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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Triumph’s standard Street Triple mixes Triumph Speed Triple style with the tech of a Triumph Daytona 675 engine. It's light, fast, fun, agile, stylish and cool... and it just got even better. The 'R' version comes with fully-adjustable suspension and fiercer radial four-pot Nissin front brakes, making it the perfect bike to tempt UK riders away from their sportsbikes. Triumph have been planning this uprated version since the launch of the standard Street Triple, so it's no after thought. If you're looking for a high-spec middleweight that blows the competition away, the Triumph Street Triple R is in a class of one.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The 675cc, 12-valve three-cylinder motor is unchanged from the standard Triumph Street Triple, with peak output staying at a healthy 107bhp at 11,700rpm. This is 16 ponies less than theTriumph Daytona 675, but offers more than enough power to keep most riders entertained. Torque remains the same as the standard model also at 51ftlb, which it makes at 9100rpm. The 675cc lump is a gem and stands up to any task, from town riding to back road thrashing. The problem is that it sounds so good at full throttle it could get you into trouble!

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The standard Triumph Street Triple is a very nice handler, but the R version is even better. 41mm USD forks and piggy-back rear shock are from Kayaba and are both fully adjustable, so you can set the bike up to suit. Compared to the standard Triumph Street Triple the forks are shorter and the shock is longer and firmer, pitching you over the front more and giving a more aggressive riding position. It also results in a slightly taller seat height, up 5mm on the standard bike. Steering lock is slightly limited, but at only 167kg the bike is a lightweight and easy to manoeuver.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Triumph Street Triple R is a naked bike in the true sense of the word, so there's not a lot of unnecessary clutter. It comes with Magura handlebars like its big brother the Speed Triple (although the shape is the same as the standard Triumph Street Triple). The instrument panel features analogue tacho, digital speedo and clock, lap timer and gear indicator, plus a series of gearchange warning lights. Compare and buy parts for the Triumph Street Triple R in the MCN Shop.

Triumph Street Triple R (2008-2012)

Detail Value
New price £7,349
Dealer used prices
£4,980 (2009) - £6,430 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,210 (2009) - £5,990 (2012)
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Engine size 675 cc
Power 107 bhp
Top speed 141 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Some recent Triumphs, including the Triumph Daytona 675 have had questionable reliability and durability, which is why we haven’t given it a 5/5 rating, but overall none of this should put you off if you’re considering a Triumph Street Triple R. It has some nice touches and good quality parts as standard.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At £6220 you're paying a premium for the 'R' tag, since the already good Standard Triumph Street Triple is only £5399 and represents very good value for money. For the extra dosh you get full adjustable suspension, magura handlebars and a new seat cover. It is better, but is it nearly a grand better? If you like to venture on track occasionally and push the limits, then you'll probably find it is. At nearly £1000 less than a Triumph Daytona 675 it sits neatly between the two bikes as a great compromise for those who want to have their cake and eat it. Find a Triumph Street Triple for sale


Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2007: Triumph Street Triple launched.
2008: Triumph Street Triple R launched.

Other Versions

Standard Triumph Street Triple, features more basic suspension and brakes, plus lacks Magura handlebars.


Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.93 secs
Max power 107 bhp
Max torque 51 ft-lb
Weight 167 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 675 cc
Engine specification liquid-cooled 675cc, DOHC, 12v, in-line triple. Fuel injection, 6 gears.
Frame aluminium beam frame
Front suspension adjustment preload, compression and rebound.
Rear suspension adjustment preload, compression and rebound.
Front brakes 220mm disc with single piston caliper
Rear brake Four-pot radial Nissin calipers with 308mm twin discs
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(12 reviews)

  • A Six


    Average rating rating is 5

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    I love my new Street Triple R. From the sound which is amazing to the ride which is so inspiring. Everything about this bike makes me happy.

    20 February 2009

  • Triumph Street Triple R


    Average rating rating is 5

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    I love this bike it has tons of power to hand all the time with a amazing sound track. The brakes and suspension feel like they will never be out of their depth no mater how hard you push them. The magura bars and adjusters on top of the forks give the controls a touch of class. Only try if you can buy, because you will want one if you do !.

    08 December 2008


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Great all rounder!

Like stuoyb I'm also an old git with a dodgy back. Had to sell my MT-01 because of it :-((. I'd already seen the Street Triple and was immediately drawn to it because of its light weight and low seat height. So I took my dealer's Graphite R out for a test ride (twice!). What immediately impressed, coming from the MT-01 torque monster was the available torque this little bike produced and how good it was to ride. At the price it's a very good value and it has character which seems to be absent from most of the other mid-range bikes on offer these days. I bought the demo bike with all the goodies and the Triumph alarm fitted and I've now covered over 3000 miles (since July) and I'm well satisfied. You can find fault with any bike and the Street R isn't perfect but for me it's good enough. You'll find me at which is a good place to find out anything youmay need to know about this cracking little bike! Jeffers

05 October 2009 14:24



Puts new life in an old s*d

A severe case of anno domini (and kn*****ed back )meant that I had to consider replacing my ST1050 with something smaller & lighter. Drew up a list of "possibles" and arranged test rides, at the end of two days was feeling pretty despondent - nothing really had the character/joy to ride feeling that I was looking for. Until - last test ride which was a Street Triple - it took 30 years off me - great engine, handling & brakes. Back to the dealer & ordered a "R". Can't wait to get it!

14 September 2009 19:30



My new speed triple

I have just ordered my speed triple in matt black and cannot wait to get it on 1st april :smiley: and what am I part exchaging for it? A ducati 1098 which i cannot get on with. Pop over and see our new site

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29 March 2009 06:50



Street triple R

Test rode one today (20/12/08) in the cold and rain :(

I almost cancelled because of the weather but I am glad I didn't, I had a great time.

I currently have a 2007 cbr but will be trading it in as soon as I can (prob next week), the triples engine is fantastic, open it up at 2000 in third and it pulls hard all the way to the redline. No more thrashing the cbr over 8000 rpm for me.

Also comfort was really good the soft seat and upright position meant that after 50 minutes I felt fine (although wet and cold).

I had lots of fun, which was the important bit, the bike even on standard exhausts sounds beautiful.

The comment about economy confuses me, triumphs are usually quite good, the bike said it was averaging 40mpg, which for a thrashed demo bike is good. Also the build quality seemed good, no corrosion even on the bike that is out in the salt regularly. I had a sprint a while ago and that was built well too.

I will be ordering the grey one, with hugger, bellypan, cowl, screen and tank bag. The dealer said they will throw in the cowl and screen gratis (all fitted free).

Can't wait! I don't think I have been as impressed with a bike so much before, and this was in crappy conditions.

Well done Triumph.



20 December 2008 13:23


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Street Triple

After riding one, (having then at the time the Speed Triple) I found the leg angle more accute and a long journey would be more tiring.Over all it is a very nice bike only let down by Triumphs woefull build quality,Perhaps when they lose more customers, (like me) they might listen.

06 November 2008 16:15

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