Main Motorcycle: Honda NT650V
Join Date: Aug 2006
Other Motorcycle: CB400SF
Extra Motorcycle: XL250R
Why I think the 2018 Street Twin is for me
It's been several years since I last owned a Triumph; a 900 Triple named Daybird due to me creating it by combining a Daytona and a Thunderbird into one. Now, I am convinced it is time to look deeply into getting a new Triumph 900, a 2018 model.
Now, why the '18 and not the '19 model? And why not the 1200? Basically, price, looks and weight, in the case of the 1200.
Here, a 2018 Street Twin is 10500 GBP. In addition, I can pick extras for a bit over 800 pounds worth for free, meaning the bare bike could be said to cost 9700. And since I prefer the looks of the 2016-18 model over the new version AND the new cost 11400 (no extras included here), it makes sense to go for the older version.
A 2019 T120 cost 15500 GBP, while the far more interesting Speed Twin adding another 900 pounds to that price. To me, that is a massive extra to pay for a - to me - relatively small return.
The things I like about the Street Twin are the cast wheels, the limited power output with strong midrange, the fairly nimble weight, the single front disc, the soft suspension settings, the clean lines and the overall simplicity. What I dislike is the restricted leg room, restrictive seat, slightly low handlebars plus the lack of a rev counter, centre stand and heated grips as standard. I'd also like a fuel tank with at least 50% more capacity in an ideal world.
Fitting a rev counter and a little taller bars should be simple enough, and the comfort seat off a T120 should sort all the seating complaints. Add heated grips and a centre stand, and the bike is very nearly perfect. And it will still be between 5 and 6 grand under the only 1200 I'd consider, the Speed Twin - I won't live with tube type wheels.
If it ain't broken, rip it apart and find out why!