Street Triple 765 ‘Life is oh-so good’
A summer of sizzling two-wheeled action is planned for the stunning new Triumph 1000 MILES
xcitement is so stressful. I’d been counting down the days until the arrival of my new Triumph Street Triple RS like a giddy kid with a birthday approaching. And when it finally arrived two weeks ago, I discovered it’s been worth every second of my eager anticipation.
From the moment I clapped eyes on it, I was blown away. Even before you’ve turned the key in the ignition, you get the sense that you’re in the company of a really high-quality machine, as the finish and attention to detail is simply stunning. Then, once I’d swung a leg over I was struck by just how much the Street Triple RS felt like home; like I’d been riding it for years despite the fact that I’d never actually ridden any evolution of the British brand’s awardwinning middleweight. Everything, from the bar position and switchgear to the footpegs and comfortable seat, is just right. Then you switch on the ignition and these feelings get amplified by 50.
From its light steering and plush suspension to the new 765cc induction note reverberating around your ribcage as you crack the throttle, this bike has everything that a fun-loving rider like me is looking for. Showa Big Piston forks, Öhlins shock, Brembo Monobloc M50 calipers, riding modes, traction control, and ABS definitely appeal to my ‘performance magpie’ tendencies.
Meanwhile, the new full-colour TFT display makes for super-easy navigation through the bike’s functions and features, and it looks absolutely astonishing, too. So far, I’ve found it all very intuitive and simple to use, so I’ve been playing around with the custom mode which I’ve programmed to have traction off and the sportiest throttle response. But even with it set at its sharpest, the fly-by-wire throttle is buttery smooth with no jerkiness or unwanted surges. It’s a brilliant mix of high-tech and simplicity, and I’m already hooked.
I’ve put just under 1000 miles on the bike now and it’s really starting to make me smile. The engine is smooth with plenty of grunt to launch out of corners or go for those overtakes without having to stir the gearbox, and it sings harmoniously as you tear up twisty roads. Sure, the lack of screen means things can become a little tiring after long motorway miles, but if it gets too tiresome I can try one of the accessory screens Triumph have on offer, which may come in handy for my summer trip to the Swiss Alps.
The bike has been returning 43-46mpg; not ground-breaking but then that probably could be better if it weren’t for the urge of making it bark now and then, but that sound is just so damn addictive.
Now the weather is starting to improve, I can start to play around with the bike, especially those Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres and the stunning suspension, in fact I think it’s time to go and get my leathers on right now!
‘Switch on the ignition and the excitement gets amplified by 50’