STREET OR SPEED?

New Street RS punches well above its weight

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

‘The Street Triple 765 RS re­ally is a force to be reck­oned with’

Now that it’s had its ca­pac­ity boosted to 765cc, does the new Street Triple RS make enough power to put it on a per­for­mance par with its big­ger brother, the Speed Triple 1050?

Tri­umph claim the new, big­ger- en­gined Street now pro­duces 121.3bhp, while they say their 1050cc Speed Triple makes a meaty 138bhp.

It’s not un­com­mon to find that man­u­fac­turer claims dif­fer from the ac­tual dyno fig­ures that you or I might get from our own bikes. There can be many rea­sons for this, from crank fig­ures be­ing claimed rather than rear wheel out­puts, through to dif­fer­ent types of dynos be­ing used or even weather con­di­tions. But to find out ex­actly what’s what, I got both bikes on the same dyno on the same day to find out which naked Triple is boss.

Af­ter test­ing both bikes on MCN’S reg­u­larly dyno (BSD in Peter­bor­ough), to my sur­prise I dis­cov­ered that the new Tri­umph Street Triple 765 RS made 126.27bhp @ 11,750rpm and 59ftlb @ 9500rpm at the rear wheel, which made me wide-eyed as it’s ac­tu­ally 4bhp more than claimed. To put things into per­spec­tive, the 2016 Speed Triple made 128.52bhp @ 9250rpm and 77.49ftlb @ 8000rpm, which is a bit shy of the 138bhp that Tri­umph claim for it.

Although the Speed Triple 1050 makes much more torque than the 765cc Street, the peak power gap be­tween the two mod­els has sig­nif­i­cantly nar­rowed. Not only that, but when you take into ac­count that the Street Triple RS is £2200 cheaper, 26kg lighter, smaller and more nim­ble, the Street Triple 765 RS re­ally is a force to be reck­oned with. I’m even more pleased with the bike.

Com­fort zone It’s pretty comfy. Not BMW R1200RT comfy, but comfy enough for a day in the saddle ‘I’d al­ready down­loaded the man­ual and even read some of it. Most of it, ac­tu­ally’ Sound as a pound Love the crack­ling and bur­bling sound on the over­run

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