Tri­umph Speed Triple S


THE 1050CC BIKES get an ex­tra 27bhp com­pared with the 765cc Street Triple RS. There’s also a hefty in­crease in torque and peak is de­liv­ered at just 7150rpm, com­pared with 11,000rpm on the Street RS. That’s go­ing to trans­late as a mas­sive in­crease in thrust, es­pe­cially when the bikes need to be short shifted, like at the exit of the hair­pin and the chi­canes. The crit­i­cal ques­tion is whether the ex­tra 26 ki­los (that’s four stone) will make it sig­nif­i­cantly harder to turn, es­pe­cially in the two flip-flop chi­canes. ‘The power is ob­vi­ously far stronger,’ says Gary af­ter his ses­sion on the big­ger bike, ‘and you can re­ally use grunt at Mal­lory. The rear shock is plush, but it wants to wheelie. The trac­tion con­trol kicked in a cou­ple of times out of Ed­wina’s and the hair­pin where it’s try­ing to wheelie (which didn’t hap­pen on the Streets). And at Ger­ards, when you are tip­ping in, if you are too quick it sits down on the shock and runs wide. You do no­tice the ex­tra weight through the slow stuff, but it flips through the chi­canes eas­ily enough. ‘I have got much more con­fi­dence in this than the base set-up of the Street Triple R. ‘Slightly soft brake lever feel where the RS feels re­ally firm, but we’re get­ting them bloody hot, and they don’t feel as firm when they are hot. Up to this point I’d say it was fastest, but I’d like a quick shifter and bet­ter shock. Get­ting off the Street RS you re­ally no­tice the ab­sence of a quick shifter on track.’ The data backs up Gary’s view. The Speed Triple S is one sec­ond a lap faster over­all de­spite be­ing slower mid-cor­ner at Ger­ards, slower through the flip-flop chi­canes and not able to brake as hard as the Street RS. The power to de­liver cor­ner exit drive and straight­line speed more than com­pen­sates.

‘The power is stronger and you can use the grunt’

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