TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R (2008-2012) Review

Published: 17 September 2008

"A high-spec middleweight that blows the competition away"

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R  (2008-2012)

"A high-spec middleweight that blows the competition away"

  • At a glance
  • 675cc  -  107 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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!

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 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

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Equipment 3 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

12 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R (2008-2012) 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 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

Wheelie machine

21 March 2013 by IgWannA

Coming straight from a GSX-R 750 the Street Triple R feels very different but in mostly good ways. The engine feels almost as powerful as my 750 due to there being so much usable torque way down in the revs. And although the standard cans aren't the... Read more loudest, you'll instantly fall in love with the induction sound only Triumph can make. Handling is sweet, with track-worthy adjustable KYBs, Daytona frame and powerful 4 pot brakes. The instrument display is excellent, showing MPG, gear, lap timer, adjustable rev lights. The torque and rear bias means the Streety really loves to wheelie. The handling is fantastic, and at the same weight as my 2004 Gixxer the Street feels more nimble. It does lack a steering damper, which would have been nice. The fairings, what little there are, tend to rattle a bit over bumps, and the seat isn't very comfy where the sides stick out at the front. Overall great bike. Let's not forget how damn good the Street Triple looks. It's probably the best looking factory Streetfighter on the market, and it also happens to go fast, handle well, sound great and fairly priced to boot!

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

Amazing!

15 February 2013 by johnlondon82

Someone on here has said the build quality is poor. No, complete tosh, it's great. Anyway, on with the review. I managed to get a 2010 Street Triple R with less than 4k on the clock. It's the phantom black and gold wheel combo (best look by... Read more miles) with fly screen, rear hugger, fender extender, extended/aluminium radiator cover, belly pan, heated grips, hand guards and new rear Metzeler M5 tyre. All I can say is I love this bike, it's so trackable, handles so amazingly...so confidence inspiring, the sound is great (it's the induction you're hearing not the exhaust!) and it's not bad on fuel either! The only thing I've had issues with is the seat, it's very, very firm and gives you numb bum in no time. I'll probably try getting gel pads inserting and if that doesn't work, buy an eye wateringly expensive Courbin or Sargent seat. Doubt I'll be letting this bike go for at least a couple of years, it's got great handling, sound, fuel economy and (so far) reliability. Love it! BUY ONE!

Overall Rating 4 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
3 out of 5

good fun

13 December 2012 by yammy2011

had one for a while in 2011, not my cup of tea, good fun at lower speeds and tighter roads, first gear wheelies and a cool engine sound, but quickly becomes breathless when chasing your mates on sporty inline fours, very exposed and a top speed that... Read more seems to take a lifetime to achieve.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Street Triple R

23 May 2011 by street3r

I've had this bike for nearly two years. It's been great fun. I've changed the OE Qualifiers (rubbish) to Sportsmart and I'm ordering a Sargent seat to improve the ride comfort. Those are my only changes. Great fun, great bike and Made in Britain. Read more

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Mini Marathon

04 September 2010 by glynipig

The short version is that I love this bike. I traded in a Sprint St for it and find the Street way more comfortable, apart from the seat. I have written a much longer review on my blog here: http://glyniblog.com/?p=1250 with bags of photos. Read more

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

Brilliant British Bike !

31 March 2010 by greybiker58

Owned and loved a Daytona 675 from 06 to 09, then the Street Triple R came out and exchanged the Daytona for the R.Just as good as the Daytona, but as I am now 58, the R is more comfortable and every bit that all reports say !!! I would only change... Read more it for an improved R. Keep making them "Hinckley" !!

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

Great ride if I can have it.

20 October 2009 by calicant

Enjoyed riding my Orange R for 4 weeks around the streets, through the canyons and along the sweeping bends of Pacific Coast Highway until the headlights burned out from some electrical anomaly. Handed the bike into the dealer a week ago. Don't know... Read more whats happening as I have heard nothing. Hope I get it back soon and not after weeks and months like others have experienced. I'll try to test ride the Ducati Streetfighter and the Monster 1100s while I am bikeless.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love it!

05 July 2009 by weemull

This bike is a blast, very useable torque at low end and quick as you need for road use. Great commuter bike! Amazing! Read more

Overall Rating 5 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love it!

05 July 2009 by weemull

This bike is a blast, very useable torque at low end and quick as you need for road use. Great commuter bike! Amazing! Read more

Overall Rating 5 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Flawed genius

04 June 2009 by u407420

I bought a Street Triple R and its an absolute blast. The engine, handling and brakes are stunning, but there are some really naff bits. The speedo can't be seen because of reflections from the shiny bars and clamps. Also, Triumph seem to have... Read more forgotten how to make mudgards. I rode through some rain on a farmer muddied road and ended up with a mud splattered back and the centre section of the radiator became blocked. Not good enough.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 12 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £7,349
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 107 bhp
Max torque 51 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 liquid-cooled 675cc, DOHC, 12v, in-line triple. Fuel injection, 6 gears.
Frame type aluminium beam frame
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension preload, compression and rebound.
Rear suspension preload, compression and rebound.
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

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