Middleweight streetfighters — comfortable and versatile sport bikes that cost a lot less than superbikes in terms of insurance premiums and registration fees — are increasingly popular among riders. Triumph realized the potential of these machines after enjoying much success in Europe. For a few years now, they have been offering the Street Triple and its high-end variant, the Street Triple R, as their top-selling models.
|A smooth and pleasant everyday bike (Photo: Philippe Champoux/Moto123.com)
Barely wider than competing twin-cylinders, the compact and sexy Street Triple looks like a good deal at $9,999. The clean yet totally mean looks as well as the unique sound of the iconic triple appeal to those who want to stand out from the pack.
Familiar and well-proven engine
The new Street Triple uses the 2006 version of Triumph’s 675cc triple, which the folks in Hinckley have retuned and reprogrammed for street use. Make no mistake: it still kicks a--!
In this application, the engine produces 106 horsepower at 11,700 rpm and 50 lb-ft of torque at 9,200 rpm, including a generous and steady dose from just 2,800 rpm. The boost from the extra 75cc is markedly felt.
The six-speed tranny makes the most of the three cylinder’s torque through brilliant gear spacing — equally suited for slow urban traffic and aggressive riding on the road or the track. Shifting demands a bit more effort from the left foot than usual, and finding neutral is tougher than it should be.
The Street Triple inherited the successful Daytona 675 chassis, already proven to be lightweight, strong and neutrally-balanced. The brakes use an adjustable lever acting on a pair of 308mm floating discs with Nissin dual-piston calipers up front, and a 220mm disc with Nissin single-piston caliper in the back.
|A triple that put you in a racing frame of mind (Photo: Philippe Champoux/Moto123.com)