Tri­umph Street Triple R

BIKE (UK) - - TRIUMPH STREETS AND SPEEDS -

TO BE HON­EST,’ says Gary be­fore head­ing out on track on the £9200 Street Triple R. ‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to rid­ing this one. I rode the RS on the road at the launch and I thought it was a bit too firm for the road, even on those smooth Span­ish roads let alone here in the United King­dom with all the pot­holes we have to deal with. Whereas this is a bit softer. Also the en­gine on the R is tuned to give a bit more mid-range than the RS which I like.’ As planned he brings it in af­ter a few laps. The first ses­sion was about check­ing tyre pres­sures and get­ting used to track­day traf­fic. With hot tyre pres­sures ad­justed to 34psi front and rear he’s back out for a proper go. It’s al­ways a joy to watch a re­ally good rider at work close-up. And on Mal­lory’s 1.39 mile lap you only have to wait a minute for Gary to whis­tle down the straight again, breez­ing past fel­low rid­ers at the en­try to Ger­ards. His brake light isn’t com­ing on un­til he’s well into the cor­ner and then, out of sight be­hind the pit garages he must be get­ting back on the throt­tle sharpish, be­cause when he emerges into view on the back straight he’s passed more peo­ple. Back at the van af­ter the ses­sion it tran­spires that things weren’t quite as serene as they looked. ‘It’s nice and comfy, and it’s got easy power. This hair­pin is re­ally hard on the brakes, but they cope, but it’s too much like an arm­chair for Mal­lory. When you get on the gas it squats down at the back and starts to push wide, so it won’t hold the line. At Ger­ards it’s drift­ing off line, I never had to back off, but it’s close. Any cor­ner, hard on the gas and it wants to wheelie. Makes the front go light and you can’t steer. But that’s track an­tics, ob­vi­ously. On a bumpy lane it’d be great.’

‘Any cor­ner, hard on the gas and it wants to wheelie… But that’s track an­tics. On a bumpy lane it’d be great’

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