Perhaps the epitome of a modern sports bike dressed in retro clothing is the 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, with its 1,200 cc parallel-twin, Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension, but the price of entry might be prohibitive to some. To that end, Triumph revealed the 2017 Street Cup at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, based on the 900 cc twin taken from the Street Twin.
To keep costs down, most of the Street Twin’s mechanicals are used in the Street Cup, but with distinct styling touches that make the Cup runneth over. Eschewing the pukka clip-ons found on the Thruxton R, the Street Cup does the business with a pair of down-swept handlebars held in the normal manner on the upper triple clamp.
A removable solo seat hump gives it the distinct cafe racer style, and a pair of upswept exhaust pipes in a black satin finish completes the look. The seat is also new, placing the rider slightly higher in the saddle, and slightly further back.
The Triumph Street Cup also gets a pair of rear shock absorbers that are taller, but provide the same amount of suspension travel – 120 mm. This jacks up the back-end a little higher, steepening the steering angle and giving the Street Cup quicker steering response.