The new Triumph Street Triple R is more responsive with excellent low- and mid-range torque characteristics
Triumph Motorcycles India has launched the all-new 2020MY Street Triple R BS6 at a starting price of Rs 8.84 lakh ex-showroom. The British marque has already launched the higher BS6-compliant Triumph Street Triple RS in the country, at a starting price of Rs 11.13 lakh ex-showroom. The ‘R’ is essentially a mid-spec ‘RS’. Triumph Motorcycles India claims that its latest offering is much “more accessible and affordable than before”.
Shoeb Farooq, Business Head of Triumph Motorcycles India, states that the Indian motorcycle market’s ‘premium middleweight segment’ is growing at a rapid pace and is becoming increasingly competitive. He believes that the new Street Triple R would be a strong contestant in this genre as well as a perfect option for riders wanting an agile sportsbike with “racing DNA”. Its power plant is derived from the proven Triumph Moto2 portfolio. Primary rivals include the KTM 790 Duke, Kawasaki Z900, Yamaha MT-09 and BMW F 900 R.
Changes & improvements
For its 2020 model year, the Indian-spec Triumph Street Triple R features a refreshed bodywork complete with new flyscreen, full-LED twin headlamps, mirrors, air intake, exhaust and tail section. The middleweight is offered in two colours: Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice. Diablo Red + Aluminium Silver decals, alongside red accents, stay common. It weighs about 168kg (dry) and has a fuel tank capacity of 17.4 litres.
Braking duties are carried out by Brembo four-piston radial monobloc callipers (twin 310mm discs) at the front and a single-piston sliding unit (single 220mm disc) at the rear, which is supported by a gullwing swingarm. The motorcycle rides on Showa 41mm USD forks and a piggyback reservoir monoshock. Both suspension systems feature fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound.
The 17-inch cast aluminium alloy wheels are shod with 120/70R17- and 180/55R17-section Diablo Rosso III tyres at the front and rear, respectively. Other notable equipment include three riding modes (Road, Rain and Sport), bidirectional quickshifter, slip & assist clutch, semi-digital instrument console, ride-by-wire, dual-channel ABS, traction control, etc.
Furthermore, riders can choose from over 60+ OEM accessories for better styling, comfort and safety. A performance-focused Arrow exhaust system is also included on the list.
Engine & specs
Powering the 2020MY Triumph Street Triple R is a BS6-compliant 765cc liquid-cooled inline-three engine churning out 116bhp @ 12,000rpm and 79Nm @ 9,350rpm. The engine is relatively more responsive and better on low- and mid-end torque thanks to 7 per cent lower rotational inertia. The 6-speed transmission has shorter first and second gear ratios.