Imagine for a moment, you’re far from civilization, 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 and this, 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 Triumph 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 enjoyed and ridden on a long distance tour completely around Lake Superior (Read The Full Story!) 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 6 kg 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.
There is a relaxed sitting posture providing a feeling of being “in control”. While the handlebars, seat and footrests are in the same relative positions are earlier models, the seat on the Triumph Street Triple R is 20mm higher – 820mm. So, you sit slightly further forward over the front end while not presenting any issues to riders with shorter in-seam mostly due to the seat’s narrow width. The 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, I experienced a light buffeting by the wind if you ride faster than 130 kph. But of course, the street rider would not experience that as road speed limits do not allow such speeds. I did find the solution however, of slouching my body down, in a sort of race tuck, to soften the buffeting and overcome the challenge.
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 2 hp 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 Nissan 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 The Triumph Street Triple R 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.
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 Triumph Motorcycle Website website.
Special thanks to Triumph Canada and Sturgess Cycle Hamilton!
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