Strange. Considering it represents the low end of Triumph's Modern Classics line, the Street Twin is suddenly looking pretty grown-up. And maybe it's not a full-blown redesign, but for 2019 Triumph has announced its new Street Twin will receive a bump in horsepower, improved brakes, revised styling, and two new riding modes in addition to the already-available switchable traction control, ABS, and ride by wire. While Triumph isn't going out on a limb and calling the 2019 Street Twin a new bike, if nothing else, it's a giant step forward from the previous one. Let's break it down then.

2019 Street Twin
The 2019 Street Twin piles on welcome improvements but retains that classic Brit style.Courtesy of Triumph

The headline news here is more power. The 2019 Triumph Street Twin adds 10 hp to the liquid-cooled 900cc engine for a claimed output of 65 hp, which translates to 18 percent more peak power. That’ll definitely be noticeable. The higher-revving engine also gets a higher redline as well as a beefy 59 pound-feet of torque output. The crankshaft and balance shaft also shed some pounds, and the torque-assist clutch is lighter as well, making for an all-around more sprightly ride.

liquid-cooled 900cc
The liquid-cooled 900cc High Torque mill gets a bump in horsepower too.Courtesy of Triumph

With newfound power comes more responsibility, so the Street Twin is also now blessed with a Brembo four-piston front brake caliper to boost braking performance, and a fresh higher-specification cartridge fork with 120mm of travel enters the equation to further smooth out the road. Of course, Triumph threw in improved rider ergos for both pilot and passenger, as well as a more cushy saddle to enhance time on the road.

But back to the new electronic enhancements: There’s new Road and Rain riding modes, a new

TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) option, and the ABS and switchable traction control we’ve all grown fond of. Also returning are the rear LED taillight, the immobilizer security feature and the USB power socket, all standard.

throttle map and traction control settings
New riding modes adjust the throttle map and traction control settings for optimum riding in all conditions.Courtesy of Triumph

As for styling, there are tons of refinements, like new cast aluminum multi-spoke wheels with machined detailing, and eagle eyes will instantly spot the new Street Twin logo—a more modern twist on the previous one. New bezels and instrument faces adorn the instrument panel, while there’s new machined detailing on the headlamp as well. The blacked-out engine, sculpted fuel tank, and signature dual upswept exhausts remain, as does the elegant single throttle body for that classic Brit look.

Of course Triumph has made more than 140 accessories available for this bike so you can style it up however you want, including custom Vance & Hines mufflers, Fox rear shocks, saddlebags, bench seats, and more.

The new 2019 Triumph Street Twin will be available in early 2019 in three colorways: Matte Ironstone, Korosi Red and yes, Jet Black.

Street Twin’s roll
New Brembos will slow the Street Twin’s roll with better feel and power.Courtesy of Triumph
Vance & Hines silencer
Choose from a wide range of accessories like this custom Vance & Hines silencer to add style and presence.Courtesy of Triumph
Korosi Red
The Korosi Red color option is one of our faves.Courtesy of Triumph

For more information, visit triumphmotorcycles.com.