The history of the Triumph Street Triple

Published: 12 January 2017

10 years after the very first Triumph Street Triple was launched, Triumph have massively updated the popular model, giving it a larger 765cc engine producing more power and at the same time reducing weight.

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When we rode the original model all those years ago we called it a revelation, but Triumph never rested on their laurels. Just one year later they introduced the more performance-focussed Street Triple R, and in the years since the Street Triple range has undergone many modifications. 

Here's the family tree of the new Street Triple.

2007 Street Triple

105bhp | 50ftlb | 800mm seat | 189kg (kerb)

 

 

Triumph launch the Street Triple a year after the launch of the Daytona 675. Few nakeds enjoy such a balance of power, handling and entertainment. Almost overnight Triumph made its rivals seem almost like relics.


 

2008 Street Triple R

105bhp | 50ftlb | 805mm seat | 189kg (kerb)

 

 

Hot on the heels of the first model was the R version of the naked nutter, with more meaty Nissin calipers, revised geometry and fully adjustable – more sporty – suspension. Everything about the R model is more aggressive and purpose than the standard version.


 

2012 Street Triple

107bhp | 50ftlb | 800mm seat | 189kg (kerb)

 

 

Both Street versions get minor overhauls – the most obvious difference being the move away from twin round headlamps, to the Speed’s foxeye style. With no performance changes to this model it all comes down to which style you prefer.


 

2013 Street Triple

105bhp | 50ftlb | 800mm seat | 183kg (kerb)


 

 

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. Everything about the new model is sleeker and moves the Street Triple forward.


 

2013 Street Triple R

105bhp | 50ftlb | 820mm seat | 183kg (kerb)


 

 

This sees a higher-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

105bhp | 50ftlb | 820mm seat | 183kg (kerb)


 

 

This 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.


 

Have you owned one of the previous Street Triple models? Let us know what you thought about the bike in the comments section below.

 

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