Essentially a stripped-down and detuned version of the Triumph Daytona sport bike, the Triumph Street made its debut towards the end of 2007. Unsurprisingly, its second model year – the 2008 Triumph Street – had no changes from its manufacturer, Britain-based Triumph Motorcycles. However, it retained the lightness and exciting ride of its immediate predecessor. The manufacturer""s suggested retail price for the 2008 Street is $7,999.
The 2008 Triumph Street uses the same engine as the Daytona: a four-stroke liquid-cooled horizontal inline three-cylinder unit that displaces at 675 cubic centimeters. Indeed, the bike is officially known as the ""Triumph Street Triple 675"" for the engine""s number of cylinders, as well as its displacement. However, with 107 horsepower at 11,700 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 51 pound-feet of torque at 9,100 RPM, the Street engine is slightly less powerful than that of the Daytona. Twelve intake valves are on the engine, with four on each cylinder. Each engine has a bore and stroke of 2.92 x 2.06 inches (74 x 52.3 millimeters) and a compression ratio of 12.7 to 1.
The engine on the 2008 Triumph Street is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It uses fuel injection, and Triumph provides an electric ignition for convenient ignition. The fuel tank installed on each 2008 Street can hold up to 4.6 gallons (17.4 liters).
For braking, each 2008 Triumph Street uses a 12.1-inch (308-mm) dual disc at the front; and a smaller, 8.7-inch (220-mm) single disc at the back. The bike uses a Kabaya suspension, with a 1.6-inch (41-mm) inverted fork at the front and twin sided aluminum swing arm at the back. Each 2008 Street rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels, which are fitted with tubeless Pirelli® tires.
The 2008 Triumph Street feels relatively light thanks to its aluminum frame, which reduces the weight of the motorcycle while retaining its sturdiness. As a naked bike, the 2008 Street only has a half fairing (upper section) in addition to the traditional front and rear fenders. Despite the sparse covering, Triumph provides three color schemes: Fusion White, Jet Black and Roulette Green. A one-piece vinyl seat on top of the bike is big enough for two people.
For standard digital instrumentation, each 2008 Triumph Street Triple has a clock, lap timer, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, speedometer, and temperature and fuel level warning gauges. Also included are a halogen headlight and a pair of rearview mirrors.
The 2008 Triumph Street measures 79.9 inches (2,030 mm) in length, 30.7 inches (779.8 mm) in width and 49.2 inches (1,249.7 mm) in height. The wheelbase and seat height of the bike are measured at 54.9 inches (1,394.5 mm) and 31.6 inches (802.6 mm), respectively. The dry weight of the 2008 Street is 367 lbs. (166.5 kilograms).
For a more refined version of the Triumph Street, it""s best to choose one of the later models. However, the 2008 model year still holds up well mainly due to the performance it provides for a standard bike.