The 2019 Street Twin is a marvellous package, offering Triumph’s beautiful retro styling, combined with all the modern tech you could ever wish for. At £8,100, it’s reasonably priced, too. Competitors such as the Royal Enfield twins may cost significantly less (by about £2,500), but the Street Twin certainly has the edge when it comes to tech, ride, power and build quality.
As a child, I remember being scolded for using the word ‘nice’, teachers dismissing it as a trite adjective for boring people. But occasionally, nothing else can quite fit the bill like those over-used and under-appreciated four letters. So there, I’ll say it: Triumph’s Street Twin is overwhelmingly nice. It’s nice to look at, nice to ride, nice to be seen on and nice to even think about. It’s neat, refined, the steering is bang on, the suspension gentle, the brakes sufficient, and everything just… gels.
The cherry red bike arrived at Goodwood after a wintery lull in riding, and in all honesty, I was apprehensive. But I needn’t had been, for climbing aboard the custom classic was like reconciliating with a trusty old steed.
It can be restricted to A2 compliance, and later derestricted, making it perfect for those riders on the 47PS-limited (47bhp) licence looking for a bike to grow with them. It’s just as suitable for an older rider too, a commuter or a Sunday stroller. And that’s all part of the Street Twin’s charm – with its excellent engine, quality equipment and unintimidating nature, it’s the perfect proposition for a breadth of riders.