THE QUES­TION Is the RS good value for money?

Joe gets his cal­cu­la­tor out to find out.

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

With mod­ern fi­nance deals nearly ev­ery bike is af­ford­able, but that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean they’re all good value for money. There’s so many bikes to choose from it’s not al­ways easy to see all the dif­fer­ences be­tween them and where your money might be go­ing. I’ve got 4000 miles un­der my belt with the new RS now and I’ve started to won­der if it is re­ally worth the price tag.

The new Street Triple RS is £9900rrp, that’s £1900 more than the base S model Street Triple and £1000 more than the R model, but you do get con­sid­er­ably more for your money. Com­pared to the R, the RS has more power, Brembo M50 monoblock cal­lipers and an MCS ra­dial master cylin­der (the same brake set-up you’ll find on the new €80,000 Du­cati Su­per­leg­gera), fully-ad­justable Showa Big Pis­ton Forks and Öh­lins STX40 fully ad­justable rear shock, a 5th user-pro­gram­mable rider mode, a quick­shifter, belly pan, rear seat cowl, lower chain guard and Pirelli Su­per Corsa SP tyres. If some­one of­fered me all that for £1000 I’d rip their arm off.

The two ob­vi­ous com­peti­tors are the Yamaha MT-09 and the new Kawasaki Z900, but I think they both de­liver less than the new Street Triple RS in terms of qual­ity and fun. But they do cost quite a bit less. A stan­dard MT-09 costs £7999 and the Z900 is £8249. And while both are cheaper on PCP too – the MT09 is £95 a month and the Z900 £99 over 36 months, the Tri­umph is £119 over 37 months. The stock Street Triple S is cheaper than both, though.

But then what about its big­ger com­peti­tors, namely the Yamaha MT-10 and the BMW S1000R? Well they’re a big step up in terms of size and power, so it comes down to what you want from your bike.

The Yamaha and BMW are rip-yourarms-off pow­er­ful, whereas the RS has in­cred­i­bly us­able power right through the rev range. The stan­dard ver­sions of both the Yamaha and BMW are over £1000 more than the RS and you have to go to their SP and Sport ver­sions to get more trick bits than the RS, set­ting you back £13,699 for the MT-10 SP and £12,725 for the S1000R Sport.

Con­sid­er­ing what you get for your money with the RS, not to men­tion its build qual­ity, in my eyes it’s def­i­nitely one of the best value-for-money nakeds and I wouldn’t hes­i­tate in hand­ing over my money for the RS.

The Street Triple RS may only be a smidge un­der £10k but it of­fers a lot

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