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The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

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  • The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

    I've been wanting to buy a Superbike for a long time now... I've been riding the RE Classic 500 & Kawasaki Ninja 650 and wanted something New and Able!
    Don't get me wrong, i loved both those bikes, but the roads in India are only getting more congested and these two aren't cut out for it. Atleast Safety wise.
    I fell from the Classic a couple of times, and thankfully did not when on the Ninja. But these instances could've been avoided if these bikes had ABS on them.
    So ABS is a must-have.
    I've been looking into a lot of bikes and the choices keep increasing as the days go by, making my decisions all the more difficult.

    I have a budget or should I say, had a budget in mind. From Rs.6 lacs, it is now hovering around Rs.8 lacs and since i have certain criteria, the list is pretty small.
    the Z800, Ducati Scrambler, the Versys 650 and now the Street Twin.

    I test-rode the Z800 and Ducati Scrambler. I should say that while riding them, i was only looking for reasons not to buy them

    Took the Scrambler Icon out just around the block in Bangalore... Gorgeous thing, good pick-up, easy ride, didn't feel like a superbike. Stopped in the traffic, felt the heat. Lot of it. Now i knew why they insisted on wearing thick jeans. Even if you won't feel it on long stretches, I will be riding a lot in the city. Can ride this thing in India!

    Also rode the HyperMotard while at it, very capable bike, but i decided this was'nt for me right now.

    the Z800, i rode for a good 25 minutes and did a small stretch as well. wasn't put off by the strage looks, splendid machine, really liked the beefy ride, the inline-four made me instantly inclined toward it. When i got off of it, this pain in my arms. I knew right away that if im getting this i need to raise the handle bar. and damn that Clutch was tight! Also noted the ridiculously short turning radius! Again, not enough for Indian trafiic.

    For 8 lacs, the Scrambler didn't look the part! I mean it's gorgeous n all, but didn't feel like a superbike. Felt like riding a pumped-up Rx-100 with a high handle bar. This wasn't worth investing in. I still want to, though. (I just can't make up my mind)
    Then the Z800, great machine, few niggles that can be sorted, but i thought handling this heavy thing won't be easy for me (I'm 5'6", 68kgs BTW)
    And the Versys 650, didn't ride it yet, but didn't like the styling, ABS is an advantage but the Price Tag cancels it out! I mean for 650cc twin-cylinder... come on!
    Ofcourse i didn't go into too much detail over the specifics of the test-ride, coz i have a decision to be made here.

    Now the Street Twin, finally something that seems like a great package, with Taction Control too! But the drop in BHP is not cool. However i read through it and apparently they gave it higher Torque in the right revband. In theory it has the power right where i want it. Will it give me enough satisfaction is what i want to find out.
    Has anyone test-ridden it yet..?

    Someone talk some sense into my head and suggest the perfect bike in terms of Safety, Value, Excitement and Power. If that's even possible. Thanks in advance.

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    Query Approved

    Both the Ducati and the Triumph are something special. The Z800 is a lovely bike, but just doesn't do anything for me! Of course it may well be a better bike to own!

    Like you said the Scrambler is like a bigger RX-100. That is what i find so appealing

    On a side note, ABS won't keep you safe. Riding skills, situational awareness and all that is what will keep you safe

    And i don't think anyone in India has ridden the Street Twin as yet. You might want to read reviews from firang websites.
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      Don't know where you are located, but the Mumbai Triumph dealers are getting the test ride bikes in less than a week. I spoke to them yesterday and the bikes have already arrived at the lots, just need a few formalities, which I was told would be done in a few days. So yea.
      Just like you, I'm definitely looking to ride and then buy the bike too! Can't wait!

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        I've applied for a test ride in Bangalore on the Tirumph website two weeks ago. But thus far, there hasn't been any response. I guess i'll just have to drop in.
        I just can't wait to ride it!!

        Any upcoming bikes under 1000cc this year? Duke 790? that would be a best-seller when it arrives, i guess!

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          Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

          Originally posted by imaginesaran View Post
          I've applied for a test ride in Bangalore on the Tirumph website two weeks ago. But thus far, there hasn't been any response. I guess i'll just have to drop in.
          I just can't wait to ride it!!

          Any upcoming bikes under 1000cc this year? Duke 790? that would be a best-seller when it arrives, i guess!
          Duke 690*
          No it wont be a best seller. Thats too much power for a single cylinder and all that power is wasteful for the kind of City conditions we have here. The rumored 890 is supposed to be a parallel twin, sibling to the SuperDuke. That will be a healthy proposition.

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            Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

            Originally posted by The Monk View Post
            Query Approved

            Both the Ducati and the Triumph are something special. The Z800 is a lovely bike, but just doesn't do anything for me! Of course it may well be a better bike to own!

            Like you said the Scrambler is like a bigger RX-100. That is what i find so appealing

            On a side note, ABS won't keep you safe. Riding skills, situational awareness and all that is what will keep you safe

            And i don't think anyone in India has ridden the Street Twin as yet. You might want to read reviews from firang websites.
            The more i think of it, the more i realise the Scrambler is overpriced. Also, it has some problems. So it's a deal-breaker. if you're getting it, you should lose some logic.

            The ABS may not be necessary for Top Riders, but for ameteurs like me, it is a must-have. Even recently, when a car switched lanes in front of me without notice on the highway, i had to ram the brakes on the Ninja 650, and the rear tyre skid dangerously. Im sure the ABS would've assisted me there. In India, skills just don't cut it. We have people without licenses driving and riding haphazardly on all roads. Even pedestians and cows pop-up when you least expect it. Nobody looks. So you need all the help you can get from your machine. Now that there are safety options available, i just don't mind paying the extra buck for it. Ofcourse i'm not going to depend on it entirely, but in certain situations it will make the difference over not having any safety feature on my bike.

            Reviews on the Street Twin all say that it offers good handling and just about enough power. In India, i'm guessing it will do, as i'm not looking for too much power anyway.

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              Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

              Benelli Leocino is coming soon, I heard. If you dig the scrambler kind of motorcycles.

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                don't know why, but Benelli's haven't done anything for me. I'm just not attracted to it.

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                  Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                  Originally posted by aadilnaik View Post
                  Don't know where you are located, but the Mumbai Triumph dealers are getting the test ride bikes in less than a week. I spoke to them yesterday and the bikes have already arrived at the lots, just need a few formalities, which I was told would be done in a few days. So yea.
                  Just like you, I'm definitely looking to ride and then buy the bike too! Can't wait!
                  In Pune they have started giving test rides I believe for Street Twin. I was there at the launch of that bike in Pune by virtue of being a Triumph owner already (Street Triple).

                  Street twin reminds me a lot about Yamaha RD 350 - It has similar styling and twin exhausts etc though RD350 was a very aggressive high revving 2 stroke bike with smaller engine while Street Twin has much larger engine which is far more relaxed but it has plenty of torque at lower RPM range...It is best kept at lower and mid range revs and is not meant for frequent high revving and speeding. Still for Indian road conditions, it has more than sufficient speed and acceleration..Due to features of ABS and Traction Control and charming retro style, it seems worth...

                  Triumph service is quite alright - probably it is one of the better service among various super bikes (I heard good about Harley Davidson and Benelli being reasonably good in Pune other than Triumph which also has decent feedback - remember that service is something where each customer is always going to find some or the other fault because we already spent high amount on our bikes - so we have to look at relative rating and not absolute rating. If you want absolute best, then probably it doesn't exist yet!)

                  Triumph spares while costly, are still reasonable for this category.

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                    Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                    do you guys think I can learn to ride on a street twin - its a recommended beginners bike in the US.

                    I was wanting to get a street twin or a harley iron 883, but no ABS, Traction control etc on the harley.

                    I'm looking for a bike for leisure use - mornings and weekends.

                    I first thought of getting a light bike to learn, but will have no motivation to learn to ride on a commuter bike, which is why I'm asking the question above.

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                      Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                      Originally posted by gautam99 View Post
                      do you guys think I can learn to ride on a street twin - its a recommended beginners bike in the US.

                      I was wanting to get a street twin or a harley iron 883, but no ABS, Traction control etc on the harley.

                      I'm looking for a bike for leisure use - mornings and weekends.

                      I first thought of getting a light bike to learn, but will have no motivation to learn to ride on a commuter bike, which is why I'm asking the question above.
                      What bike did you ride previously?

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                        Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                        Gearless stuff and long ago, so it's almost learning to ride a geared bike afresh for all practical purposes. This is for leisure as I use cars for the city bustle and commuting

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                          Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                          Originally posted by gautam99 View Post
                          Gearless stuff and long ago, so it's almost learning to ride a geared bike afresh for all practical purposes. This is for leisure as I use cars for the city bustle and commuting
                          Definitely not. You should start with something much smaller.
                          But considering the Street Twin has additional safety features and its power being subdued, it could well be your first bike.

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                            Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                            Originally posted by gautam99 View Post
                            do you guys think I can learn to ride on a street twin - its a recommended beginners bike in the US.

                            I was wanting to get a street twin or a harley iron 883, but no ABS, Traction control etc on the harley.

                            I'm looking for a bike for leisure use - mornings and weekends.

                            I first thought of getting a light bike to learn, but will have no motivation to learn to ride on a commuter bike, which is why I'm asking the question above.

                            If you really looking to ride, I strongly suggest to stay away from big engines, weight, and big power.
                            I strongly suggest picking up a second hand (or new, depends on how much you want to spend) Yamaha FZ. It has a very smooth and linear power delivery, has a light and very progressive clutch (which I feel is a big advantage for learners), it has a low seat height, and very good riding dynamics. It will rarely get you in trouble, demands very little maintenance, and is pretty light and thus is a lovely bike to learn on.

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                            Originally posted by imaginesaran View Post
                            The more i think of it, the more i realise the Scrambler is overpriced. Also, it has some problems. So it's a deal-breaker. if you're getting it, you should lose some logic.

                            The ABS may not be necessary for Top Riders, but for ameteurs like me, it is a must-have. Even recently, when a car switched lanes in front of me without notice on the highway, i had to ram the brakes on the Ninja 650, and the rear tyre skid dangerously. Im sure the ABS would've assisted me there. In India, skills just don't cut it. We have people without licenses driving and riding haphazardly on all roads. Even pedestians and cows pop-up when you least expect it. Nobody looks. So you need all the help you can get from your machine. Now that there are safety options available, i just don't mind paying the extra buck for it. Ofcourse i'm not going to depend on it entirely, but in certain situations it will make the difference over not having any safety feature on my bike.

                            Reviews on the Street Twin all say that it offers good handling and just about enough power. In India, i'm guessing it will do, as i'm not looking for too much power anyway.

                            I don't know if you've made a decision yet, but Ive now ridden the Street Twin about 10 times, and gone ahead and booked one. Should be arriving by Tuesday, 29th March.
                            Ive owned a Yamaha FZ, then a Duke 200, and now a Duke 390, and while I absolutely LOVE the Dukes (ooooh that power and flickability), I realised for 90% of my ride I'm just chilling. The Street Twin is insanely usable, and easy to ride. Having a low ride height masks the weight very well. Its comfy to ride, and the deal breaker was the electronics package. I agree with you, its not about riding skill in India to keep you safe, and these electronics assist you in reaching home alive everyday. Then the torque! I was skeptical about the drop in power too, but its honestly not a concern at all anymore! I was riding in 4th gear at 35kmph and the bike wasn't knocking. At all. I can't do that on my Duke. It just makes life soo much easier. And when you want it, just open the throttle and off it goes like a train. I was so impressed, I booked one.
                            If you want hooligan riding, the Duke 390 is hard deal to break. But if you looking for relaxed, super usable roadster, then this is it.
                            Stand by for the full review Ill post once I'm done with the first service in a week or 10days.

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                              Re: The 2016 Triumph Street Twin

                              i heard the panigale 959 is about to come around july......i am very excited about it..
                              and if budegt permits i will buy that one

                              What do you thinkk of the bike..

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