Triumph India has just launched the new Street Triple S in India at a rather fetching price of Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-Delhi). The bike is the successor to the Street Triple 675, which was a blockbuster success in the Indian, despite being a tad expensive for a sport naked. One of the reasons why the old Street Triple did so well was its easy rideability and adequate power from the 79PS, inline-three motor.
The 2017 Street Triple builds on its predecessors stellar attributes and gets a larger, 765cc , liquid-cooled engine which now produces 113PS (Yes, no India spec detuned motor this time around). It also gets electronic aids such as traction control as well as road and rain modes that alter the amount of power going to the rear wheels. The Street Triple R and RS get additional riding modes as well as suspension upgrades. The 765cc inline-triple in those models also get a small hike in power, and Triumph India is expected to put those bikes on sale in India a few months down the line. All said, the Triumph Street Triple S has an impressive list of kit, especially when you consider the competition, namely the Kawasaki Z900 and upcoming Ducati Monster 797.
We rode the Ducati Monster 797 recently, and though it was a short ride, we were impressed by the nimble characteristics of the bike. The baby Monster borrows styling cues from the yesteryears Monsters and the big tank, exposed trellis frame is straight out of a Ducati Monster styling book. The bike is powered by an 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin motor that puts out 75PS only, the least in this group. The peak 68.9Nm of torque (also the least here) comes in at 5,750rpm, which is at a much lower rpm than the other bikes (73Nm at 9,1000 rpm in the Triumph and 99.6Nm at 7,700rpm in the Kawasaki). The Monster 797 and the Z900 get ABS as standard, however, they do not get traction control or riding modes. The Ducati Monster is set to go on sale at an estimated price of Rs 7.82 lakh (ex-Delhi) which makes it the most affordable bike in this group.
The Kawasaki was launched earlier this year and is the successor to the extremely popular Z800. The Z900 features a 948cc, liquid cooled, inline-four cylinder motor that develops 125PS, the most among the trio here. Kawasaki has employed a new tubular trellis frame and lightweight swingarm that has considerable weight savings over the Z800. That said, the Z900 still weighs the most at 208kg (kerb) when compared to other bikes in this spec comparo. How much of bearing does that have on its performance, especially in relation to the competitors can only be established when we road test and compare these bikes. At Rs 9 lakh (ex-Delhi), the Z900 is the most expensive here, but one must also consider the fact that the price includes add- ons such as crash protection and a fly screen atop the instrument panel.
For now, here is our spec comparison that gives you an idea of how the bikes stack up against each other.