What follows is a brief report from our friends at Solo Moto in Spain regarding time spent aboard the most powerful, and highly equipped, of the new 765cc Street Triple models, the 2017 Street Triple RS. There are three members of the new Street Triple family, including the 111 horsepower S, 116 horsepower R and 121 horsepower RS.
With each step, not only horsepower but quality of components increases. You can find all of the details in our earlier article, but the top spec RS that is the subject of this report features the highest state of tune ever found in a Street Triple with peak horsepower at 11,700 rpm and peak torque (57 pound/feet) at 10,800 rpm. Together with five separate riding modes (ranging from Rain to Track, and including a Rider Programmable), ABS brakes, adjustable traction control and quickshifter, the RS features the highest-specification Showa big piston front forks with full adjustability, as well as an Öhlins STX40 fully-adjustable shock, and the top drawer Brembo M50 radial mount four-piston front brake calipers.
Triumph chose Barcelona to present the new Street Triple 800 range. The Street Triple has been the best seller of the English brand in its first decade of life. Triumph claims the new range of bikes are even lighter than their predecessors (claimed dry weight is 366 pounds).
We started early in the morning with a route through the Montseny, in the province of Barcelona, with the asphalt still damp. With these conditions, we activated the Rain mode, which does not limit the peak power, but only the way of delivering it – smoother – and the degree of intrusion of the safety systems (traction control and ABS), and we take advantage of the traction control.
As the day progressed, the roads became dry and we were able to try the other configurations, five in total: Rain, Road, Sport, Track and Rider Programmable. Plenty of adjustability for any level of rider skill and road conditions. The new 5-inch TFT screen legibly provides all of the information regarding current settings and adjustments, as well as typical instrument panel data.
The RS we tested, as stated earlier, features the highest state of tune found in the new 765cc triple (up from 675cc in the prior model). The revisions to the chassis not only reduce weight, but improve agility that can be felt both on the street and on the track. This bike is very quick. It absolutely rips on top – by comparison, the S model makes its lower peak horsepower and torque much further down the rev range.
At the same time, the RS makes good power everywhere, and drives out of corners without too much concern with gear choice.
After the morning testing on the street, we rode on the track at Catalunya. A huge track that rewards a bike with big power. The Street Triple RS gave us all that we could handle. Although the lack of wind protection made it hard to hold on, at times, the engine felt right at home on the big track.
First and second gear are taller than on the prior models, but gear spacing seems right for the power delivery, and the quickshifter that is stock on the RS meant the transmission did everything we asked of it quickly and seamlessly.
Changing directions, including through the chicane, was easy and felt like we were aboard a smaller displacement bike. At the same time, stability was good both on the straights and mid-turn.
Fitted with Pirelli Supercorsa SP tires, grip was outstanding on the track. In sum, the new Street Triple RS seems to be a bike without compromises between street and track with the stonking engine, top drawer suspension and brakes all tuned to work in harmony.
The new Street Triple RS is available in the U.S. at an MSRP of $12,500. Take a look at Triumph’s web site for additional details and specifications.
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