TRIPLE RX A SEXY RIDE

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THE Tri­umph Street Triple RX Spe­cial Edi­tion was first re­leased in 2014. The com­bined ag­gres­sive style and dev­il­ish good looks to cre­ate an ex­treme, eye-catching ma­chine, bor­row­ing in­spi­ra­tion from its race-win­ning su­per­sports sib­ling, the Day­tona 675R.

The Street Triple RX was a hit, and now, by pop­u­lar de­mand, Tri­umph has re­leased a 2016 RX, avail­able in matt alu­minium sil­ver and jet black.

The bike vis­ual fea­tures ra­zor­sharp rear pro­file with re­vised graph­ics. an­gu­lar seat unit is trans­planted from the Day­tona, fur­ther em­pha­sis­ing Street Triple’s ag­gres­sive stance. The hand­painted fin­ish on front and rear light­weight wheels is topped off by Tri­umph’s seat cowl, belly pan fly screen to com­plete the pur­pose­ful in­tent of RX.

At the bike’s heart Tri­umph’s three-pot 675cc, 12-valve en­gine de­rived from Day­tona 675 sports­bike, but care­fully re­tuned to de­liver a punchy 106hp and 68Nm of torque for ef­fort­less drive ac­cel­er­a­tion. Com­bined with a slick, close-ra­tio six-speed gear­box, Tri­umph’s quick­shifter sharp throt­tle con­trol, the pow­er­plant de­liv­ers an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride. And all to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of a soul­ful, char­ac­ter­is­tic growl­ing ex­haust note, one of most dis­tinc­tive and charis­matic sounds in motorcycling.

The rid­ing po­si­tion spreads rider ef­fort per­fectly be­tween ta­pered flat bars, sculpted seat slightly rearset al­loy foot­pegs, de­liv­er­ing max­i­mum com­fort and con­trol.

The chas­sis dy­namic bal­ance fea­tures a dis­tinc­tive eight-piece alu­minium twin spar frame two­piece die cast rear sub­frame, mated to 41mm KYB in­verted front forks fully ad­justable for preload, re­bound and com­pres­sion damp­ing, give com­plete free­dom to set the end up suit rid­ing styles con­di­tions in­clud­ing track or road rid­ing.

Brak­ing from twin 310mm float­ing discs is as­sisted by a so­phis­ti­cated, stan­dard-fit­ment anti-lock brake sys­tem, with the op­tion to be switched off.

It comes high level of equip­ment as stan­dard. Com­pre­hen­sive LCD dig­i­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion in­cludes a built-in lap timer, pro­gram­mable gear shift lights, fuel gauge, clock and po­si­tion indi­ca­tor, as well as large, clear tachome­ter speedo.

Avail­able at $14,990.

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