Over the years, the Triumph brand has become synonymous with bikes that are not only powerful and aggressive, but also surprisingly agile and fun to ride. Keeping this tradition alive is the new Street Triple S from the British bike maker, intended to serve both as a capable roadster, as well as an effortless everyday ride. Let’s find out if the Street Triple S manages to tick all the right boxes.
DESIGN & STYLING
At first glance, the new Triumph Street Triple appears almost identical to its predecessor. However, a closer look reveals differences in detailing. The most prominent change in the motorcycle is the revised shape of its twin headlamp setup – shared with the bigger Speed Triple – that looks much better than the previous generation. Moreover, the new mini-windshield and the air-intake mounted between the headlamp setup make it look sportier too.
The styling may take some getting used to, but the bike surely looks dominating and purposeful. The twin-eyed look is reminiscent of past versions of the Street series and also the Speed Triple, but still manages to maintain an aggressively sport stance from most angles. The main perimeter frame of the bike, which is made out of race-spec alloy, remains unchanged while slight changes in the rear subframe are clearly visual. The fuel tank remains untouched while the smaller tank shrouds are new.
In terms of instrumentation, the Street Triple S gets a fully revised LCD instrument pack, as featured on the latest generation Speed Triple series globally. This allows the rider to select the riding modes, on the move or at a standstill, and access key information from the on-board computer, including odometer, fuel gauge, trip meter and journey distance. For the S model this delivers a speedometer, rev counter, riding mode symbol, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter and journey distance.
The tail section of the 2017 Street Triple S looks all-new with sleeker and sharper panels, and a split-type seat. The shorter exhaust pipe enhances the minimalistic appeal. Another positive change is the new gullwing-type swingarm while the alloy wheels have been retained from the predecessor as they were already perfect for the design. A seat height of 810 mm might appear a bit tall on paper, but in reality it’s not. Triumph has designed the split seats in a manner that enables the rider to comfortably position himself for both long journeys and short jaunts.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This is the area where the most significant change on the new Street Triple S has been carried out. Like its predecessor, the new in-line three-cylinder motor is based on the Triumph Daytona engine, but bore and stroke has been increased on the new motor, with displacement being increased to 765 cc from 675 cc on the outgoing model. What has changed significantly is the performance, courtesy the additional power and torque. The new Street Triple S makes over 111 hp of power at 11,250 rpm and peak torque of 73 Nm at 10,421 rpm, which is an almost 40 % increase in power and 30 % increase in torque over the outgoing model.
In terms of real world riding, the new 765cc Street Triple engine delivers a major step up when it comes to power and torque delivery. With more than 80 new parts across the range, including a new crank, pistons and Nikasil-plated aluminium barrels, the result is a significant advance in performance, particularly low-down and in the mid-range. The model come with its own unique engine set-up, ECU and tune, tailored to deliver the character, power and performance best suited to the bike’s style of ride and rider.
The change in performance is evident from the get go. There is more grunt lower in the revs, so unlike the outgoing model, there’s significant push and pull from as low as 3,000 rpm, without any urgency from the engine. The short stock exhaust is adequate and complements the intake roar to make the three-cylinder sound neat yet sporty.
The engine feels quite refined and the power delivery is almost linear across the rev range. The mid-range delivery impresses but the winning part comes after that. The six-speed gearbox also offers shorter ratios like a track bike, especially in the first and the second gear. Moreover, a dry weight of 166 kg makes it one of the lightest motorcycles in its category.
There are two riding modes on the Street Triple S, which help the rider better harness the increased power and torque in every riding condition. A richer sound track, from a lighter, free flowing exhaust and revised air box delivers a relaxed and more distinctive induction sound. Stronger acceleration figures and slicker gear changes are achieved through a combination of revised gearbox geometry and shorter 1st and 2nd gear ratios.
The bike’s different throttle maps, combined with the ABS and traction control settings, enable the rider to extract maximum torque and traction in both the riding modes and offer crisper, more precise and more accurate throttle response, with improved on/off throttle transition. Traction control settings on the new S can be managed via the instrument menu, by selecting ‘road’ or ‘rain’ riding modes, each with a dedicated level of traction control built in.
As an accessory, Triumph is offering a Quickshifter, which allows for clutchless upshifts that are up to 2.5 times quicker than a skilled rider using a standard clutch upshift. The Street Triple S features new LED position light headlights, which are around five times brighter than the previous generation bulb sidelight.
SUSPENSION & BRAKING
The bike features 41 mm separate function inverted forks at the front and a preload adjustable monoshock with a piggyback reservoir at the rear. The setup provides an optimum ride experience and one can hardly feel minor undulations of the road. However, the extremely low ground clearance of just 130mm might take rider by surprise, letting the bottom of the bike be abused by speed breakers. Hence, going easy over potholes would be a boon for the underbelly of the S.
The wheels come shod with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres which offer max grip at any speed, on straights as well as during hard cornering. The new gullwing swingarm reduces overall length, providing better agility. However, the softer set suspension tuning does not allow quick transactions to lean in the corners which one can do on some other supersport motorcycles in this segment. This, however, must be because the Street Triple S is intended to be equally at ease on the roads and not just on the track.
Braking duties are well handled by twin 310 mm discs at the front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers, along with a 220mm disc at the rear with twin-piston caliper. The entire set-up has been retained from the predecessor and it performs pretty well in terms of feedback and progression. The ABS in the previous generation was switchable but the new model gets the feature of being always on.
RIDE & HANDLING
This is the most commendable aspect of the new Street Triple’s accolades. The rider instantly feels at ease with the ergonomics and forgets the high speeds and power figures the bike’s capable of. Unlike many of its rivals, the S lets the rider settle in his own comfort zone and then launches itself hard to its full capability, depending upon the rider’s skill level. This is a combination of engine smoothness, an easy-shifting gearbox and a sophisticated new suspension setup. The combination is simply marvellous and makes the Triumph Street Triple S feel properly plush and posh on good roads.
Compared to the 2016 Triumph Street Triple, the performance and the ability to put the power down over intermediate roads is dramatically different. Moreover, the fact that the suspension can absorb little ripples means the rider is more likely to have the throttle open most of the time, which means the rider is going faster despite variable conditions.
The even spread of torque across the rev range is a bliss for new riders. The lower gearing of the new Street Triple S changes how it behaves in traffic conditions. Lowering the final drive ratio was one of the favourite mods on the older Street Triple. The lower gearing on the new bike now allows the rider to trundle along in higher gears smoothly through light traffic. More importantly, the rider almost never has to think about shifting to a lower gear to overtake.
Priced at Rs 8.50 lakh, ex-showroom pan-India, the Street Triple S from Triumph does manage to tick all the right boxes. It rides well, handles well and stops well too. The chassis and suspension combo makes for a great riding experience and the engine has ample torque for regular city commutes as well as the weekend adventure getaway to the hills or the woods. This, coupled with a comfortable seat and riding position, means that owners will certainly have a good time on this machine.
TEXT: Anwesh Koley
PHOTO: Bharat Bhushan Upadhyay