Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 18th May 2017

WHAT IS IT? Triumph’s latest top-of-the range middleweight naked motorcycle gets a screaming 121bhp three-cylinder 765cc motor, flashy Ohlins rear and Showa front suspension, new styling, new headlights, a massive five-inch full-colour dash, riding modes, new switchgear and new chassis geometry. It weighs in at just 166kg dry. Two other versions, the R and the S are also available with lower-powered versions of the 765cc triple engine and different levels of suspension. For today, we’ll concentrate on the most expensive one – the glorious £9900 Street Triple 765 RS.

RIDING:

The Triumph Daytona 675 may be still winning races at the North West 200 road race in the hands of Martin Jessopp, but it has stayed a bit unloved in Triumph’s range remaining without a major update since 2013.

STREET TRIPLE 765 RS

But worry not if you’re looking for a naked sports bike instead of a fully-faired bike.

The new Street Triple 765 RS is a sports bike without a fairing. It’s sublime. A track day ready road bike with all the handling finesse of a supersport bike.

Street Triple 765 RS

The chassis itself remains pretty much the same as the outgoing 675 Street Triple, but it gets sharper geometry with a head angle steeper by 0.5 degrees and with 4-5mm more trail. There’s a new banana swingarm too. It steers quicker yet is still stable. The seat height is 825mm.

Street Triple RS Detail

It’s on the taller side of naked bikes, but the whole bike feels light, easy to manage and narrow.

STREET TRIPLE RS

The Ohlins rear shock is set relatively soft, as are the 41mm Showa front forks, but they work well on the road and track giving great quality feel and damping, complemented by the Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa SP tyres. Those tyres give genuine mind-bending levels of grip on road and track. The only way you could try and upset them is by calling them names.

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE rs

Plus, the suspension is all fully adjustable should you want to firm it up. Personally, I liked the supple feel it gave on the road.

But this bike is all about the new motor. The 765cc inline three-cylinder engine is based on the older 675 Street Triple engine but features a new crank, upgraded cams and pistons, new con rods, barrels and liners, plus new exhaust and intake valves. The gearbox features a shorter first and second gear and a new exhaust. The RS gets a remapped ECU and a different cam to squeeze the extra horses out of it. What it means is an explosion of revs, a wailing three-cylinder warble and what seems like endless amounts of drive. 121bhp may not sound much in the days of 200bhp motorcycles, but it is so well tuned.

triumph street triple rs details

The bike is gutsy low-down and can be ridden from 3000rpm. It picks up and gets a whole lot more interesting at 6000rpm, and howls round to the 11,700rpm shift light on the super cool full-colour dash, itself adjustable for different modes.

triumph street triple rs wheels

The engine mapping settings also adjust the level of traction-control and ABS support given to the rider from the Brembo brakes.

triumph triple street rs brakes

Race mode is for when you’re on track, and road is what it says it is. There’s not a huge difference between them, and the electronics are first class, barely noticeable on the road, just the way you need them.

The 765 may be the baby of Triumph’s naked range when you compare it to the Speed Triple 1050, but it’s no less a bike. In 765 RS form at least the Street Triple is an astonishing bike that makes me question why anyone would want any more from a naked motorcycle?

triumph street rs

street triple rs triumph

Here’s the specs of all three Triumph Street Triple motorcycles so you can pit apart the differences. We’ll be testing the other bikes in the range soon.

ENGINE

STREET TRIPLE S

STREET TRIPLE R

STREET TRIPLE RS

POWER

113 PS / 111 BHP (83kW)

@ 11,250rpm

118 PS / 116 BHP (87kW)

@ 12,000rpm

123 PS / 121 BHP (90kW)

@ 11,700rpm

TORQUE

73 Nm @ 9,100 rpm

77 Nm @ 9,400 rpm

77 Nm @ 10,800 rpm

ENGINE TYPE

Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder

ENGINE SIZE

765 cc

BORE / STROKE

78 x 53.4 mm

COMPRESSION RATIO

12.65:1

FUEL SYSTEM

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI. Electronic throttle control

EXHAUST

Stainless steel 3 into 1 exhaust system low single sided stainless steel silencer

CLUTCH

Wet, multi-plate clutch

Wet, multi-plate, slip and assist clutch

Wet, multi-plate, slip and assist clutch

GEARBOX

6 – Speed

FINAL DRIVE

O ring chain

CHASSIS

STREET TRIPLE S

STREET TRIPLE R

STREET TRIPLE RS

FRAME

Front – Aluminium beam twin spar. Rear – 2 piece high pressure die cast

SWINGARM

Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy

FRONT SUSPENSION

Showa 41 mm upside down separate function forks (SFF), 110 mm front wheel travel

Showa 41 mm upside down separate function big piston forks (SF-BPF), 115 mm front wheel travel. Adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and preload.

Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks (BPF), 115 mm front wheel travel. Adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and preload.

REAR SUSPENSION

Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock, 124 mm rear wheel travel. Stepped preload adjuster.

Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock, 134 mm rear wheel travel. Adjustable spring preload (lock-rings), compression damping and rebound damping.

Öhlins STX40 piggyback reservoir monoshock, 131 mm rear wheel travel. Adjustable spring preload (lock-rings), compression damping and rebound damping.

FRONT BRAKE

Twin 310 mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers

Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers

Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers

FRONT TYRE

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

FRONT WHEEL

3.5” x 17” cast

REAR BRAKE

Single 220 mm fixed disc, Brembo single piston sliding caliper

REAR TYRE

180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

REAR WHEEL

5.5” x 17” cast

DIMENSIONS

STREET TRIPLE S

STREET TRIPLE R

STREET TRIPLE RS

SEAT HEIGHT

810 mm

825 mm

825 mm

HEIGHT
(WITHOUT MIRRORS)

1,060 mm

1,085 mm

1,085 mm

RAKE

24.8 degrees

23.9 degrees

23.9 degrees

TRAIL

104.3 mm

100 mm

100 mm

LENGTH

2,065 mm

WHEELBASE

1,410 mm

DRY WEIGHT

166 KG

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

17.4 LITRES

EMISSIONS

STREET TRIPLE S

STREET TRIPLE R

STREET TRIPLE RS

FUEL CONSUMPTION

4.7 l/100km

60.1 MPG

4.8 l/100km

58.9 MPG

4.7 l/100km

60.1 MPG

EMISSIONS

115 g / km

112 g / km

115 g / km

EQUIPMENT

STREET TRIPLE S

STREET TRIPLE R

STREET TRIPLE RS

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

  • Ride-by-wire throttle

  • ABS

  • Switchable traction control

  • All-new ‘gullwing’ swingarm

  • Rain and Road riding modes

  • LED position light bulb headlights

  • Updated LCD instrument pack

  • All-new bodywork including new flyscreen with integrated air intake, and new inner and outer radiator cowls

  • Sporty twin-seat design

  • Painted rear bodywork

  • New black powder coated main frame, subframe and swingarm

Additional to the S:

  • Switchable ABS

  • Slip and assist clutch

  • 5” full-colour TFT instrument pack

  • Additional Sport and Rider programmable riding modes (Rain, Road, Sport and Rider)

  • High-spec onboard computer

  • New switch cubes with 5-way joystick control

  • DRL headlights

  • Self-cancelling indicators

  • Sporty body-coloured flyscreen with integrated air intake

  • Premium seat stitching and vinyls

  • Red rear subframe, wheel pinstripes and detailing

Additional to the R:

  • Quickshifter

  • Additional Track riding mode (Rain, Road, Sport, Track and Rider)

  • Lap timer

  • Matt silver painted aluminium rear subframe and detailing

  • Silver/grey seat stitching

  • Body-coloured pillion seat cowl (pillion seat also supplied)

  • Body-coloured bellypan

  • Lower chain guard

  • Unique paint schemes