Tri­umph Street Triple Triple still sets the stan­dard for naked mid­dleweights

RE­VIS­ITED Look for later unit with plugs rather than moulded-in ca­bles, or check with a dealer that the re­call work has been done

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - By Tony Hoare MCN CONSUMER EDITOR Reg­u­la­tor-rec­ti­fier

What we said then

“Tri­umph reckon the new Street Triple is an en­try-level model. If that’s the case then it could at­tract a whole lot of peo­ple to mo­tor­cy­cling – and Tri­umph’s only prob­lem will be per­suad­ing them to trade up to an­other bike. It blends the style and char­ac­ter of the Speed Triple in a lighter, more man­age­able but still thrillingly quick and sweet-han­dling pack­age.” MCN launch re­port | July 11, 2007

But what is it like now?

I’ve wanted to ride this bike for ages. It sits out­side the MCN office on sunny week­days, re­flect­ing old mem­o­ries for me of a bike that’s as close to per­fec­tion as any­thing else that’s been re­leased in the last 10 years. I fi­nally plucked up the courage to swin­dle a go from the owner, who works on one of our com­pany’s car mag­a­zines, in re­turn for a big clean-up and a full tank of fuel.

I should have done it ear­lier. Within miles it feels like old times, this 10,500-mile 2008 model in the ohso-dis­tinc­tive green paint cut­ting a neat dash through the Cam­bridgeshire coun­try­side near our office. After the SV650 I’ve been run­ning this year the Street feels big, com­posed, per­fect.

There’s a slight snatch on first pull of the throt­tle, but it’s all part of the char­ac­ter and can eas­ily be di­alled out with a lit­tle throt­tle con­trol. Leave the 40mph zone near work, let the twist­grip rip and en­joy the de­lights of a bike clear­ing off – that three-cylin­der sound­track stream­ing be­hind as it tries to keep up.

De­spite the years and miles, this one feels as fresh as new. The gearshift re­mains a de­light and the sus­pen­sion has kept its con­trol, though the squared tyres slightly im­pinge on the han­dling and will soon need re­plac­ing.

Early bikes like this have the shorter first gear and a cheekier de­meanour than the R mod­els that started their run in 2008. Those added more com­posed sus­pen­sion and stronger brakes to the Triple’s mix, but I al­ways pre­ferred the squishier feel­ing of the non-r mod­els. Even with the cheaper right-way-up forks and twin-pot slid­ing brake calipers rather than the R’s up­side-down­ers and four-pots, this was a cut above the op­po­si­tion in its day. And I reckon this 2008 ma­chine would still send cur­rent-day rivals scur­ry­ing. It re­mains a bril­liant mo­tor­cy­cle.

Any ob­vi­ous faults?

The owner, Garry, reck­ons the brakes are play­ing up when ham­mered on, but I can’t tell on my af­ter­noon’s ride. Aside from the issue with the squared tyres mak­ing the bike re­luc­tant to start turn­ing be­fore tip­ping off a ledge as it rolls off its square cen­tre, there’s noth­ing wrong with this bike. The reg/ rec re­call has been done to re­place the shunt-type with a more re­li­able MOSFET unit. The paint is in good con­di­tion and it’s clearly been a sun­ny­day bike. Garry bought this six years ago for £3500 and he’d still get close to that now, hav­ing cov­ered 9000 miles in six sum­mers. How’s that for bar­gain mo­tor­cy­cling?

Or worth­while ex­tras?

The head­light cowl and small screen add some shel­ter from the wind and is worth hav­ing, while the tank pro­tec­tor has done its job and the bel­ly­pan adds balance to the de­sign and helps pro­tect the front of the en­gine, which is vul­ner­a­ble to paint dam­age. The Ar­row high-level ex­hausts in­ject fruiti­ness to the triple’s au­ral treats and they look bet­ter than the low-slung op­tions of the time and give a bet­ter balance with the re­tained pil­lion peg hang­ers, which are sculpted to wrap around the cans. Though the seat cowl sug­gests pil­lions are hardly a pri­or­ity for the owner.

the frame and en­gine num­bers to make sure they match the orig­i­nal stamp­ings and haven’t been tam­pered with to hide their real iden­tity.

“I would al­ways dis­be­lieve the mileage on the clocks too, and I can tell the age of a Street by the thick­ness of the brake discs. The step be­tween the

‘It’s a bit too easy to steal the ear­lier mod­els, from 2007 to 2012’

2007-8 2009 2011

2012 CLIVE WOOD is an in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist who runs cour­ses in main­tain­ing Street Triples Look for dam­age on the ig­ni­tion bar­rel and check the shock for cor­ro­sion

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