Finally, motorbikes are getting smaller, says Geoff Hill in the Daily Mirror. Enthusiasts are fed up with 200bhp superbikes that are unusable anywhere but the race track and by anyone but expert riders, and manufacturers have cottoned on. Triumph has just launched the minimalist 900cc Street Twin "to prove that size isn't everything".
It is designed to look like a Bonneville from the late Sixties, and will appeal to both old fogies wanting to recapture their lost youth and young fogies looking for retro cool. It's kept all the good old bits and added more grunt. The result is a fun, frugal and stylish machine and for a good price too.
The bike provides "easily accessible performance" and an enjoyable ride, agrees Roland Brown in The Daily Telegraph. Former rockers might be disappointed to learn that the bike will struggle to top a ton, even with your chin on the tank.
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Nevertheless, the Triumph offers reasonable speed, character and an appealing exhaust note, with outstanding handling and agility. A comprehensive range of practical accessories, such as fly-screens, panniers and heated grips, will enhance its appeal. This isn't the fastest or most heroic of bikes, but it is one of the best: stylish, versatile and enjoyable.
The classic looks and heritage alone are appealing, but the Street Twin is a brilliant roadster in its own right, says Motorcycle News. It's a cinch to get on with, but fun to drive too. Add on the sensible price tag, and you've got a real winner, something special.
Price: from £7,300.
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