TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2020 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Triumph’s original Street Triple RS was always going to be a hard act to follow, but they’ve managed to improve it with a few tasty tweaks. It isn’t a huge leap forward, but its deeper pool of midrange is useful on the road and the extra refinements will add even more joy to ownership.
It still has minimal weather protection and the ABS can now get in the way on track, but it will still thrill on a Sunday morning or at a trackday, like the naked supersport bike it is.
It can also be calm and easy the rest of the time, making a genuine everyday ride or holiday companion for anyone. Superbly built and lavished with the kind of tasty equipment you’d expect to see on an exotic super naked it’s still a lot of bike for the money, too.
- Latest news: 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS here
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
With the exception of the latest generation ‘Version 3’ Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP rubber, which gives the new RS a slightly more ‘on its nose’ stance, the chassis is left unchanged, so the new Street Triple RS rides, stops and handles just like the 2017 original.
That’s no bad thing because you still get Brembo monoblocs and a span/ratio adjustable front brake lever (although even on its minimum setting it’s too far away from the bar), an Öhlins rear and Showa forks, all bolted to one of the finest, best-balanced chassis set-ups you’ll find anywhere.
Front end feel, grip and confidence is up there with the best sportsbikes money can buy and it’s only on track where you can begin to push its limits, but you need to have the kahunas of a racer to get anywhere near them.
We’ve done our fair share of riding the 2020 Street Triple RS on winter UK roads, as well as sunny Spanish switchbacks and racetracks and while the suspension set-up is on the firm side, it’s still plush over bumps. Pirelli Super Corsa SPs work surprisingly well, even in the wet, but when air temperatures drop below five degrees you’ll be crying out for sports touring rubber.
All five rider modes (Road, Rain Sport, Track and Rider) have been tweaked to suit the motor’s new character and you still get anti-wheelie and (non-lean sensitive) traction control. For normal riding the RS’s electronic aids wait in the wings, just in case, but selecting ‘Track’ or the customisable ‘Rider’ mode lets you wheelie and reduces TC intervention (you can also turn it off).
Brakes never lack power or feel on the road, but on track the ABS can be too intrusive, even on the raciest of its two new settings (thanks to Euro5 you can no longer disable it).
With a chassis based on the 675 Daytona’s the Street Triple RS is on the small side and larger riders look big once they climb aboard, but it’s remarkably spacious (pillions now get more legroom, too), the bar position perfect and the seat is surprisingly comfortable on an all-day ride But it really is a naked in its truest sense and offers little protection from the elements.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Peak power remains at 121bhp, but Triumph has bolstered midrange oomph with a new exhaust cam, a lighter crank, clutch and balancer. It breathes through new intakes and a twin-cat exhaust featuring a header balance pipe and free-flowing carbon-tipped stubby end can. All this adds up to 9% more peak torque, 9% extra power at mid revs and a 7% reduction in inertia.
To ride it’s still the Street Triple RS we know and love, but the motor has extra cream in its midrange, where it’s most appreciated on the road, similar to the mellower 2017 Street Triple R.
But the RS hasn’t lost any fire from its belly – it still sounds angry, pulls like a mono-wheeling maniac out of slow corners, makes mincemeat of straights and will surge on to a datalogged 148mph. The addition of an autoblipper to compliment the old RS’s quickshifter isn’t life-changing, but it makes for crisper downshifts speed and saves your clutch hand on a long journey.
It’s still beautifully fuelled, friendly and the power is nice and docile at low speed, making the Triumph easy for anyone to just jump on and go. During an MCN250 head-to-head with the outgoing model in pure safe and steady road conditions it’s slightly better on fuel. It returns 56mpg and theoretical 214 miles from its 17.4 litre tank (old RS: 55mpg/210-mile range).
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Our online owners reviews have nothing but good things to say about the way the Street Triple RS goes and is finished, but some have experienced minor reliability and durability issues.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Despite its upgrades Triumph have kept the price the same as the previous RS and are offering some stonking PCP deals, which when you look at its equipment, performance and level of finish, represents superb value for money.
Triumph Street Triple RS vs nearest rivals
Triumph’s Street Triple RS is the go-to middleweight naked sportster, and it’s easy to see why: you get the performance to embarrass bigger bikes, a glistening spec and more handling than us normal folk can ever use. It’s very focused, though – if you loved the cheeky 675cc original this feels like a flat-barred R6.
Yamaha’s MT-09 SP doesn’t have the same outright handling or rush, but counters this with greater usability than the Triumph. It’s perhaps the best pure road bike here for ‘normal’ riding, and cheapest too.
But it’s KTM’s new 890 Duke R that wins. Punchy, light, easy to ride and oh-so-agile, the beefed-up twin is the trackday-ready tool you’ll genuinely want to ride every day.
You get lots of top-level bling for relatively little cash, including fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Forks and Öhlins shock, Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers, ‘V3’ Pirelli Super Corsa SPs, a slip and assist clutch, span/ratio-adjustable front brake lever, traction and wheelie control, up/down quickshifter, five rider modes, self-cancelling indicators, LED lights and a carbon fibre end can tip.
Its multi-function 5” TFT dash remains, but it’s loaded with Triumph’s second-generation graphics, which are no better or worse than before. Having said that the multitude of display themes and colours to choose from seems over-complicated for the sake of it, when sometimes you just want to glance down to see simplicity of a clear speedo and rev counter. Bluetooth connectivity enables GoPro interaction and basic turn-by-turn sat nav functions.
|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||£160|
|Used price||£9,000 - £10,500|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||121 bhp|
|Max torque||58 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 alike, the lightweight Street Triple proved to be the perfect road bike for all occasions.
2008: Street Triple R. Hot version, featuring 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 geometr. 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 new-rider 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 in S, R and RS trim. Features a bored-out 765cc motor with more power and torque, ride-by-wire, full rider aids package (except for an autoblipper), slip and assist clutch, shorter first and second gear, chassis tweaks and a colour dash. Its motor goes on to power the Moto2 grid in 2019.
2020: Euro 5-compliant, added midrange grunt, refined electronics, autoblipper, new colour dash graphics and Bluetooth connectivity (including sat nav and Go-Pro functionality), updated LED headlights and styling tweaks.
The Triumph Street Triple R is a more economical version of the middleweight roadster.
MCN Long term test reports
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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2020 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2020 - 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Annual servicing cost: £55
Overall an epic bike that is at home thrashing along your favourite roads as it is cruising through town. Quality components everywhere you look provide a special ownership experience too. Provides huge confidence and huge thrills. Comfy too.
Top level equipment here. The road settings were too harsh even for me at 90kg, but dialing in Triumph's comfort settings made a huge difference and the bike is now much more compliant on rough roads but still provides a sharp handling when going for it. The bike inspires so much confidence its difficult to get your head around and steers so quickly it feels like its taking orders directly from your brain. The brakes are just mega, and provide spud-crushing retardation with fantastic feel and modulation. I just love them. I cant wait to get the bike on track to really explore its capabilities, but its equally at home bumbling along at a sedate pace should you wish. Its the dual personality I find so attractive with this bike.The Supercorsa's are also fantastic. I was worried they would be too racy for road use, but they warm up quickly and provide massive grip. They are wearing well and are decent in the wet too, way better than you would think so long as you are smooth with inputs. I don't understand complaints in this regard and I think Triumph were right to spec the bike with such focused rubber.
Epic. Smooth, surprisingly grunty and with a proper top-end rush. Sounds amazing up top with a hillarious gowl from the airbox. Fuelling is generally very good, with only a very minor snatch on very small throttle openings in low gears (notwithstanding the stalling issue). However, this is nitpicking and doesn't detract from what is a brilliant motor.
The detailing in general is one of the reasons I bought mine. It looks special and stands up to close scrutiny. In almost 2,000 miles, only a few stone chips on the forks mark the bike out as no longer being brand new. The body paint finish is fantastic, the stitched seat lovely, all the bolts look and feel quality. The genuine accessories are also superb. I went for numerous alloy upgrade parts, heated grips and scrolling indicators because I am a massive tart! all are very good quality. I cant stress how important it is to get a radiator guard and front and rear fender/hugger extenders. Well worth the investment.A couple of issues prevent me awarding five stars. Firstly, an indicator went misty and I experienced a minor oil leak from the alternator cover, but both were sorted very quickly and efficiently under warranty. Of more concern is an intermittent stalling issue when coming to a stop. It has happened 5 or 6 times over almost 2,000 miles and is a little disconcerting. Latest info suggests Triumph are working on a new fuel map to cure this.Overall though, its a quality product and one I am happy with from a reliability point of view.
Only had first service so far which was a very reasonable circa £55 as labour is included in the purchase price. I was impressed!Personally, I paid retail of £10.3k which I though was good value given the quality/equipment. I understand they are now £10.5k now, which still represents good value as far as I am concerned.Lots of mixed runs, including some steady A roads along with thrashing along my favourite routes gives between 49 and 50mpg which I am really happy with. Cheap to run for the performance!
Comes with everything you could ask for the cash. However, one thing stops it getting 5 stars and that's the clocks. They are crammed full of features, but some are just gimmicky and it seems to have been designed by someone who has never swung their leg over a bike. The tacho is cr*p, simple as. Its illegible in all options and really annoys me, why when the previous gen clocks were so good, did they do this!? please Triumph, provide a software patch for a proper simple tacho option.
Buying experience: Bought from A1 Moto in York. Buying experience was average to be honest but the service manager has been fantastic so far.
Annual servicing cost: £250
Overall a brilliant bike, my first naked after riding sports, this is just a fun bike to ride, it's quick, torquey and always puts a smile on your face. It's surprisingly good at cruising given its sports set up and those tyres (not good in the wet, despite what mcn report stays, even a damp road will have it twitching). But put simply, I can't see what you'd want more from a bike.
Brilliant handling, it's like riding a housefly. Brakes other than the squeaking mentioned above, are also brilliant. No complaints.
That small cutting out issue aside, no complaints, torquey, rip your arm off pulling, maybe could be a bit too sensitive at slower speeds, but that's being picky. An aftermarket exhaust is a must to let it sing.
Overall fine, but has some niggles. Intermittent (personally 3 times in 600miles but others report more or less frequent) is it'll cut out when your slowing down in 2nd or 1st and pull the clutch in. No warnings, no lights and restarts fine. Supposedly down to the lean running engine.The Bluetooth module/triumph connectivity - absolute disaster, £200 best left in your pocket or spent on a phone mount. Some report it to be buggy and glitchy, Mine is a step ahead and quite simply doesn't work. Dealers are clueless about the module and are relying on triumph to guide them on a solution. Nothing yet.Brakes are super squeaky, worse after the brake pad recall, I understand performance brake pads squeak, but this is something else. Mechanically, other than the cutting out, no relaibilty issues.
Servicing is pricey. Fuel Useage is decent enough, 45mpg or there abouts real world. 150ish miles to a tank.
The blipper is thing of beauty, never get bored of using it. The up quickshifter is a touch notchy especially in lower gears, but great overall.As mentioned above, the optional Bluetooth module is a disaster. Avoid. Wish I could turn back the clock and not bother speccing it. I'll be pushing for a refund on it soon if its not sorted outThe tyres, pure brilliance in the dry, awkward in the cool and wet.
Buying experience: Dealer, at launch night in Nov 19, for delivery on 1st march 20. Paid retail, but you do get a nice goody pack from triumph of a backpack, folder and keyring plus the pillion seat and single seat cowl. Also got the dealer to throw in a free genuine tank pad worth 27 quid
Version: Street Triple 765 RS 2020
Annual servicing cost: £160
I had a 2019 765 Street Triple RS and did 700 miles on it, and updated to the 2020 version, not disappointed one bit its a fantastic bike and an improvement Yes reccomended to anyone , Factory suspension setting a bit harsh for my bumpy roads, I may soften them a little, but at least I can !!!
Fantastic , slightly harsh on my bumpy roads, but at least I have suspension adjustment to alter away from Factory settings which are probably perfect for the track ...... Nit pickingon that though ..... Brembo ........ Fantastic !!
Improved with more Torque, quickshifter up and down good, nicer exhaust and sounds even better, looks fantastic as well , little point in changing end can away from standard, maybe u could save 2kg on that ?
I only had to adjust handlebar positions slightly to be perfect for me . The clutch cable covers the instrument screen at the bottom and its difficult to see if that could be improved cos of enough spare cable for suspension movement …... But I will try later
Only done 300 miles as yet ......
All very high quality named parts, Showa, Ohlins, Brembo . I got the screen + the engine protection bars …..which I hope I never need ..... Would be even nicer if the BlueTooth Link to Navagation and Camera was not an expensive add on , should really be standard on the RS top spec model (Think it is standard on the new Tiger 900)
Buying experience: Dealer. Bit poor because of personal change, I had to resort to Triumph Customer Care to sort out dealer ……… 2 hours later result !!! Well done Triumph Customer Care !!!