TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 675 (2013 - 2016) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
It would have been difficult for the original Triumph Street Triple 675 to go particularly badly wrong. It was basically a Daytona 675 sportsbike with the fairing ripped off. The howling triple engine is lightly re-tuned to suit its new role but still eager to please. You get sporty geometry, great ground clearance, decent brakes and suspension but with a more-upright riding position.
A major update in 2013 saw more angular bodywork, a new frame and ABS as standard as well as reduced weight, a low exhaust, taller suspension (to keep the exhaust off the floor in corners) and a taller first gear. It was replaced by the Triumph Street Triple 765 in 2017.
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We love Street Triples. We always have. They offer such a perfect blend of daily practicality and weekend fun that it’s hard to resist having one. Sure, they’re not ideal for touring holidays (but that doesn’t mean owners don’t use them for that) and the windblast will get to you on long motorway trips (take the twisty route instead) but otherwise, they’re a do-everything bike.
After a more premium performance Street Triple? Check out our review of the 2013 R model.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The 2013 Street Triple had a lighter chassis and swingarm than the previous model, which resulted in a bike that handled incredibly well and almost floated over bumps. The suspension isn't fully adjustable but it doesn't matter as it's set up so well out of the box. Triumph gave the Street Triple a more generous steering lock and the side-mounted exhaust was claimed to improve the handling.
Common modifications: lowering your Triumph Street Triple 675
EngineNext up: Reliability
Unlike the Daytona 675, which received a totally new engine for 2013, the Street Triple’s motor is essentially the same as the previous model with subtle modifications aimed at responding to customer feedback. The new fuel-injection bodies, ECU settings and higher first gear were claimed by Triumph to give a 30% boost in fuel efficiency under urban conditions, a notorious annoyance of owners. With little else changed on the engine it remains as good as the original with a strong midrange and howling soundtrack.
How reliable is the 2013 Triumph Street Triple 675 engine and gearbox?
Usually reliable but they don’t like being thrashed from cold and can end up smokey, rattly and use oil. Make sure you see a bike started from cold — a bit of smoke is ok but should clear. Cam chain noise is very common. Early ones had a mechanical ratchet adjuster and they can sometimes be noisy when cold if between clicks on the adjuster. You can sometimes fix it by accelerating hard in second and then throttling off just as hard - this puts all the slack in the camchain in one place, so the tensioner can sometimes take up the slack by picking up the next notch in the ratchet.
Beware other ‘advice’ from the internet though, says marque specialist Clive Wood: "One thing I’ve seen on the forums which scares me is people recommending loosening the CCT fixing bolts, letting the ratchet take up the play then tightening again. That means the ratchet’s jumped four or five teeth and the chain will be far too tight."
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
From launched there were no question marks over the reliability or build quality of the Street Triple and the attention to detail was excellent.
Owners reckoned the finish was either excellent or rubbish. If you look after it (and many owners do), you can keep it looking good, but it won’t tolerate neglect. Engine paint, nuts and bolts and exhaust headers all look tatty quickly if ignored in bad weather. It’s worth removing, greasing and refitting as many minor fittings as possible — they can seize remarkably quickly. One important check is to look carefully at the headstock-to-frame welded joints — these are prone to cracking in front-end impacts, so look for cracked paint and if in any doubt at all, walk away.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Street Triple was excellent value when it was introduced - it really was that good. Even today on the used market they're good value if you're patient and willing to shop around. Its main rivals are the 2014-2018 Yamaha MT-07, 2008-2014 Ducati Monster 696 and the 2012-2016 MV Agusta Brutale 675.
Is the Triumph Street Triple 675 expensive to maintain?
It's no more complicated than any other modern bike to work on and easier than most, as everything’s pretty easy to get to. The service schedule’s pretty simple — 6000-mile intervals, with oil and filter changed at every service along with full chassis/body fixing check, head bearings adjusted, ECU fault codes checked and cleared, throttle bodies balanced, spark plugs checked and controls adjusted.
Every other service sees valve-clearance checking — important as valves can tighten alarmingly between services — along with air filter, spark plugs, coolant and brake fluid changes. Fork oil’s changed every 24k but we’d do it with each 12,000-mile service. It’s also worth cleaning and re-greasing head bearings and suspension pivots at the same time.
As motorcycles go the Street Triple is pretty basic but for 2013 Trumph added optional ABS. That's your lot when it comes to electronics. No rider modes, no wheelie control, no quickshifter. But the Street Triple is so good you never notice all these things - which are almost standard on similar bikes now - are missing.
The standard Street Triple was £700 less than the Street Triple R, with most of that premium attributed to the quickshifter on the R.
|Engine type||12-valve, in-line triple, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium beam twin-spar|
|Fuel capacity||17.4 litres|
|Front suspension||Kayaba 41mm upside down forks with 120mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Kayaba monoshock with adjustable preload|
|Front brake||308mm twin discs|
|Rear brake||250mm single disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70-ZR17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55-ZR17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||41 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£4,700 - £6,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||50.2 ft-lb|
|Top speed||145 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
- 2007: Triumph Street Triple 675 launched.
- 2013: Major update for Street Triple.
- 2016: Model goes off sale.
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