By John Burns Editor Score: 84.5%
2016 Triumph Street Twin
Editor Score: 84.5%
Wow, this is sort of dangerous ground Triumph is treading with its new Hi-Torque-engined Street Twin: Its all-new bigger, more modern, liquid-cooled 900cc parallel-Twin actually makes, ahhhh, less peak horsepower than the previous generation 865cc unit. That’s why they insisted we journalists ride the bike before the tech presentation, and kept the cocktails flowing the night before. Savvy marketing on their part. Triumph claims just 54 horsepower (at 5900 rpm) for the new motor, which is at least 10 hp less than I’d have estimated from my butt-clench dyno after a day’s spin around Valencia and environs on the new bike.
That’s because it’s way torquey; the Street Twin gets the new Hi-Torque motor, with a single 39mm throttle body keeping intake velocity high at low rpm (other Bonneville versions will get a Hi-Power 1200cc version of the new Twin with two throttle bodies, to be launched by Triumph over the next few months). I’m a vocal fanatic of Honda‘s NC700X, and 10 years ago you couldn’t shut me up about the Buell XB-9S. The new Street Twin is a lot like both of them, in fact it’s somewhere in the middle since it makes more power than the Honda but less than the Buell. Also, like the Honda, its other claim to fame is 36% greater fuel efficiency than the old Bonneville: Triumph says it’ll get 60.8 mpg in urban use, and one of the engineers who’d been riding one a lot said he routinely gets around 64 mpg. At the end of my 150-mile day, my bike said it was getting 63.8 mpg. …read more