Test Ride Review - Triumph Bonneville Street Twin

Published On May 23, 2016 By for Street Twin at Gaadi.com

Triumph-Bonneville-street-twin-review-M11 The Triumph Bonneville is a celebration of what the original Bonnie meant to enthusiasts but in a modern package. The Bonneville was born because of an increase in demand for high-performance naked motorcycles, especially in America. The bike was given the 'Bonnie' nickname because it was instrumental in setting many land-speed records at the famous Bonneville salt flats in Utah, USA. Triumph-Bonneville-street-twin-review-M10 The Triumph Bonneville Street Twin looks like it starts off from where the 1988 model left off - and gets modern touches that make it safer and up to date. The chassis is all new, so is the engine, the instrument console and a lot of electronic aids have been added. The good thing is, at first glance, the only way you can tell that this is the new Bonnie is because of the disc brakes and the new age stickers - Triumph has cleverly hidden away the other modern bits under retro elements. There is a lot of attention to detail - and it feels like it should cost Rs. 6.9 Lakh, ex-showroom. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="20638,20642,20641"] The design is simple, the front is dominated by a circular headlamp with a Triumph badge mounted on a cast headlamp bracket, the tank is large and gets an offset fuel filler cap, there is subtle pinstriping on the tank, the seat is a simple single-piece unit with no grab rails at the back, while the stop-lamp is a simple circular LED unit. The engine is a first-of-its-kind (for Triumph) liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, which is finished in black with two exhaust pipes leading down both the sides. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="20643,20644,20647"] The single-piece instrument cluster consists of an analogue speedometer and a multi-information display. The MID is really informative - it has a gear indicator, fuel level indicator, two tripmeters, distance to empty indicator and average fuel consumption display. This increases the bikes appeal, considering the nearest competitor - the Ducati Scrambler - fails miserably in the information display department in spite of being fitted with an all-digital instrument pod. Triumph-Bonneville-street-twin-review-M6 That beautiful looking matte-black motor is a 900cc unit - the 'HT' badge on it lets you know that this is the high-torque version. Compared to the older model, the Bonneville Street Twin makes 55PS of peak power - a reduction of 13PS. But it makes up for that loss by developing 80Nm of peak torque, which is 17Nm more. Triumph-Bonneville-street-twin-review-M7 The review unit was fitted with the optional Vans & Hines exhaust system. It is a must have accessory, we reckon. The custom exhaust adds character to the Street Twin - it's not so much about the loudness than the quality of the sound. The rumble at startup, the rasp of the parallel twin motor at higher revs - everything is more amplified. Slot the Street Twin into the first gear - via the short shifting gear lever - twist the throttle gently and oodles of low-end torque make your getaway easy. You also realise that revving the hell out of this motor is not going to help you much in terms of going fast - not that it is slow. The low- and mid-level punch is what the Street Twin is all about. It even helps you ride in the crowded streets of Delhi very easily. The liquid-cooled motor is very good at dissipating heat without frying your thighs, which is surprising for a large capacity motorcycle. Triumph-Bonneville-street-twin-review-M12 The Street Twin is not an intimidating motorcycle to ride, this partly thanks to the low seat with a 750mm seat height. Even shorter riders can sit on the Bonnie without having to stand tip-toe. The riding posture is neither too aggressive nor too laid back, though the handlebars are slightly set low - you could go on long rides on the Street Twin without your back complaining. The Bonneville has a comfortable but firm ride - the 41mm Kayaba front forks and 120mm twin rear shocks do a good job of handling the best patchy road surfaces you can throw at them, you have to be a bit careful with a pillion rider though - larger speed breakers can scrape the undercarriage if not negotiated properly. Where the Bonneville Street Twin surprises you is the way it tackles corners - it likes to lean and stays stable throughout, the only drawback being the Pirelli Phantoms not feeling as grippy as we would want them to; the chassis has more potential to it. The brakes work well - you can loose speed quite quickly in spite of the Street Twin employing single discs front and rear, the feedback through the levers could be better though. A06A8445 The fact is, this is a larger capacity motorcycle that you can enjoy every day. It is easy to ride from home to work and back, or saddle-up and go to places unknown. It has enough grunt to keep you ahead of the pack - while not worrying about your back. And you look cool wherever you go - that is the Triumph Bonneville Street Twin for you.

Pricing for the Street Twin (Ex-Showroom Price of Delhi)

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Triumph Street Twin ABS7,45,000
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