It was in 2007 when the last generation Triumph Street Triple made its entry globally. One of the best middleweight motorcycles on sale today, the British bike maker has managed to improve its street-fighter by eons and unveiled the all-new Triumph Street Triple in the UK.
Triumph Street Triple RS
In its latest iteration, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple is available in three options - S, R and RS with the latter being hooligan of the group and is powered by the new 765 cc triple-cylinder engine. There is also a more tameable 660cc version of the Street introduced but is specifically targeted at the A2 license holders in Europe.
The 765 cc motor on the new Triumph Street Triple is new and has been derived from the Daytona 675. Now, the manufacturer has used the same engine and improvised on it heavily while also expanding the bore and stroke. The engine gets more than 80 new parts including a new crank, Nikasil plated aluminium barrels, and bespoke cams, while only 10 per cent of parts have been carried over from the current Street's engine. The new unit is lighter as well over the predecessor by 1.5 kg.
What you get then is a three-pot motor that aims to conquer both road and track. The engine has been tuned to belt out 111 bhp on the S trim, 116 bhp on the R trim and a whopping 121bhp on the RS trim. The numbers are certainly impressive over the 103 bhp power output currently available. On the RS version, power is up by 16 per cent, while torque is up by 13 per cent at 77 Nm. The motor is paired to a 6-speed transmission that comes with a slip and assist slipper clutch as well as a quick shifter. The first and second gears are shorter on the new Street.
For the range-topping Street Triple RS trim, Triumph gets the best specs with 41 mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston Fork, while the rear gets the Ohlins STX40 monoshock unit. Braking power comes from the Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers and 310mm discs up front, and a Brembo a 220mm disc with a single piston caliper at the rear. There is also switchable ABS which can be controlled via the 'Rider Programmable' mode that gets you Road, Track, and Off setting for effective control.
With respect to styling, Triumph has not messed too much with the now cult design of its middleweight naked. The 2017 Street Triple retains the bug-eyed twin headlamps, which are illuminated by full-LEDs and are said to be 28 times brighter than the standard unit. The overall styling does look similar on the bike, but a close watch reveals that complete bodywork is new but familiar, and comes with sharper lines and a highly agile look.
Furthermore, Triumph has continued with the existing chassis of the Street Triple but has revised the same. It gets new mounting points and a revised swingarm that reduces air-compression and more lateral stiffness. Triumph says, this helps more mechanical grip as well as high speed stability on the bike.
Another noteable change on the new Street Triple is the all-new instrument cluster that replaces the previous analog-digital unit. The new 5-inch TFT display is loaded on information and comes with six different screen display styles. The switchgear is new as well and a new 5-way joystick allows you to control the settings on the console.
Coming to electronic aids, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple comes with Ride-by-Wire (RBW) that adjusts throttle response to Road, Rain, Sport and Track. You also get traction control that helps keep the bike on tarmac, in tandem with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.
While the 2017 Street Triple will go on sale in the UK in March this year, you can expect the Indian launch soon enough with the bike maker's Indian subsidiary launching products aggressively. Expect to see price hike when the model comes to India, but will certainly put up competition against the upcoming Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821 and the likes in the segment.