Street Triple 765 ‘Life is oh-so good’

A sum­mer of siz­zling two-wheeled ac­tion is planned for the stun­ning new Tri­umph 1000 MILES

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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’

For god’s sake, make sure you don’t start the bike in gear there Joe

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