Tri­umph Street Triple RS

Performance Bikes (UK) - - THE RUTTER TEST -

“IT’S NUTS, ISN’T IT?” Rut­ter says of the Street RS dur­ing a quiet mo­ment of re­flec­tion at lunchtime. “I mean, how can the bike here with the least power feel like it’s got the most?” What he is re­fer­ring to, of course, is how the bike ac­cel­er­ates just as quickly as its more pow­er­ful sta­ble­mate, which is a dif­fer­ent thing al­to­gether to how much power it makes. But Rut­ter has ably iden­ti­fied that the power to weight ra­tios of the Street Triple RS and Speed Triple RS are al­most iden­ti­cal. This means that the two bikes feel in­cred­i­bly closely matched through the ini­tial part of Don­ing­ton’s many cor­ner ex­its. It’s only when you’re higher up the gears and speedo that the Street Triple loses out to pretty much ev­ery­thing else on track with it, in­clud­ing the Speed Triple.

The Street Triple’s 765cc mo­tor is a peach, and this is the first time Rut­ter has sam­pled it. He’s full of praise for it, not­ing es­pe­cially the way it revs. “It doesn’t hang about does it? The mo­tor spins up re­ally quick, and revs re­ally hard. I like it a lot. It’s dead keen, and doesn’t do that Tri­umph thing of revving and revving, then stop­ping abruptly. There’s just enough warn­ing be­fore the rev lim­iter to shift up and get through the next gear. There’s no vi­bra­tions or any­thing. When I sat along­side the other bikes in pit­lane wait­ing to go out, it was hard to tell if the en­gine was run­ning or not.”

The Street Triple 765 wasn’t Tri­umph’s first at­tempt at ride by wire. The Tiger 1200 was the first, fol­lowed by the 2016 Speed Triple, which was very good bar­ring a few lit­tle quirks. The ride by wire set-up on the Street Triple, which in­cludes rider modes, trac­tion con­trol, anti-wheelie and throt­tle maps comes in for praise from Rut­ter. He is a fan, and sin­gles out the throt­tle ac­tion, its weight and re­sponse which he, like many, refers to as “throt­tle con­nec­tion”, that feel­ing of hav­ing con­fi­dence and a clear pas­sage be­tween neu­rons, wrist, nerves in the palm of your hand and rear tyre. It is ar­guably the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship be­tween man and ma­chine when it comes to chas­ing lap times, and the Street Triple’s is just about per­fect ac­cord­ing to Rut­ter.

Rut­ter has been hav­ing a blast on the Street

‘At its heart is a bel­ter of an en­gine, in a light­weight, nim­ble cha­sis with high-end sus­pen­sion and brakes’

Triple, and doesn’t have much crit­i­cism to lay at its door, other than the fact that the ABS kicks in a bit early for his lik­ing, and the set-up is too soft for the track, even af­ter James had ad­justed it. Rather than be too hard on the bike for those things, he ac­knowl­edges that it’s still good for a cheap­ish naked bike. It has a ticket price of just £10,200, which makes the Street Triple RS the cheap­est bike on our leader­board. It was never go­ing to set the leader­board alight, but a lap time in Rut­ter’s hands of 1:41.66 does demon­strate just how deep the Street Triple’s re­serves of per­for­mance are. There are peo­ple who will do hun­dreds of laps of Don­ing­ton on trick sports­bikes, yet never get close to a 1min 41sec lap time. At a sold out track­day, you could prob­a­bly count on one hand (two at the most) the amount of peo­ple who would be lap­ping that quickly. In the end, the more pow­er­ful Speed Triple set the faster lap time, which is more of a re­flec­tion of the na­ture of Don­ing­ton’s stop/start na­ture to­wards the end of the lap. The Street Triple hardly dis­graced it­self, ‘af­ford­able’ price tag or oth­er­wise. It scalped the lav­ish Du­cati Mon­ster 1200S and was within the blink of an eye of the Yamaha MT-10SP. At its heart is an ab­so­lute bel­ter of an en­gine, with

RUT­TER ON STREET RS ‘Apart from the ABS be­ing a lit­tle too keen to chime in, there’s much to like here. It’s punch­ing well above it weight, and great value, too’

sub­lime throt­tle con­trol and fuel in­jec­tion, housed in a light­weight, nim­ble chas­sis with high qual­ity sus­pen­sion and brakes. What’s not to like?

As a point of dis­cus­sion as I load the bikes back in the van, Rut­ter re­peated his ob­ser­va­tion that the sus­pen­sion was way too soft for the track, even af­ter be­ing set up. It’s safe to say that with some heav­ier springs, the Street Triple could go a lot faster still, but then that would be a set of clip ons and fair­ing away from be­ing a Day­tona 765...

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