As part of its Bonneville refresh, Triumph has announced an all new machine – the 2016 Triumph Street Twin. While the bike isn’t a scrambler, given the engine configuration and Triumph’s emphasis on customisation, it’s clear that the British firm is intent on stealing some of Ducati’s younger customers away from them.
The Street Twin gets a 900 cc ‘high torque’ 8 valve, parallel twin motor producing 80 Nm at 3200 rpm. That’s up 18% over the previous engine. Connected to a ride by wire throttle, it has a 270° firing interval and is all controlled by, yes, a six-speed gearbox. Hooray! In addition to that extra torque, the water cooling sees fuel economy improve by 36%.
Other features of the Triumph Street Twin include ABS brakes, traction control, a slipper clutch, USB socket and a gear position indicator on the dash. Triumph has stated that there will also be a big emphasis on customisation with the bike with over 150 dealer fitted options available.
One of the kits available is – surprise, surprise – a Scrambler kit. It includes a brushed high-slung Vance & Hines exhaust system (off-road use only), rear mudguard removal kit with compact rear light, brown ribbed bench seat, brown ‘barrel style’ handlebar grips, compact LED indicators and brushed aluminium sump guard. Other ready made kits include the ‘Brat Tracker’ and ‘Urban Inspiration’.
Given the look of the machine and its specifications, if correctly priced Triumph may well have a new best seller on their hands.