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Shorter, wider, lower and lighter than the Du­cati Mon­ster, Tri­umph's Street Triple RS is an ad­dic­tive and in­tu­itive per­for­mance street mo­tor­cy­cle.

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There's a rea­son why Tri­umph has man­aged to sell over 50,000 ex­am­ples of its Street Triple since it was re­leased in 2007, and it's that this is one of the most ca­pa­ble bikes ever made. It can lit­er­ally do it all, from nip­ping about on city jaunts, to lap­ping up the miles on a week­end trip, it'll even pro­vide sen­sa­tional de­lights on a track. Of course it's not per­fect (what is?), but the Bri­tish mar­que has taken stock of the few cons next to the bike's long list of pros, in its at­tempt to oblit­er­ate the com­pe­ti­tion with an all-new 2017 Street Triple. First and fore­most you'll no­tice a more ag­gres­sive face with tweaked twin-pod head­lamps that now fea­ture dis­tinc­tive new LED day­time run­ning lights, but there are also some ma­jor tech­no­log­i­cal up­grades and a brand new 765cc in­line-three en­gine that's got over 80 new parts, in­clud­ing new crank, pis­tons, alu­minium bar­rels and an in­creased bore and stroke. Rest as­sured the oblig­ing do-it-all for­mula re­mains but un­like the pre­vi­ous 675cc Street Triple, which came in ei­ther a base form or an R spec, the new one is avail­able in three ver­sions – S, R, and RS – and each has been tweaked to of­fer a slightly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter. The S is your ur­ban 111hp com­pan­ion, the R of­fers 116hp and a more sportive char­ac­ter, while the 121hp RS is our pick of the bunch and the most ex­plo­sive Street Triple ever built. Avail­able in only two colours – Matte Sil­ver Ice and Phan­tom Black – the RS comes equipped with a full elec­tron­ics pack­age com­pris­ing five modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Rider Pro­gram­mable and Track) that link the ride-by-wire setup, trac­tion con­trol and the ABS sys­tem. Stan­dard equip­ment also in­cludes a fully ad­justable Showa fork, an Oh­lins rear shock, a gull­wing rear swingarm, su­per sticky Pirelli tyres, Brembo M50 front brakes, a slip­per clutch and a quick-shifter, while a new 5” full-colour TFT in­stru­ment clus­ter ups the game con­sid­er­ably. Also worth men­tion­ing is the new free flow ex­haust, made from light­weight stain­less steel, which pro­vides a much more in­tox­i­cat­ing in­duc­tion howl. But the Street Triple RS' great­est sin­gle at­tribute is its power-to-weight ra­tio. This is af­ter all the light­est bike in its class and when you con­sider the whop­ping 121bhp avail­able from that peach of a three pot, you start to un­der­stand how this road­ster is un­like any other. Ex­plo­sive yet ag­ile, scary yet re­as­sur­ing, the RS has read­ily avail­able low-end torque that is in con­stant use. Throt­tle re­sponse is smooth and pro­gres­sive but once the tach climbs over 7,500rpm, the en­gine comes alive and wastes no time get­ting to the 12,750rpm red line. It's in­tox­i­cat­ing and es­sen­tially the new bench­mark for the street­fighter cat­e­gory.

MODEL Tri­umph Street Triple RS EN­GINE Liq­uid-cooled, DOHC in­line 3 CA­PAC­ITY 765cc OUT­PUT 121hp at 11,700rpm TORQUE 77Nm at 10,800rpm DRY WEIGHT 166kg PRICE 15,000 USD

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