Main Motorcycle: Duh! '09 Street Triple R
Join Date: Apr 2011
Other Motorcycle: 2010 Street Triple R
Extra Motorcycle: 1966 Suzuki X-6,
Hi All, I know this thread is a bit dated but, I just found it and thought that I would chime in.
I am a MSF Instructor and a Total Control Instructor. Yes, Lee Parks does have a Street Triple R, I have 2 of them and several other Total Control instructors have them as well. (What can I say, they’re just plain fun to ride!) We all acknowledge that the Street Triple has less than optimal turning radius. As Instructors, we all are adept at turning bikes around in very tight spaces but, the Street Triple handlebars just don’t turn far enough. Using every trick I know, my Street Triples still turn wider than the rest of my bikes.
Something else that may surprise you is that we all have a complaint about the lack of trail in the Street Triple. Yes, the Street Triple has too little trail. Lee has already added 7mm of trail to his bike and is looking for more. There are several ways to do this.
What does lack of trail have to do with the lack of turning radius? The solution to one poses the opportunity to solve the other.
I have been working with Attack Performance for the last year to develop a triple clamp for our bikes that has adjustable offset and will accept our handlebars. I currently have two sets at the anodizer, one for me and one for Lee. When Attack made them they designed them for adjustable offset (trail) as well as adjustable steering stops.
Depending on the amount of offset that is used on the new triples, the steering radius will have the ability to be increased. (To increase trail the forks need to be moved back toward the steering axis which in turn brings the fork tubes closer to the frame rails which is the limiting factor for the steering radius.) If you left the offset at the stock position (or close to it), the steering radius could be increased.
I should have my set mounted in the next week or so and I’ll try to update the forum as to the results.
Total Control and MSF Instructor.