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Is the Triumph Street Triple RS set for a big overhaul?

Triumph have teased a new Triumph Street Triple RS … and it could be the biggest change to the range since the facelifted 2012 model

TRIUMPH has teased a new Triumph Street Triple RS on social media which could signal the bike’s biggest design change since 2012 when it lost its famous bug-eyes.

The 20-second clip was posted on YouTube and social media yesterday and has since been viewed over 13,000 times. It shows the new bike being hammered around Jerez with one of the Triumph test riders at the helm.

The biggest visual change for 2020 looks to be a revised headlight set up. It’s almost like the Triumph designers are giving a nod back to the original bug-eyed headlight Street Triple of old, as the new headlights seem to blend eyebrow-like LED DRLs and a semi-circular main headlight beneath them.

Just visible in the picture at the top of the page is the same frontal air intake as before, with the small fly-screen instrument binnacle looking to be in place.

While the clip itself doesn’t show much of the bike, other than the obligatory moodily lit side profile shot, but it does reveal something else quite interesting about the bike. It’s the exhaust note. From the sound of the video (and it could just be the way it has been recorded), the bike seems to have lost the unmistakable howl we’re used to from a Hinckley triple. Instead, the engine sounds more muted and almost synthesised. As I say, it could simply be that this is the way the bike’s engine was recorded for the clip – I guess we’ll have to wait until the 7th to find out!

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