IT’S A TRACKDAY TOOL, TOO
‘A well-ridden Street Triple will embarrass sportsbike riders’
Triumph let us thrash the new Street Triple RS around the vast Catalunya Motogp track in Barcelona. The old 675cc naked would’ve been lost on this wide 2.9-mile ribbon of tarmac, but the new machine shines and it’s only here on track where you can really stretch the new engine and squeeze the best from the chassis, tyres and electronics.
The new motor hits the limiter in top just before the first-turn braking zone at an indicated 150mph and grunts cleanly off the steep uphill sections of track. Through the turns there’s plenty of ground clearance, even with Pirellis digging in hard. Through the tight new chicane and hairpin the steering is effortless and the suspension offers complete stability and confidence.
This is no wibbly-wobbly naked bike, it’s sportsbike accurate with the kind of consistent braking power that puts many Japanese superbikes to shame.
Sportsbike riders should be wary of the RS on trackdays Ground clearance isn’t an issue