The Triumph Street Triple is one of the most popular offerings in the middleweight street-naked motorcycle segment and also one of the best-selling products made by Triumph worldwide. In January 2017, they updated the lineup with three new models – the Street Triple S, Street Triple R and the top-spec Street Triple RS.
As of now, India can only get its hands on the Street Triple S which is priced at Rs 8.71 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). The motorcycle, known for being one of the most fun offerings to ride in its segment, is pretty much new in several aspects. This, raises the question of whether it still manages to be as good, or perhaps, has it become better than before?
Let’s find out.
The new Street Triple gets updated styling with more prominent, sharper lines running across. Overall, it looks a lot smarter and modern as compared to the previous model. To the untrained/unfamiliar eye, though, spotting the changes could take some time.
The most prominent one includes the addition of a wind deflector which actually provides decent prevention of wind blasts even at highway speeds. The updated tank cowls have lesser bodywork than before which go a long way in making the bike feel less busy and more purposeful.2017 Triumph Street Triple S looks sharper than before. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The new headlamp cluster now gets LED-position lights and DRLs which carry the familiar bug-eyed face of the ‘Triple’ series by Triumph. Since the Street Triple had to cope up with stricter emission norms, it meant a stubbier exhaust. But the designers at Triumph have managed to conceal it pretty well and surprisingly, seems more compact than before. From the back, it gets a sharper tail section and the split seats give it a high-er tail look than before.
The instrument cluster has been updated too, although not so much so in terms of design. It now displays all the relevant information that a rider would require and now gets a blacked-out treatment which looks good.2017 Triumph Street Triple S gets an updated instrument cluster. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The best part about the Street Triple is what lies at its heart – the all-new 765cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is based on the Daytona. But that’s not it.
The magic lies in the good-old method of achieving a good power to weight ratio. To give you a perspective, the Kawasaki Z650 has a kerb weight of about 186 Kg and develops about 67 BHP. The Ducati Monster 797 weighs about 175 Kg (dry) and churns out about 73 BHP. The Triumph, on the other hand, weighs only 166 Kg (dry) and delivers a whopping 111 BHP. The torque output of the Street Triple is 73 Nm, which is also one of the highest in its segment. Hence, needless to say, the bike offers great acceleration, feels light and agile – all of which – make for a riding experience unlike any other.The 2017 Triumph Street Triple S manages to stick true to its bug-eyed themed design. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Of course, the numbers only tell half of the story, but Triumph seems to have covered all bases. The tyres offered are Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas which offer plenty grip and there’s plenty of electronics and rider aids too. This includes ABS, switchable traction control and ride-by-wire that makes way for riding modes as well. On the Street Triple ‘S’, there are two riding modes – Road and Rain. They don’t really alter the amount of power being sent to the wheel but instead fiddle around the ABS and traction control’s intervention levels which makes it a really valuable addition.
The Street Twin had a very capable chassis and now, the bike extracts even more out of it. Also, lest we forget, the on-off throttle transitions are just so smooth and when you couple that with the refinement of the in-line three unit and the slick 6-speed gearbox – the overall result is really pleasant. Making things a bit more interesting is the fact that the first two gear ratios are shorter now which means that those zero-to-whatever-km/h sprints are more engaging.The 2017 Triumph Street Triple S gets Nissin brakes at the front which provide good feedback and bite. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The rear suspension is preload adjustable which means you can alter the ride dynamics to an extent for different road conditions as per your taste.
What’s Not So Cool?
No motorcycle is perfect and the Street Triple S has its share of shortcomings too. While looks are subjective, for us, it didn’t differentiate itself enough from the previous model and lacked the ‘wow’ factor that its rivals are capable of offering at first glance. Also, a bike that performs this well could have used a bit more… drama.The 2017 Triumph Street Triple S gets a new wind deflector. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Yes, it is quick but it also comes with a premium price tag. And if performance is really what takes priority for you, then it is important to note that Triumph will bring in the higher-spec and more powerful ‘R’ and ‘RS’ variants to India in the coming time, that get a lot more bells and whistles than this one.
The Triumph Street Triple S competes against the likes of the Ducati Monster 797, Kawasaki Z650 and the Benelli TNT 600i in India.The Street Triple also comes with proper grab rails at the back for pillion rider's convenience. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
So at the end of the day? How and what is the Street Triple S? And, is it worth the premium price tag?
As for how and what, the Street Triple is an absolute joyride that gets electronic rider aids and safety package that actually give you the confidence to experience it at its best. It’s new, updated and can put to shame even higher capacity motorcycles in terms of sheer riding feedback. It has a great power to weight ratio and whatever you may still be left wanting for, if there’s any that is, will be forgotten thanks to the new airbox which make it sound louder and borderline eargasmic.
As for the big question of whether it’s worth it. Well let me put it this way, the Street Triple was always a brilliant machine and yes, it did come with a premium price tag as well even before. Now, it has become even better in almost every aspect and once you have a go at it, the giggles inside your helmet will tell you why it costs what it costs.
And above all, underneath all that bodywork lies the soul of Daytona 675 – something that you can’t put a price on.