The Street Triple has always hit the nail on the head, astounding riders with its sporty chassis and storming motor – not to mention its affordable price. But the problem when you build a bike this impressive is that it starts to appeal to riders who aren’t its target audience.
Initially aimed at attracting younger riders, it wasn’t long before the Street was snapped up by the more experienced. In response, Triumph released the higher-spec R alongside the 2013 Street Triple complete with a more sports-targeted ethos.
But had Triumph lost some of the original bike’s charm? Some would argue so and, in an era of large capacity middleweights, the Street Triple was starting to lag behind, which is why 2018 has seen the launch of three new models.
The feel-good factor
It is hard to put your finger on exactly what makes the Street Triple so pleasing to ride.As soon as the engine makes itself known, however, the Triumph becomes something special. With all the Street Triples so far there has been a special chemistry between the engine and chassis that instantly makes you feel at home.
With a £1900 difference between the base and top spec versions, is there any need to push the boat out? Should we all be enjoying the fun of the lower-spec S rather than becoming obsessed by the eye-catching performance-enhancing additions on the R and RS?
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If you're interested in finding out more about the Triumph Street Triple RS then be sure to check out the MCN Fleet page, where MCN's Staff Photographer, Joe Dick has been using one as his long-term test bike.