THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Mileage hunt­ing...”

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Isigned off last month with a prom­ise to fur­nish the RS with a num­ber of taste­ful ad­di­tions from the Tri­umph af­ter­mar­ket cat­a­logue. My re­quest, which has in­cluded over £1,000 worth of ac­ces­sories was du­ti­fully ac­cepted, though a num­ber of the parts are already on back or­der which means that I won’t be able to get any­thing fit­ted to the RS until mid-September. That said, I have man­aged to pro­cure a Street Triple R for the du­ra­tion of the RS’s visit home to the Tri­umph site in Hinck­ley which is a very wel­come re­sult in­deed.

The RS is the daddy of course, Tri­umph them­selves de­scribe it to be the “most ex­plo­sive and adrenal­in­charged Street Triple we’ve ever built”. I per­son­ally have no prob­lemwith that state­ment – get it in the higher lev­els of the rev range and it is cer­tainly ex­plo­sive, and the adrenalin rush you feel at the con­trols is tough to beat; you just need to be in the right place to give it the ap­pro­pri­ate beans. What I am look­ing for­ward to is get­ting hold of the triple one model down by means of com­par­i­son. The R is priced £1,000 less than the RS, of­fers five less bhp and has no bel­ly­pan or track rid­ing mode, though it sports the same im­pres­sive screen and on-board com­puter. There is also a slight down­grade in cal­lipers run­ning the Brembo M4.32 monoblocs, as op­posed to the M50s on the RS.

The down­grade in brakes is of lit­tle con­cern, the Brembo M50s are al­most overkill on the RS but very wel­come of course de­pen­dent on your us­age. What is in­ter­est­ing though is the tun­ing of the 765 en­gine where ac­cord­ing to Tri­umph, the RS will reach peak torque of 77Nm at 10,800rpm. For the R you will be there ear­lier at 9,400rpm. The num­bers sug­gest you are go­ing to get a triple that is far more road fo­cussed, the self-can­celling in­di­ca­tors and lack of a track mode make this pretty bloody ob­vi­ous to be fair, but I look for­ward to in­ves­ti­gate it fur­ther all the same.

I have been road bound again this month, fail­ing to take the op­por­tu­nity to track again due to the in­evitable family hol­i­days and ab­sen­tees in the of­fice to cover me while I am out en­joy­ing my­self. That said, I have upped my road mileage this month with a few trips, one such be­ing to just south of the York­shire Dales and rid­ing one of my favourite passes – the Old Skip­ton Road. Far reach­ing tar­mac stretch­ing out be­fore you across beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and for once no pig­ging rain. The mo­tor­way jour­ney from Bath gave me the op­por­tu­nity to test the range of the RS, which is im­pres­sive. The elec­tronic dash will tell you a brimmed tank will get you to around 165 miles, but the­o­ret­i­cally I worked this out to be more like 190. Hav­ing com­pleted 139 miles from a brimmed 17.4 litre tank to the light, I brimmed it again, a to­tal of 12.5 litres of fuel used, roughly trans­lat­ing to 11.13 miles per litre. Times that by ca­pac­ity and you are look­ing at a whop­ping 196 miles, po­ten­tially.

Maths may not be my strong­est point but that was the ev­i­dence I had and even if I am 20 miles out it’s still an im­pres­sive to­tal.

Mo­tor­way miles munched, and coun­try roads lead­ing into Skip­ton were an ab­so­lute blast. The RS was com­fort­able at speed, de­spite the low front aided only by a mi­nor bikini fair­ing. The OE Pirelli Su­per­cor­sas work per­fectly with the setup, glu­ing the bike to the road and giv­ing so much con­fi­dence in the corners that the dry stone walls fram­ing the Skip­ton Road were a pleas­ant ad­di­tion to the land­scape, not the loom­ing dan­ger they can po­ten­tially be. Though I have to ad­mit, de­spite the sun­shine, the al­ti­tude and speed did mean I had to pop the heated grips on for a time. It may be the height of sum­mer but if you got them, you use them, yeah? Much more in the next is­sue...

Beau­ti­ful, isn’t it?

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