I feel like the Triumph line of modern classics is strangely self-conscious. As actor Jason Statham is self-aware. Do you know him; bald British actor from movies like “The Expendables,” “The Transporter,” “Crank” and my personal favorite “Snatch.” He knows who he is; He is Jason Statham and he plays himself in every movie. Because that’s what the audience wants. Triumph Street Twin and Street Scrambler play themselves. Because that is what the person who buys one of these motorcycle wants. A basic, customizable and classic British motorcycle. The Street Twin is Triumph’s best-selling motorcycle in the Modern Classics line. So when I finally slipped my leg over the short Street Twin, my first thought was “Fish and chips. This thing is British. “
Despite sharing many parts, the 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler, above, and the new Street Twin, offer different driving experiences. Kingdom Creative photo. Updates for Street Twin and Street Scrambler 2019 Are the Street Twins and Street Scramblers updates for 2019 completely new or next-gen versions of themselves? For me, if a motorcycle has the old engine boxes and the frame has not mainly changed, it is not “new” and Triumph never pushed us “new” or “completely redesigned” at the press release, but I can easily agree with the “next generation” that they used throughout the introduction.
The Twin High Torque 900 Triumph. Triumph photo. ”High par.” That’s what “HT” stands for on the side of the 2019 engine block just behind the number 900 indicating its 900cc displacement. For 2019, the 900HT gained an additional 10 horsepower and 500 rpm (7,500 rpm is the new top engine speed) before the rev limiter turns the party off. The added power was one of the most significant updates to Street Twin and Street Scrambler and the most discussed change in the comment section of Spurgeon’s announcement article on Common Tread. We’ll look at the concerns readers had in a moment.
Triumph Street Twin 2019 Kingdom Creative photo Gaining 10 horsepower should never be an easy task, right? The speculations I had were new high compression camshaft profiles or pistons, maybe even bigger throttle bodies. “No, we just cut a lot of mass from the crankshaft, counterweights and dead axles,” the Triumph spokesperson said proudly.
It took time to develop and design, but it was just a weight reduction. They then worked on some details with the engine mapping and easy, lemon squeezer, 10 horsepower! But is it worth squeezing the juice? In the comment section of Dunbar’s aforementioned article, the “regulars” (you know who they are) chimed in, and it seems like everyone wanted the 900cc Street Bonnevilles to have less power. To be clear, the discussion went a long way on what should be considered an entry-level motorcycle and whether the 2019 version crossed that line. The “line” on the dynamometer graph
Featuring the 2019 Triumph Street Twin Kingdom Creative photo The line on the dynamometer chart tells a different story than just 10 additional ponies. Power is so close to the 2018 engine that I doubt anyone can tell the difference by the seat of your pants, until the 270-degree parallel twin turns past 3500rpm. Then the 900cc bulge spins up to 7,500 rpm in a completely smooth power arc that hits 65 horsepower, right against the rev limiter.
By comparison, the first-generation Street Twin and Street Scrambler’s power curves flattened to 55 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and dropped below 50 horsepower just before the 7,000 redline. But how does that feel? The old engine that once fell short at the end of the rev range and left people wanting a bit more on the road is dead, but the easy-to-use, always forgiving, and not intimidating engine lives on. In addition to the ease of use of the engine, I could feel the drive-by-wire system smoothing out my throttle ins and outs and even easier …