First Look Review: 2017 Triumph Street Cup

A sportier, sexier Street Twin that lives up to its café-racer roots.

Triumph just announced the release of the 2017 Street Cup . With the same engine, chassis, and bodywork of the Street Twin , the Street Cup gives more cafe-racer appeal to the beloved parallel-twin Bonneville . A new paint scheme, accessories, brakes, and chassis dynamics set this apart from its fellow 900cc Bonnevilles.

Triumph Street Cup
The new Street Cup is a racier version of the Street Twin, with new chassis dynamics, brakes, and paint schemes.Triumph Motorcycles
Street Cup side view
The Street Cup side view, seen here in the Jet Black and Silver Ice color scheme.Triumph Motorcycles

The silhouette of the Street Cup may look familiar. As it should, because it is the very same bodywork as the Street Twin. One of the differences is the color schemes available for the Street Cup: 2-toned Racing Yellow and Silver Ice or Jet Black and Silver Ice. A color-matched flyscreen and matching seat cowl, which covers an alcantara seat, are added details that give the Street Cup more café-racer style.

2017 Triumph Street Cup rear three quarter
A rear three quarter view of the 2017 Triumph Street Cup in Racing Yellow and Silver Ice.Triumph Motorcycles

Aside from fresh paint schemes, the Street Cup comes with dual gauges, the same found on the Thruxton. Now you can not only tell how fast you're going but how fast your engine is turning too! The Street Cup also gets Thruxton-style footpegs and forged headlight mounts. New dropped "Ace" handlebars and bar-end mirrors keep the profile of the Street Cup low and sleek—no mouse ears popping up and out of the handlebars.

Triumph Street Cup flyscreen
A color matched flyscreen adds to the Street Cup's cafe racer appeal.Triumph Motorcycles

In addition to the lowered handlebars, the riding stance of the Street Cup has been set up more aggressively than the Street Twin by having a slightly higher seat situated a bit further back. To raise the rear end the Street Cup gets longer suspension units. This contributes to a steeper head angle, making the little cafe racer more agile than its Street Twin brother.

Triumph Street Cup Seat Cowl
The 2017 Triumph Street Cup features an alcantara seat, and color matched seat cowl.Triumph Motorcycles

The new Nissin two-piston caliper is said to improve braking performance up front, and the Street Cup retains the Twin’s ABS. Other features carried over from the Street Twin include ride-by-wire throttle, switchable traction control, and a torque-assist clutch. The gearbox remains a 5-speed. And, just like the Street Twin, there is a slew of Triumph accessories to further make the Street Cup your own, including fully adjustable Fox rear suspension units, Vance and Hines silencers, adjustable aluminum levers, fender eliminator, and heated grips.

For more information on the new Street Cup, and to peruse the extensive accessory catalog, check out

Triumph Street Cup overhead view
The Street Cup as seen from above.Triumph Motorcycles
Street Cup cockpit
Bar-end mirrors and a lower "Ace" handlebar keep the front profile of the Street Cup low.Triumph Motorcycles
Street Cup gauges
Twin gauges, finally! Now you can monitor RPM, with the Street Cup's new gauge cluster, borrowed from the Thruxton.Triumph Motorcycles
Triumph Street Cup exhaust
A satin black finish exhaust adds to the sleak look of the Street Cup.Triumph Motorcycles
Street Cup rear view
The Street Cup's rear view, showing off lower handlebars, bar-end mirrors, and higher tail end.Triumph Motorcycles
Street Cup front view
The Street Cup looks an awful lot like a Street Twin, but the flyscreen, lower "Ace" handlebars, and bar-end mirrors give it a distinct look that sets it apart from its fellow Bonnevilles.Triumph Motorcycles