TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£390|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Triumph has lavished an unbelievable amount of care and attention on the new Street Triple RS.
The new motor is a masterpiece and it works perfectly in harmony with the revised chassis and new electronics. The old 675cc Street Triple was always going to be a tough act to follow, but we’re happy to report this new 765 version is a very special motorcycle indeed.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Despite producing 13% more torque, 16% more power and having some of the 675’s raw edges smoothed-off, but not too many, the engine isn’t actually the new Street Triple RS’s best bit. No, what makes this new Triumph so spellbindingly brilliant is how light and easy it is to manage. It’s incredibly balanced and has offers unrivalled composure and completeness.
The Street Triple RS has no flaws or built-down-to-a price compromises. Every single component, from the motor to the electronics, tyres and chassis works in perfect harmony, making the new machine as enjoyable pottering around at town speeds, as it is digging deep and scrabbling for grip at full lean madness.
Its new ‘slip-assist’ clutch has an impossibly light lever action and the revised gearbox has such a tight, accurate shift, you\d swear it’d been lifted from a blueprinted race engine. There’s a shorter first and second gear, for even more zing and a quickshifter for lightning upshifts, but sadly no autoblipper, which would’ve been a nice touch.
If the easy clutch and gearbox don’t make you smile, the light-action, ultra-precise, jerk-free ride-by-wire throttle will. Them there’s the way the 2kg-lighter Triumph floats from corner to corner with the smallest input from the rider and the litheness of the steering, which makes every bike you’ve ever ridden before seem like it had flat tyres. With its low pegs, wide bars and luxuriously padded stitched seat the Triumph is all-day comfy, too.
Chassis mods are limited to a new stiffer gullwing swingarm with a revised swingarm pivot position, for extra stability and flex, but the Triumph also gets a new Ohlins rear shock and top spec Showa Big Piston forks. They account for the Street Triple’s plush ride, unflappable stability at speed and sharpness in the corners, as do Pirelli’s top-rung Diablo Super Corsa SP fast road/trackday tyres.
ABS-assisted monobloc Brembo M50s are packed with feel and power. They remain unflustered no matter how hard you push them, road or track.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Bored and stroked out from the old machine’s 675cc, the breathed-on 121bhp ride-by-wire motor features over 80 new parts, including a new crank, pistons, con rods, balancer shaft and Nikasil-played aluminium barrels replacing the 675’s old iron liners. Oh and according to Triumph the rearranged capacity numerals are purely coincidental…
Powering the Street Triple since its launch in 2007 (and in that time Triumph has sold over 50,000), the old revvy, grunt-laden 675cc lump is rightly regarded as one of the most evocative engines of all time. Slim and compact to please Triumph’s chassis engineers, it was packed with performance, character and a gnarly three-cylinder soundtrack, to please the punters.
The new 765cc motor is an absolute gem of a thing and has comfortably taken this iconic engine to another, unrivalled level. It hits harder, spins-up faster and belts out its shrieking, bass-laden, acid-infused soundtrack higher up the decibel range, through its (1.7kg) lighter new airbox and exhaust.
Whether you choose to thrash the living daylights out of it, or leave the gears alone and take advantage of its extra torque, the new Street Triple RS delivers serious speed. But crucially it’s not brutal – it doesn’t fight you, tie the chassis in knots, or shred its tyres. Someone stick clip-ons and a fairing on this thing…
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
MCN readers have nothing but glowing things to say about living with the previous-generation 675cc Street Triple, so expect more of the same here. This new machine is a big step up in build quality and attention to detail, too.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
When you look at the level of spec you get for the money, the performance on tap and all round brilliance, the Street Triple RS is superb value for money. The lesser spec S and R machines offer an even bigger bang for your buck.
For the first time the Street Triple gets a full electronics package, including five riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a programmable Rider mode) containing different throttle maps and varying levels of traction and ABS intervention. They add an extra layer of sophistication and safety to the cheeky naked, but unless you stop and switch all the aids off, this is the first Street Triple you can’t wheelie, which detracts from the fun a smidge.
Taking centre stage in the cockpit is an innovative new 5” full colour multi-function TFT dash, which would look more at home on a top-spec Panigale than a simple naked bike like this. It shows the kind of attention to detail lavished on the new machine and proof the RS is much more than just a 675 Street Triple with a big engine.
It’s all controlled by new switchgear featuring a joystick control next to your left thumb. You can choose between six different dash layouts, scroll through modes, operate a lap timer, pick riding modes and change the indicator functions from self-cancelling auto to manual. The dash is light sensitive and automatically changes background from white to black depending on conditions.
Although the new Street Triple RS is the same physical size as the previous model, new styling gives it a tougher, chunkier ‘big bike’ look and new LED headlamps are not only 28-times brighter than conventional bulbs, they give the Triumph a more sinister-looking face, too.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||17.4 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm Showa Big Piston forks fully adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Single Ohlins rear shock, fully adjustable|
|Front brake||2 x 310mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper.|
|Rear brake||220mm single disc with single-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£390|
|Used price||£6,800 - £9,800|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||121 bhp|
|Max torque||57 ft-lb|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2007: Street Triple launched. Triumph created an instant hit with its new naked (basically a retuned Daytona 675 with straight bars and minimal bodywork). Appealing to new riders and the more experienced, the lightweight Street Triple proved to be the perfect road bike for all occasions.
2008: Street Triple R. This hot version featured fully-adjustable suspension and radial Nissin brakes.
2012: Facelift Street Triple moves away from its startled round headlight look and gets fox-eyes.
2013: 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.
2013: Also updated is the R model, with a high-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 introduced. The 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.
2017: New generation of Street Triple models launched.
Street Triple S: Base model, 111bhp, black subframe, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, Nissin two-piston brakes, Showa suspension, basic traction control, ABS and riding modes. Updated analogue/LCD clocks
Street Triple R: Mid-spec, engine turned for torque, 116bhp, red subframe, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers, Showa shock and Big Piston Forks, RS-spec TC, ABS and riding modes (except Track mode). Colour dash and new switchgear
Street Triple R LRH (Low Ride Height): 780mm seat height, bespoke low suspension and seat
Street Triple S A2 licence: 660cc, 47bhp. Can be derestricted to give 94bhp
MCN Long term test reports
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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017 - on)
10 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£390|
Annual servicing cost: £200
Overall the bike is brilliant. i would highly recommend to a friend but personally i do think the price is expensive for what you get. no cruise control, no auto blipper, no cornering abs. however it is a great bike, smashing engine, great sound, terrific brakes good suspension. Bad after purchase customer service.
ride quality is good i will be getting the suspension set up for me for the road. the brakes are great great stropping power. A great all round bike
the sound the sound the sound. i will be removing the stock exhaust and putting a aftermarket exhaust so i can really hear the sound the street triple makes it is toxic. the engine gives you great power, but at times it does seems the engine has alot more to give than it has.
the bike is well built, no problems so far apart from had to buy a new battery. The tyres are useless in the wet so slippery, you also need to warm up the tyres to get the grip. i will be changing to a different tyre for road purposes only not for track.
expensive bike for what you get. service cost £200+ after second service. general running costs is reasonable. the bike only has 17.4L fuel tank. wish was slightly bigger. the servicing for the bike is very reasonable if you are doing the servicing your self, which i highly recommend, than taking the bike to a dealership. you are going be charged £300+ at a dealership.
what i like is the brakes and the suspension. i dont like the exhaust its just there because of euro 5 legislation which will be removed. i dont like the tyres that the bike comes with. these tyres are for racing really, not for just going out for a ride. the equipment that is standard when you buy is very limited to the street triple so it wont interfere with its big brother speed triple. i would liked to have the equipment on the speed triple on my street triple.
Buying experience: i bought the bike from a dealer brand new. i wanted to buy brand new however the customer service i received from the dealership is awful. they are all nice when you coming in with money but after service is awful i would not recommend the after customer care at all. if you can buy the bike second hand without being in warranty. you will be saving money and you dont have to deal with the dealership at all.
Annual servicing cost: £160
Brilliant engine, phenomenonal brakes and good suspension. Brilliant bike.
Brilliant brembo M50's but needed new pads at 8500 miles. Rear shock wallows when pushing on but suspension good on the front. Easy enough to adjust.
Screaming induction roar is addictive. Comes on at 8k revs like a Honda vtec. Sounds amazing, arrow us exhaust is good without baffle but still reasonably quiet.
Withing 6 months I needed a new sidestand switch, quickshifter and gear position sensor. On the way to Thruxton BSB last year it also developed an oil leak from the stator cover side. All fixed by my local triumph dealer under warranty.
45.2 mpg after 9300 miles. Insurance not too bad and will do 160 ish miles on a tank.
Pirelli supercorsa sp tyres need to warm and scary in the wet. Running rosso 3's now. Quickshifter is good although had an issue with mine. Fitted triumph rearsets for a 675 daytona with a little fiddling so can adjust if required.
Buying experience: Purchased from main dealer which I wouldn't recommend. Too much focus on getting bikes sold and not caring about and issues after.
Outstanding bike, nothing to fault. Well build, top quality engineering and build quality. It is all the bike most people would ever need
Too spec brakes and suspension really shows
Simply outstanding engine
Buying experience: Dealer and purchased new. Got some extras fitted for the list price
The mcn review sums up this bike perfectly! If you've never rode one, ride one, if you've rode one, it will have been one of the best bikes you've ever ridden! It mops the floor with everything out there!
Buying experience: Excellent, made to feel very welcome
Annual servicing cost: £500
A phenomenal bike to ride, silky smooth, light and agile. Unfortunately let down by poor after-sales service from Triumph which has soured the ownership experience.
Here the bike can’t be faulted. It’s a dream to ride, really lightweight, assured in the corners and with enough power to thrill. It’s done wonders for my confidence, I have never felt so sure of a machine to get me out of trouble if I get it slightly wrong.
Wonderfully smooth with a vicious growl as you wind it up. It will pull to some extent in any gear and doesn’t need a dropped gear to overtake, but it’s at its best at 8,000rpm. It lacks the ultimate power or torque of the litre engines, but I’d argue it is a better fit for the road where the performance of larger engines is often unusable.
Seems like it should be better than it is. The parts feel premium, but on my model the paint finish on the radiator started peeling away before 4000 miles of use on dry paved roads. After an enormous headache, Triumph still refuse the warranty claim, arguing that “road debris” caused this to happen. Considering that you would expect a motorcycle to be ridden on the road and therefore the parts to withstand this kind of usage, that’s a really poor excuse and a despicable way to treat a loyal customer (this is my third Triumph, and likely my last). It’s spoilt the ownership experience of what would otherwise be a really special motorbike.
Servicing costs are average, but the service interval relatively short at 6,000 miles. It’s not a cheap bike to buy, but it’s almost good enough to be worth it - if only Triumph’s aftercare were better.
The colour TFT is a nice touch, the brakes and suspension are all high quality parts. The stock tyres are overkill for the road and wear down rapidly, and the end can is underwhelming. Would be nice if the arrow can was standard like it is on the Speed Triple RS!
Version: 67 Plate Black 765 RS
Annual servicing cost: £900
Looks fantastic in sunlight! Brakes well, Electronics very poor for £, Build quality looks top, Compliments top quality photos for all the posers (not the riders).
M50 Brembo calipers are fantastic. As expected. Suspension is highly rated. Nothing expectional for lots of coin above and beyond the previous 675 Daytona and Street Triple. Value for money isn't found here. Most users of the RS will not go beyond the ability of the R and as such the extra £ to upgrade isn't value beyond image of riding the "RS".
Positives: Engine sounds great Gearbox is fantastic Quick-shifter works fine 107 wheel hp - very useable power delivery Negatives: Not an improvement in smiles moving from 2013 onwards Daytonas. Expectations not met. Nearly 800cc and broadly the same outcome as previous 675. Again held back not to encroach on the 1050 power. 675 Daytona (2013- onwards) used twin injectors per cylinder with titanium values. This has been dropped with the 765 engine as it retains the lower level Street Triple engine. Triumph quote over 120 horse power at the wheel. Previously used dyne came out as 107hp. 12hp more than the 675.
Its been in for repair over: CLUTCH lever greasing required - stuck in every gear change requiring manual push out once gear is changed (factory don't grease enough), HEATED GRIPS only came fitted with two modes. Dealership ignored and called me lying over this - had to escalate to Triumph HQ to push for the update to have three modes for the Heated Grips Id paid for, Dealership didn't set up the (TPMS) Tyre Pressure Monitor onto the bike, required additional time in for re-work and to connect properly, SOFTWARE update disabling Track Map - no outcome on-going with Triumph stating when in Track map mileage doubled and its now been disabled as they can't be bothered to provide a fix.
£900 is sum of £650 values + £250 minor interval service cost. More expensive than BMW and KTM for through life servicing running costs. 6,000 mile interval service has been surpassed by Ducati & KTM (now 9,000 mile intervals). 12,000 mile value service is coming up to be between £550 and £750 depending on Dealership pricing. Fuel economy is sub 45mpg - below expected par for tank range. The engine isn't a fan of holding faster speeds on touring - it'll drop to low 40's without being opened up. Shocking when a 1301 v twin Duke can hold at 55mpg cruising. Magazine reviews led this bike to be a game changer. Give me back my 2016 Daytona anyday.
ABS is legal standard, no bonus points for having this on the 765 (RS). £10,200 for a mid-range motorcycle without an IMU (providing cornering ABS) is appalling. Traction Control is the same standard as what BMW used in 2009. Any raise of the front will be met by an instant drop in power. Don't filter in traffic and the expect to beat an S3 off the line - as soon as it lifts you'll be run over. Triumph needs to catch up - £2k more than a 790 Duke with none comparing electronics is a joke. Equipment is always an EXTRA. £10,300 isn't enough for Triumph, so expect to pay for all additions such as: Heated grips (yes, standard on other £10k miles), Tyre Pressure Monitors (if the dealership remembers to sync the bluetooth up - standard on other £10k bikes) Backlit switch gear - pay another £4k to move to the 1050 that has this. No IMU (cornering ABS and TC), No optimal lead for boasting the battery on a trickle, Passenger grab rails, Even basics - protective tank pad - extra,
Buying experience: Purchased at Dealership (Desperation Triumph, Hampshire) soon after launch. With all the extras the motorcycle came to the top end of £11k. Tyre Pressure Monitors, Engine Cases, Frame Protectors, Tail Tidy, Heated Grips, + changing the pointless Supercorsa's going into Winter. Why are these on a UK sold bike with half the power of a Panigale or S1000RR? Wrong tyre choice for the posers again. Selling experience - expect to lose heavy ££ if selling the motorcycle with: Any extra's (usual exhaust, heated grips etc), Mileage above 1,500 per annum - too many unused Triumphs that are hidden not ridden. Expect finial delusion if selling with mileage, don't commute on this toy... Sold 6 months old, 3k miles. Loss of £3,200. It killed my enthusiasm to ride.
Annual servicing cost: £350
One of the best bikes I've ridden on the road and I've got over 20 years track and road experience. The way it pulls and gives you such confidence means you end up going too fast and the soundtrack from the bike leaves you grinning. The braking is outstanding and I have found myself gripping the pegs and braking much later than usual, yet so balanced to tip in into the corner and power out. I thought the MT-07 was a light, fun bike but the triumph is just a quality machine with very high build levels and finish.
Looks aggressive and sounds it. Just leave it ticking over and watch, people stop and look. I have ridden on this bike for over 100 miles and felt good as the seat is excellent. I fitted a screen so the wind and rain goes over my helmet.
Brakes like a demon. So much so you smash your balls against the tank so fit grip pads to the sides. Engine just pulls hard and you can ride around in 3rd gear all day.
No problems since I've had it. I didn't even run it in as directed, just didn't thrash it. The bike just wants to race everywhere but so calm and easy in town as well.
Bike was serviced at 500 miles by Bulldog Triumph in Wokingham. Average service costs but does drink fuel as you will use it to hear that lovely triple soundtrack. Got an SP Engineering carbon exhaust system for it and they sound is amazing. No fuelling issues either.
The TFT screen is one of the best, it's clear and user can set it up how they like. You can turn off the abs, traction controls and more. There are loads of maps on the bike for twisty roads, track days and rain. Controls on the bars are easy to work and all within reach. The screen even warns you of possible icy roads in cold conditions. On warm days you can touch the tyres and feel the rubber go. Fantastic grip.
Buying experience: I bought the bike from a dealer in Scotland. It was a lot less than recommended price and it had only 345 miles on it. I think previous owner dropped it and never got back on it as it had marks on engine casing and bar end. All checked out good and I replaced the parts. Best bike I've purchased in years, so easy to ride fast.
Annual servicing cost: £250
My problem with this bike is that it is too perfect. Infact, it is so easy to ride (even for new riders in my opinion) that it might make it a little boring? You don't have to wrestle or fight the bike to get it to do what you want, which kind of devoids this bike of a personality. It just works! Brilliantly. However, the bike is at its best above 8000 RPM and the sweet symphony of the engine, air intake and exhaust note is HIGHLY addictive. I find myself constantly on the precipice of mortal danger just to find my next fix.
The bike is at its best above 8000 RPM and the sweet symphony of the engine, air intake and exhaust note is HIGHLY addictive. I find myself constantly on the precipice of mortal danger just to find my next fix. The suspensions being fully adjustable, you can make them personal to you. I have it on a more sportier setting as its helps my riding style, and its what the bike was intended for. But you can easily have this on a comfort setting for both front and rear and cruise along just fine. The front brakes are on the verge of overkill! But jump on another bike and these monsters will be sorely missed. Coupled with the rider electronics such as the ABS, you'll feel safe regardless of the conditions. On the rain however, the Supercorsa tyres are less confidence inspiring and the treads to not dissipate that much water... Not the worst thing I suppose, keeps me off the bike in bad conditions. The handling on this light bike is superb. You can flick this thing and it will stick and take you along for the ride. Out on open roads you will get beaten by the wind, such is the nature of naked bikes. Over 80 MPH, you will have to hold on for dear life especially if you're trying to reach above 8000 RPM. The additional fly screen does little to ward off wind to be honest, but fully tucked in, it certainly does help. Personally I can ride this bike for a few hours before I get tired. With a pillion however, without tank grips for your legs and you might want to stop a lot more often to rearrange yourself, as well as your partner.
As I mentioned before, this bike truly comes to its own above 8000 RPM. Keeps you searching for that rev band and can get you in trouble if you get carried away. The triple noise is harrowing. Best in class. Power delivery is smooth, and not at all jerky even on the track mode. Ride by wire is great once the bike is up and running, but when the engine is warming up, it does become quite intrusive.
The attention to detail on this bike is second to none. All the exposed wires have been carefully routed and designed to be out of sight. The fairings, paint job and even down to the stitching exudes quality. You can see that they really worked the bike around the design. Engine is built brilliantly, absolutely no faults on my model, runs like a charm. 3rd part parts including suspension, brakes and tires have really been designed for this machine. Everything works flawlessly and looks extremely flush. Great right? well, not quite... The other day I literally brushed against the rear indicator and it cracked... nothing a little super glue wouldn't fix but still... was not expecting that.
Though the first service is cheap, and you only have to do one once a year or every 3000 miles, the labour cost creeps up on you. Nothing big I guess. In terms of Petrol, with its smallish sized tank, I find myself look for a service station every time I go for a ride. I'm averaging around 40 MPG, only because I'm addicted to finding that special music the engine plays for you when you reach 8000 RPM and above... which needless to say is not very fuel efficient!
Standard equipment is great. The TFT screen is god-send, especially with the intuitive joystick. Also I like the little detail of being able to adjust the angle of the screen, really shows great craftsman ship and attention to detail. Accessories I have a the thick rubber tank pad, windscreen and frame sliders put on this bike, and honestly they look like the bike should have been built this way. GET THEM!!! Bike just looks weird without them. The heated grips are really subtle and integrated with the screen, turns off when the bike is off too. However, the heat doest really reach through my gloves too well. Oxford one are hotter. Honestly GET the engine protectors, if you drop the bike, they will get scuffed. I know it detracts from the look a little, but they do fit with a flush finish. Worth it.
Buying experience: I got the accessories for free, as I bought it before the new plates. You can negotiate with accessories, however I could not get the finance lower that the ridiculous 9.9% i think.
Test ride that savage. It's like there's no limit that can stop you. Engine is brilliant, revs from the bottom to hit a powerful top end. Brakes are so strong and suspension is more sporty that you can use on the road and that sound of acceleration through the gears with the quick-shifter. Endless fun.
Version: 765 RS
Every thing praised above by the reviewer. Throttle by wire impressed me most. Slipper clutch is next in line. All parts are god's gift. Rear brake hasn't bedded yet. May be ithe coating hasn't been scrubbed enough. Front brakeis powerful though.
Every thing's great, except the rear brake. May be it will improve. But the front brake is great. I don't normally flick my bike at chicane, but I enjoying doing it with this bike. BTW I'm breaking-in this bike at a 650 metres gokart track exclusively.
I breakin-in my engine, with Rain mode, yet the power is threre aplenty, and comes on smooth like it's rheostat controlled.
The only thing I'm perplexed is the fuel consumption. My bike is in the break-in stage, and reved.
Slipper clutch is god send. Yet I'd like to see clutchless down shift with auto blipper. I can live with what I have though. Tyres are superb. 1 Throttleby wire 2 Sliper clutch
Buying experience: Bought from dealer. First bike delivered to customer in Thailand. ฿ 530,000 Thai Bhat, or $15,393.55 US Dollar. Price set by Triumph Thailand, with no discount or promotion.