LIT­TLE BROTHER PACKS A PUNCH

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By CRAIG DUFF

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

liq­uid-cooled

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

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