EXCLUSIVE IMAGES Pop­u­lar Tri­umph naked goes big bore for 2017

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ben Purvis

It was al­most a year ago when MCN re­vealed Tri­umph’s plans to boost the Street Triple range with a larger en­gine and more mod­els, and now we’ve fi­nally got images of one of the new bikes.

It’s taken months of work by MCN’S spy pho­tog­ra­phers to fi­nally get the pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence to back up the ru­mours and in­sider tip-offs, and now we can bring you the most com­plete and up-to-date pic­ture of the changes we ex­pect to see for one of Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar mo­tor­cy­cles.

The spy shots, taken at very long range while the bike was un­der­go­ing track test­ing, are cer­tainly grainy but it’s still pos­si­ble to pick out a hand­ful of key de­tails that prove this is the new Street Triple. Don’t rush down to your lo­cal dealer just yet, a source close to the Tri­umph fac­tory told MCN: “This bike will not be seen un­til af­ter the mid­dle of 2017, so there is still some time to wait.”

While at a glance the bike could be mis­taken for a Speed Triple, or even a cur­rent-model Street Triple, closer in­spec­tion reveals that it doesn’t match ei­ther ma­chine. The front end is very redo­lent of the new 2016 Speed Triple, in par­tic­u­lar the bar-end mir­rors and the Speed Triple-style metal pan­els on the sides of the ra­di­a­tor. How­ever, the rear half of the bike doesn’t match the Speed Triple at all.

A Day­tona-style tail piece and dou­ble-sided swingarm fur­ther un­der­line the dif­fer­ences be­tween this pro­to­type and their flag­ship naked road­ster. The shapes of en­gine cases also match the smaller three-cylin­der en­gine rather than the 1050cc unit.

Every­thing points at this bike be­ing the new Street Triple; a bike which Tri­umph need to push through to pro­duc­tion as fast as pos­si­ble to en­sure they suf­fer no dip in sales per­for­mance as a re­sult of the Street Triple not be­ing able to meet strin­gent new Euro 4 reg­u­la­tions. And that means it’s a ma­chine with huge me­chan­i­cal changes com­pared to the ex­ist­ing model, ex­plain­ing why Tri­umph’s riders are pound­ing around a closed test track on the pro­to­type.

Tri­umph were asked to com­ment on the spy shots, but the firm de­clined, in line with their usual pol­icy of not dis­cussing up­com­ing new mod­els.

The ev­i­dence is mount­ing

A sur­vey sent out by Tri­umph to po­ten­tial buy­ers last year re­vealed a huge level of de­tail around the pro­posed changes planned for the Street Triple, with the head­line up­date be­ing a ca­pac­ity boost to more than 750cc.

While Tri­umph al­ready make a 799cc triple for their Tiger 800, that is a longstroke mo­tor aimed at pro­vid­ing plenty of low-down torque, rather than a short-stroke mo­tor that’s ca­pa­ble of higher revs and stronger peak per­for­mance. The Street Triple’s new en­gine is likely to be a sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity but via a big­ger bore and shorter stroke.

Un­like the cur­rent range, where the Street Triple, Street Triple R and Street Triple RX all use the same en­gine spec, the new line-up will have three power lev­els. Even in base trim the new en­gine is pro­jected to make 110bhp – up from 106bhp for the cur­rent 675cc mo­tor de­spite car­ry­ing the emis­sions-re­duc­tion equip­ment needed to meet 2017’s Euro 4 re­stric­tions. The 2017 Street Triple R will make 125bhp as well as gain­ing ra­dial Nissin brakes and ad­justable Showa sus­pen­sion in­stead of the en­try-level non-ad­justable Kayaba kit.

The RX model is set to be dropped and in­stead the new range will get two higher-spec bikes, both us­ing a 125bhp ver­sion of the en­gine. The Street Triple RT will be a sports-tourer, with ‘R’ spec Showa sus­pen­sion and brakes plus a screen, bel­ly­pan, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and the op­tion of a half-fair­ing. Mean­while the range will be topped by a new RS model us­ing Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and Brembo brakes, just like the Speed Triple R.

All mod­els will get switch­able trac­tion con­trol as well as the ABS that is now manda­tory on new bikes. On top of that, the R and RS will have three switch­able rid­ing modes, while the RS will have five modes and more ad­vanced sta­bil­ity con­trol that senses lean an­gles as well as rear wheel slip. The top three mod­els will also get a high-def­i­ni­tion TFT in­stru­ment screen – some­thing we spied be­ing tested on an oth­er­wise­s­tock Street Triple last year.

The re­sults of last year’s Tri­umph mar­ket re­search sur­vey sug­gested a start­ing price of £7790 for the base model Street, £8790 for the R, £9790 for the RT and £10,190 for the RS – the prices are highly likely to change in line with in­fla­tion by the time the bikes reach show­rooms in 2017, but they show the spread of the new range.

‘The new Street Triple 800 will come in 110bhp and 125bhp ver­sions’

The range-top­ping ver­sion will fea­ture top-spec cy­cle parts from Öh­lins and Brembo, five rider modes, lean an­gle-sen­si­tive trac­tion con­trol, the 125bhp high­power en­gine, and will cost around £10,190

Long-dis­tance shots show a pro­to­type Street Triple un­der­go­ing se­cret track test­ing Street Triple R The base model will have 110bhp, while this R model will get 125bhp and ad­justable Showa sus­pen­sion

Street Triple RT Look­ing very much like a mini Tiger Sport 1050, the sports-tour­ing RT ver­sion will have a half fair­ing How the new Street Triple range could look Street Triple RS

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