Retro ride: triumph twin

Triumph seems to be on a roll at the moment, combining the best qualities of existing models with the nostalgia of the past. We rode the latest: the Speed Twin.

Photo courtesy Triumph UK

Triumph’s modern classic range seems to know no boundaries and when I last checked there were 12 models in the line-up, writes Mikko Nieminen.

The company’s best-selling modern classic bike has been the 900cc Street Twin with its contemporary looks and easy-to-approach manner. Given the sales success, it was probably just a matter of time before the Hinckley factory re-imagined this retro-esque contemporary classic and gave it some bigger muscles.

Emerging from the factory after three years of development is a thoroughly modern bike with ride modes, traction control, ABS, torque-assist clutch, LED lights and almost minimalistic looks. The frame and engine have been developed from the Thruxton R, the electronics package is Triumph’s standard fare, and the looks are unmistakably from the Street Twin.

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