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Triumph Street Triple S - Road Test Review

Triumph Street Triple S - Road Test Review

Snapshot: With the new generation Street Triple S, the company hopes to achieve what it planned, a few years back. And that is to garner the spot which has been left wide open for the Japanese.

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The company introduced the new Street Triple S in the Indian motorcycle market back in mid-2017, and we finally got a chance to swing our leg over the new generation Striple after a long wait of seven months. Striple has been one of the bikes which sit in a highly competitive spot, the spot in which Kawasaki has made its presence felt very strongly with its products such as Z800, and now the Z900. The earlier Indian spec Striple was considered an epitome when it came to agility, handling, and distinctive appeal, but was still considered a skeptical buy because of one and one thing only, lack of power. With the new generation Striple S, the company hopes to achieve what it planned, a few years back. And that is to garner this spot which has been left wide open for the Japanese.

Design:

The new Striple S receives a slew of design updates and the most prominent one comes in the form of angular twin bug-eye headlights which is characteristically Street Triple. The old hexagonal shaped lights were more on the menacing side which are now swapped with rounder lights giving the new bike a calmer, sedate look. The lights now also house new LED position lamps.

Apart from the lights, what’s also new in the design department are minor bits like a broader front cowl, sharper tail design, updated twin seats, shorter exhaust muffler, and the gull-wing swing arm is all new. All in all, all these upgrades don’t really bring any radical change in the way it looks, and that is a good thing.

The tank appears wide from the saddle, and that makes the bike feel big, but it really isn’t. It still remains true to the basics, it’s still slim and compact by any middle-weight bike standards. The fit and finish levels are the best like always, also you can see the detailed ‘Triumph’ logo on any major part of the bike you take a closer look at.   

The bike misses out on the full color 5” TFT instrument panel which is standard on its higher ‘RS’ version. It still uses the same semi digital-analog panel but now it displays a bunch of additional information including fuel gauge, current fuel consumption, range, odometer, trip meter, ride mode information, journey distance and much more.

Engine and specification:

The new 765cc 3-cylinder engine has been derived from the Daytona, but it gets more displacement due to the use of bigger bore and stroke. Compared to the earlier Indian spec model, the new engine delivers 40% more power and 30% more torque, which is a serious improvement. The engine now pumps out close to 111bhp of maximum power at 11,250rpm and 73Nm of peak torque at 10,421rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission, but our test bike also came along with a quick-shifter that worked like magic. The company has reworked on the intake as well as exhaust. Also, the engine is now Euro-IV spec fuel-injected motor with standard ride-by-wire but the bike misses out on slip-assist clutch which is offered only on its higher ‘RS’ variant. It gets twin riding modes namely Rain and Road, which can be selected using the button added on to left side of the handle-bar.

Ride and performance:

Turn on the ignition and the triple-cylinder symphony greets you with its sweet whistling-growl. The icing on the cake, our test bike came with a slip-on Arrow exhaust that further amplified its iconic triple uproar. The new Striple S weighs almost 2 kgs less than its predecessor, and with 40% more power and 30% more torque, the bike undoubtedly certifies to be called a hooligan. The bike now weighs 166kgs (dry) which makes it close to 9 kg lighter than its closest competitor the Ducati Monster 797.

It’s obvious, the bike has gained quite a lot of power which is clearly visible as soon the rpms rise above 3,000, and then there is a sudden abrupt tsunami of power that stays on until you hit the rev limiter. And once in a while if you are unlucky testing the acceleration, the front will lift up while hitting the limiter in the first gear, leaving you with nothing but a scared grin, and a near heart attack.

All this power is very efficiently handled by its incredible chassis that makes sure to deliver much-needed feedback, and precision a rider needs while cornering. The bike feels light and hence doesn’t require much of an effort even when riding in heavy traffic. Also, its meaty low-end torque makes the city riding a breezy affair. What also impresses is the reworked final drive ratios that allow the use of higher gears at slow speeds without a constant need of shifting.

But all this is let down by its overtly squishy front-end that though glides over all the minor undulations, but crashes into major ones, so much so that sometimes it will even impact the front alloy if you don’t pay attention.   

At the front, the bike comes with Showa 41mm upside down separate function forks (SFF), 110mm wheel travel and at the back it packs a Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock, 124mm rear wheel travel with adjustable preload. Talking about the brakes, it comes equipped with twin 310mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers and at the rear it offers single 220mm fixed disc, Brembo single piston sliding caliper. The brakes on both the ends work flawlessly in bringing the bike to halt without any drama.

Verdict:

The Triumph Street Triple S is a serious bike that promises much fun. It is surely not for novice riders trying their hands on big bikes for the first time, but if ridden sensibly, can prove to be a master tool to enter the world of big bikes. Its unmatched riding dynamics, incredible chassis, host of electronics aid, and triple-cylinder vocal symphony, makes it a complete bike, all you will ever need. But in a bigger picture, it stands in a spot where Kawasaki is offering something bigger in every aspect, and that too at a more affordable price tag, which stands as its fiercest competitor. 

Photography: Mohd. Nasir

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