TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R (2013-on) Review

Published: 16 November 2012

"Compared to the previous incarnation, the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is lighter, smoother, more refined and has the handling and brakes a superbike would be proud of"

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R  (2013-on)

"Compared to the previous incarnation, the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is lighter, smoother, more refined and has the handling and brakes a superbike would be proud of"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Compared to the previous incarnation, the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is lighter, smoother, more refined and has the handling and brakes a superbike would be proud of. Best of all, it’s 6kg lighter. It’s lost some of that in-your-face, foaming-at-the-mouth aggression, which made the original make us all stand up and take notice back in 2007, but it’ll be a ‘nicer’ bike to live with. For the first time there’s also an ABS option.

It manages to be more of everything: better for newbies, more capable for fast riders, more fun for adrenalin junkies and has one of the best engines and exhaust notes in biking. It’s a great all-rounder, no matter what your ability.

There’s also a standard version with softer suspension, non-adjustable forks, more basic brakes and slightly slower steering for £700 less.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Superb handling, light steering, masses of feel for grip and eye-popping brakes sum-up the Street Triple R’s. It’s not just better than its rivals, it’s one of the best-handling bikes you can buy.

A new tubular aluminium frame is now made from fewer component parts (eight, instead of 11) for strength and ease of assembly. It has a bigger steering lock with a 3% better turning circle an adjustable swingarm pivot position. The standard Street Triple has a 4mm higher swingarm position than the R, countering the standard bike’s softer, shorter rear shock and maintaining its fast steering. A high-pressure die-cast subframe is slimmer and lighter than the old fabricated tubular aluminium item. The numberplate hanger can be quickly removed via three screws and a block connector for trackdays. Headlights are moved lower and further in towards the bike. A new one-piece cast aluminum swingarm is 0.6kg lighter than before. 

Fully-adjustable 41mm Kayaba forks have new top caps and revised damping settings. Weight distribution is now more front-biased, moving from a 49/51 front/rear split to 52/48. The steering angle is revised with rake reduced from 23.9° to 23.4° and trail up from 92.4mm to 95mm.

Restyled wheels can be fitted with Triumph’s optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). 120/70 x 17 front and 180/55 x 17 rear tyres are sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa.

Switchable Nissn ABS brakes are available available for the first time – the whole system weighs just 1.5kg and are a £350 cost option and available in Jan/Feb next years. Front Brembo disc diameter is up from 308mm to 310mm and the new rear disc and Brembo caliper are lighter. ‘R’ version has Nissin four-piston radial calipers at the front and the standard version has non-radial, twin-piston sliding calipers.

Engine 5 out of 5

Making 105bhp at 11850rpm and 50flb at 9750rpm, power and torque remain the same as before, but there are new fuel-injection throttle bodies, ECU settings and a revised first gear, which is longer – but it takes away some of the Street Triple R’s wheelie-inducing acceleration. Triumph says these changes improve fuel consumption by 30% at town speeds and 12% at 50mph. The mpg is the same as before when you’re going for it.

The most visual change to the new bike is the repositioning of the exhaust. The two underseat pipes have been replaced by a single, more conventional side-mounted system. The new exhaust, which Triumph says has a deeper sound, saves a useful 3.6kg in weight. Lots of versions of the exhaust were tested during development to ensure decent ground-clearance at full lean.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The previous Street Triple has proved to be robust and reliable. You can see it’s been built down to a price in a few areas, but it’s a sub eight-grand bike, after all.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

You don’t have to pay a lot for all this performance, handling, stopping power and fun. It’s great value for money.

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

Aside from the option of ABS, the Street Triple R doesn’t come with any electronic riding aids, but to be honest, it doesn’t need them. But you get fully-adjustable suspension, radial brakes, a multi-function dash and wide range of official Triumph accessories available to buy. These include things like Arrow exhaust cans, crash protection, heated grips and an alarm.

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE R (2013-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 R (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Is this the best naked middleweight? I think it probably is.

17 May 2015 by The Happy Biker

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Taut, narrow, sharp, precise, stable, predictable, almost telepathic handling. Eye the 2" piece of tarmac you want at the apex, simply hold that thought and she puts you right there, every time. The upright yet somewhat aggressive forward leaning ergonomics give a great blend of comfort, vision, low speed control combined with a posture that begs the rider to work the bike a bit harder through the wiggly bits. Very easy to move around on the bike without upsetting stability. Comfort wise, done a couple of 7 hour stints and was up for more when I headed back home. Very easy in traffic, parking and moving around. This bike can commute, tour, track and weekend blast. The lack of fairing makes prolonged higher speed riding more tiring. The upside being a reduced temptation to be the wrong side of the national speed limits. Can't imagine how ruined my neck would be after 130mph for an hour on a German autobahn. Pillion experiences have not been great. Poor lass slid around a lot and didn't feel too stable. Two up also made the back end feel saggy and non compliant, a bit of preload adjustment and clicking should sort it though. Brakes are eye-wateringly responsive, up there with the superbikes and give tons of feedback. The overall handling of this bike is fantastic and comes into it's own on meandering, well surfaced A roads. One of the quickest bikes around through the twisty bits. Confidence inspiring for newer riders and amazingly good fun for the more experienced.
Engine
5 out of 5
Top notch! Oodles of torque throughout the entire rev range building very linear power delivery as the revs climb, and she loves to rev. Throttle response is instant, smooth and predictable with no stutter or jerkiness except at very low 1st gear speeds in traffic. Gearbox is silky smooth on the move and forgives any clumsiness but can get a bit sticky when static. I've had a few occasions when shifting to neutral or 1st at a standstill is a minor nuisance.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The Triumph Street Triple R is a beautifully crafted and well presented motorcycle. Some components, for example the mirrors, are a bit cheap and fitted to help keep the bike affordable. General build quality and finish are excellent. I really like the textured matte finish of the frame and swingarm with cool little shiny flecks embedded in the finish. The components look well thought-out and have a nice finish to them. I can't comment on reliability as I have done just 2000 miles trouble free miles since taking ownership 5 weeks ago.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Insurance is reasonable for this machine. I've been pleasantly surprised by the fuel consumption. I usually ride her for 3 to 7 hours on varied A-roads and better B-roads observing speed limits on straight sections instead seeking out twisty bits where I give her the beans. So far she's been returning 55-57 mph. I check fuel economy on every refill and calculations have always agreed with the bike's computer. I'll run decent Pirelli's on her, that's going to add up over my typical 12,000 annual miles. I bought this bike at 1 year old with one owner, in terms of value for money I'd rate this bike as excellent. You get a lot of motorcycle for your cash.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The bike comes with sports Pirellis that really work well with this bike giving smooth, quick corner entry with lots of grip and feedback. The instruments are quite nice with an easy to operate multi-function computer. The funky blue gear change lights a cool if you like that sort of thing. Digital speedo is very easy to read as if the analogue tacho. Gear position indicator and fuel gauge are nice to have. I haven't fiddled with the fully adjustable forks and shocks yet but wonder whether rebound/comp setting will offer much real adjustment since they top drawer equipment. Time and twiddling will tell. Much of the rest is pretty standard fair that works well enough. The mirrors are pretty awful, very little adjustment, move about at higher speeds and obscured by elbows. A glance won't do you need to move your head quite a bit to get a decent view, easily changeable for prettier one that don't look like MM's ears.
5 out of 5

Best ever

19 August 2014 by DCGULL01

Well, I rode many bikes & multiple varieties & styles to make sure that the Street Triple R was exactly what I wanted. Yamaha FZ-09, Ducati Panigale 899, Suzuki GSX-R750, all spent time with me. But, at the end of the day, I could not find better... Read more ergos, a better ride, more flickability, nor a better connection better bike & rider. I've ridden over 3,000 miles in a month and 1/2 & love it more than when I first got it! As my riding skills improve, and, my confidence increases, I find that the bike has been waiting for me to get there! An always willing partner, ready for the next curve, I find that the build quality is exceptional, the mechanicals are very robust, the balance is perfect and 'stock' exceeds expectations! Very forgiving, yet, surgical instrument precise in any manuever- it's light weight deceives due to the great ride control from the adjustable suspesion. Brakes that can stop time & warp space and acceleration that piles on revs almost out of control over 6,000 RPM's. Yet, between 3,500 - 6,000 RPM's it is very docile, allowing even a newer rider to develop skills easily & gain confidence over time. The exhaust note is enjoyable, until the throttle is cranked wide open, where it growls with a mixture of intake, valve whir & an oly 3 cylider exhaust sound creates pleasure & an adrenyline rush- every time, without fail. Who cares what it looks like? Naked- so what? "Beaker" headlights with a Fly Screen cap?- they shine wide & far. I can never see the bike while I ride, and, the ride is so outstanding- I can barely see the bike when I get off of it. If it's about the ride, and, you aren't making a statement, try it- nothing else even comes close. Promise.

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

Standard v R

25 October 2013 by owensj

I currently own the standard version, having owned the last 2 versions. It is most definitely the best version so far. The styling has improved as has the equipment levels and fuel economy (about 5mpg more). If I were to be really critical - the... Read more fuel countdown is not accurate - says no fuel left when there is a full litre. In the rain you get totally drenched at the back as the water collects behind you on the seat. I have a rear hugger and would sum it up as a waste of plastic. On the plus side it is a brilliant bike! I do big motorway miles and get 55mpg. It is comfortable for 6 hours in the saddle. It is smoother than the last model which I though a bit snatchy. I test rode the R and thought the brakes were phenomenal. I couldn't justify the additional cost thought. Very pleased with my standard. ;-)

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

Best in class better?!

28 August 2013 by JP9NN

Actually owning, riding and living with this bike you can only rate it as a 5 star bike, the only thing id knock it for is value as its pricey but for good reason its a masterpiece. To moan or lower your review on its new headlights or exhaust is... Read more just stupidity that is not how to review a bike if you personally don't like the looks that doesn't make it any less of a great bike! put simply everything the old bike was but just that bit better

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

2013 non R

20 August 2013 by birch466

What can be said about this bike that hasnt been said already??? Just traded in a sprint st1050 and can honestly say no noticable loss in power, despite being smaller engine the lack of weight means the bike picks up speed so rapidly, even in 6th at... Read more 30mph! the only down side is that I had no extras on the bike, but that can be a work in progress.

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

Terrible reliability

27 June 2013 by cdlmel

This my third Street Triple. I bought a new 2013 model three months ago. The bike has left me stranded twice with immobiliser issues. Now all the electrics have been changed by the dealer, so will see what happens but have zero confidence in the... Read more brand now; very disappointing. Would be unlikely to buy Triumph again sadly.

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

Very good bike

07 January 2013 by evilblade

Have it for about 1500 miles now. I enjoy every minute. Shame the tires are more suited for dry and warm condition and it shame to swap brand new for something more wet-reliable but overall bike is a spot on. Very good acceleration and handling like... Read more a dream. I don't think there is any bike within range of class and/or money which can be competition to STR.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £8,049
Used price £5,700 to £8,200
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 675cc
Engine type 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame type Cast aluminium twin spar frame and double-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 41mm KYB forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single rear KYB shock
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with four-piston calipers. ABS optional
Rear brake 282mm single disc with single-piston caliper. ABS optional
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007 – Street Triple launched
2008 – Street Triple R launched
2011 – Street Triple and Street Triple R facelifted. Detail changes and new angular headlights. 
2013 – Major update for Street Triple and Street Triple R

Other versions

Street Triple

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