Triumph Street Triple R (2013 - present)

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2013
Amazing amount of feedback, fantastic character from the engine
Hard to think of any
You might not like the headlights, you may not rate the exhaust but performance-wise this is the best Street Triple yet

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Submitted by LeedsStreet on Mon, 14/04/2014 - 22:39

Overall Review

What's not to like?

Strengths

Pretty much everything. Handling is light and nimble. Engine has plenty of mid range and a screaming top end.

Weaknesses

Preferred the lower first gear on the old model.

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Submitted by LeedsStreet on Tue, 15/04/2014 - 20:49

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Get one - you know you want to!

Strengths

Light and nimble. Just feels right. Engine is superb, lots of power low down, yet revs out to 12k with that triple wail! Gear change is superb, and even better with the optional quickshifter.

Weaknesses

Not much. Preferred the lower first gear on the older model; better for commuting.

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Submitted by LeedsStreet on Tue, 15/04/2014 - 20:55

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Get one - you know you want to!

Strengths

Handling is light, nimble and superbly balanced. Engine is superb; plenty of low down power, but also revs out to 12k with that triple howl. Gear change is perfect, yet even better with the optional quickshifter. Brakes are great and its comfy up to licence losing speeds.

Weaknesses

None really. Preferred the lower first gear on the older model.

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Overall Review

Excellent, the second street triple I've owned and the 2013 is far far more refined. The extra money for the R is defiantly worth it as the breaks are brutal and the suspension is far superior although not perfect as many revalve and spring the R's OEM gear

Strengths

Fantastic engine, perfect chassis and very reliable. Truly a bike that you can take to work and to the track. Very good fuel consumption (circa 48mpg) and pulls like a train in every gear across the rev range. Long gearing means you can comfortably travel through congestion without bouncing around the gearbox. Yet when you whack the throttle open you can't help but grin! Sounds like it's sucking up children!

Weaknesses

Very few.... VERY expensive servicing via triumph and has a tendency to eat tyres! Should have the quickshifter as standard fuel tank could be bigger 1560 mile range

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Overall Review

the finish is top notch with cap heads all over it and in s's not like the jap stuff that was the first thing i did was swap all the bolts for s.s cap heads

Strengths

To be honest all of it .sold my Honda cb1000r for it and its like geting back on my fireblade .but no sore shoulders or wrists

Weaknesses

not one thing think i have done something like 3500mi on it now in 5 weeks !!

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Overall Review

A fantastic little bike whether you are experienced or new to riding due to the flexible engine and sorted chassis and handling. The suspension is easily adjustable to most riding conditions, although the rear pre-load could be easier. As most reviews have said, the engine is stonking and really great for road riding. It might get stomped on by litre sportsbikes in straights etc but it'll keep up in the twistys and you'll still be able to stand up straight at the end of the day enjoying a well earned pint! Have been on long weekends away with luggage no problem and have a 12 day tour of the Italian Alps during this summer planned and have no doubts that it'll be perfect for it, no need for GS's and big touring bikes. A grin a minute bike!!

Strengths

Cracking little engine in it that surprises daily with how flexible it is. Sounds great when rev'd, even with the standard pipe (although I've got the Arrow which sounds amazing with the baffle out :)) The handling is light and the bike is too which helps aid manoeuvring it around in tight spaces. Very comfortable riding position, having had a Daytona 955i and a Tiger 955i before it's a great combination of the two, not to upright and not to tucked, just right! Have the flyscreen on it, but unsure if it makes any difference, but it won't matter as even at motorway speeds it's comfortable.

Weaknesses

Triumph's supply of accessories was a bit slow, and still don't have one part after 4 months! Attaching Kreiga tail packs are difficult due to the new cast rear sub-frame. It's hard to find places to put the straps without putting stress on the bodywork. Supplied Pirelli Diablo Corsa's are pretty twitchy in the wet and I'll be switching them soon for something more suited to everyday riding. Get's marked down one star on handling due to this but 5 star in the dry. May be 5 star in the wet with different tyres. That's about it really!

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Overall Review

It's a cracking bike to ride, and with the right suspension and tyres will handle everything from winter commutes through snow and ice to alpine touring in the summer or the peak district. 21k miles in 18 months and no major issues, but it's not a cheap bike. Starting at £8k and up these days, you need to budget for tyres, suspension, and some of the most expensive services in the business - even BMW owners will be surprised. 6k oil change is ~£200, 12k valves more like ~£700. But even so, with power you can actually use it looks like a bargain compared to the latest liter+ muscle bikes, and gets far better fuel economy and tyre/chain life. It's a sportsbike that weighs as much as a 125 but is comfortable enough to trundle through the lanes on, looks stunning and critically acclaimed as one of the best-handling motorcycles ever made. I can believe it.

Strengths

A genuine modern all-round motorcycle. Enough power to have fun, but not so much that you need it tempered by unnecessary complicated electronics. Impressive fuel economy, even when ridden hard - real-world commuting returns 55mpg, touring 60mpg! Beautifully lightweight and balanced, comfortable for hundreds of miles, and one of the best-sounding induction and exhaust notes in the business. ABS-equipped radial brakes are heart-stoppingly powerful, clutch is light and easy to modulate, torque is smooth and usable. Pilot Road 4's lasted almost 13,000 miles and the chain is still good at 21k.

Weaknesses

From the factory the R-version's suspension needs a lot of work by a professional shop to make it sufficiently compliant for British roads. Fork mods, shock setup - budget £300-400. The stock Pirellis are fine on a hot summer's day when they can warm up, but spin up at the slightest provocation in the cold or wet, providing all the grip of hard plastic in winter. Headlights are terrible - uprated road-legal bulbs sorts it. Servicing is very expensive, paint on tank scratches very easily. Wind protection nonexistant, even with the flyscreen, so you'll want to keep it under 90.

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