The sun was shining in North East England today and I got to take out the new, 2013, Street Triple "R".
How shall I tell you about it? Be a bit coy, ramble on, then give a verdict? - Or just come out with it? - No, I will ramble.........
Triumph have spent God knows how many millions developing a bike that was already top of its class. Is there really any point? You know how it goes, trick bits here, new electronics there. All for what - something that we probably do not need. So is this the case with this reincarnation? Is it any better than my 2012 Street Triple R, in black and gold with twin Arrow end cans, shorty levers and other stuff??
YOU BET IT IS MATEY.
Astride the bike it feels just like mine. Start up, pull away. Higher first gear is the first thing you notice. Needs a bit more throttle than I usually give - there's less risk of a wheelie - and it means, in effect, you can pull away quicker and easier.
On the move. What is it?? Longer wheelbase?? Different steering head angle?? It's not as "flighty" as we say up north. Less "skittish". A bit more stable. Rides better I think. Maybe not such a "hooligan" bike. Suits me, but maybe not everyone.
Did I mention the sound? Deeper, more throaty, not so much scream, more of a roar. Nice!
I found the brakes seemed a bit better than my very efficient "R". Was this imagination - no, just take a look at them. They are better. No doubt about it.
Something else - the seat. It has been redesigned and no longer pushes you forward towards the tank. A lot of people complain about this on the old model.
So what else? Quickshifter - not standard in the UK. MPG. Same as mine in the real world. 45 - 50 mpg unless thrashed.
Well the only downside I found was the mirrors. Very pretty - but useless. Triumph are going to do well in the "bar-end" market I think.
Overall? It's better. Quantifiably better. No argument!
BUT - visually it does not hold a candle to my 2012 Street Triple R, in black and gold with twin Arrow end cans, shorty levers and other stuff