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Buyer's Guide: Triumph Street Triple

All you need to know about buying Triumph's best-selling bike

AFTER a crescendo of excited rumours and a frenzy of design mockups and spy shots, the Street Triple was launched in late 2007. Marrying a version of the 675cc engine from the Daytona with the looks of the Speed Triple, the Street Triple was a smaller, lighter, nimbler – dare we say it, more real-world – version of the iconic hooligan streetfighter. The icing on the cake was launch pricing of just £5,349.

The formula proved an instant winner: there was an initial waiting list stretching months. The Street Triple kept up the performance and has been Triumph’s best-selling model for the past five years, and the manufacturer has shipped over 50,000 units globally.

The standard Street Triple made 107 bhp, good for 140 mph, and 51 lb-ft of torque – over four-fifths of the latter available as low as 3,500 rpm. With plenty of oomph across the rev range and a perfectly balanced chassis and 167 kg weight making it eager and flickable, it was billed as one of the best bikes of the year.

An R version was launched in 2008, featuring fully adjustable suspension and uprated brakes – what was lacking in the standard version vis-à-vis the Daytona - and a slightly different riding position thanks to Magura bars, besides cool matt paint schemes. 

The new-look 'insect eye' headlights of the 2011 Speed Triple were also taken up by the 2011 Street Triple, and despite a universal 'urrggh!' from the public, found its way on the second-generation Street Triple the following year, as well as the subsequent R version.

Lighter, smoother and more refined, if less in-your-face than the originals, the second-generation Streets remain the benchmark for midweight nakeds that get your juices splashing about. 

Visordown owner survey

Seventy-two owners filled in our survey; we thank them for their input. Collectively they’ve travelled over half a million miles on their Street Triples, and we’ve distilled their reported experiences to bring you the vital information on this popular Triumph.

A significant proportion of owners, 41.4%, have the 2012 model, with the 2010 model being the next most quoted (14.3%). The R version is more popular than the standard, with 60% of owners opting for it. 

The majority (63.4%) of our sample bought their Street Triples brand new, and a further 10% bought bikes with less than 1,000 miles on the clock. But they’ve been racking up the miles rapidly, with more than 30% of the bikes now sporting between 10,000 and 30,000 miles on their odos; one respondent can’t seem to get off his/her bike, having racked up over 50K miles.

Tyres

Street Triples roll off the assembly lines wearing Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas, which are retained on 42% of respondents’ bikes, along with the odd Strada or Supercorsa. The most common aftermarket tyres fitted are Michelin (Pilot Road 2/3, Pilot Power, Power Pure), Dunlop (Roadsmart, Sportsmart, Qualifier/II) and Bridgestone (Battlax, S20).

Fuel economy

Striples seem to return about 40 mpg, give or take a bit varying on owners’ enthusiasm with the throttle. 26% of surveyed machines returned that precise figure, while about 11% of respondents each got 37, 42 and 45 mpg from their bikes. About 4% somehow get more than 50 mpg. The adjacent graph shows the miles per gallon breakdowns according to our owners.

Fit and finish

Triumphs are generally well-built and the Speed Triple is no exception; an impressive 97% of respondents said that they were happy with its fit and finish – the only significant complaint was about the R’s matt paintwork, with an owner saying it chipped, scratched and stained too easily. That's not to say the Street Triple is a perfect motorcycle; you can read about its issues on the next page of this guide.

Read about the bike's problems, improvements and accessories, servicing, used prices and owner opinions on page 2/2 of the Triumph Street Triple buyers guide

DEALER OPINION

Darren Roebuck, owner, A1 Moto, York: "The Street Triple is a phenomenal motorcycle, and I’m not just saying that. It’s our best-selling model – we’ve sold hundreds! It’s been around since 2007 but it still gets so much interest. It has a really broad spectrum of appeal – both genders, ages 30-65, and all levels of experience, whether it’s riders moving down from litre-sportsbikes or moving up from learner bikes. Hi-and-hers buys with the Speed Triple and Street Triple are quite common. 

"It doesn’t have major problems, and the engines are bombproof. There have been some niggles though. There were a couple of recalls for rectifier issues; the standard Street Triple’s rear suspension tends to lose dampening over time; and the early batches of the model with the new-shape headlight have an issue where the headlight plastics are prone to cracking. 

"Over 2-3 years of ownership it’s not a particularly expensive bike to run, especially as the residual values are really good: used Street Triples leave our showroom floor as quick as they come. Accessorising is very popular; I don’t think I’ve ever sold a standard bike! Flyscreens, bellypans and silencers are the three most common accessories."