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Triumph Street Triple RS - Weapon of Chaos

Triumph Street Triple RS - Weapon of Chaos

Snapshot: Is this really the best Street Triple ever?

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With the introduction of the new generation Triumph Street Triple S the company announced that they are back in the business, and things got even more intriguing when the higher variants of the Street Triple S were announced that packed more potential than the base version. Apart from the base ‘S’ model that we got a chance to ride a few months back, we also test rode the high-spec ‘RS’ model which is truly the most potent Street Triple ever made by Triumph. Both the Street Triple bikes may sound like the same deal, but they are world apart when it comes to ride and appeal. For that extra Rs 2 lakh on the RS you get a slew of high-spec stuff that makes all the difference. So what was this bike all about? You are about to find out!

The most obvious upgrade the RS carries is in the way it looks. When compared to the base version, this Matt silver paint scheme along with the red stripes silently running across its body is probably the best match this bike can get, and you have to see it to believe it, the level of detailing on the paint is simply genius. This paint scheme totally highlights the best of its design be it in the masculinity of the tank which is not quite as visible in its base model, or in the overall selection of colors that makes the bike more premium than it already is.

Its new meter console looks cutting edge and comes with three different displays.

What about the inside, is it any different?

Coming on to the engine, it might be the same unit, but it is world apart in terms of delivery. It has a greater power and torque output which is delivered higher in the rev range. The engine in question is 765cc Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine which is the same as seen on its base model. It delivers close to 121.2bhp @ 11700rpm and 77Nm of peak torque hits at @ 10800rpm. It comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox which is slick and precise to use, and smooth enough in all conditions. Also, the RS gets a single directional quick shifter that only pushes the level even further. 

The pull from the engine as mentioned earlier is aggressive and will leave you with a scared grin. The earlier bike had a stronger mid-range but on the RS the engine has been tuned for a stronger delivery towards redline. You really have to keep the revs higher in order to squeeze out the best of this engine, which simply says that it is suited more for the tracks. It has a decent low and mid-range, but it is the higher rev range that has all the juice, and at that point, it shows its true nature. The power delivery is properly violent and abrupt, and the front hates to stay on the ground even on minimal throttle inputs, all that only comes out when it is poked a little.

The power delivery gets proper hooligan-ish toward the top end, and that’s where all the fun is. When riding in the streets or daily roads you’ve got to choose your riding mode very carefully as the delivery gets even snappier when shifting from Road to Sport mode, and then there is also the Track mode that disengages the ABS, but then again I really wouldn’t recommend you try our this mode even if you wear a cape.

The only thing that didn’t impress me in a good way was that there is a slight fluff in the fuelling as you let go of the clutch because it needs a few extra revs to get going, and that might cause bit of a situation making you look like a rookie rider revving hard to impress the side crowd.

How about the new brakes and suspension?

It gets Brembo M50 monobloc front brake calipers which are by far the best I’ve tested in class. In fact, some people would want to buy this bike just for the way it stops, it truly is in a class of its own. And it was only once I got back on my daily commute that I started to miss those brakes, as my daily Kawasaki ER6n doesn’t even have half of the braking power as on the RS. Another momentous upgrade it gets is in its suspension, it gets fully adjustable Showa big piston fork front suspension and Öhlins fully-adjustable monoshock at the rear, and it makes all the difference in the world. The ride is much more planted and focused. The front rides on slightly more travel and is stiffer compared to the one on the ‘S’, providing more feedback, and precise steering geometry, and all this isn’t much hard to figure out.

Verdict -

Well, it will be safe to say that the RS is a huge upgrade when compared to its sibling. It is clearly ahead when comes to ride, and feel provided from its revised suspension setup. It also has much better brakes and electronics. But the question is should you buy this over the base model, well defiantly yes if money is not a problem, and you promise to take it on occasional track days. But at the same time, if you are just an average guy, who has a tight budget and will be mostly riding only in the city, then stick with its lower version as that is more city suited.  

In short words, Triumph Street Triple RS is a weapon of chaos in the right hands which is easy to master and live with! 

Photography - Mohd. Nasir

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