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’