What a gem: the Street Twin’s Cobalt Blue brings the price up to $9,995. (Triumph/)

Ups

Lovely and approachable 270-degree crank parallel-twin enginePredictable handling via a well-developed, stable chassisThick, comfortable seatNice attention to detail with aluminum accents

Downs

Annoying gas cap and delay in fuel level display after fill-upFor the price you’d think the Street Twin would have full LED lightingEngine heat and vibration

Verdict

If a motorcycle with a sensible and friendly engine, predictable handling, comfortable seating, and classic looks checks all the right boxes for you, and you don’t mind paying a somewhat premium price, then the Triumph Street Twin is a great option.

Overview

The Street Twin is one of the top-selling modern classics in Triumph’s lineup. Introduced in 2016, the bike pairs classic styling with an engine that is agreeable to a wide variety of riders. Significant updates were made in 2019, while more changes were made this year to improve its engine and further refine comfort and quality. These changes go a step further in helping the bike attract a widespread following.

Currently, Triumph uses “Street” in its model names to indicate that a lower-displacement engine is used than in the higher-powered “Speed” models (though we may see a change in Triumph’s naming conventions in 2023). The Street Twin is powered by Triumph’s 900cc parallel-twin engine. A 270-degree firing order and ample low- to midrange torque give this engine an engaging character. Pair that with the bike’s classic design and excellent fit and finish for a sensible, if somewhat pricey, Street Twin.

The Street Twin EC1 Special Edition gives a nod to the moto culture of London’s East End.
The Street Twin EC1 Special Edition gives a nod to the moto culture of London’s East End. (Triumph/)

Updates for 2022

The Street Twin’s engine is now Euro 5 compliant. Other updates include a thicker foam seat, new cast wheels with machine detailing, new bodywork, and brushed aluminum detailing.

Pricing and Variants

The 2022 Street Twin’s price ranges from $9,695 to $9,995, depending on color; choices are Jet Black, Cobalt Blue, or Matte Ironstone. Anglophiles will be stoked; the Twin also comes in the EC1 special edition ($10,445). The name comes from the custom moto culture in London, specifically within the historic district of London, the postal code for which is EC1.

Competition

There are many manufacturers riding the retro-style wave. Shoppers have a mix of modern and retro-styled bikes to look at, including the Honda CB650R, Royal Enfield INT650, Suzuki SV650, Moto Guzzi V7, Yamaha XSR700, Kawasaki W800, or the new-for-2022 Z650RS.

The negative space between the parallel twin and tubular steel frame is quite attractive.
The negative space between the parallel twin and tubular steel frame is quite attractive. (Triumph/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

A 900cc parallel twin (now Euro 5 compliant) is as easily controlled as it is fantastically engaging. There’s a ride-by-wire throttle for precise response and a five-speed gearbox with a wet, multiplate, and torque-assist clutch for smooth gear changes. The 270-degree crank delivers loads of character and the engine’s power is concentrated in the low to mid-rpm range. In fact, over 50 pound-feet of torque is delivered between 2,750 and 6,000 rpm as indicated on its dyno chart. Overall, the engine produces 60.1 hp at 6,880 rpm and 55.6 pound-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm. This is plenty to carry the bike well through twists and turns and is very user-friendly from stoplight to stoplight.

Nothing is perfect, though, and there are a couple of complaints with this engine. First, engine heat begins to toast the rider’s right shin after about 40 minutes of riding. Second, vibrations tend to creep into the pegs at around 5,500 rpm. Fortunately, the vibration doesn’t make its way into the handlebar.

A single 310mm disc and four-piston caliper at the front slow the Twin down.Read More

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By: Staff
Title: 2022 Triumph Street Twin
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/triumph-street-twin-2022/
Published Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:24:49 +0000

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