TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-on) Review

Published: 27 February 2017

The new 765cc Street Triple is a very special motorcycle indeed

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS  (2017-on)

The new 765cc Street Triple is a very special motorcycle indeed

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Triumph has lavished an unbelievable amount of care and attention on the new Street Triple RS. The new motor is a masterpiece and it works perfectly in harmony with the revised chassis and new electronics. The old 675cc Street Triple was always going to be a tough act to follow, but we’re happy to report this new 765 version is a very special motorcycle indeed.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Despite producing 13% more torque, 16% more power and having some of the 675’s raw edges smoothed-off, but not too many, the engine isn’t actually the new Street Triple RS’s best bit. No, what makes this new Triumph so spellbindingly brilliant is how light and easy it is to manage. It’s incredibly balanced and has offers unrivalled composure and completeness. 

The Street Triple RS has no flaws or built-down-to-a price compromises. Every single component, from the motor to the electronics, tyres and chassis works in perfect harmony, making the new machine as enjoyable pottering around at town speeds, as it is digging deep and scrabbling for grip at full lean madness.

Its new ‘slip-assist’ clutch has an impossibly light lever action and the revised gearbox has such a tight, accurate shift, you\d swear it’d been lifted from a blueprinted race engine. There’s a shorter first and second gear, for even more zing and a quickshifter for lightning upshifts, but sadly no autoblipper, which would’ve been a nice touch.

If the easy clutch and gearbox don’t make you smile, the light-action, ultra-precise, jerk-free ride-by-wire throttle will. Them there’s the way the 2kg-lighter Triumph floats from corner to corner with the smallest input from the rider and the litheness of the steering, which makes every bike you’ve ever ridden before seem like it had flat tyres. With its low pegs, wide bars and luxuriously padded stitched seat the Triumph is all-day comfy, too.

Chassis mods are limited to a new stiffer gullwing swingarm with a revised swingarm pivot position, for extra stability and flex, but the Triumph also gets a new Ohlins rear shock and top spec Showa Big Piston forks. They account for the Street Triple’s plush ride, unflappable stability at speed and sharpness in the corners, as do Pirelli’s top-rung Diablo Super Corsa SP fast road/trackday tyres. 

ABS-assisted monobloc Brembo M50s are packed with feel and power. They remain unflustered no matter how hard you push them, road or track.

Engine 5 out of 5

Bored and stroked out from the old machine’s 675cc, the breathed-on 121bhp ride-by-wire motor features over 80 new parts, including a new crank, pistons, con rods, balancer shaft and Nikasil-played aluminium barrels replacing the 675’s old iron liners. Oh and according to Triumph the rearranged capacity numerals are purely coincidental…

Powering the Street Triple since its launch in 2007 (and in that time Triumph has sold over 50,000), the old revvy, grunt-laden 675cc lump is rightly regarded as one of the most evocative engines of all time. Slim and compact to please Triumph’s chassis engineers, it was packed with performance, character and a gnarly three-cylinder soundtrack, to please the punters. 

The new 765cc motor is an absolute gem of a thing and has comfortably taken this iconic engine to another, unrivalled level. It hits harder, spins-up faster and belts out its shrieking, bass-laden, acid-infused soundtrack higher up the decibel range, through its (1.7kg) lighter new airbox and exhaust.

Whether you choose to thrash the living daylights out of it, or leave the gears alone and take advantage of its extra torque, the new Street Triple RS delivers serious speed. But crucially it’s not brutal – it doesn’t fight you, tie the chassis in knots, or shred its tyres. Someone stick clip-ons and a fairing on this thing…

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

MCN readers have nothing but glowing things to say about living with the previous-generation 675cc Street Triple, so expect more of the same here. This new machine is a big step up in build quality and attention to detail, too. 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

When you look at the level of spec you get for the money, the performance on tap and all round brilliance, the Street Triple RS is superb value for money. The lesser spec S and R machines offer an even bigger bang for your buck. 

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

For the first time the Street Triple gets a full electronics package, including five riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a programmable Rider mode) containing different throttle maps and varying levels of traction and ABS intervention. They add an extra layer of sophistication and safety to the cheeky naked, but unless you stop and switch all the aids off, this is the first Street Triple you can’t wheelie, which detracts from the fun a smidge. 

Taking centre stage in the cockpit is an innovative new 5” full colour multi-function TFT dash, which would look more at home on a top-spec Panigale than a simple naked bike like this. It shows the kind of attention to detail lavished on the new machine and proof the RS is much more than just a 675 Street Triple with a big engine. 

It’s all controlled by new switchgear featuring a joystick control next to your left thumb. You can choose between six different dash layouts, scroll through modes, operate a lap timer, pick riding modes and change the indicator functions from self-cancelling auto to manual. The dash is light sensitive and automatically changes background from white to black depending on conditions. 

Although the new Street Triple RS is the same physical size as the previous model, new styling gives it a tougher, chunkier ‘big bike’ look and new LED headlamps are not only 28-times brighter than conventional bulbs, they give the Triumph a more sinister-looking face, too.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-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.

Review your TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

16 April 2017 by sportmuaythai

Every thing praised above by the reviewer. Throttle by wire impressed me most. Slipper clutch is next in line. All parts are god's gift. Rear brake hasn't bedded yet. May be ithe coating hasn't been scrubbed enough. Front brakeis powerful though. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Every thing's great, except the rear brake. May be it will improve. But the front brake is great. I don't normally flick my bike at chicane, but I enjoying doing it with this bike. BTW I'm breaking-in this bike at a 650 metres gokart track exclusively.
Engine
5 out of 5
I breakin-in my engine, with Rain mode, yet the power is threre aplenty, and comes on smooth like it's rheostat controlled.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The only thing I'm perplexed is the fuel consumption. My bike is in the break-in stage, and reved.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Slipper clutch is god send. Yet I'd like to see clutchless down shift with auto blipper. I can live with what I have though. Tyres are superb. 1 Throttleby wire 2 Sliper clutch
Buying experience

Bought from dealer. First bike delivered to customer in Thailand. ฿ 530,000 Thai Bhat, or $15,393.55 US Dollar. Price set by Triumph Thailand, with no discount or promotion.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £9,900
Used price £9,300 to £9,900
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 121 bhp
Max torque 57 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 765cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 166kg
Front suspension 41mm Showa Big Piston forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Ohlins rear shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Street Triple launched. Triumph created an instant hit with its new naked (basically a retuned Daytona 675 with straight bars and minimal bodywork). Appealing to new riders and the more experienced, the lightweight Street Triple proved to be the perfect road bike for all occasions. 

2008: Street Triple R. This hot version featured fully-adjustable suspension and radial Nissin brakes.

2012: Facelift Street Triple moves away from its startled round headlight look and gets fox-eyes. 

2013: The Street’s first big overhaul sees it shed weight, get a new chassis, switchable ABS, immobiliser, low-slung side exhaust, and redone gear ratios. 

2013: Also updated is the R model, with a high-end suspension package, taller seat height, better brakes and sharper geometry besides the same upgrades as the stock offering. It's not quite as aggressive as the first Street Triple R, resulting in a bike that's easier to live with and much more novice friendly.

2015: Street Triple RX introduced. The new range-topper takes the R’s special bits and adds the Daytona 675’s subframe and seat unit, plus a quickshifter and bespoke colour options. It's not a huge leap from the already great Street Triple R, although the quickshifter does make it feel slicker and more purposeful.

2017: New generation of Street Triple models launched. 

Other versions

Street Triple S: Base model, 111bhp, black subframe, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, Nissin two-piston brakes, Showa suspension, basic traction control, ABS and riding modes. Updated analogue/LCD clocks

Street Triple R: Mid-spec, engine turned for torque, 116bhp, red subframe, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers, Showa shock and Big Piston Forks, RS-spec TC, ABS and riding modes (except Track mode). Colour dash and new switchgear

Street Triple R LRH (Low Ride Height): 780mm seat height, bespoke low suspension and seat

Street Triple S A2 licence: 660cc, 47bhp. Can be derestricted to give 94bhp

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