New Bikes

The most powerful Triumph Street Triple RS is revealed

The new Triumph Street Triple RS arrives with a more powerful engine, chassis updates, an equipment hike and fresh styling for 2020

The new-for-2020 Triumph Street Triple RS looks to set a new standard in the sub-1000cc naked bike class, thanks to Moto2-spec engine updates, more power, more torque, and improved rideability.

The new bike also features a revised electronics suite with improved riding modes, GoPro connectivity, and turn-by-turn navigation.

We’re currently on the launch of the new bike (7th – 9th October) so stayed tuned for our first impressions this week. 

Triumph Street Triple RS (2020) Key Features:

Engine:

  • Euro5 update to the 765cc triple engine
  • More peak torque, at 79Nm at 9,350rpm, plus 9% higher mid-range torque
  • 9% more mid-range power, peaking at 123PS at 11,750rpm
  • More responsive throttle
  • New free-flowing silencer delivering a crisper, more distinctive sound
  • Smooth, refined gearbox, with slip and assist clutch

To push on in 2020, the Street Triple’s been given the once over by Triumph’s Moto2 engine development team. They managed to increase peak and mid-range torque, thanks to a redesigned exhaust system and revised exhaust cam timing. Helping to make those improvements even more clear is a 7% reduction in rotational inertia, with Triumph claiming to make a big difference in immediacy.

One of the more visible changes to the 2020 model is the new, angular looking exhaust system. Triumph has adopted a twin catalyst system for the new bike, and it works in harmony with a newly designed intake for improved pick-up and sound.

The gearbox on the Street Triple has also been on a diet, with backlash gears being ditched, and a new short ratio first and second gear for improved acceleration – not that quick acceleration was even a problem on the old bike!

Styling

The 2020 Street Triple RS is the biggest visual change to the range since the 2012 facelift that saw the bug-eye headlights go. For this year, Triumph isn’t going quite as extreme but, like with any iconic motorcycle, even small changes will divide opinion.

The new lights feature LED daytime running lights that sit within the eyebrow of the new unit. Triumph is claiming the new set up is lighter and whiter than before.

The bodywork has to been changed, with a more angular look to the bike. The side panels, belly pan, and flyscreen are noticeably more aggressive-looking.

The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is available in Matt Jet Black with Aluminium Silver and Yellow decals, or Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminium Silver decals. Both paint scheme options include hand-painted Diablo Red wheel pinstripes and an Aluminium Silver rear sub-frame.

Chassis

  • Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc front calipers
  • Brembo MCS ratio and span adjustable brake lever
  • Single piston Brembo rear caliper
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins STX40 piggyback reservoir RSU
  • Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres
  • Slip and assist clutch

It’s business as usual for the new bike in terms of braking and suspension hardware, it still features the same high-spec parts as before, with Öhlins, Showa and Brembo headlining what is already a formidable set up for fast road and track riding.

Equipment

  • Enhanced TFT functionality
  • MyTriumph connectivity system pre-enabled (Bluetooth module required)
  • New Triumph Shift Assist, up and down quickshifter
  • Five improved riding modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and Rider configurable
  • Adjustable ABS
  • Switchable traction control
  • Self-canceling indicators
  • Ride-by-wire

The dash is now installed with the MyTriumph connectivity system, although a separate Bluetooth module will need to be bought separately. The system allows the user to control any GoPro cameras synced to the bike. It will also provide riders with turn-by-turn navigation. The Street Triple RS now gets the Triumph up/down quickshifter as standard, working in harmony with the shift assisted slipper clutch.

The riding modes have been tweaked to suit the bike’s broader spread of torque and increase in power; the riding modes assigned to the new bike have been completely redesigned. The modes adjust throttle response, ABS and traction control settings, and can be changed on the fly. Rain mode restricts power to 100PS for enhanced safety and control.

Triumph Street Triple RS (2020) specification

ENGINE TYPE

 Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder

CAPACITY

 765 cm3

BORE STROKE

 77.99mm / 53.4mm

COMPRESSION

 12.54;1

MAX POWER

 123PS  / 121.36 BHP (90.5kW) @11750rpm

MAX TORQUE

 79Nm @ 9350rpm

SYSTEM

 Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI. Electronic throttle control

EXHAUST

 Stainless steel 3 into 1 exhaust system low single sided stainless-steel silencer

FINAL DRIVE

 X ring chain

CLUTCH

 Wet, multi-plate, slip-assisted

GEARBOX

 6-speed with Triumph Shift Assist

FRAME

 Front - Aluminium beam twin spar / Rear - 2-piece high pressure die cast

SWINGARM

 Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy

FRONT WHEEL

 Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 3.5 in

REAR WHEEL

 Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 5.5 in

FRONT TYRE

 120/70 ZR17

REAR TYRE

 180/55 ZR17

FRONT SUSPENSION

 Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks (BPF), Adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and preload adjustment.

REAR SUSPENSION

 Ohlins STX40 fully adjustable piggyback reservoir RSU

FRONT BRAKE

 Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers

REAR BRAKE

 Single 220 mm disc, Brembo single piston caliper, switchable ABS

WIDTH HANDLEBARS

 775mm

HEIGHT WITHOUT MIRRORS

 1085mm

SEAT HEIGHT

 840mm

WHEELBASE

 1405mm

RAKE

 23.9˚

TRAIL

 100mm

DRY WEIGHT

 166 kg

TANK CAPACITY

 17.4 Litres

FUEL CONSUMPTION

 5.2 l/100km

CO2 EMISSIONS

 119 g/km

Join the conversation!

Let us know what you think, just sign up for a free account, leave a comment and get involved!
Register Now

Latest Reviews

Review
Review
Review
Review

Latest Videos

Feature
Article
Article