‘It gives me a mile-wide smile’

Reader re­view after 12 months with his Tri­umph Street Triple RS



‘Igot into bikes be­cause my mum said I couldn’t have one,” says Matt Wat­son, who’s since jumped into life on two wheels with both Dainese-clad feet. “I used to have a Suzuki SV1000 which I loved be­cause it sounded great, but it was a night­mare to do dis­tances on; I was hav­ing to stop and fill up af­ter a lit­tle over 100 miles. Then my Day­tona 675-rid­ing mate got me switched on to the idea of a Tri­umph.

“I went to Birm­ing­ham Tri­umph and took test rides on both a Speed Triple 1050 and a Street Triple RS, but as soon as I got off the Street Triple I had a smile a mile wide; it was just so much fun on the road and much more ag­ile and flick­able than the 1050, plus with all the toys that the RS comes with it felt like bet­ter value for money. I ar­ranged a bank loan to fi­nance it, put my or­der in and then waited for the bike to ar­rive. I was wait­ing a cou­ple of months, but it’s def­i­nitely been worth it.

“The higher-spec Öh­lins and Showa sus­pen­sion on the RS works bril­liantly on the twisty coun­try roads that I usu­ally ride, it re­ally irons out the bumps. The en­gine is su­perb, the elec­tron­ics are re­as­sur­ing and the quick­shifter is re­ally ad­dic­tive when you’re ac­cel­er­at­ing hard in a straight line.

“I re­cently got the lower-spec R model as a cour­tesy bike when mine was in for ser­vice and it made me cer­tain that I’d bought the right one. The RS is bet­ter all round and I can’t fault it in terms of per­for­mance, but there have been a few nig­gles.”

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