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TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-on) Review

Published: 27 February 2017

The new 765cc Street Triple is a very special motorcycle indeed

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS  (2017-on)

The new 765cc Street Triple is a very special motorcycle indeed

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

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 & Brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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…

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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. 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

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. 

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £9,900
Used price £8,200 to £9,500
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £300
Performance
Max power 121 bhp
Max torque 57 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 765cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 166kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

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. 

Other versions

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

Owners' Reviews

4 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.

Review your TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

One of the best

12 May 2018 by parider40

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

Too great it might be too easy??

12 February 2018 by SolidNuman

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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!
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

29 August 2017 by Bartek

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

16 April 2017 by sportmuaythai

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
I breakin-in my engine, with Rain mode, yet the power is threre aplenty, and comes on smooth like it's rheostat controlled.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The only thing I'm perplexed is the fuel consumption. My bike is in the break-in stage, and reved.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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.

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