‘A well-rid­den Street Triple will em­bar­rass sports­bike rid­ers’

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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

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