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- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 24 June 2008
Triumph’s new 675 Street Triple packs a meaty punch and comes with a range of accessories for owners who want to customise the bike their own way.
Featuring a chassis based on the 675 Daytona sportbike and a tuned-for-torque engine, the Street Triple is aimed at bikers who want something fun, lightweight and comfortable.
Alastair Walker rode the new Street Triple near Lake Garda in Italy.
Some bikes simply have the grin factor.
It can be the bargain price, the sublime looks of the thing, or maybe its sweet handling in the twisties, but they just put a smile on your face. The new Street Triple is one of `em, mainly because it turns an everyday ride into a full-on, `let’s nail three cars before the next bend’ type malarkey. It might only be 675cc, but it is every bit the riotous hooligan that its big brother Speed Triple 1050 is.
I knew that the Street Triple was going be good within five or six miles of setting off on it. We trickled out of Riva del Garda and headed for the hills. Once we got onto a typical Alpine road, with hairpin after hairpin, the noise from the Arrow race can howling back at me, I was mad for buying a Street Triple and taking the long way home. It is just pure, 100%, top fun to ride.
OK, so the 675cc motor’s 107bhp doesn´t sound that much, but the way the three cylinder engine delivers its poke is deeply addictive, really free-revving, with a fat torque curve that could lift half the clientele out of their chairs at Dunkin’ Donuts.
There’s power from as little as 2500rpm and the bike just slaps the scenery in the face all the way to around 12,000rpm. Absolutely smooth power delivery from the fuel injection, all the way from tickover as well - a really easy bike to ride in town.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED DAYTONA
The Street Triple shares its genes with the Daytona 675; an engine derived from the 675 Daytona sportbike, much same sportbike orientated chassis too, but with higher handlebars, a new seat/tail unit and re-positioned footrests.
The forks, rear suspension and brakes are all precise, sharp and rewarding to use - a novice could ride this bike, but an expert can definitely get the very best from it. It is versatile, adroit and capable. You soon learn to trust the Street Triple on a bumpy, twisty road - it has a rock steady feel that is somehow lacking in many 600-1000cc class roadster bikes.
So the Street Triple 675 blends the best elements of the Daytona 675 into a more comfortable, all-rounder kind of motorcycle. It has that same visceral rush of power, dynamite braking and sheer flickability that makes the Daytona 675 a real treat to ride hard, but it can commute, or dawdle along and let you take in the scenery.
Fact is, if, like me, you´re old enough to recall the UK road network having a few million fewer clowns on them, you´ve probably got bored with the whole supersport, race-rep thing. For everyday riding you need comfort, a slick gearbox, plus comfy saddle - maybe the capacity to carry luggage too.
This new Triumph might be a summer Sunday, let´s-just-ride-somewhere, type of fun bike, but it can handle urban riding too. There are extras which are decorative; carbon fibre pieces, Arrow 3-into-1 pipe etc and more practical like paddock stand bobbins, all-weather bike cover, alarm/immobiliser and a 10 liter tail pack luggage kit.
The Triumph 675 is capable of solo touring if you have a mind to venture across to mainland Europe, although your throttle hand will always want to play street-racers once you reach some interesting corners. Triumph say that they created the Street Triple because they wanted a 600cc class bike that could handle a tour, or a trackday - I reckon they´ve pulled it off. It´s just one of those bikes that you can push really hard, when the mood takes you.
So how does the Street Triple stack up against its rivals?
Compared to the Kawasaki Z750 the Triumph looks more sedate but arguably has a more sporting chassis, it also makes the Suzuki GSR600, Honda Hornet 600 and Yamaha FZ6 seem a bit rev-happy and a bit bland in terms of rider feel. Those four cylinder bikes are just as light and flickable as the Triumph however. I would say that the new Hornet 600 is a slightly more comfortable bike for a long ride too, although Triumph are modifying the Street Triple´s saddle to make it more supportive.
The Street Triple looks set to retail at a highly competitive price. In fact, it might well fall into the `novice rider’ market segment in terms of perceived value, but this bike offers way beyond novice level performance, with a genuine 140mph kick-in-the-pants motor and sharp handling that makes bikes like Honda’s CBF600 or the Bandit 650 seem all soft and doughy by comparison.
Some riders looking for a funky roadster may think that a 675cc motor is too small an engine for them, but all I can say is go and ride a Street Triple, you might end up with a big smile. It really does look, sound and feel like one of the best machines Triumph have ever produced.
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Test bike supplied by: KTM UK. www.ktm.co.uk
Engine Liquid cooled three clinder, four stroke, DOHC
Bore and stroke 74 X 52.3mm
Multi-point fuel injection, with forced air induction
Compression ratio 12.65: 1
Oil Capacity 3 Litres
Ignition Digital type, with engine management system
Claimed Peak Torque 69Nms @ 9100rpm
Claimed Peak Power 107bhp @ 11,70rpm
Gears 6 speed
Frame; Aluminium beam, twin spar Forks; Kayaba 41mm USD, multi-adjustable Rake/Trail; 24.3 degrees/95.3mm Rear suspension; Kayaba monoshock, multi-adjustable Brakes; Twin 308mm front discs, 2 piston calipers, single rear 220mm disc, single piston caliper.
Wheelbase 1395mm ( 54.9 inches )
Wheels/Tyres 120/70 ZR 17 in front, 180/55 ZR 17 rear
Seat height 800mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Estimated top speed 140mph
Dry weight 167kgs
Console Display Speedo, tachometer, Trip 1, Trip 2, computer calculates average speed, max trip speed, journey distance as well as featuring 99 lap timer, max lap speed, average fuel consumption etc.