TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 675 (2007-on) Review

Published: 18 September 2007

"A revalation: light, fast, fun, agile, sounds great, stylish, cool and cheap, too"

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"A revalation: light, fast, fun, agile, sounds great, stylish, cool and cheap, too"

  • At a glance
  • 675cc  -  97.6 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • £6,999

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Triumph’s new Street Triple looks just like a Speed Triple but with the engine out of the Daytona 675 – and it’s a revalation. The Street Triple is light, fast, fun, agile, sounds great, stylish, cool and cheap, too. Overnight the new Triumph has made its rivals seem like relics. The Street Triple isn’t just the best in its class it’s good enough and cheap enough to tempt all but the most performance-obsessed away from their sportsbikes. Not only that the little Triumph is comfortable enough to be an everyday town motorcycle, a first big bike or Sunday morning blaster. Like the new Triumphs of recent times, it seems like the firm from Hinckley once re-written the rule book.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Although the Triumph Street Triple doesn’t have fully adjustable suspension, out of the crate it’s set-up perfectly to suit UK roads and UK-riders, which is more than you can say for its soft n’soggy Japanese rivals when they leave their factories. The lightweight Triumph floats over bumps but doesn’t tie itself in knots when you turn the wick up. The Street Triple’s spacious, upright riding position affords the rider lots of control while being very comfy at the same time.

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s impossible to think of a better engine to power the Triumph Street Triple. The 675cc triple, lifted from the firm’s Daytona 675 offers absolutely everything you need whether you’re a new rider, do lots of town riding or you want to have fun out on the open road. The Street Triple motor is packed full of grunt, sounds great at full throttle and has enough power on tap to keep all but the most hardcore of riders entertained.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Some recent Triumphs, including the Daytona 675 have had question marks over their 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 Street Triple. For the price this motorcycle is very well made and has decent attention to detail.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

Costing just £5399 the Triumph Street Triple is fantastic value for money. It’s only £200 more than the GSR600, £100 more than the new Hornet and cheaper than the Ducati S2R and Kawasaki Z750. It beats of these bikes hands down when it comes to performance, usability, style, sound and handling – the Street Triple really is that good. Find a Triumph Street Triple for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

You don’t get much in the way of bells and whistles on the Triumph Street Triple aside from Nissin calipers a multi-function LCD display and underseat pipes, but to be honest the Street Triple doesn’t need any superfluous add-ons to make it the great motorcycle it is. There are a number of bolt-ons available from Triumph like a fly screen, belly pan, rear seat hump and carbon fibre parts.

Owners' Reviews

21 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 675 (2007-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 5.0 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best Bike Ever?

09 September 2014 by Anonymous

When considering a new bike, I really thought the Ducati Panigale 899 was the answer to all of my questions- with it's light weight, drive modes, adjustable ABS & TC- what more could I want? At 50, I just could NOT get comfortable, and, the heat... Read more coming off it was unbearable at speeds under 50- the search was on! Although, Hooligan & nakeds were not on my list, I couldn't rule them out, either. After 8 bikes, including the new Yamaha FZ-09, nothing was even close to the '14 Street Triple 675 R ABS! At 400 Lbs, incredibly flickable, with a connection between rider and bike that's hard to describe with mere words. Awesome acceleration, with brakes that can warp time & space- just think it- and, it's done! Comfortable ergos with only a slight tilt forward, allows long days in the saddle without aching wrists or overly numb hands. Downsides: the wheelie monster is gone, and, there is no place to put a stick of gum on it! But, turn the key, and, any grumblings disappear with a flick of the wrist. The bike just begs you to go faster- I certainly found that my limits had expanded greatly! Quiet & tractable around town, but, a scary good twisty machine on the back roads- it exhibits surgical instrument precision when ridden hard. Personally, I couldn't subject anyone to the pillion, as it was more like punishment than a pleasure, so, I removed the rear foot pegs and installed a Lithium Iron battery to drop a few more Lbs- fitting on this bike! I did install many Triumph accessories (expensive, but, good quality) as well as a tank bag, so I could carry 'stuff' & 'things'. Now, it's perfect in every way, wracking up miles faster than any prior bike owned! The '13+ bikes are a touch more refined, about 13 Lbs lighter, have a tighter turning radius and get 50 miles/ gallon (vs. 38 mpg for '08-'12's). But, the long 1st gear makes wheelies a clutch & rev action, rather than the front just p- small price for so much. Also, all years have excellent reliability-get whatever you prefer, and, know that you may just have the best bike ever made! So good in every way that electronic controls are not needed or wanted. Pure perfection.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Impeccable

29 September 2013 by wagend

This is a dream machine. It's this generation's bandit, or the new VFR. It's a giant killer. It get's all the attention down the pub from bikers and the uninitiated alike. It's quick, it's smooth, it's light, it's comfortable (for me being 16 stone... Read more and 6'3'' and my mate who is 10 stone and 5'8''), it looks great, it costs peanuts, it sounds fabulous...the list goes on. I recently bought a brand new 2013MY STR and I had heard so many people bang on about it and even a few say "best bike ever". I was sceptical. I am no longer. It does everything and more that you could ask of it. I've outrun 1000cc bikes in a drag race on it (albeit courtesy of the dirt cheap £260 quick shifter), and it can make ground through the twisties because it's just so nimble, light and flickable and the chassis / brakes / suspension are faultless. It's not intimidating to ride, the bars are fantastic and give supreme control. It's a rare thing that will put a grin on an experienced face and thrill a new rider without making them shit their pants. It has plenty of rivals but none as cool, or half as capable.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

A must buy if you're looking for 600cc Naked

07 August 2013 by danbagg92

I recently picked up my 2013 street triple. Have been beaming from ear to ear ever since I picked it up! Great, punchy engine that is always ready to go. Handles like a dream and is fairly comfortable on longer journeys too. It gets a 4 on... Read more equipment as triumph have seemed to make you pay a lot for any of the trick pieces i.e. fly screen at £110 Other than that, stop thinking about it and just buy it! forget your Honda Hornets, Yamaha xj6, Suzuki Bandits/Gladius and Kawasaki er6's. Just do what you know is right and get the triple, you won't regret it.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

First bike bike 33bhp

23 June 2012 by JSwaine13

I just had a honda varadero 125, being to young to do DAS i had to take my restricted license, i passed my test last week and got my new bike. Its restriced with triumphs own restrictor and still runinng it in, it is so so so much fun to ride can... Read more overtake on duel carridge way and as its a 675 i have so much torque i dont need to rev it pass 6000 to do 70mph, brakes are amazing compared to my bros hornet. Its stiffer to, there is a lil problem the throttle travel is comical and it turns lest than a quarter but it still will rev over 8000 i think havent done it, if u have a A2 license its a no brainer restrict a big bike its so much better than a 250. i didnt really have a choice as im 6'6 and 16 stone. unless your going to do track days the Triple R i think is a waste of money. GET ONE

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

2012 model

28 May 2012 by OllyTooting

Bought a new 2012 model about a month ago as my first 'big' bike. I never thought I could love a machine as much as this. I am slowly getting through the 'bedding in' phase and opening it up more and more. The power comes in through low revs (plenty... Read more between 3 and 5k) and keeps going. I was warned that the power can be a bit grabby but I've found it fine. The equipment that it came with is a mix. It doesn't come with ABS and only has preload adjustment on the rear suspension (thus the 4*s for equipment) but for the price thats not a surprise. It did come with a free accessory pack of flyscreen, small side fairings and a belly cowl (all colour matched). Even if they weren't free, I would recommend them as they look great. Without the fly screen, the instrument panel looks odd so it really should come as standard. This bike makes me smile every time I take its cover off, start the engine and open the throttle. I read a review of a Hornet where someone said they never look back when they are walking away from it. You won't have that problem with the Triple. The bigger problem is actually walking away from it.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not for newbies?

08 October 2011 by Anonymous

I hooned around on a Yamaha 250 in my late teens. But that was 30 years ago and so really the timer is reset and I'm more a newbie than a born-againer. Those in the know advised me against a Street Triple on the the grounds that it was too powerful... Read more for someone with a new license. 'Go for a ER-6N' was the advice, on the grounds that it was a little more docile. I've had my STR for a year now and can say to any newbie that it's a good choice for anyone looking for a first 'post-test' machine. It's gentle and forgiving below 6000 rpm and handles and brakes like a dream. The problem with buying a less gutsy bike is that before long there will come a time when you'll want something more - a bit more oomph! Well the STR has it in bucket loads but it lets you choose when to bring it on. Now, for my next bike I fancy a Super Duke: a totally different proposition - and would fully expect it to take your head off without the right level of experience!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Top Bike!!

22 June 2011 by l70jul

Bought mine nearly new, had it a year, but returned to a Tiger because it was too impractical and I was riding it flat out as much as possible!! Awesome motor, recommended to all!! Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Near perfect

22 June 2011 by owensj

Almost a perfect bike. Had mine for a year and done over 7k miles. Good points - looks fantastic with old style twin round lights. I have belly pan, fly screen and seat cowl at a reasonable price from Triumph. Engine is lovely. Really growls... Read more when you give it welly. Fuel economy better than expected at 53mpg giving a 180 tank range to empty. Thats on steady motorway miles. It's ergonomically good for me and comfy enough. It's light and easily flickable. I've never leaned as much (not that much though!) Quality parts have been used throughout Easy access to the battery Triumph name gives good street cred all round Bad points - it can be snatchy on the throttle. Generally OK but going over bumps it is noticeable. This was really bad in the first two weeks of breaking it in and I hated the bike! It has calmed down but still I get a little judder if I roll off quickly. Suspension is hard No ABS option Equipment skewed towards track days not road riding. Trip computer with mpg and lap times. But no fuel gauge so you have to keep track. Would I have another - yes ;-)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

King of the street

09 May 2011 by Gog31

Great bike. Bit hard on the bum.... doesn't ride the bumps so well. But great pick-up. Not the bike for 2-up. Loved having it. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Almost Perfect

09 May 2011 by gravelrashjr

I loved the Street Triple. I only got 2 hours on it but it sure is fantastic to be on. Going around corners was so easy all i had to do was look at it and i was on the otherside! its quite hard to find anything wrong with this bike. Sure it may not... Read more be as well equipped as the japanese nakeds but it just adds to the whole look and feel of the bike. 5 stars all around

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued -
New price £6,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 97.6 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.93 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 675cc
Engine type 12-valve, in-line triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake 2 x 308mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size None
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Triumph Street Triple launched.

Other versions

None.

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