Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Riding impression: Triumph Street Triple R


With brakes and suspension from the Daytona 675, the Triumph Street Triple R just plain rocks. The best middleweight naked around? You bet!

Triumph recently launched the new Street Triple R at the Isle of Man. Motociclismo had the opportunity to ride the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the Street Triple R:

Hinckley was right on the mark with the Street Triple – the naked 675 manages to be sporty, versatile and easy to ride, all at once. The high-performance three-cylinder engine and the chassis are, indeed, worthy of praise.

With the R version, Triumph have upped the ante with the Street Triple. The bike gets higher-spec brakes and suspension from the 675 Daytona, a new aluminum handlebar and a seat that’s 5mm higher than before. Still, the ergonomics remains virtually unchanged – most riders should be able to place both feet on the ground without any trouble, the footpegs are high enough so they won’t drag in high speed corners and the instruments are all very clear and legible.

Ridden at the Isle of Man, the Street Triple R feels light and agile, and offers great stability. But what really stands out the most is the new brakes, which are a considerable improvement over the earlier bike’s anchors. The new brakes only inspire confidence when used hard, even in low grip conditions.


Light, nimble and powerful - the Street Triple R is the perfect small-bore sportsbike

The suspension is also much improved and feels very well balanced, offering a great mix of sport riding performance, as well as comfort. And since it’s fully adjustable, it should be easy for most riders to find a setting that works for them. The 167-kilo bike handles astonishingly well and the Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier tyres quite suit this bike.

The 108bhp, three-cylinder Triumph engine offers linear power delivery, so acceleration is never truly dramatic. But still, it’s an exciting engine and revs happily all the way to 12,000rpm. With its powerful brakes and improved suspension, the Street Triple R, which costs only 950 euros (about US$1,400) more than the standard version, is definitely worth it!

For the full ride report, visit the Motociclismo website here

Also see:
Supercharged Triumph Rocket III...
Triumph Speed Triple: Jack Lilley Special...
Tweaked Triumph: Angel Lussiana’s Speed Triple...
Custom Triumph: Pettinari Speed Triple...
Daytona 675: Scuderia Triumph-SC replica launched...
First pics: 2009 Triumph Thunderbird...
2009 Triumph Bonneville 50th Anniversary, SE models are coming…

Elsewhere today:
The 2009 Keeley Hazell calendar is out...
Denise Milani heats up a Honda Fireblade...


...and this is the 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE, with ABS, colour-matched panniers and hand guards and a two-tone graphite/black colour scheme. Cool...!

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