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2010 Triumph Street Triple Review


by Pascal Bastien ,

The sharp steering happily delivers supermoto-like direction changes, making the bike supremely agile notwithstanding an acceptable loss of stability. When attacking small country roads, this agility, combined with the engine’s verve, encourages you to make a U-turn just so you can run that exciting series of twists again.

When the roadway starts to deteriorate, however, the fork’s poor damping characteristics compromise tire grip and induce a slight wobble. Fortunately, the rear shock provides an intelligent combination of ride quality and handling. The factory-tuned, non-adjustable suspension will do the trick for more subdued riders, while sportier individuals will have to turn to the Street Triple R and its adjustable, higher-grade suspension components.

It's stand out from the pack (Photo: Philippe Champoux/

The brakes may not be of the same caliber as those of the mighty R, but they still deliver surprising braking performance. I found them easy to modulate, and powerful enough to ride aggressively on those beautiful winding roads where average Joes won’t ask for more. Their progressive action also works to reassure the rider.

Dual personality
The Triumph Street Triple boasts two different personalities, turning from a smooth and pleasant everyday bike to an amazing toy around the bends. Most enthusiasts will appreciate the machine’s sweet combination of performance, comfort and docility. Thrill seekers will definitely prefer the R variant they can push harder on smooth country roads or out on the track.

As far as the base model is concerned, I would love to see Triumph add adjustable suspensions. At the same time, I could easily do without the stronger brakes, Magura handlebar and two-tone seat of the Street Triple R, that sells for an extra $1,200 over the base model.

+Exhilarating engine
Nimble handling
Mean and fun to ride
Natural riding position

-Overly-soft, non-adjustable fork

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