Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup

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Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup


Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup

Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup
The Street Triple in the LSL and Cup version

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Based on historical fighter planes, the tuning company LSL modeled a Triumph Street Triple, code name “Warbird”. At the tuner GP, PS presented the war bird to its racing sister from the T-Cup.

Sebastian Lang

January 18, 2011

Every year, LSL front man Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler succeeds in opening the hearts of the testers at the PS-Tuner-GP with small, handy and lovingly designed motorcycles. In 2010, a fine two-wheeler called the TL-675 Warbird made faces smile.

Behind the abbreviation is a tuned Triumph Street Triple, which PS in the street-legal version already briefly had in her fingers in the spring (see PS 4/2010). What is special about the conversion: the lines and design are based on the American P 51 Mustang fighter aircraft from World War II – hence the name Warbird. How much fighting spirit there really is in the LSL Streety, it has to prove in comparison with its racetrack-proven sister from the T-Cup.

In the pits, the victory clearly goes to the LSL triumph. Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler is an avowed airplane fanatic and has invested a lot of heart and soul into his Street Triple visually transforming it into a warbird. The paintwork in the style of the Navy Mustang is a real eye-catcher. On closer inspection, the flowing shapes in the tank and cladding area, which are reminiscent of wings and make the LSL front appear very filigree compared to the bulky T-cup mask, become apparent.

The other attachments from LSL upgrade the little English girl. Footrest and lever position the pilot in a discreetly sporty way, yellow-black crash pads protect the paintwork and at the same time underline the aircraft flair of the warbird.

landing gear
On the chassis side, the TL-675 clearly stands out from the cost-consciously designed cup machine. All that can do is buy an Ohlins shock absorber (which is provided to the pilots free of charge for the duration of the season) and a set of fork springs, also from Ohlins. The TL-675 treats itself to a more elaborate solution, at least at the front: A GSX-R750 fork with modified innards is supposed to keep the Warbird on course. The same strut works at the rear as in the Triumph Cup: an Ohlins TR 805. A brake combination of Galfer discs and Nissin components should safely catch the war bird again.

Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup

Both streeties have a special charm.

Triumph expert Dietmar Franzen took care of the Warbird’s engine. He optimized the ducts and crankshaft, slightly increased the compression and tuned the injection to the previously installed Zard exhaust system. In comparison with the standard T-Cup engine, the TL-675 is still not completely convincing, at least on paper. Four horsepower more peak power contrasts with quite clear deficits in the lower and middle speed range.

Driving impression

On the route, the LSL-Street Triple looks amazingly grown-up. The narrow handlebar stubs require a little hand strength when turning, but the Warbird runs very smoothly and stable in the curve. The modified chassis spoils with good feedback and works great with its tight set-up on the racetrack – even if the TL-675 was originally designed for the country road.

The engine set-up also harmonizes very well with the hustle and bustle on the Hockenheim circuit. At 10,000 rpm the TL-675 pushes forward vigorously and picks up another shovel between 12,000 and 14,000 rpm. Only after the hairpin bends the hard throttle response a little. At the other end of the acceleration scale, the Galfer-Nissin brake mix ensures confident, cleanly controllable deceleration, but the braking point shifts.

Time to put the cup machine to the test. When getting on, the first thing you notice is the completely different seating position compared to the LSL. The combination of wide, high tubular handlebars and high and far back pegs takes some getting used to. The handlebars also mean that the Cup-Streety whizzes through the curves with playful and easy handling, but looks more restless overall. The chassis also causes unrest: the fork is less sensitive than the GSX-R fork of the LSL, and the cup machine looks a bit softer overall. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with the performance. The T-Cup bike does not achieve the liveliness of the Warbird in the five-digit speed range, but pushes out of the corners with more punch, accompanied by the full roar of the Bodis racing exhaust.

Probably the biggest difference between the two Street Triple conversions concerns the price: while the T-Cup package limited to 20 Street Triple R for 9990 euros (2010 season) includes a helmet, entry fees and team clothing in addition to a number of attachments, LSL estimates its TL -675 Warbird an impressive 19,200 euros.

Conclusion: Both optically and technically, the LSL TL-675 Warbird leaves a very positive impression. The chic paintwork and sleek fairing are just as pleasing as the seating position, the stiff chassis and the easy-revving engine. The cup machine is also fun, but cannot quite keep up in direct comparison.

Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup


The performance diagram of the two Street Triple.

The tuned LSL engine can only prevail against the standard T-Cup engine at 8500 rpm. Between 4000 and 8000 rpm, the LSL lacks torque, which is of no consequence on the racetrack.

LSL Street Triple TL-675 “Warbird”

Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup

The LSL Street Triple TL-675 “Warbird”.

Optimized crankshaft and channels, increased compression, injection system matched to Zard 3-in-1 complete system

landing gear:
Fork: GSX-R 750 fork with modified innards, triple clamp adapted, steering head angle flattened to 65.5 degrees, shock absorber: Ohlins T-cup shock absorber, brake: brake disc from Galfer, saddles, pump and pads from Nissin

Ergonomics and optics:
Footrest system, handlebar stubs, brake and clutch levers, brake fluid reservoir and crash pads from LSL; Self-designed fairing and paintwork in the style of a Navy Mustang fighter plane

178 kg, weight distribution v./h .: 51.5% / 48.5%

price: 19,200 euros (plus ancillary costs)

Street Triple Cup version

Comparison: Triumph Street Triple LSL and T-Cup

The Cup version of the Street Triple.

Standard, slip-on rear silencer from BOS

Landing gear:
Fork: springs and fork oil from Ohlins, shock absorber: Ohlins T-Cup shock absorber, brakes: discs, calipers, series pumps, pads from Premier

Ergonomics and optics:
Racing footrest system, brake and clutch levers from LSL, MDL brake lever adjuster; Belly pan, lamp mask, pillion seat cover from Triumph, sponsor stickers

Weight: k. A..

Price (2010): Cup package price including attachments, entry fees, helmet and motorcycle: 9,990 euros

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