Tri­umph Street Triple RS

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Pre­vi­ously, the term su­per mid­dleweight has been re­served for the likes of Chris Eubank Jr and Carl Froch, yet the Street Triple’s lat­est ad­vance­ments have now war­ranted an ex­clu­sive naked su­per­mid la­bel. Once again Tri­umph has raised the bar and cre­ated a class-lead­ing weapon, al­though it wasn’t plain sailing.

I was slightly per­plexed af­ter most of the boys jumped off the RS for the first time and were left un­der­whelmed, al­though I could see why. It all re­volves around the elec­tron­ics, which re­set ev­ery time the ig­ni­tion is switched off. In its more ob­tru­sive modes, the elec­tron­ics in­va­sively cull the power as soon as the front wheel ap­proaches lift-off. Af­ter a quick tu­to­rial on how to nav­i­gate the con­fus­ing five-way joy­stick and se­lect ‘Track’ mode, un­remit­ting three-pot power was ex­ulted by all. We don’t need anti-wheelie on a 120bhp mid­dleweight, Mr Bloor.

And that’s the is­sue – if there is one – with the RS. With 21st cen­tury good­ies and elec­tronic wiz­ardry comes a slight dis­con­nec­tion, and an iffier throt­tle from closed to open. The RS isn’t as in­tu­itive as the pre­vi­ous undi­luted model and it’s some­what harder to ex­ploit its po­ten­tial, though that po­ten­tial is far su­pe­rior. And I doubt an abil­ity to nav­i­gate lengthy noc­tur­nal so­journs along leafy A-roads is top of your list, but the RS has the worst dipped beam in the his­tory of mo­tor­cy­cling.

Re­gard­less of its triv­ial nig­gles, the Street Triple RS is the com­plete pack­age and ut­terly romps the op­po­si­tion at any given op­por­tu­nity with su­pers­port dy­nam­ics. There are no com­pro­mises – ex­cept those pesky ’bar mir­rors that ham­per mid-cor­ner com­fort – and if it weren’t for be­ing po­lite, any rider aboard the RS would have com­fort­ably left the rest be­hind at any op­por­tu­nity. By sim­ply slim­ming down the front-end and ad­just­ing the rider’s weight dis­tri­bu­tion, Tri­umph made us as­sume that ge­om­e­try was changed in or­der to pro­vide us with a sooth­ingly nosey front-end stance. It’s the only bike here that’ll al­low trail brak­ing and off-the-throt­tle hero­ics, con­stantly en­cour­ag­ing greater cor­ner speed.

Its poise and agility is a won­der­ful as­set, though that comes with a stiff sus­pen­sion set-up that isn’t as wel­com­ing to UK roads as more pli­able ri­vals. How­ever, the qual­ity of the stroke and damp­ing at ei­ther end en­sures a classy ex­e­cu­tion – a cut above most of the bud­get hacks on test – and we’re sure there’s the abil­ity to make things softer with the vast

ad­justa­bil­ity on of­fer.

As with most Tri­umph three-pots, the new Street Triple is dan­ger­ously ad­dic­tive to thrash. The RS’s dis­tinc­tion over other mod­els is its su­pers­port top-end, which con­tin­ues to de­liver right un­til the red­line with a dev­as­tat­ing rush of power – so much so, the 12,750 lim­iter can of­ten sud­denly creep up on you. It’s won’t chew the Z900 and GSX-S750 for break­fast, but the engine’s char­ac­ter and in­tan­gi­ble X fac­tor leaves you feel­ing like twice the man.

Real­is­ti­cally, on the road, it’s the per­fect blend of power and con­trol, with ev­ery gal­li­vant­ing Hinck­ley horsey avail­able for use. The R model’s beefier midrange is un­done by lesser com­po­nents and a lack of quick­shifter (the fact that the Tri­umph is the only bike wear­ing a quick­shifter gives you some idea of the class), yet some may save the grand and reap re­wards ngine. in­cess. The ank for a cush­ioned ly builds p-end. om a bike ri­umph ound zes the s still ut with de.

Easy peasy with this three-sy.

No one had a bad word to say about the RS. It rocked!

The Trum­pet looks trick at all an­gles.

You can get bet­ter brakes. You just have to sell a kid­ney to af­ford them.

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