Best Standard: Triumph Street Triple 675

Ten Best Motorcycles of 2008.

Best Standard: Triumph Street Triple 675 - Ten Best Bikes 2008

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Expectations run high for a MotoGP-derived Ducati Desmosedici RR or a perennial AMA Superbike Champion Suzuki GSX-R1000, less so for entry-level machinery. Such is the mindset of performance-first enthusiasts. So when an example of the latter delivers unforeseen thrills at a price most anyone can afford, word spreads quickly. Associate Editor Blake Conner returned from the European press launch of the Street Triple singing the praises of Hinckley’s newest naked bike, lauding its sweet-running engine, balanced chassis and upright riding position. After riding the 675-based all-rounder, the rest of the staff agreed: The Street Triple is not only this year’s biggest surprise, it’s our Best Standard.