These days, Triumph is making a killing in the middleweight naked bike segment with the Trident 660. This beginner-friendly big bike has received numerous accolades and continues to be in the top of the list of both beginner and intermediate riders looking for a fun and practical retro-style roadster. Before the Trident debuted, however, Triumph’s most accessible performance-oriented naked bike was the Street Triple.
The Triumph Street Triple is the Hinckley Company’ entry into the highly lucrative heavy-middleweight naked bike segment, a segment dominated by machines with slightly bigger engines. We’re talking about the likes of the KTM 790 Duke, Yamaha MT-09, and Ducati Monster. Just because it has a smaller engine, though, doesn’t mean it packs less of a punch. The Street Triple indeed delivers potent performance, in a package that’s pretty versatile. With that, let’s highlight five characteristics of this bike that make it an incredibly versatile machine.
The Triumph Street Triple is powered by a 765cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, inline-three cylinder engine. Based on the same platform used in the Moto2 racing series, this engine is the most sportbike-natured powerplant in its class. Pumping out 116 horsepower and 77 Nm of torque, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the bike’s spec sheet. However, the manner in which it delivers this power is pretty impressive. At low rpms, the Street Triple doesn’t mind being lugged around. In fact, it’s as tractable and easy to ride as 650cc twin-cylinder machines. However, when you rev beyond the 7,000 rpm mark, the motor comes to life, unleashing an exhilarating surge of power.
Unsurprisingly, being Triumph’s flagship naked streetfighter for such a long time means that the Street Triple is loaded with techie features. Standard features on the RS and R models include an aluminum frame, stainless steel exhaust system, and a set of stylish 17-inch wheels. The top-of-the-line RS model includes Brembo brakes as well as a full-color TFT instrument panel. The Street Triple also boasts a sophisticated slew of rider aids. It allows you to choose between multiple ride modes and comes with switchable traction control. Of course, dual-channel ABS is standard on this machine.
Here at MotoDeal.com.ph, we believe that naked bikes are among the most versatile machines out there. They’re pretty much a blank canvas for you to set up any which way you want—be it for the street, track, touring, and everything in between. The same can be said about the Street Triple RS, thanks to its upright and slightly aggressive seating position. Although conducive to sporty riding, it lends itself to some relaxed riding on the highway or countryside, should you so desire. Additionally, the bike’s premium suspension and braking hardware means that it’s ready to slug it out on the twisties, or even the occasional track day, whenever you want.
When it comes to modifying and customizing your bike, nearly all noteworthy aftermarket manufacturers have a catalog of products specifically designed for the Triumph Street Triple. From high-end exhaust systems from Yoshimura and Akrapovic, to luggage and storage options from SW-Motech, and protective equipment from Hepco & Becker, you’re sure to find the perfect setup for your Street Triple. The fact that the bike is so dynamic and capable makes it perfect for you to set it up any which way you please. On top of that, it’s easy to switch things up by simply swapping out components, depending on the type of riding you’ll be doing on any given day.
While all the performance and feature specs are extremely enticing, we mustn’t forget that the Street Triple is a premium, high-end machine. As such, it gets a premium, high-end price tag ranging from P695,000 to P795,000, depending on the trim level. That said, the price is very much justifiable, as the bike is indeed one of the best in the heavy-middleweight segment. On top of that, it’s pretty much unlike any other naked bike currently available in the market today, in a sense that it’s both a sharp and precise tool, while at the same time a hooligan machine ready to have a good time at a moment’s notice.