Ex­panded line-up of­fers some­thing for all shapes, sizes & bud­gets

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Richard New­land

In ad­di­tion to the range-top­ping Street Triple RS, Tri­umph will of­fer two fur­ther main model choices – the S and the R – as well as two spin-off mod­els cater­ing for A2 li­cence-hold­ers and the ver­ti­cally chal­lenged.

S sets stan­dard

The en­try-level Street now gets an S at the end of its name, just like the Speed Triple did in 2016. It’s the only Street that Tri­umph have con­firmed the price for so far. It will be on sale at deal­ers from April at £8000. It’s the most ba­sic model in the range.

But power is up 6.6% com­pared to the old 675, mean­ing 111bhp at 11,250rpm and 53.8ftlb torque. And, de­spite hav­ing the low­est spec sus­pen­sion, it’s still an im­prove­ment over the out­go­ing bike. It gets a non­ad­justable Showa Sep­a­rate Func­tion Fork (SFF) up front and a preload ad­justable Showa monoshock at the rear. The brakes are an­other key area where the spec is lower, with Nissin two-pis­ton slid­ing calipers, com­pared to the other mod­els’ Brem­bos. Nonethe­less, brak­ing per­for­mance will still be on a par with the rest of the pack­age, and boasts per­ma­nent ABS as stan­dard – while it also lacks the other mod­els’ slip and as­sist clutch.

The S is also the only model not to fea­ture the new 5in TFT dash, but it does get new clocks, pil­fered from the Speed Triple, through which you can view all the usual in­for­ma­tion, plus keep a tab on the two new rider modes (Road and Rain), and the switch­able trac­tion con­trol.

R takes mid­dle ground

Neatly nes­tled be­tween the S and RS is the R. Once the range-top­per, it now mo­nop­o­lises the mid­dle, of­fer­ing road-only rid­ers ev­ery­thing they need for naked he­donism. In re­al­ity you’d be hard pushed to spot the dif­fer­ence from the sad­dle be­tween this and the RS. It gives away 5bhp at peak power to the RS, while peak torque is iden­ti­cal, and ar­rives ear­lier in the rev range.

The front calipers are func­tional Brembo M4.32 monoblocs and the fully ad­justable Showa Sep­a­rate Func­tion Big Pis­ton Fork is un­likely to dis­ap­point.

You can pick up an en­try-level Street Triple S from £8k from this April

The Street Triple R gives road-only rid­ers all they need for naked he­donism

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