The R al­ready comes equipped with high-spec Brem­bos on float­ing discs, Showa big-pis­ton forks, Öh­lins pig­gy­back shocks and stain­less header pipes. And this test bike is also fes­tooned with bits from Tri­umph’s most gen­er­ous 101-item go-faster cat­a­logue. The brushed Stain­less steel Vance & Hines si­lencers are a £600 op­tion, and much neater than the mild steel orig­i­nals. The half-fair­ing comes in at £650 on its own, or as part of the Track Racer Pack which in­cludes a drilled tank strap, mini-in­di­ca­tors and di­a­mond­knurled grips (in light grey) plus the V&H pipes for £1620 all-in. You can also re­place the round bar-end mir­rors (what Boastie kindly de­scribed as ‘budgie mir­rors’) with elip­ti­cal items (in black or chrome) for £85. The ’bars on this bike are also low­ered via a £60 kit that drops the clipons at a sharper an­gle. The clear-an­odised swingarm, stain­less (un­drilled) tank strap, pol­ished top yoke and seat cowl are stan­dard on the R.

‘You’ll never tire of gaw­ping at the R, but the stocker’s a purer mo­tor­cy­cle to ride’

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