Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 16th March 2017

Triumph make great bikes these days, but if there was one criticism of last year’s very competent Street Twin then you could accuse it of being a bit on the dull side.


The Street Twin is a brilliant entry level bike but without the optional ‘inspiration kits’ (that’s accessories to you and me) shown at launch, it is a bit Plain Jane in the looks department. Triumph has addressed this for 2017 though, introducing the Street Scrambler and this, the Street Cup, alongside the base model.


Triumph Street Cup Candid


While the Cup and Scrambler don’t look too dissimilar to the accessorised Street Twin, the fact that these are models in their own right means that Triumph has been able to go a stage further with the concepts and inject them their own personality.


So the Street Cup takes the Street Twin as it’s base and sharpens up the chassis as well as the look. Despite the sporty styling, the Cup is powered by the same five-speed, 55bhp 900cc motor as its brethren. While it’s no fire breather, the engine is super smooth with plenty of low down torque, making the Street Cup so easy and relaxing to ride. Like the Street Twin, there are no riding modes but traction control and ABS are both fitted as standard.


Triumph Street Cup cornering


Triumph are clear that the Street Cup is aimed at new riders and those who are not seeking maximum performance (they’ve already got the excellent 1200cc Thruxtons for that) but there’s still enough go to keep things interesting. With 80Nm of torque down at 3,200rpm the Triumph gets away from the lights pretty sharpish and although the parallel twin runs out of breath at 6,000rpm, it’s still good enough for over 110mph – where conditions allow, of course!


The chassis is where Triumph have made some subtle yet important changes. The Cup’s twin rear shocks are longer than those on the Street Twin and, combined with different handlebars and footpegs, give a more forward biased and sporty riding position.


Despite having more weight on the wrists, the Street Cup remains pretty comfortable and although the steering is a little heavy at low speeds, it’s easy to ride around town, while feeling more composed and engaging than the base model on fast and flowing roads. Triumph has also given the Cup a slightly higher spec front brake, although the single disc setup could still do with a little more bite.


Triumph Street Cup Road


Where the Street Cup really stands out from the Street Twin is in it’s styling and detailing. Most obviously, you’ve got that neat little nose fairing and seat cowl, but look closer and you see lots of really nice touches that go towards justifying the £850 premium for the new bike.


The twin dial instruments have been lifted from the range topping Thruxton, while the bar end mirrors work well enough and have an upmarket feel to them. Then there’s the Alcantara style seat with a USB charging point underneath, LED lights and really easy to use switchgear. It’s got quality written all over it.


Triumph Street Cup Dash


And while the chassis changes have led to a taller riding position, at 780mm the seat height is accessible for all but the very shortest of riders. As a first big bike, the Triumph Street Cup is a really interesting proposition, and it also has something to offer more experienced guys looking to downsize or have a cool city bike.


At £8600, the Triumph Street Cup isn’t exactly cheap. It’s not mainstream either, but it looks a million dollars and is such great fun to ride, it’s sure to find a home in many motorcyclists’ garages this year.




Liquid cooled, eight-valve, single overhead camshaft, 270° crank parallel twin






40.5kW (55bhp) @5900rpm


80Nm @ 3230rpm


41mm telescopic forks






12 litres




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