The 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS was absolutely unflappable around the Catalunya circuit. As the newest high-caliber version in Triumph’s 2017 arsenal of mid-displacement nakeds, the RS is almost at home on the track as it is on the street. The new Street Triple is the epitome of a bike you can ride to, at, and from a racetrack confident in its both its comfort and performance.

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review: First Ride

Graced with a new array of electronics including ride-by-wire throttle, Triumph Traction Control, ABS, and – most notably useful for diminishing lap times – a quickshifter, the RS stands to be included in discussions among epic streetfighters like Tuonos and Super Dukers. Costing substantially less than those larger-displacement bikes, the Street Triple RS is a much more affordable proposition, especially for those not seeking hyper-speed velocities.

The 2017 Street Triple is also available as S and R models which carry lesser performance and commensurate price tags. So, if you’re not looking for a Street Triple as track worthy as the RS, Triumph has you covered with more streetable models. Look for a future shootout with the Street Triple and its equals from competing OEMs, and don’t be surprised to see the Triumph Street Triple return to MO’s Best Of selections, as it did in 2009 as Motorcycle of the Year.

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  • azicat

    Tom I was really hoping that you were going to open the video review by stating “I wish they’d stop sending me to Spain.”

    • Repeatedly going to Spain isn’t the issue (especially when riding Catalunya in involved – love that track!), it’s flying coach that hurts. Once my eyes were opened to comforts of business class, I’ve been forever spoiled.


    Middle weight nakeds. Life is good.

    • David Varela

      Yes, old 700cc middleweights are now surpassed by a new class of 800cc middleweights

  • Born to Ride

    Interesting bit about the base model running the same cam as the RS. I think I’d rather have the torquier tuning of the R with the suspension and brakes of the RS. Like to see side by side dynos of both models.