sena 3S: Waste of money; Bought this when there was urgency; Wouldn't recommend. However, it's helpful on a day-to-day basis for me and my wife. Haven't used the Chinese BT-Intercom devices, but for a rider-pillion conversation, I believe those would be more than sufficient.
    6. Misc tools: Allen keys, couple of spanners, pliers, etc., along with insulation tape, lighter, zip lock pouches, chargers, etc on my trips.



    City Riding (in short):
    I've changed brake pads twice already, and running on third set for the front, and second set for the rear. Bangalore traffic, dust, etc all aiding to the wear and tear. I'm currently using EBC which are much cheaper then OEM. As far as braking is concerned, there's hardly any noticable difference. EBC feels a tad better than OEM ones. Longevity is yet to be remarked.
    Fuel efficiency: I get around 23 kmpl in city
    I've also had the misfortune of crashing the bike once due to someone else's mistake on the road. There was a lot of damage to the bike. Insurance came upto 5 lakhs. A bit more, and it would have gone into a total loss scenario. I ended up paying about 30k for the damages not covered by the insurance. The whole experience was a nightmare, and would suggest anyone to be extra careful inside city limits while riding your beloved motorcycle.
    At the end of the day, really makes me wonder as to when will the situation in the country improve, with lesser losers/idiots on roads.


    Touring (in short):
    It's a great bike to tour on. I've had a fuel efficiency of up to 31 kmpl while touring. Normally, I get about 28 kmpl with spirited riding. Windblast (even with a windscreen) is an issue. 6th gear is desired, along with a Tacho.

    Comments/Questions welcome.

    Thanks for reading.

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    [QUOTE=r666;1332744]Disclaimer:
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    Nice write up ,a few photos of the bike on tour with accessories would help :-)
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    This was taken outside my home in Mysore just few days after delivery.

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    Next couple of pics taken near Anchetty, TN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r666 View Post
    This was taken outside my home in Mysore just few days after delivery.
    Nice clicks ,the bike sure looks hot ,the only downside i see on the Bonnie series is the ground clearance anyway nice touring photos .
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    Congrats and nicely put!
    This is one amazing machine. The presence of a tachometer wouldn't have done Triumph any bad though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Congrats and nicely put!
    This is one amazing machine. The presence of a tachometer wouldn't have done Triumph any bad though!
    True that. The other Bonnies get it though, including Scrambler and T100. Not sure why this was skipped on the Street Twin.

    Quote Originally Posted by bharatheshk View Post
    Nice clicks ,the bike sure looks hot ,the only downside i see on the Bonnie series is the ground clearance anyway nice touring photos .
    Thanks. While GC is an issue, bumping up the preload helps. I've heard/read that FOX Rear Suspension Units (which cost a bomb) are amazing, and change the character of the bike along with the handling. Someday, perhaps. Until then, I'll have to deal with the stock springs. Apparently, FOX RSUs also help with raising the stance a bit, thereby decreasing the chances of bottom out. Right now, apart from mountainous speedbreakers, my bike doesn't scrape much. Have to be careful while crossing them though.
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    I just got my street twin the ohlins suspension for the rear and spring kit for the front- running it on standard specs - not adjusted yet - superb ride and low speed comfort already. One should go for these or the fox. Changes the bike - despite the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gautam99 View Post
    I just got my street twin the ohlins suspension for the rear and spring kit for the front- running it on standard specs - not adjusted yet - superb ride and low speed comfort already. One should go for these or the fox. Changes the bike - despite the cost.
    If I may ask, can you please let me know the cost? And how/from where did you procure them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r666 View Post
    If I may ask, can you please let me know the cost? And how/from where did you procure them?
    It’s about 50 k. I got it when a group of friends were traveling.

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