MCN Fleet: 'Blown away' by Street Triple 765

Published: 03 April 2017

A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on the new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and was instantly blown away. From the second I put my leg over the bike it felt like home.

Everything is just placed perfectly, from the bar position and switchgear, to the foot pegs and comfortable seat. The finish is outstanding too - you really get a sense that you’re riding a quality machine before you’ve even got off the driveway.

A few miles under my belt and I’m utterly hooked on riding the bike. For me, it's quite simply phenomenal. From its light steering and plush suspension to the new 765cc induction notes reverberating around your ribcage as you wind open the throttle, this bike has it all. 

Since I first layed eyes on the new Street Triple 765 RS I went all gooey over it’s revised lines and detailed styling. The bike sure does look good in the brochure pics, but when you’re stood next to it, there’s even more of a wow factor.

Sitting at the top of the new Street Triple range, the RS comes fully loaded with Showa Big Piston Forks, Ohlins Rear Shock, Brembo M50 Radial Calipers, Pirelli Super Corsa SP tyres and an engine note that puts a symphony orchestra to shame. Along side those trick parts you’d expect to find on the latest superbikes you really start to notice the intricate styling and attention to detail that Triumph have poured into this bike. Things like the bar end mirror mounts, the coolant bottle tank cover designed to blend in with the beautifully finished engine covers, and the switch gear (or switch cubes as Triumph have named them) with a new five way joystick to toggle through the menus and set up the electronics on the bike as you wish within its all new Full Colour TFT Display.

Inside that dash are rider modes all customisable to your own taste - with a bespoke rider mode to make your very own from scratch, switchable ABS, traction control modes and multiple display themes from simple circular rev gauges to 21st century immersive information centres. This dash has it all. 

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Whilst all that sounds complicated, I’ve found that it’s actually very intuitive and simple to use thanks to that new joystick which is easily located and operated through motorcycle gloves. I absolutely love the tech on this bike, but also the simple ingredients that make a great bike. Take away those electronics and you’re left with a stonking middleweight naked bike. All the best off the shelf components coupled to a fantastic flickable chassis, great tyres and a stunning new 765cc engine. 

I’ve put just under 1000 miles on the bike now and it’s really making me smile. The engine is smooth with plenty of grunt to launch the bike out of the corners or go for those overtakes without having to stir the gearbox and it sings harmoniously as you tear up the twisty roads.

Sure, the lack of a screen has it’s disadvantages and can become a little fatiguing after some long motorway miles, but that’s the same for any naked bike. I plan on sticking some luggage on the bike to help rid the monstrous backpack that’s been anchoring me down, along with a screen to help take the pressure off my torso ready for eating up the bigger miles on photoshoots and a trip I’m planning across to the Alps. I may also take it on track at some point in the summer to have a proper go at testing the brakes and suspension.  

I’ve found the tank to have a range of around 120 miles before the need to start looking for a fuel station, with it returning between 43-46mpg. Not ground breaking but then it probably could be better if it wasn’t for the urge to make it bark now and then. It’s just so damn addictive.

I’ve also been playing around with the rider modes, primarily with it in the custom rider mode with traction off and the sportiest throttle response setting, but even with it at its sharpest the fly by wire throttle is buttery smooth with no jerkiness or unwanted surges. Triumph really have refined the fuelling and it just makes this bike so easy to ride. I’ve flicked it into standard road mode and sports mode too and it becomes sublime to ride on those longer journeys.

Now the weather is starting to improve and I can really start to play around with the bike more, especially with those fantastic tyres and suspension. I think it’s time to go and get my leathers on…

 

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