OVERDRIVE already discussed all the details of the three new models of the 2017 Triumph Street Triple, the base S, the middle R and the top-end, racetrack-oriented Triumph Street Triple RS. Triumph has now started selling the first of its three Street Triples, the base S model in India. The new Triumph Street Triple S goes up against its arch-nemesis in India, the Kawasaki Z900, which is also new this year. The Triumph Street Triple S is priced at Rs 8.50 lakh, ex-Delhi.
The new motorcycle is powered by a new 765cc 3-cylinder engine that has both more bore and stroke than the old (Daytona) 675 but is more oversquare in design. Peak varies across the three models of the Triumph Street Triple, but the S model makes 113PS. See our technical story for the full low-down in the new motorcycle. The engine is matched to a 6-speed gearbox with chain final drive. The new engine is liquid-cooled and fuel-injected but now the platform incorporates ride-by-wire. In terms of electronics, this brings traction control to the Street Triple for the first time.
The aluminium beam frame and new ‘gullwing’ swingarm form the basis of the chassis. Again, Triumph makes a differentiation among the three models by endowing the Street Triple R and RS models with the well-appreciated sharper steering geometry from the 2016 R models. The 2017 S models gets slightly more rake and more trail though it sits on the same wheelbase and weighs 2kg less than the outgoing model. The big change is the suspension. Showa supplies the Separate Function Fork that does such a stellar job, for example, on the Kawasaki Versys 650. Showa also supplies the rear preload adjustable monoshock. Brakes are ABS-equipped Nissin twin discs up front. The R and RS models will add higher specification for both the suspension and the brakes.
All this is wrapped in the sleek new bodywork that is fresh but extremely familiar. It feels like the proportions of the Triumph Street Triple have been refined to a fine point. The headlight and crest seem to have come directly off the new Triumph Speed Triple – a model Triumph still doesn’t retail in India. The rear of the motorcycle owes a lot to the Triumph Street Triple RX model which, in turn, borrowed the sleeker tail unit and split seat configuration of the Daytona 675. But these panels and the smaller radiator cowls make the new Street Triple look very good indeed.
The new CKD-assembled motorcycle is priced at Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Triumph is officially taking bookings now, deliveries start in a phased manner from next week. Available in red and black colour schemes, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple S is a solid upgrade on the previous model at a price increment. However, the Triumph Street Triple has always been an excellent but expensive sport-naked middleweight. The new one certainly is better value – the increment in price from the old is roughly Rs 15,000-20,000, according to Triumph. Which is an excellent news!
Watch for a riding story shortly on OVERDRIVE.