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That’s a LEARNER bike?

By Mario

There’s never been a better time to be a learner rider.

We said last year’s change to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) opened up all manner of interesting machine choices for learner riders. But we couldn’t have foreseen how the manufacturers have started to adapt and get behind it.

The prime example has to be Triumph’s new 660cc Street Triple. A shorter stroke reduces the capacity from 675cc to sneak in under the LAMS limit and detuning drops the output to 55 PS, or just over 40kW.

Other than that, it’s just like any other Street Triple. Same burbly soundtrack, same sharp handling, same good looks. And almost certainly just as much fun. The torque has been clipped at 54.6Nm compared to 68Nm on a standard bike, but the peak happens at 5,155 rpm rather than 9,750. It would be safe to say it’s not going to be gutless.

Good on Triumph for doing it. The LAMS spec currently only applies in NZ and Australia, so it’s not exactly a huge market opportunity, and the re-engineering required is bit more involved than a different ECU.

Has there ever been a better time to be a learner? Add in the fact that a day’s Ride Forever Bronze-level training can be yours for $20, and it’s hard to argue otherwise.