Triumph Street Triple (2007 - 2011)

It's not very often that I get to ride a bike I genuinely can't find anything to moan about, but that's the case with the Street Triple, it honestly is that good
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£5349
Available from
2007
Stunning bike that is worth so much more than its price tag. Awesome.
Nothing.
With £2k taken out of the Daytona 675's pricetag, is Triumph's Street Triple the bargain sportsbike of 2007?

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Submitted by Carl Spencer on Fri, 22/02/2008 - 04:28

Overall Review

Very surprising bike. Reminded me of a 750 Brutale. Fabulous intake noise which its designers have managed to cocoon the rider in. Handling too is a delight though if you're like me and on the largish lad side you will need to add some foam to the seat and a stronger spring to the rear shock.

Strengths

Definitely the torque of the superb motor which is kind of weird considering it's only a 675 and I am used to the pull of a 1200GS! I took it up a very steep and high (read nose bleed steep) hill climb without any trouble whatsoever. Lots of good feel in the front brake.

Weaknesses

I have experienced the uncomfortable seat padding before on Triumphs - which really is crazy when you consider all we are talking about is a bit of foam padding. How much would that add to the production costs. Bugger all.

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Submitted by Hardhat_Harry (not verified) on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 22:53

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Best bike I've ridden for ages, even better than the Daytona for normal day to day riding. Test Rode at the NEC and later at Triumph back to back with a Daytona

Strengths

Engine is great, lots of pull from low down but revs like a four pot. Really great stable handling but quick turning too Quick and comftable

Weaknesses

Poor turning circle The price for a naked bike. Long waiting list

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Submitted by Krusty_G (not verified) on Wed, 17/09/2008 - 14:36

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Good VFM

Strengths

Engine Engine and Engine

Weaknesses

Front suspension a little too hard over fast bumps (paging Dr Maxton?) Brakes lack a bit of initial bite

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Submitted by tripgrrl on Tue, 03/02/2009 - 17:47

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I just had a really bad traffic experience where I needed everything my tripgrrl had in braking to stay upright. She did exactly what I hoped for and I survived without a scratch.....it was situation going from 80mph to 0 in no time flat and no where to escape. This bike kept me from getting hurt!!!

Strengths

I work at a BMW, Triumph & KTM dealer and have been riding for over 30 years. The horsepower and maneuverability of this bike are OUTRAGEOUS.

Weaknesses

I think with the new brakes and forks on the "R" this bike is PERFECT!!!

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Submitted by George's Shed (not verified) on Thu, 01/04/2010 - 20:13

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I have the Street Triple R (2009) and after the BoxerCup rep I expected it to feel gutless, I was totally wrong this is a very surprising bike for the engine size.

Strengths

The good bits, the riding position and wide bars make twisties an absolute blast, also good for the daily commute too as its very easy to ride slow in any gear, with a surprisingly clean pull even in 5th or 6th. Give it the beans and once it passes around 8k it's rushes in like pressing the hyperspace button, revs very freely and the sound is a bit addictive so you need a bit of will power to keep within the legal limit. As far as wheelies go I'm still getting a feel for it, pulls straight up in 1st and you can travel a reasonable distance but I've not mastered to clutch it up in 2nd yet (me not the bike) Gets around 130 mile before the reserve light comes on but I've been over 150 before filling up again so it's a good range. The strangest thing is I've become very proud to own a Triumph (last one I had was 1977) but I do think the European bikes have much more style (sorry jap owners) it's my personal opinion.

Weaknesses

The handing felt a sloppy when I first ride it but the factory suspension setting were way off, front was okay but the rear had 52mm of rider sag plus the preload and rebound were both set to 8 clicks out, a bit too soft for me but easy to adjust, now around 38mm 6/8 and feels a lot better. Tyre seems to have squared off quickly (qualifier IIs) but it has been the winter and not many dry roads, saying that it does inspire confidence and have scraped my boots on both sides. In the wet I have found the tyres excellent, just not sure how long they will last. Get quite a wind blast at or above 75, so won't please everyone. I have the front fly screen for looks more than wind protection. Really like the Arrow 3into1 but it’s expensive and not road legal so cannot make my mind up. Also find it a difficult bike to keep clean, lots of fiddly bits.

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Overall Review

Possibly the most seminal British motorcycle since...the Speed Triple! Maybe more so. So much more characterful (and better priced)than the opposition - Japanese or Italian. I've had mine for 18 months (having had an original FZS 600 Fazer previously)and I doubt that I'll ever again buy a bike I love as much or for so long. It's that good. The chassis is quality and although the suspension on the "ordinary" Street Triple - as opposed to the "R" - is non-adjustable, it's a spot-on set up for British roads. The Nissins scrub off speed with aplomb and the steering is light, positive and reassuring. But the star of the team is the creamy,torquey and, if required, mentalist motor. At high revs it's aural pornography. Gear changing becomes an option rather than a requirement such is the ability of the Hinkley powerplant to pull cleanly from low, low revs and fling the bike towards hyperspace. On the right roads, watch the 'Blade jockeys struggle to detach you from their back wheel. Street Triple - try it; love it.

Strengths

The sweet free-revving 675 triple, with its top-end banshee wail, is the heartbeat of this hooligan-cum-your-best-mate gem. Well screwed together with more presence than the entire Rat-Pack (pun intended)the middleweight Street Triple is cooler than Johnny Depp's fridge but combines its film star looks with serious performance, all day usability and an easy-riding experience that will appeal to newbies but not deter the seasoned rider. It's competitively priced and the early supply delays have eased. I waited 6 months from ordering mine until I took to the road but every mile has been a joy.

Weaknesses

Very little - it's no motorway tool or pan-European tourer but buyers know that. The turning lock is a bit crap....don't practice your u-turns on this bike. Accessories are not especially keenly priced but from which manufacturer are they? Otherwise...no complaints at all.

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Overall Review

Prior to riding the Street Triple I was Jap bikes all the way. After many years of riding I was after something a bit different and so set about test riding some Ducati and Triumph bikes. I remember jumping on board the Street Triple and thinking that it was very well suited for my short height (5ft4), I could reach everything without stretching and it felt light and balanced. Firing the engine up, it's nice and revy giving an awesome sound! =D I must admit, after riding sports bikes (GSX-R’s and ‘Blades) I was a bit apprehensive of the non-adjustable suspension on the Street Triple. During the test ride however, I was amazed at just how good the suspension was, not only did it absorb the horrible out of seat bumps but didn't tie itself in knots when things got a bit hasty. Knowing that it had less power than my GSX-R I thought the Triple would feel lifeless and slow but in fact I found the power a lot more accessible without having to rev it as much as the sports bikes. Power kicks in at a lot lower level and pulls all the way to the redline. This is now the longest period of time I’ve owned one bike for, and I love it!

Strengths

The looks! Its gorgeous! Good torquey engine Nice and revy Great riding position Decent factory suspension setup Good all rounder Attention to detail

Weaknesses

Expensive parts No inbuilt security (immobilizer etc) Had a couple of issues under warranty

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Overall Review

top of the class

Strengths

totally awesome middle weight street bike ,engine is amazing ,position of rider is ok ,mirrors are useable ,quick ,light ,flickable,this is my second one ,had a white one away back at the start ,then a bonnie ,now a red one ,triumph are the bike maker of the decade ,

Weaknesses

standard seat could be like the R version ,also no span adjustable clutch lever

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Submitted by tom k 2 on Wed, 12/10/2011 - 19:10

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a great bike, let down by the support of their dealers

Strengths

flat torque curve

Weaknesses

dealer support - the regulator went on my street triple (under warranty still). was told by the dealer that sold me it that id have to wait for 6-8 weeks before they could fix. The bike was my only way to get to work. The dealer in question was North City Triumph - Romford. Triumph dealer support has been shocking - i guess they sold more bikes than they have trained mechanics to fix

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Submitted by miuzikboy on Wed, 16/05/2012 - 13:51

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love it

Strengths

light, chuckable, loads of lowdown torque but still revs up to 14k+. Really encourages you to push on.

Weaknesses

Not great for pillions, not the most memorable exhaust note. the induction is louder than the exhaust! really encourages you to push on!

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