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2013 Triumph Street Triple Loses Weight, Gains New Chassis

Triumph revises its popular Street Triple and Street Triple R for 2013 with a new, lighter chassis and low slung single muffler.  As much as 13 pounds lighter, the new Street Triple models also feature more aggressive steering geometry for quicker handling.

Interestingly, the Street Triple R model gets its own unique steering head angle (rake and trail) for 2013.  Both models continue with the respected 675 cc three-cylinder engine.

Here is Triumph’s press release on the new models:

  • New lighter-weight Street Triple and Street Triple R revealed at the Intermot Show
  • All new chassis further improves razor-sharp handling, agility and precision
  • Mass centralization is optimized thanks to new silencer position and revised geometry
  • Up to 13 lb. weight saving over previous models
  • Characterful 105bhp 675cc three-cylinder engine with 50ft.lbs. of torque.
  • Switchable ABS as standard
  • Engine Immobilizer as standard
  • Two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty as standard

STREET TRIPLE

Triumph’s Street Triple has been one of the success stories of recent years, collecting numerous accolades along the way and being recognized for delivering class-leading dynamics alongside an unforgettable riding experience. Fusing the style and attitude of the Speed Triple with the agility of the Daytona 675, and delivering it all for a very competitive price, it wowed the industry when it arrived in 2007.

For 2013, the all-new Street Triple has been completely redesigned to offer an even more exhilarating ride. Heralding the change is an all new chassis. A brand new aluminium beam twin-spar frame meets a new two piece high pressure die cast rear subframe. Not only is the chassis robust and hard-edged, it’s also advanced. Engineered to optimise dynamism, agility and rider enjoyment, the design is lighter thanks to fewer pieces and fewer welds in the frame.

A key component in the Street Triple’s improved handling is the all-new low-mount exhaust. Not only does this provide a sharp new look but it offers a significant contribution to redistributing the center of gravity and the weight of the exhaust. Its clever design and optimized mass centralization has also afforded Triumph’s engineers the opportunity to tweak the geometry, reducing the rake to 24.1º and increasing the trail by 0.5mm to 99.6m. As a package, it adds up to razor sharp dynamic handling in a confidence-inspiring package weighing just 403 lbs., fully fuelled and ready to ride. This represents a substantial 13 lb. weight reduction over the outgoing model.

The fantastic handling of the Street Triple is complimented by KYB suspension via 41mm upside down forks. Stopping power is provided by a dual 310mm floating disc front brake set up, with Nissin two-piston sliding calipers. Further braking security is provided by the standard ABS, which itself is fully switchable to offer riders the absolute best setup for their riding requirements.

The heart of the Street Triple remains the liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 675cc three-cylinder engine. Combined with the close ratio six-speed gearbox, the unit delivers 105bhp and 50ft.lbs. of torque, providing all the drive you need. The power plant has been tuned for incredibly strong low-to-mid-range performance and delivers an exhilarating ride that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and experience.

Despite its entry-level positioning in the Triumph roadster range, the new Street Triple comes with a high level of equipment as standard. Included is an engine immobilizer while further security can be added via an accessory Triumph D lock which can be stored under the seat. Comprehensive LCD digital instrumentation includes a built-in lap timer, programmable gear change lights, fuel gauge, clock and gear indicator, as well as a large tachometer and digital speedo. The unit is also able to display front and rear tire pressures when the optional Triumph Tire Pressure Monitoring System is fitted.

Three metallic color options are available for the new Street Triple in 2013: Phantom Black, Crystal White and striking Caribbean Blue.

STREET TRIPLE R

Highly regarded for its light and intuitive handling, the 2013 Street Triple R takes things to a whole new level. Its 41mm inverted front forks are fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping to give the expert rider freedom to set the motorcycle up for their specific needs. The rear monoshock is an equally high-quality item, adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Switchable state-of-the-art Anti-Lock Brakes are standard, allowing the rider to easily select the preferred method to deploy the twin 310mm floating front discs and powerful four-piston Nissin radial calipers. Altogether the package offers a setup that can be configured to suit track or road riding, while at the same time providing the security of incredible stopping power. A revised geometry of 23.4º / 95.0mm completes the picture.

Visually, the R model adds a red rear subframe, red pinstripe to the wheels and a red-detailed radiator shroud featuring a dominant R logo.

Three color options are available for the new Street Triple R in 2013: Phantom Black, Crystal White and Matte Graphite.

ACCESSORIES AND WARRANTY

Triumph’s range of genuine accessories allows owners the chance to personalize their bike. Color-matched fly screens, belly pans and seat cowls give the bike a more sporting and aggressive look, while Arrow Special Parts has developed a lightweight slip-on silencer for improved performance and weight reduction. Other key accessories include stylish bar-end mirrors, CNC machined clutch and brake levers and a ‘plug and play’ quick shifter that can be fitted to the Street Triple in minutes.

Full pricing information will be confirmed in late October 2012, and the first bikes are scheduled to arrive in North American Triumph dealerships in January 2013.

As with all Triumph motorcycles, the new Street Triple and Street Triple R enjoy the security of a full 2-year, unlimited mileage factory warranty as standard.

18 Comments

  1. The Old Guy says:

    Sure it is a great bike, but the lights are Ugly

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  2. Norm G. says:

    re: “Heralding the change is an all new chassis. A brand new aluminium beam twin-spar frame meets a new two piece high pressure die cast rear subframe. Not only is the chassis robust and hard-edged, it’s also advanced. Engineered to optimise dynamism, agility and rider enjoyment, the design is lighter thanks to fewer pieces and fewer welds in the frame.”

    and i would hope based on data accrued from WSS…? :)

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  3. JB says:

    I’m referring to the engine itself…

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  4. blackcayman says:

    the styling takes some getting used to – but I took a 2011 around the track for 30 minutes and it was a lot of fun. Light, quick effortless steering and very comfy ergos.

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  5. John says:

    “Characterful” engine *AND* an “engine immobilizer”!?! Where do I sign!!!

  6. Alex says:

    Maybe it’s just the angle from which that photo was taken, but the older models looked more attractive. This one looks odd.

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    • Dave says:

      Cycle World has some renderings of the side profile of the bike. It looks good but they need to drop the bug-eye lights. The old round ones work, these don’t. This bike just looks like it’s supposed to have a fairing that they forgot to put on. Still a neat bike. I would not turn one down over that detail.

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      • Norm G. says:

        the 3/4 shot doesn’t do justice. there’s some triumph studio shots of the side out there on another site. i can confirm, the bike does look good. less frumpy, almost MV-Agusta-ish. fair play i guess since MV has since been inspired by triumph.

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  7. JB says:

    Aaaand yet the Daytona has barely been touched since I got mine new for the MY2006… *rolls eyes*

    Why haven’t they touched the 675 triple at all, either? 7 model years unchanged is unheard of…

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  8. Wally says:

    Almost looks Italian. Very nice!!

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    • Thoppa says:

      ..almost ? Look at the MV Agusta Brutale 675. Still think it’s almost ? MV is waaaaay more beautiful. This is a mashup of jap stuff – for example, the exhaust is straight off a Honda.

  9. Roadrash1 says:

    Ooops….Make that 2 years…..@#$%!&^*

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  10. Roadrash1 says:

    If you’ve never riden the Street Triple, you should try one. I had a 2010 R model for @ years. I miss it enough that I might buy a new one in the Spring.
    I’ve had 30+ bikes, and it was the best engine EVER for the street!

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    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I’ve had 30+ bikes, and it was the best engine EVER for the street!”

      true statement. guys, RR1 is a man who knows about what he speaks. i literally made the same EXACT comment myself after first riding one back in ’07/’08. ironically, only someone who’s had exposure to a lot of different bikes and engine variety is able to say such things about the 675 motor. if you’ve only ever been on say, 1 or 2 bikes…? you might not appreciate it fully, which prolly explains why i don’t see many, despite a triumph dealer being nearby. this is first engine i’ve been on that (to me) doesn’t need anything, no fancy electrics, no TC, no fly by wire, no A/B power settings, nothing. damn thing doesn’t even need an EXHAUST…! it’s “pure unadultered motorcycling” right off the showroom floor. there isn’t another bike/engine i can point to and say that.

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  11. Fred M. says:

    Yuck. It looks like a Kawasaki middleweight.

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