Triple trouble for Britain’s new mid-size brawler
The Triumph Street Triple has grown in size and numbers, with the legendary British marque releasing three different versions of its mid-size nakedbike brawler for the U.S. market, with capacity boosted from 675cc to a 765cc.
It’s been 10 long years since the original Street Triple hit the market with a version of the original Daytona 675 powerplant wrapped in a svelte nakedbike chassis, so the fact that there is not one but three new bikes means it’s kind of a big deal for Triumph.
New Street Triple owners can choose from Street Triple S, Street Triple R and Street Triple RS, with prices starting at $9,900 for the base Street Triple S model.
New from the ground up
The new 765cc motor has 80 new parts including a new crank, pistons and Nikasil plated aluminum barrels and an increased bore and stroke. Depending on what model you buy, you’ll get different final horsepower and torque numbers: the S claims 111 hp at 11,250 rpm and 53.8 lb-ft at 9100 rpm; the R claiming 115 hp at 12,000 rpm and 56.8 lb-ft at 9,400 rpm; and the RS claiming 121 hp at 11,700 rpm and 56.7 lb-ft at 10,800 rpm.
All three models feature ride-by-wire with variable throttle maps, and again it’s a case of how much cash you lay down as to what you’ll get: the S gets Road and Rain maps; the R will have four maps (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider Programmable) and the RS gets five with Road, Rain, Sport, Rider Programmable and Track.
The RS also comes standard with a quickshifter for the revamped six-speed gearbox, and this can be fitted as an extra on the R and S.
Pick your flavor
On the chassis side, you get a lighter main frame, a new, stiffer swingarm and, again, three different types of suspension and brake set up, depending on which model you buy.
The S comes with 41mm Showa upside-down separate function forks with 110mm travel and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock, with the brakes being Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers on the front and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper on the back.
The R comes with 41mm upside-down fully adjustable Showa separate function Big Piston forks with 115mm travel and a Showa monoshock. Brakes are Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers a Brembo single piston sliding rear caliper.
Finally, the RS gets the good stuff with Showa Big Piston 41mm forks, and an Öhlins STX40 monoshock with brakes coming in the form of Brembo M50 four-piston radial monobloc calipers on the front and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper at the back end.
As far as the electronics go, there’s traction control and ABS on all three models, with a new 5” TFT dashboard accessed through new switches on the left side of the handlebar. You also get self-cancelling indicators on the R and RS.
The new Street Triple series will come in Diablo Red or Phantom Black (Metallic) for the S, Jet Black (Gloss), Matt Aluminum Silver or Crystal White for the R and Matt Silver Ice or Phantom Black (Metallic) for the RS.