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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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 The two underseat pipes have been replaced by a single, more conventional side-mounted system.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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Triumph Street Triple R (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,049
Dealer used prices
£6,570 (2013) - £7,950 (2014)
Private used prices
£6,020 (2013) - £7,120 (2014)
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Engine size 675 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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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

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Weight 182 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 675 cc
Engine specification 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame Cast aluminium twin spar frame and double-sided swingarm
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable 41mm KYB forks
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable single rear KYB shock
Front brakes 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

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • Best ever

    DCGULL01

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    19 August 2014

  • Standard v R

    owensj

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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. ;-)

    25 October 2013

  • Best in class better?!

    JP9NN

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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

    28 August 2013

  • 2013 non R

    birch466

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 30mph! the only down side is that I had no extras on the bike, but that can be a work in progress.

    20 August 2013

  • Terrible reliability

    cdlmel

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    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 brand now; very disappointing. Would be unlikely to buy Triumph again sadly.

    27 June 2013

  • Very good bike

    evilblade

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 a dream. I don't think there is any bike within range of class and/or money which can be competition to STR.

    07 January 2013

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DCGULL01

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Change is good

 I'm tired of people saying that the "new" (2013 & up) bikes are a FAIL, whe compared to the 'original' bike. Sure, 1st gear is taller by a large margin, and, therefore- wheelies are off the table. But, I don't buy a bike because it wheelies better in 1st- do you? I know, I know- the exhuast should be under the seat! Why? The bike dropped a ton of weight, it improved mass centralization, allowed for other parts to be re-designed to increase the weight loss (13+ Lbs overall!) and, cleans up some of the bikes messy look to boot. The headlight issue- who cares? I love how bright they are at night, and, how broadly they light the road. Dual round, or, dual 5 sided- they look goofy either way. Conversely, everyone forgets how much easier low speed parking lot maneuvers are- with the increased turning radius lock to lock- U turns are a breeze! The lost weight aids EVERYTHING from acceleration, to transitions, to braking... No one has noticed just how vastly fuel economy has improved, from an average of @ 38 to 50 MPG (+31.5%!), without giving up a single HP or Ft./Lb. of Torque on regular pump gas. The bike is much smoother to ride on the street with the taller 1st gear- all riders can agree on it.

Yes, the bike is very different from the 2008-2012 versions, but, I'm NOT disappointed in the least. I can still modify it, just like owners of the original model, but, I can own one that actually weighs under 400 Lbs with a full tank of gas, ABS, a factory alarm & TPMS! Lithium-Iron Battery, Arrow Slip-on, remove the rear pillion foot pegs & a 'tail tidy' using the 'stock' tail light/License plate holder- I'm there!  Other than the 'locked' ECU, it's a better bike in every way, nothing lost from the original perfection, only more of it!

19 August 2014 03:40

cousinbillybob

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The bike is great, but I'm sorry the exhaust is wrong. One of the characteristics of the Street Triple was the underseat pair of exhausts. Come on Triumph sort it out, there is space and it'll look much better.

16 April 2013 18:46

aergern

aergernsays

Do they have to diss on Triumph to be credible? What if the bikes are just really good. Why are folks always looking for flaws these days .. just silly.

19 March 2013 01:41

v01d

v01dsays

Does MCN ever write anything not positive about Triumphs?

13 January 2013 16:35

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