The British motorcycle manufacturer appears very excited about its new take on a modern classic, and a quick look at the details gives good reason. The original Street Triple was released with similar fanfare being called light, fast, fun, agile and stylish when it first rode out in 2007. With its thrilling triple engine, aggressive looks and intuitive handling it set the benchmark, redefined the roadster market and went on to become a favorite for passionate Street Triple fans worldwide.
‘Today with the launch of the all-new 2017 Street Triple family Triumph have torn up the rule book up all over again - with the most explosive, exhilarating, agile and intuitive performance street motorcycles the brand has ever made,’ proclaims the British motorcycle manufacturer.
The new Speed Triple comes in three flavors, each denoting power, performance, technology and suspension depending on whether the S, R or RS sits between a rider’s legs. Featured in all three, a race bred new 765cc engine with 3 levels of power and torque, new state of the art technology, the highest ever level of suspension, brakes and tires, aggressive new looks and class leading weight.
To make the new Street Triple even more accessible the Street Triple R is also available in a dedicated lower ride height version, which enjoys its own designation of the Street Triple R LRH, offering a unique suspension and seating set-up.
First, a rundown of what each model brings to the showroom floor.
Built to deliver a thrilling, agile and addictive everyday ride, the Street Triple S features new street fighter looks, the highest level of finish ever, is lighter than its predecessor with higher spec brakes, tires, suspension and all-new gullwing swingarm.
The Street Triple R model takes the performance, specification and finish to an even higher level, built to be the definitive street fighter, set up for focused road riding.
Called 'the most explosive and adrenaline charged Street Triple ever, the Street Triple RS is built to be at home on the track, and a weapon on the road'.
Developed from the celebrated race bred ‘Daytona’ engine, the new 765cc Street Triple engine promises a major step up in power and torque. With more than 80 new parts including new crank, pistons and Nikasil plated aluminum barrels and an increased bore and stroke, the result is a significant advance in performance, particularly low-down and in the mid-range.
As mentioned earlier, each of the new models come with their own unique engine set-up, ECU and tune, each tailored to deliver the character, power and performance best suited to the bike’s style of ride and rider.
- The ‘S’ tune provides up to 6.6% more peak power than the previous generation with 111HP @ 11,250rpm and delivers a 7.3% increase in peak torque at 53.8 lb.-ft. @ 9,100rpm.
- The ‘R’ tune, with its own model-specific crank shaft, increases peak power by up to 11.3% over the previous ‘R’ model, delivering 115HP @ 12,000rpm, and delivers a 13% increase in peak torque at 56.8 lb.-ft. @ 9,400rpm.
- The ‘RS’ tune delivers the highest level of performance ever for a Street Triple, with a power increase of up to 16% over the previous model, delivering 121HP @ 11,700rpm and a peak torque increase of 13%, providing 56.7 lb.-ft. @ 10,800rpm.
A richer sound track, from a lighter, free flowing exhaust and revised airbox delivers an intoxicating and more distinctive induction howl.
Stronger than ever acceleration and slicker gear changes are achieved through a combination of revised gearbox geometry and shorter 1st and 2nd gear ratios. In addition, on the R and RS models, a new slip and assist clutch set up delivers lighter clutch action and reduced lever effort for more control and riding comfort.
The new Street Triple RS is fitted with a quickshifter allowing for clutchless upshifts that are up to 2.5 times quicker than a skilled rider using a standard clutch upshift. This can be added as an accessory option on the Street Triple S and R.
Adding to this performance, Street Triple models are lighter than the previous generation, holding their position as the lightest bikes in class. This weight reduction combined with the new higher power 765cc engine delivers an amazing power to weight ratio that is key to the game changing performance of the new ‘Streets’ delivering a truly explosive and agile ride.
Every facet of the Speed Triple’s performance has enjoyed attention from Triumph engineers, including how the motorcycle feels roaring down the road.
An all-new gullwing rear swingarm has been specifically designed for the new Street Triple range, resulting in increased longitudinal torsional stiffness, combined with an engineered reduction in lateral stiffness. This maximizes stability at the higher speeds achieved by the new Street Triple, for greater rider confidence, with an optimized swingarm pivot position providing more natural resistance to compression of the rear suspension unit under hard acceleration. It all comes together to deliver a tighter corner exit capability and a more precise chassis behavior, which can be felt on both road and track.
As with other areas of the Speed Triple, suspension profiles are different for each model. The Speed Triple S comes with Showa upside-down ø41mm separate function front forks with 110mm travel and a stepped preload-adjustable piggyback reservoir monoshock rear suspension unit.
The Street Triple R features ø41mm upside-down fully adjustable Showa separate function big piston front forks with 115mm travel for improved riding comfort without compromise and a Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock rear suspension unit.
And the Street Triple RS comes with the highest-specification Showa big piston ø41mm front forks, adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping. The rear suspension unit is a premium Öhlins STX40 piggyback reservoir monoshock.
Brakes and Tires
Again, the different models enjoy a range of options in these two categories.
The Street Triple S model is fitted with Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers on the front and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper on the back.
The Street Triple R has Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers that deliver greatly improved stopping power over the previous Street Triple R and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper on the back.
The Street Triple RS has range topping Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers on the front delivering class leading stopping power, with ratio and span adjustable lever and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper on the back.
The Street Triple S and R models are fitted with premium Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires which deliver sharp and precise handling as well as excellent stability and grip on the road.
The Street Triple RS comes with range topping Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires which deliver advanced sporting performance for road and the occasional track use.
A Modern Motorcycle
Triumph’s new Speed Triple comes with all the latest two-wheeled technologies. Putting them in the category of ‘Rider Focused Technology’, a ride by wire system opens up a world of options. The system itself gives riders a crisper, more precise and accurate throttle response, with improved on/off throttle transition. Enabling different throttle maps, which combined with the ABS and traction control settings give up to 5 riding modes.
The riding modes, found on all the Speed Triple models, help the rider better harness the increased power and torque in every riding condition. Becoming a standard on today’s bikes, riding modes adjust throttle response, ABS and traction control settings. Here are the modes found on the different models;
- Street Triple S features 2 riding modes: Road and Rain
- Street Triple R features 4 riding modes: Road, Rain, Sport and Rider Programmable
- Street Triple RS features 5 modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider Programmable and Track
The different areas of control wrapped up in the riding modes; ABS and traction controls can also be managed separately. The ABS system can be adjusted or turned off completely if desired while the traction control settings can be managed by selecting ‘road’ or ‘rain’ riding modes, each with a dedicated level of traction control built in.
On the Street Triple R and RS traction control is managed through the ‘rider programmable’ riding mode, by selecting the desired traction control setting either ‘road’, ‘rain’, ‘track’, ‘sport’ or ‘off’.
Technology, Technology, Technology
Riders who have embraced the latest trends in motorcycle technology will absolutely love what Triumph have done with their Speed Triple.
The Street Triple R and RS feature all-new, angle adjustable color 5” TFT instruments for riders to access the new on-board computer. There are three different screen display styles to choose from, pre-set to the riding modes and changeable easily on the move. To ensure that the screen is readable in all weather and light conditions, each of the three styles can be selected with ‘High’ or ’Auto’ contrast.
The new, on-board computer will deliver a range of information depending on which model a rider owns.
The ‘S’ model features a speedometer, rev counter, riding mode symbol, gear position display, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter and journey distance.
The ‘R’ and ‘RS’ models enjoy more information including two trip displays, average and instantaneous fuel consumption, range to empty, riding mode selection, display style and contrast settings, service information, coolant temperature, warning symbol information and also for the ‘RS’ model only a lap timer.
To navigate the new instruments on the Street Triple R and RS there are all-new switch cubes with an intuitive 5-way joystick control that have been ergonomically optimized to be easy to use.
The Speed Triple Style
As modern as motorcycles may become, how a bike looks addresses the most basic passions of a rider. Seen in glimpses throughout the teaser video, the latest offering has undergone a significant styling evolution to deliver more attitude and a sharper more athletic poise, inspired by the ‘nose-down’ focused attitude of the latest generation Speed Triples.
Triumph notes, more contemporary and aggressive lines have been created with all new bodywork, fly screen, radiator, cowls and new integrated air intake. In addition, the seat has been redesigned and restyled to deliver a sharper, sportier separate twin seat set-up without sacrificing rider or passenger comfort.
With an incredible attention to detail there is a higher level of finish across the entire motorcycle with many high quality details, including individual color coded rear sub-frames for each model, re-designed rider heel guards and forged pillion footrest hangers.
Pushing for a higher level of finish Triumph’s latest take on the Speed Triple includes a color coded belly pan, color coded pillion seat cowl with interchangeable pillion seat and lower chain guard. The color options for each model are;
- Street Triple S - Diablo Red or Phantom Black (Metallic)
- Street Triple R - Jet Black (Gloss), Matt Aluminum Silver or Crystal White
- Street Triple RS - Matt Silver Ice or Phantom Black (Metallic)
The Triumph Street Triple family will be starting at $9,900 in the U.S. and $11,200 in Canada.