But McQueen would sooner bottom the suspension out, with the 120mm travel of the KYB forks and twin shocks better suited to the freshly graded lanes of Hampshire than to the whooping dunes of Baja.
The standing off-road position feels awkward and uncomfortable – the wide bars a smidge too low while that cool exhaust pushes your right leg to the edge of the peg. The 19-inch front wheel seems to know what it’s doing, at least, and the Metzeler Tourance tyres are okay on hard-packed dry terrain.
But, it helps to remember that this is no enduro, or even an adventure bike (Triumph’s new enduro/motocross range is pending), and instead offers a gentle green laning capability for those who want to venture off the beaten track. And anything that gets people riding off road is ‘rite in our book.
Back on the blacktop, this suspension (which was upgraded for 2019) began to make sense. While slightly jolty across poor surfaces, it was firm, the cartridge damping capably reacting across a breadth of speeds. The tyres may look the part, however could be upgraded to improve road holding. A four-piston Brembo on a single disc up front works with the two-pot Nissin at the rear, providing ample stopping power. The ABS and traction control aren’t hugely intrusive on road, but thankfully are switchable – in fact, the off-road riding mode deactivates both, while road and rain modes adjust the throttle map and traction control settings.
For 2019, the 900cc engine received a 10PS (7kW) increase taking it to 65PS (48kW), 18 per cent more peak power and a red line 500rpm higher than before, at 7,500rpm. A broad spread of torque is characterised by a peak of 80Nm (59lb ft) delivered at just 3,200rpm. It’s smooth and enthusiastic from the off, however I couldn’t help but find the Street Twin a little gutless as it progressed through the revs, but perhaps I was spoiled from the 1200cc, 97PS Speed Twin, which I had ridden immediately before.