Middling sibling completes the Street Triple update

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Words: NZ Autocar
13 Feb 2020

Triumph's popular 765cc streetfighter R model gains a design rethink, quickshifter and updated engine with lighter internals for a sharper throttle response.

This update follows that of the RS and the S models. More aggressive body work and more slimline twin headlamp glass up front are the most obvious visible changes.

While the 765cc triple that forms the basis of the Moto2 class is no more powerful than before, still with 87kW, rotational inertia has been reduced by seven per cent, so it should rev quicker, and that should make its 77Nm of torque feel more alive and kicking. It’s now also Euro V emissions compliant. Better air and exhaust flow supposedly impart a more distinctive triple tone. The zorst is also more compact, though many will likely swap the can for something more louderer.

The clutch has an assist and slipper system for added lightness and to prevent rear wheel lock-up when downshifting. Brakes are serious Brembo M4 monoblocs, and suspension is by Showa, with Big Piston Forks up front, and a remote reservoir at the rear. Both ends are fully adjustable. Rubber is by Pirelli, Diablo Rosso IIIs, offering a sensible mix of grip and longevity. A Shift Assist bi-directional quickshifter with throttle blipper is a new addition, borrowed from the RS model. The brilliantly lithe, stable and lightweight chassis is unchanged.

Despite the update, Triumph has cut the price of the Street Triple R to make it even more competitive. Already one of the best all-rounders in the middleweight class, now even more riders will have to add this to their most-wanted list. Even riders smaller in stature can participate as there’s a low ride height version, the seat height dropping from 825 to 780mm.

Finally, Triumph is set to do something the brand considered once before but reneged after spending up large on the development of a small displacement engine. Instead, it has teamed up with Bajaj, the company that owns 48 per cent of KTM, and will develop a range of small bikes, probably half a dozen, with engine displacement around the 400cc mark. Expect first models to debut in 2022.


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