UPDATE: Triumph has announced U.S. pricing for its 2016 Bonneville lineup. The Street Twin will be available in Jet Black for $8,700 while the Aluminum Silver, Cranberry Red, Matt Black and Phantom Black paint options are priced at $8,950.

Just because the Street Twin is the smallest displacement and will carry the lowest MSRP (when it is announced along with the specifications in December) doesn’t mean it isn’t important to Triumph. The Street Twin could, in fact, become the most important of the new Bonnevilles because it is aimed at both a younger market and at less experienced riders which could have the long-term effect of bringing these riders into the Triumph fold. Featuring a 900cc engine that is designed for smooth, responsive, and friendly power delivery, the Street Twin is far from being the forgotten kid brother of the larger Bonnies. Instead, it receives five different color options (more than its 2016 siblings) and a host of accessory parts.

Be sure to visit our 2016 Triumph Bonneville landing page to learn more about the background and details of the new Street Twin’s engine and chassis, including discussions with engineers who brought this critically important new platform to life for Triumph.

All aspects of the Street Twin are directed at ease of use and riding fun. The tank and seat front are narrow and combine with the moderate seat height to enable a wider swath of riders to plant their feet comfortably at a stop. The riding position is comfortably relaxed with minimal forward lean and the pegs directly below the rider. Triumph claims the handling is similarly designed to be neutral steering yet agile and confidence inspiring.

The Street Twin offers an attractive package and an accessible personality.

The Street Twin offers an attractive package and an accessible personality.

The 900cc “high torque” eight-valve parallel-Twin engine was designed to deliver its motivation as low as possible in the rpm range. When compared to last year’s 865cc mill, the 900 puts out 59 lb-ft at 3200 rpm which translates into an 18% increase. Similarly, thanks to the increased efficiency allowed by liquid-cooling, the 900’s claimed mpg is a surprising 36% better than the 865. A “slip assist clutch” offers lower clutch effort and easy engagement for new riders, and the r-b-w throttle will help manage the bountiful torque.

Triumph Street Twin

This oxygen sensor tucked away next the the exhaust manifold provides an example of how Triumph disguises technology.

The Street sports other high-tech features we expect from current motorcycles. ABS is available and can be switched off. Traction control is another benefit we’ve come to appreciate. A USB plug is available for device charging. The speedometer offers more than just speed, including gear-position indicator, dual tripmeters, range to empty, average and current MPG, fuel level, and controls to disable TC and ABS. Also, available tire pressure monitor and heated grips will display status on the LCD screen. Oh, and there’s a clock.

The Street Twin's Brat Tracker Inspiration Kit, featuring a Vance & Hines slip-on, a ribbed seat, barrel grips, and LED turn signals.

The Street Twin’s Brat Tracker Inspiration Kit, featuring a Vance & Hines slip-on, a ribbed seat, barrel grips, and LED turn signals.

The Street Twin rolls on cast wheels wearing 100/90 R18 front and 150/70 R17 rear Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp rubber. A single front disc of unreleased dimensions is squeezed by a two-piston caliper. A smaller rear disc gets the same from a pair of pistons. A conventional fork is topped with gaiters for the appropriate look. The tank is compact and narrow, while the stepped seat suits the classic style of the Twin. The dual shocks are preload adjustable via stepped collars.

Two Inspiration Kits are offered for the Street Twin. The first is a Scrambler version which features a Vance & Hines high-mount exhaust, a ribbed seat, a rear fender eliminator, barrel grips, compact LED signals, and a brushed aluminum bash plate. The Brat Tracker inspiration kit includes Vance & Hines slip-ons, a black seat, plus the aforementioned signals, grips and bash plate. Finally, the Urban kit has a dropped “ACE” style handlebar, a tinted flyscreen, a single leather and waxed cotton saddlebag, plus the Vance & Hines slip-ons and compact indicator lights.

Five color options await the prospective Street Twin buyer. Two colors, Cranberry Red and Aluminum Silver, receive tank and wheel stripes. The remaining three colors, Matt Black, Jet Black, and Phantom Black (with a hint of pearl), are all solids.

Yes, we wish we had an MSRP, but we’ll just have to wait

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  • I’m hoping y’all will do a shootout between this, the new Yamaha XSR700, and the Ducati Scrambler.

    • panthalassa

      ditto …
      (but has yamaha confirmed the xsr700 for the u.s.?)

      • BryanB_Raleigh

        Cycle World reported it to be only for Europe 🙁

  • JMDonald

    I like this bike. All things being equal it will be interesting to see how it compares to other bikes like it.

  • Montana dave

    Bye,bye air cooled. Mourn their loss.

    • Kenneth

      I felt the same way – until now, seeing that Triumph could design such a great-looking liquid-cooled engine for this bike (compared, for instance, to the newest Monsters).

      • Ducati Kid


        Love Hinckley’s new Bonneville but fault them failing to revise Frame Downtubes permitting nondescript L/C Radiator placement.

        Recall TRIUMPH’S Bonneville is their most important motorcycle!

        Global sales demand sweating any detail!

        Gentleman – “Show no unsightly appendage!”

        • Kenneth

          Nothing unsightly to be seen. Those down tubes are a classic, signature element of the Bonnie.

          • Ducati Kid


            Your suggesting the new L/C Engine Radiator, ahead of the Downtubes, is historic?

            It sure to be a future signature element from Hinckley?


            Permit Radiator clearance – between – those Downtubes.

            In it’s present, unsightly, form the Frame Downtubes are performing part of their capability – ‘proper’ style Sells!

            Wager a revised Radiator shall emerge, in our Global Aftermarket, permitting mounting between the Downtubes.

  • Brent Randolph

    This bike. The new 1200cc models are cool and fancy and whatnot. But I’m guessing this is the more important bike. The Ducati Scrambler is hitting all the right notes and getting insane praise. My hope is that Triumph has taken notice and released this as a worthy alternative. If somehow they were able to shave some poundage off of this thing and got it closer to the Ducati’s 410lbs, I think it has the potential to be a major home run for the company.

  • John A. Stockman

    Nice move Triumph! I’ve had the opportunity to ride many of the new-gen Triumphs. Great bikes, not bad for stock. Love the triples though, I can’t enough of that sound! I did think the Bonnies were a bit too heavy, but the “look” is correct. Casual observers would think they’re still air-cooled, so good job on that. I’ll be looking for a test when they come out and seeing where the weight ends up. Either way, better mileage, more hp and torque, plus the terrific look. Really interested in those X series though, mostly because of the triple.

  • kurtjens

    I’m intrigued that a bike with a 900cc engine is considered a good bike for less experienced riders, considering that the bikes on which this is based, the original Bonnevilles, were top-dogs in the performance arena in their time. Do today’s crop of less-experienced riders now possess the skills and judgement of the riders who chose the original Bonnies? Or is it merely that bikes that don’t have the performance of today’s sport bikes are always regarded as good for less-experienced riders?

    That quibble notwithstanding, I’m very drawn to the new Bonnies.

    • Montana dave

      Agree Kurt. Seems that 500/600/700 c.c,even the 883 Sportster is now considered a “beginner’s” motorcycle. One can have just as much fun & enjoyment with a 250 c.c. There’s good reason most safety/learning courses use a model like a Yamaha WT 200.

      • Kenneth

        Safety/learning courses don’t leave the parking lot. If one is buying a bike for daily, all-purpose use, it should be able to easily and quickly accelerate up to, and maintain, today’s freeway speeds of 70 – 80 mph. The current Bonneville offers non-intimidating performance at 865cc, along with easy handling at low speeds, making it a good all-around bike for pretty-much any experience level, I’d say.

      • Ted

        Actually, beginners on small bikes have a great deal more fun than ones on larger bikes because they are not so intimidated and scared. They are much more likely to stay with riding if they progress up the power and size range in several steps. (Not just two). IMHO & personal exp.

        • Ted

          Oh yeah. Of all the new triumphs this one is by far to my best liking. Although I think the Thruxtons look Fabulous. If I could afford to have more than one bike would love to have one.I hope the ST. TWIN lives up to expectations, as it fits my persoal needs much better.

    • rudedog4

      my ex bought a HD Street 750 before we got divorced. I tried to get her to at least shop smaller bikes, but she refused. She only rode it a few times, dropped it a couple times, then sold it to another dealer at a loss. A beginner should be on a small light bike until they really learn how to ride. The Street 750, at roughly 500 pounds, is too big for most beginners, and some people (not the employees at the dealer) tried to convince her to get a Sportster, which is almost 600! The current crop of 300 cc class bikes, or the Honda 500 twins, would make much better choices for new riders.

  • Ben Dover

    They went through all the effort of upgrading the engine but still left the 5 speed gearbox? I owned a 2001 Bonnie, and they seemed to address everything I found lacking except for this…

    • Kenneth

      I’ve owned a ’11 for 4 years, and, while I’ve sometimes wished for an overdrive gear, most of the time I’m very satisfied with the 5 nicely-chosen ratios for the county roads I ride (70 mph = just-over 4k rpm).

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    Gosh, MO, you guys sure got lotsa friends!