Triumph Street Triple

Triumph Street Triple

Welcome to the Triumph Street Triple specification and showroom review. There are two versions of the model that use the ‘Triumph Triple’ branding the Street Triple and the Speed Triple. It is marketing and ‘pleasing the manufacturer’ problem that the mainstream press do not stress that these are two different motorcycles. The Triumph Street Triple is one of the best selling motorbikes in Australia in 2018, selling 259 units of the year.

The Street Triple is the model I am focusing one in this post and it is the ‘cheaper’ version. I say cheaper version because it is due to the smaller engine size but also because it does look a little stripped down on purpose rather than deliberately but the owner which is the what the ‘Street’ branding always meant to me. (due to the extra side covers) Despite all that it is not a ‘cheap motorcycle’ especially the LAMS version. The Speed Triple on the other hand is on a different level of performance and looks.

In terms of looks the Street Triple looks decent but to be honest the only feature differentiating it from other brands are the headlights. The rest of the Street Triple design is mostly a little ordinary except for the rear swing arm. It is a naked version of the Daytona (Sport bike) which you can’t buy anymore purely due to financial/sales issues. As a result the build quality is better than you would expect but the frame design is clearly meant to be hidden by a fairing.

In terms of engine and technology there are multiple versions of the same engine with different state of tune and hence pricing.  The fully digital display is available on the higher R and RS models which means you can tell whether it’s a base model or LAMS. This is not unusual but clearly a missed marketing opportunity. The said at least they do have a LAMS version although expensive and prohibitive to derestrict but at least it has all the parts of the full power version. I noticed a ‘Low’ Street Triple on an old spec list which reduces the seat height to 780mm although I couldn’t find it on the current Triumph motorcycles webpage. Note that the bike is called a ‘Triple’ is because the engine has 3 cylinders not 2 or 4 and as a result is commendable difference. The engine makes decent power and the more you pay the more ECU options you get rather than completely different performance parts.

I like the Triumph Street Triple as a model but I don’t like it’s price. It is a suitable alternative to other naked motorbikes in the class but it’s tough to go up against a MT series Yamaha which to my eyes has ‘cooler’ look that the Street Triple doesn’t have. That said there is the Triumph brand which may be a selling point for you.

 
Triumph Street Triple Key Specifications
Engine:   3 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  660cc or 765cc
Power/Torque:  35Kw @11,000 RPM 60Nm @ 5100 RPM (S LAMS)
83Kw @11,250 RPM 73Nm @ 9100 RPM (S)
88Kw @12,000 RPM 77Nm @ 9400 RPM (R + Low)
90Kw @11,700 RPM 77Nm @ 10,800 RPM (RS)
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  180kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4.5 litres per 100km
Seat height:  780mm or 810mm
Dimensions: L2035 X W735 X H1060mm
Wheels: 120-70-17F  180-55-17R
 Recommended Retail Price:  $12,850 660cc (LAMS)
$15,950 660cc (R LAMS + Low)
$14,100 765cc (S)
$17,650 765cc (RS)

 

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