Triumph motorcycles has officially introduced the 2016 Street Twin in Malaysia, with a retail price of RM55,900. We had a first look at the 2016 Street Twin when it hit the showroom floor two weeks ago.
This announcement from official Malaysian Triumph distributor Fast Bikes is the first of a series of four Bonneville models for this year. These include the Bonneville T120, T120 Black and the much anticipated Thruxton R that are expected in the showroom soon.
Using a brand new liquid-cooled 900 cc parallel twin, the Street Twin is the first of the “Bonnies” to use the engine, after the retirement of the previous air-cooled parallel twin that had a lineage dating back to the 1940s. The new engine will come in 900 and 1,200 cc versions, with ride-by-wire, and a slip-assist clutch driving a five-speed gearbox.
There is a combination of new and old tech at work on the Street Twin. As standard equipment, the Twin comes with ABS and switchable traction control, while the single large speedometer now features a small LCD display providing all necessary information for the rider, including gear position indicator and fuel consumption.
This retro-styled machine harks back to the hey-day of the British twin motorcycle, when the fastest bikes in the world came from England. The fuel tank is shaped much like Triumph’s models from the 50s and 60s, albeit now with a fuel pump to feed the EFI, instead of an Amal carburettor. A nice touch is the under-seat USB charging port.
Recognising that the Street Twin is likely to appeal to a broad range of riders, the seat height is a low 750 mm, lower than the Harley Iron 883 and the Ducati Scrambler, the Street Twin’s closest competitors. “Having already generated positive reviews from the world’s motorcycling media, the Triumph Street Twin is riding from strength-to-strength here for its official Malaysian introduction,” said Datuk Razak Al-Malique Hussain, chief operating officer of Fast Bikes.
The 2016 Triumph Street Twin comes in five colours – Jet Black, Phantom Black, Matte Black, Silver, and Red – with cast wheels and LED rear lights. Retail pricing for the Street Twin is RM55,900 including GST, excluding road tax and insurance.