Tri­umph Speed Triple RS

BIKE (UK) - - TRIUMPH STREETS AND SPEEDS -

‘Would the racer buy an RS? “God no, I value my li­cence too much. I want a Bob­ber. Per­fect for an easy sum­mer ride”’

AND SO TO the top of the tree. The RS is £1900 more ex­pen­sive and three ki­los lighter than the S. The ex­tra cash pays for Ar­row ti­ta­nium si­lencers, slightly more so­phis­ti­cated elec­tron­ics, car­bon fi­bre trin­kets and Öh­lins sus­pen­sion front and rear. It’s also got the track es­sen­tial quick­shifter (£300). Gary’s ex­cited, and hav­ing re-checked that the elec­tron­ics are set the same way as the other bikes (which means ig­nor­ing the RS’S track op­tion) he’s keen to get on track. And it’s an ab­so­lute joy to watch. He’s smooth and su­per­fast all the way round the lap, from the exit of the hair­pin. But when he comes into the hair­pin the back wheel is break­ing away and twist­ing to­wards the out­side of the track leav­ing a tidy black line ac­com­pa­nied by a puff of rub­ber smoke. ‘That is an ab­so­lute weapon,’ he grins when he fi­nally comes in. ‘It doesn’t feel heavy and holds its line. You can flip it side­ways into the hair­pin and feel re­ally con­fi­dent on the side of the tyre.’ ‘I reckon that I’m faster ev­ery­where on this,’ con­tin­ues Gary. ‘I find it eas­ier to ride with the ex­tra power, and it’s re­ally easy power.’ In fact, the dat­a­log­ger doesn’t quite agree with Gary’s seat of the pants anal­y­sis. At 114.5mph it’s ex­actly the same speed as the Speed Triple S on the shorter back straight, and marginally faster on the longer start/fin­ish straight, but it’s got the same brak­ing strength. More track fo­cused sus­pen­sion means that it’s faster than the Speed S mid-cor­ner at Ger­ards, and through the flip-flop at Ed­wina’s, but it’s still slower than the light­weight Street Triple RS mid-cor­ner at Ger­ards and through the flip-flop. And it doesn’t brake with as much power as the Street RS ei­ther.

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