Triumph Street Triple R Ride Review -Total Satisfaction
“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of
With a silhouette acknowledged as a design classic, the Triumph
All the years of riding various motorcycles, I’ve always had the
Imagine . . . you’re far from civilization. You’re riding along and the road begins to curve left, then right and back again. You take it on. The torque is exhilarating, the power reacts and replies with silky smooth adjustments; under all circumstances. You feel as though there’s a spring in your step and yet as you shift higher, with more power comes the feeling of increased stability.
This is how the Street Triple R bends to your response. Nicely, strongly and with little effort. Forward you lean against its nearly naked handlebar watching the Street Triple R hold its line within millimetres of accuracy. It’s not a dream, it’s real – the Triumph Street Triple R.
The Triumph pictured here was tested and ridden for over seven days on a glorious ride completely around Lake Superior (read the story here) some 2,000 kilometres and loaded with cargo. Through city, country, fast wooded corners and secondary roads. It constantly altered its ability – as in a kid’s toy transformer to meet the ride demands and expectations. It’s the bike for all forms of riding – a commuter, a tourer, a sport bike for road or track, and a radical motorcycle ride of sheer pleasure.
You feel as though there’s a spring in your step and yet as you shift higher, with more power comes the feeling of increased stability. This is how the Street Triple R bends to your response.
Triumph Street Triple R Overall Great Features
Definitely the Triumph Street Triple R is a more road-friendly set-up than a full-on super-sport bike. The most obvious change for the Triumph Street Triple R of recent, is its exhaust. Now tucked tight beneath the engine it gives the tail end a lean, modern look and lowers the centre of gravity for even better handling. And the Street Triple R is 6kg lighter with a 3% increase in weight distribution over the front; now more agile and responsive than ever before.
It possesses a longer first gear which Triumph has intentionally done to fit better within built-up areas because you can use this power level longer with a lesser need to switch up in a hurry. The steering is feather light, smooth and the torque curve is exhilarating from low revs to high.
The sitting posture is relaxed and ‘in control’. While the bars, seat and footrests are in the same relative positions are the prior models, the seat on the Triumph Street Triple R is 20mm higher at 820mm so you sit slightly further forward over the front end and doesn’t present any issues to riders with shorter inseam due to seat’s narrow width. Only downside with respect to the seating position is the wind protection. By the lower position of the headlamps, with which also the optional lower fly screen, you are buffeted by the wind if you ride faster than 130 km/h- but who does that in North America? However, slouching your body slightly down overcomes this.
Arrow Exhaust Slip on Silencer
Performance slip-on silencer developed with Arrow special parts features stainless steel pressed body with titanium wrap silencer and carbon fibre end cap. It provides an impressive 2hp power increase (with DB killer removed) E approved for noise and emissions.
The fully adjustable suspension is easy to work and even iron’s out the bumps under a variety of gradients but doesn’t inhibit you while you’re in the corner.
Triumph have up-rated the brakes on the R with a pair of radially-mounted, four-piston Nissin callipers up front to give exceptional braking force with almost telepathic feedback. They’re friendly, wonderfully powerful and sublime to measure for application. You’ll be overwhelmed with the feeling and two fingers on the lever are more than enough.
Triumph provides you with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Triumph and Genuine Accessories and a 12 month unlimited mileage warranty on replacement parts.
The Triumph Street Triple R carries 6,000 mile (10,000km) service intervals.
Who is It For?
Basically for anyone who likes to cut down to the full sensation of motorcycling as this performance ‘naked’ exposed ride really gives you up-close thrills. It’s easy for new riders, intermediate or advanced. Great commuter, for track days, touring or just riding the back roads on weekends.
You get a lot for this British royalty as well with a 2014 suggested retail of CAD11, 999.
Street Triple R General Specifications
- Seat height: 820mm
- Wheelbase 1410mm
- Tank capacity 17.4 litre
- Wet weight 183 kgs
Max power ec106PS @ 11850
Max torque ec68NM @ 9750
Chassis Running Gear and Displays
- Frame Front – Aluminium beam twin spar. Rear – 2 piece high pressure die cast
- Swing arm Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy
- Front Wheels Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 3.5in
- Rear Wheels Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 5.5in
- Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR 17 Rear: 180/55 ZR 17
- Front Suspension KYB 41mm upside down forks with adjustable preload,rebound and compression damping, 115mm travel
- Rear Suspension KYB monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable for rebound and compression damping, 135mm rear wheel travel.
- Brakes front: Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston radial callipers. (Switch-able ABS model available)
For full specs and to find a Triumph motorcycle dealer near you visit the website.
Special thanks to Triumph Canada and Sturgess cycle in Hamilton.
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