STREET TRIPLE 765
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‘This new 2017 model looks set to move the dial dramatically’
It’s incredible that a whole decade has passed since Triumph unveiled the original Street Triple, which emerged blinking its trademark round headlamps into the daylight for 2007. It instantly defined a whole new attitude for naked middleweights, gobsmacking everyone who rode it with its superb versatility and rampant naughty side. Triumph had crashed in from stage-left with a bike that instantly made the Japanese offerings look numbingly dull and delivered a characterful alternative to the Italians. It was an instant hit.
Revisions in 2012 and 2013 saw more refinements on the theme without diluting or particularly sharpening the proposition, but this new 2017 model looks set move the dial dramatically.
Available in three main versions, the new 765cc range starts at £8000 with an S model, which is bettered by the R (see page 7), and topped out by the bike you see here – the new Street Triple RS. Triumph will also offer a low ride height version of the R and an A2 licence-compliant version of the S that boasts a unique 660cc version of the triple.
The unequivocal star of the show, though, is the RS. It’s the lightest, most powerful, electronically advanced and highest spec’d Street Triple ever. While the 765 capacity might look like a slice of marketing symmetry based on its 675 forebear, it was actually a coincidence born of taking the existing dimensions and crankcases, then optimising every millimetre of available space.
Developed from the Daytona engine, the new 765cc Street Triple engine delivers a major step up in power and torque. With more than 80 new parts including new crank, pistons and Nikasil-plated aluminium barrels, and bespoke cams for each model all combine with the increased bore and stroke. It shares only 10% of its parts with the old Street engine, but 50% with the Daytona, and it weighs 1.2kg less than the 675.
While recognisably still a Street Triple (Triumph had no desire to alienate their dedicated fanbase) this bike is light years ahead of the 2016 model.
Beyond the serious engine upgrades, the big news is the proliferation of electronics. From the 5in TFT colour dash, to the ride-by-wire throttle, five rider modes, traction control, quickshifter and switchable multi-mode ABS, it’s dripping in tech. The RS is primarily a road bike, but Triumph are confident that track addicts will be equally happy on-board – even offering track specific rider and ABS modes, as well as coming on trackday-friendly Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres as standard. The spec is everything we hoped for from Triumph, while in the metal the improvements in quality of finish, fit and packaging are clear to see – and we only have to wait four more weeks before we can test how all this translates into the ride.
Major makeover All the bodywork is new. The RS gets the best level of finish in the range, with colour-coded belly pan and pillion seat cowl besides interchangeable pillion seat and lower chain guard. Hotter handling A revised swingarm pivot point reduces rear-end compression under hard acceleration. In comes a gullwing swingarm, boosting stability at high speeds. Better brakes The RS has Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers and 310mm discs up front, giving superbike-like brake power, with a ratio and span adjustable lever. A Brembo single piston caliper chomping on a 220mm disc at the rear. Shocking stuff The RS gets the highest-specification suspension in the range - a top-spec, fully adjustable 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston Fork. Its back end sports a slice of fully adjustable Öhlins STX40 piggyback hardware.
We can’t wait to sling a leg over the new Triumph