Intermot: New Street Triple revealed

More than just a facelift

Posted: 2 October 2012
by Visordown News
2013 Triumph Street Triple

TRIUMPH'S new Street Triple and Street Triple R have been something of an open secret for months thanks to the inevitable spy photos during their development but even so it's a surprise to discover just how significantly altered the bikes are.

While the engine remains at 105bhp, the same as the old bike, that's simply a sop to its biggest market, France, where power is limited anyway. The rest of the bike has been changed in its entirity.

Yep, despite looking familiar, that's a new frame. While sticking to the same principles as the old bike, Triumph has tweaked the geometry – with less rake and trail than before – and added a new cast alloy subframe in place of the old tubular one. The suspension is all new, too, with a redesigned swingarm – which was needed to clear the other big alteration, an under-belly exhaust.

Shifting the centre of gravity downwards and forwards compared to the old high-mounted exhausts, the new pipe helps with mass centralisation and is key to the claimed handling improvements of the new machine.

It's lighter, too. All in, complete with a tank of fuel, the stock Street Triple now weighs in at only 183kg, 6kg less than before.

The stock bike gets 41mm KYB forks with two-pot Nissin sliding caliper brakes, while the R version now has fully adjustable versions of the forks plus an improved rear shock, as well as four-pot Nissins. It also gets an even more extreme chassis, with rake of 23.4 degrees (24.1 on the stock bike). A red subframe and radiator shroud mark the R version out. There's also optional ABS, which can also be switched off.

Accessories are set to include the usual tricks bits and an optional tyre pressure monitoring system.

Prices will be confirmed later this month, and the new Street Triple and Street Triple R are due in dealers in November.

You will be able to see this bike at the NEC Motorcycle Live from 24th November to 2nd December.

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I don't like it, I think it looks like a 250cc or a Suzuki Galdius...

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:20

I think it looks ok. The Street was never a pretty bike in the conventional sense. The new exhaust looks out of place, like it belongs on a moped.... I expect it will look awesome with the Arrow aftermarket pipe and all the extra plastic work. Which Triumph will surely empty your bank account for.

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 14:22

I really don't like that at all at the moment, frankly, it just looks odd. Saying that, I can remember saying all this about the '08 blade and I've really liked it for the past few years, so perhaps it'll grow.

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 14:48

I like it. I like it alot. TBH you need to have a look at in a few different views. I would change the exhaust, mirrors etc anyway. Here are a few more pics

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:01

The front looks okay, except they still haven't faired-in the indicators, but the back is horrible and no chance I could persuade my girl to get on that huge stepped seat. Shame.

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 16:45

bloody hell they've ruined it especially the R

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:06

I think it looks odd, like an insect at the front with mirrors and lights combo. Looks very Japanese. I certainly would not buy it on strength of those pictures. Hope the new daytona looks better.

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 05:59

That exhaust makes it look like every other Japanese naked out there...

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 00:32

don't like it. It was different the the rest of the pack but it's the same hotch potch as the rest

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:34

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