Triumph Street Cup Review
✓Looks amazing, fun if not fast, loads of parts, headlight
×Side panels can wear easily, stock tyres, brakes
What Is It?
The Triumph Street Cup is a cafe racer style retro bike based on the popular Street Twin.
Engine: 900 cc Parallel Twin, 54 bhp
Economy: 65 mpg
Range: 170 miles
Seat Height: 780 mm
What Is It Like?
I’ve owned my yellow/grey Street Cup from new for 18 months now, having chosen this in preference to the Thruxton 1200. I love the bike along with its edginess.
The stock Pirelli tyres follow lines in the road and are ‘interesting’ in the wet, however I’ve stuck with them and at 4,500 miles they are close to being changed. From what I read the handling will improve significantly on different tyres.
At first I was a little apprehensive about a single disk up front however there was no need to be, it is good and has been no issue when used in an emergency situation and I never question the capability of the brake.
For me it’s a ‘style thing’ with the Cup rather than performance. The 53 bhp is more than ample for a lot of fun and more suited to UK roads than my previous an Explorer 1200!
That said pushing on and riding progressively certainly is not a problem and riding it between 4,000 and 6,000 revs on twisty roads it's really quite punchy and delivers a massive grin…in my opinion anyway!
I find the bike very comfortable despite being 6’4 and 15 stone. Surely it should be a cramped ride however it is so comfortable, the ace bars aren’t too aggressive, pegs not too far back and the seat is plush. So far this has been fine for rides of a couple of hours without a stop.
I ride all year and so far no corrosion is showing, this may be down to a coating of ACF50 but it shows they can be used and remain pristine. Finally, 60 mpg and a superb headlight!
The only changes I’ve made so far have been to remove and blank the pillion pegs as to me it’s not meant to be a pillion bike.
I've fitted a tail tidy and an ‘X pipe’ to eliminate the cat’. The bike now sounds even better so I’ve stayed with the standard silencers.
Obviously no extra power with this but the throttle response appears better or at least I feel it is, anyway the noise is superb without being too loud.
The only thing I don’t really like are the black side panels which have been rubbed badly by my boots and jeans. It's worse than anything I’ve seen on my other bikes and I polish them but unfortunately they remain dull.
- Kevin W, 2018
Get The Gear To Go With It
Triumph Street Twin - Standard retro bike the Street Cup is based on, with normal height handlebars, standard seat without a hump, no headlight fairing and a more neutral riding position.
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