2017 Triumph Street Cup Road Test


The 2017 Triumph Street Cup is another bike in Triumphs range using the lovely 900cc  High Torque Bonneville, parallel engine, just like the T100 and the Street Twin but tops them in terms of price at £8,800. So lets take a look at what you're getting for your hard earned money and see what the bikes like!


The Street Cup certainly looks the part as a modern retro machine and as with all bikes Triumph are producing nowadays the quality of the finish is exceptional. Heavily based on the Street Twin, the Street Cup has some styling injected into it inspired from the Thruxton. The dropped bars with bar end mirrors, the flyscreen, the same clocks and an alcantara seat make it very similarly styled. This is a great thing as the Thruxton was (and still is in my opinion) the best looking modern cafe racer available. 

The 900cc, liquid cooled, SOHC 8 valve lump produces 54bhp and a good amount of torque (80Nm). These figures mean that it's easy as pie to ride around town and slowly through traffic but you can also have a plenty of fun in the twisties thanks to the pulling power the torque delivers coming out of the corners and also the great handling of the bike. The Pirelli Phantom Sports Comp tyres are a nice match for the bike and have plenty of grip on the bends too.

The engine delivers a smooth ride and the 5 speed gearbox changes seamlessly. There are no different riding modes to choose from on the Street Cup, but you really don't need them so it's no big loss. The bike has got traction control and a trip computer which is easy to navigate using the "i" button by the left grip which scrolls through information including fuel range, average mpg and current mpg. 

The brakes up front consist of a single disc setup with Nissin calipers. This is adequate enough but a bit more initial biting power would be welcome. The rear brake however, is very good.

With a seat height of 780mm and the seat being so slim it's easy to get flat footed whilst on the bike even if you are vertically challenged. I am 5ft 7 (and a half!) and had both feet flat on the ground with my knees bent. The bike is comfortable to ride around on all day without any aches or pains and the suspension does a good job absorbing the harshness of the bumps in the road.

Overall the 2017 Triumph Street Cup really is a great bike. It's comfortable and fun thanks to the torque and handling of the machine. You could almost think of it as a smaller Thruxton and is well worth considering if you're a new rider or the Thruxton is out of your price range.

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