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WRITER: Maya Khoury

Shorter, wider, lower and lighter than the Ducati Monster, Triumph's Street Triple RS is an addictive and intuitive performance street motorcycle.

There's a reason why Triumph has managed to sell over 50,000 examples of its Street Triple since it was released in 2007, and it's that this is one of the most capable bikes ever made. It can literally do it all, from nipping about on city jaunts, to lapping up the miles on a weekend trip, it'll even provide sensational delights on a track. Of course it's not perfect (what is?), but the British marque has taken stock of the few cons next to the bike's long list of pros, in its attempt to obliterate the competition with an all-new 2017 Street Triple.

First and foremost you'll notice a more aggressive face with tweaked twin-pod headlamps that now feature distinctive new LED daytime running lights, but there are also some major technological upgrades and a brand new 765cc inline-three engine that's got over 80 new parts, including new crank, pistons, aluminium barrels and an increased bore and stroke.

Rest assured the obliging do-it-all formula remains but unlike the previous 675cc Street Triple, which came in either a base form or an R spec, the new one is available in three versions – S, R, and RS – and each has been tweaked to offer a slightly different character. The S is your urban 111hp companion, the R offers 116hp and a more sportive character, while the 121hp RS is our pick of the bunch and the most explosive Street Triple ever built.

 

 

Available in only two colours – Matte Silver Ice and Phantom Black – the RS comes equipped with a full electronics package comprising five modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Rider Programmable and Track) that link the ride-by-wire setup, traction control and the ABS system. Standard equipment also includes a fully adjustable Showa fork, an Ohlins rear shock, a gullwing rear swingarm, super sticky Pirelli tyres, Brembo M50 front brakes, a slipper clutch and a quick-shifter, while a new 5” full-colour TFT instrument cluster ups the game considerably. Also worth mentioning is the new free flow exhaust, made from lightweight stainless steel, which provides a much more intoxicating induction howl. But the Street Triple RS' greatest single attribute is its power-to-weight ratio. This is after all the lightest bike in its class and when you consider the whopping 121bhp available from that peach of a three pot, you start to understand how this roadster is unlike any other.

Explosive yet agile, scary yet reassuring, the RS has readily available low-end torque that is in constant use. Throttle response is smooth and progressive but once the tach climbs over 7,500rpm, the engine comes alive and wastes no time getting to the 12,750rpm red line. It's intoxicating and essentially the new benchmark for the streetfighter category.

 

MODEL Triumph Street Triple RS
ENGINE Liquid-cooled, DOHC inline 3
CAPACITY 765cc
OUTPUT 121hp at 11,700rpm
TORQUE 77Nm at 10,800rpm
DRY WEIGHT 166kg
PRICE 15,000 USD

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