LITTLE BROTHER PACKS A PUNCH
THE smallest kid in the family has to work harder to get any respect. In the case of Triumph’s streetfighter-styled Street Triple it has to put up with its R-rated big brother and the range-topping Daytona getting all the attention.
But the trio shares the same basic DNA, from the alloy twin-spar frame to the super-sounding triplecylinder engine.
That makes the Street Triple a bargain at $12,490, compared with the Street Triple R’s $13,890.
It does without the adjustable Kayaba suspension on the rest of the family, but the only time you’ll miss it is at a track day or if you’re pushing hard every time you ride.
In that case you’ll buy the R anyway.
On most road surfaces the ‘‘basic’’ bike is in its element, letting you concentrate on rolling out the performance leashed inside the triple-cylinder engine.
And you do want to roll it out — few bikes sound as good under hard acceleration or backing off the throttle and few middleweight bikes have as fat a torque spread — 60Nm from 3500-12,000 revs means instant throttle response.
The bike averaged 6.7 litres for 100km during its time in the Carsguide garage, giving it a range of around 250km from the 17-litre tank. Highway cruising will push that out to 300km.
The riding position is comfortable with one or two people on board, thanks largely to a supportive one-piece seat and wide handlebars. It is a naked bike so you do meet some wind resistance when you wind it on, but the optional screen — while looking as practical as a left-handed screwdriver — does a surprising job of deflecting some of that air away from your torso.
The twin headlights are efficient and look the part. The fact they both activate on low beam is a good thing, too.
Motorists who see a dual headlight machine coming at them with only one light ‘‘working’’ assume that you’ve got an electrical problem. I can’t blame them, but I can blame the engineer/designer who decided the one on/one off look actually works or looks good.
In terms of looks, it is hard to fault the Street Triple.
The matt black finish on the engine, radiator and chassis high- light the bike’s compactness and focus attention on the big chrome pipes the run up either side of the bike. Dress the bike up with a bellypan and pillion cowl and this is a mean-looking machine.
Which is exactly what the little kid needs to be when they’re jostling for position in the family pecking order.
TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE
Six-speed, PRICE: $12,490 ENGINE: 675cc triple-cylinder OUTPUT: 78kW at 11,700 revs; 69Nm at 9200 revs TRANSMISSION: chain-drive FUEL TANK: 17.4 litres SEAT HEIGHT: 800mm WEIGHT: 189kg www.triumph.co.uk
PRICE IS RIGHT:
The Street Triple is a bargain at $12,490