For anyone who held out purchasing a Triumph Street Triple on a hunch the current model was being replaced by a newer, faster, better, more powerful version, you were right to do so. Today Triumph launched three new versions of the popular mid-displacement Triple, and by the looks of it, the new model appears poised to dominate a niche occupied by only the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Yamaha FZ-09.

If that last comment didn’t give up the goose, big news is Triumph transposed the numbers in the Street Triple’s engine displacement changing it from a 675cc to 765cc. Coinciding with the displacement bump are increases in horsepower and torque: 111, 116, and 121 claimed hp for the S, R, RS, respectively, compared to the claimed 106 crankshaft hp of the previous Street Triple, which spat out 94.3 hp to the wheel last time we dynoed one in this shootout. Of course torque has increased as well, with Triumph claiming crankshaft figures of 54, and 57 lb.-ft. for the S and R/RS, respectively, compared to 50 lb.-ft. of the outgoing Street Triple.

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A slew of other changes grace the new 2017 Triumph Street Triple lineup, some of which carry across the model lineup while others are indigenous to only the higher-spec R or RS versions. All three share the same 6-speed gearbox, cast aluminum 5-spoke wheels, 366-pound claimed dry weight, and 55.5-inch wheelbase, while also enjoying new bodywork, ride-by-wire throttle, and a new gullwing swingarm. It also boasts an updated LCD instrument cluster, ABS, switchable traction control, and Road and Rain riding modes. U.S. pricing for the S model begins at $9,900; $11,200 in Canada.

The Four-Thirds Shootout

Triumph divulged no pricing for the Street Triple R version at press time, but several upgrades mean it will cost more than a few C-notes over the S. Those upgrades include the aforementioned power increases, Brembo M432 front brake calipers, a slip/assist clutch, fully adjustable Separate-Function Showa fork, and fully adjustable Showa RSU shock, color TFT display, four riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, Rider), a five-way joystick control, self-cancelling turnsignals, flyscreen, seat stitching, and pinstriping. The R (and RS) also sport livelier rake/trail figures of 23.9º/3.9 inches vs. 24.8º/4.1 inches of the S model.

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From R to RS, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple gains Brembo M50 monoblock front calipers, fully adjustable Showa Big Piston fork, fully adjustable Öhlins RSU shock with piggyback reservoir, quickshifter, a fifth riding mode (Track), a chin fairing, lower chain guard, and pillion cowl. As with the R, no pricing was provided regarding the RS.

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All that’s left now is for us to ride one, or, better yet, all three. We’ll let ya know when and where that takes place, with hopefully a shootout between the new 765 Street Triple and MV Agusta Brutale 800 to follow close behind. And let’s not forget the updated Yamaha FZ-09, we should throw it in for good measure, and make things even more interesting!

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  • Junker

    Test rode a prior edition and loved it, but I couldn’t get past that nose. Still looks like somebody was trying a naked conversion, ripped the fairing off a bike, and couldn’t figure where to go from there so just stopped.

  • Old MOron

    “a five-way joystick control”
    Wait, what?
    They look like great bikes, though.

    • Andre Capitao Melo

      up, down, left, right and push

      • Old MOron

        Just sounds incongruous to me. Motorcycles are supposed to be analog, like a pinball game, not digital with joysticks. But you’re right.

        It’s probably a little jobbie like HP had in its keyboards, used to make menu selections.

        http://ep.yimg.com/ay/alan-fm/hp-nc2400-with-point-stick-brazil-keyboard-412782-201-13.gif

        • DickRuble

          It’s called a nipple and it’s the most used button on my ThinkPad.

          • c w

            Trackpoint:

            The greatest notebook pointing solution evar.

  • DickRuble

    Torque is disappointing.. It’s a naked bike for Pete’s sake.. it doesn’t need 122 hp..75hp/75lb*ft would’ve been perfect.. the headlights look horrible..

    • Born to Ride

      75ft-lbs is 1000-1100cc territory Dick. Knowing the triumph, the regular R model will have a table top flat torque curve. I don’t like that peak torque comes after ten grand on the RS model and it doesn’t get ohlins front and rear like speculated. If I finally get one after all these years of talking myself into more Ducatis, it’ll probably be the regular R.

      • DickRuble

        That’s the thing that bugs me about Triumph; they figured out ignition. Their engines seem, on paper, to be the best sorted out. The good thing is they don’t have a clue about the rest and live in the 1950’s.

        • Ian Parkes

          Dick, you are so wonderfully annoying.

    • Bruce Steever

      So you want a cruiser engine in your track-focused naked bike, eh?

      • DickRuble

        Hmm.. no.. I don’t consider a naked bike a track bike… A naked bike, to me is frankly a city, suburbia bike. For that purpose torque is more relevant, to me, than peak power. Does this seem illogical?

        • Andre Capitao Melo

          There are way more bikes outside the “pure” naked segment now, get on with the times.

        • Bruce Steever

          Not illogical per se, but the FZ-10, Tuono, Super Duke and others all laugh at the idea that track and street are somehow mutually exclusive. I’ve gone faster at Laguna on my FZ-10 than I do on an R6. YMMV.

          • DickRuble

            yeah… but you would have gone even faster on an R1M.. which is a more appropriate track bike.. and just because you can take your grandson’s razor to the track doesn’t make it logical or meaningful..

          • Born to Ride

            Assume for a second that you can only own one bike, and you do a wide range of riding that regularly includes canyon carving and track days, but you don’t want a RR bike because clip ons and rearsets suck for around town. This bike is the middleweight king like the Tuono is the heavyweight king for that specific application.

          • DickRuble

            I don’t have to assume; that’s where I am at. If maintenance and couple of other issues weren’t such a PIA I would’ve gotten a Ducati Multi 1100 with ohlins for $4000 a few months ago. It’s not naked, it’s comfy, it’s different, it’s light, it has all the attributes I needed.. Now I almost narrowed it down to the new Versys..

          • Born to Ride

            I have the Multi 1100S, valves are easy to do yourself and once you upgrade the collets you only need to check them every 15k or so. It beats the shit out of the Versys from the saddle IMO. But yeah the Versys is a bike that would likely go 200k with no issue from the motor.

          • Bruce Steever

            Feeble, but i appreciate your attempt. Other folks get the concept, so you’re one lost sale, but that’s not worth crying over.

          • DickRuble

            I know.. I was also one of the few who didn’t get the beanie baby concept.. and was looked at with the same condescension back then.

        • Born to Ride

          If all you want your bike to do is cruise you to the cafe or down the highway, then this is completely the wrong bike for you. For that I’d check out the Ducati Scrambler or Moto Guzzi V7. The street triple, since it’s inception, has always been about giving you the performance of a middle weight sport bike with the all day rideable ergos and power delivery.

          • DickRuble

            Actually I read somewhere that the whole naked bike fad started when manufacturers realized owners of sportbikes were not bothering to replace the fairing once they had crashed because it was too expensive. They figured the fairing was not that important.to those riders.. At least that was the story..

          • Born to Ride

            That may have inspired the aesthetics, but the naked bike market has grown because of riders that have realized that on the street, it is less fun to ride a bike that makes no power below ten grand and folds you up like a pretzel to ride it. Getting passed by Buells and Monsters and Street Triples on mountain roads atop your 600rr “racebike” must be embarrassing too.

        • randy the great

          A Street Triple on the track is some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a motorcycle. To say a “naked” but doesn’t belong on a track is robbing yourself of a seriously good time.

          • DickRuble

            If I were to race at the track, I wouldn’t pick a naked for the purpose. I don’t care what naked you race. You have zero chance against an R1M or a Panigale. And losing is no fun.

          • randy the great

            Well, duh.. Even Ray Charles could see that would be a poor choice. But, who said anything about racing? I thought we were talking about riding on a track for fun, like a normal track day. You know, because motorcycles are fun.

    • Kevin Duke

      Torque is mostly a product of displacement. The FZ-09, even with its extra cubes over this Triumph, only nets 50 lb-ft to the rear wheel. The 1050cc Speed Triple barely gets to 70.
      http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs/four-thirds-shootout-tre-cool

      • john phyyt

        Motorcycle.com Dyno chart shows 59.5 Lb-ft for FZ-09 . 60 aint 50 and this is one of the joys of this motorcycle.

        • Kevin Duke

          Thanks for clarifying! Yes, I meant the FZ “only nets 60 lb-ft,” which is still 15 lb-ft away from Dick’s hoped for 75 lb-ft mark.

  • Kos

    Such a great, ugly, motorcycle.

    Why pursue anime styling in a British bike?!

    • Born to Ride

      Compared to a Z1000 or FZ-10, this thing is downright classy. Even with the mildly-tamer-but-still-insectoid eyes up front.

      • DickRuble

        Classy?.. common…

        • Born to Ride

          Better than ugly.

        • Ian Parkes

          Nope, classy. You are doing good work when plastic doesn’t look plastic. It just looks right. The FZ-10, by comparison, looks like one one of those rubbish plastic toys that are just so not what you imagined when you asked for them for Christmas.

      • Tinwoods

        Eye of the beholder and all that. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Always amuses me how people posit their personal opinions as though they were fact.

        • Born to Ride

          Doesn’t take an art critic to see that Yamaha and Kawasaki opted for unconventional styling. Yes it is simply my opinion that they overstyled and ugly, but I think if you asked most people, they would agree that this bike is less “anime styling” than the Japanese offerings.

  • Shlomi

    I have the 2015 Rx, and the new RS should be better in every way. I care less for TFT screen, ride modes, and traction control, but the extra power, better brakes and suspension making a good bike great bike.

  • DickRuble

    Regarding the future comparo.. seems unfair to compare a 765 to a 900cc. Suzuki has a 750, BMW has an 800.. Even the fz-07 is closer. Kawasaki has the z800..

    • Tiago Lopes

      MT09 has an 847cc displacement, 82cc over this. MT07 has 689cc, 76cc under so only 6cc closer. As far as price and performance go the 09 seems to be the logical competitor to the Striple.
      Heck I think even the Z900 with it’s 948cc engine and $8,399 msrp should be thrown in the mix.

      • DickRuble

        You could have a comparison by price bracket.. $8,000 to $9,000.. A Rolex Submariner would probably fit right in.

        • Tiago Lopes

          There’s also the fact they’re mid-displacement sporty naked bikes with similar hp outputs, and not watches. t’s not too farfetched to imagine a buyer looking at one of these bikes could consider the others. MO has done oddball displacement shootouts in the past.

          • DickRuble

            It’s hard enough to find bikes with similar specs. When you add the constraint of price, it makes it even harder. If you then make the price one of the important criteria, you are bound to end up with motorcycles that don’t match engineering wise.. A matter of prioritizing criteria really.. I get what you are saying. If I can buy an fz-09 for 9K and it fits me better than a Street Triple that costs 13K, why not compare them.. The reason is: it confuses the reader.. As a clear example of that look at the comparison of the Royal Enfield, to the SR400, to some 300cc bike that MO did not too long ago.. They were all in the same price range but the CCs got from 250 to 550.. It was impossible to come up with a conclusion because the bikes were too dissimilar.. “Yeah, the Rolex was very comfortable and attracted plenty of attention, the attention to detail is unmatched, though the auricular sensations desired.. We couldn’t find a slip-on that would correct but the aftermarket should be strong”

    • Born to Ride

      It isn’t really unfair, anything it gives up in midrange torque, it will make up in razor sharp chassis and suspension performance, fit and finish, and aesthetics. I bet if you took the FZ09 and new STR to a track, the same rider would put down laps full seconds faster on the Triumph.

    • spiff

      Everyone appears to have a different strategy to their naked bikes. Unlike racing which dictates engine size. I think horsepower should dictate classes. Here is my over priced $.02. 35-50, 70-90, 100-120, and the 140+crowd. All figures at the rear tire.

    • Pierre Drouin

      I had a 675 before. I’M sure this one will trounce them all. Easy!
      The french Moto Journal once made a comparo of all the naked, FZ-800, Benelli-900, Z-750, 7 or 8 bikes in all, you name it. It blew them away by far altought it was the smallest in the bunch. Mark my word!

  • Jens Vik

    I want one, but I will never buy one as long as it looks like an insect from the front. I had hopes they would update this look on the new version. I guess this will be a bike for those who already has/had a triple and love those eyes.

    • Ian Parkes

      They did. It’s better.

      • Jens Vik

        You can put make up on a pig, but it is still a pig… 🙂

    • pontazza

      Sometimes you find out that a bike looks much different when you’re not looking at it on a photo, I bought the previous R model 3 months ago and many of my friends were surprised when I showed them the bike. That said, maybe I’m not the right person to judge aesthetics, I owned a Versys before! 🙂

      • Jens Vik

        I really want to like it, trust me. I’ve been at the dealer several times. I like to park my bike with the front towards my street/neighbours, but I would have to stop doing that with this bike 🙂

  • allworld

    I like the looks, these lights are much nicer than the last versions, not as nice as the round ones from the first gen, but an improvement. On paper it certainly is an upgrade to the previous generation, and it went on diet too, nice.
    A match up with the Brutale and FZ should prove interesting.

  • I’ll take a guess and say it will be a $1,500 bump to go up from S to the R and then another $1,500 to the RS. Right around 400lbs full of fluids, should be a riot!

    • DickRuble

      400lbs full of fluids? No, it won’t happen… You’ll be lucky if it’s 440. My bet is 450-460 curb weight.

      • Andre Capitao Melo

        The current street is 400 pounds, and they claim that the new one is lighter, so…

      • So you think fluids will add almost 100lbs?

        • DickRuble

          The last time I estimated it, the difference between bone dry and full of fluids (gas, oil, brake, cooling) was 60lbs. I forget which bike it was, but the manufacturer provided 399lbs dry.

      • Born to Ride

        Uh, why would triumph redesign the bike and make it 40 lbs heavier? The current model weighs in at about 415 wet and fueled. It appears that the only thing changed is the swing arm, top end, and suspension/brakes.

        • DickRuble

          They claim it’s going to be 13lbs lighter.. We’ll see. To be honest, I didn’t know that the outgoing model was 415. I thought more like 440.

          • Born to Ride

            Yeah, light and quick has always been the hallmark of the STR. I remember reading a thread where one guy put his Gen 1 on a serious diet and had it coming in well under 400 lbs fully fueled. Can’t seem to find it anymore.

  • JimC

    I actually think this looks good. I actually think the headlight has improved. If I haven’t always wanted a Monster, this would be a tempting choice.

    • Born to Ride

      I literally have that same dilemma. 5 years ago I bought an S2r1000 over the STR, then two years ago I bought an M1100S over the STR. This one may finally keep me from buying the M1200S.

      • spiff

        I sat on a Monster 1200R. Very ooh la la. This is the best sales pitch I have seen for it. https://youtu.be/T8e2mz99OiQ

        • Born to Ride

          Test ride one. It’s a riot. I had more fun in 20 minutes on it than I did in 2 hours on the SDR

          • spiff

            Okay, first sorry this has nothing to do with the Triumph. Who else has ridden both? Maybe you tom? You rode the 2017 SDR. They are close enough in price, and Vegas just got a Ducati dealership. It’s a crappy “Ride Now”, but a dealership within 150 miles is better than nothing.

          • Born to Ride

            Why is it that you can’t get a test ride yourself man? Do Nevada dealerships have a strict no demo ride policy?

          • spiff

            KTM dealership doesn’t seem to be cool about it. If I show up with some green maybe they would allow it. I bought my CBR1000 from Ride now back in 04. The finance guy kind of screwed me. Also, they would not let me test ride it.

          • Born to Ride

            Man that sucks, basically every dealership here does test rides. Except for the Japanese dealers…

          • DickRuble

            Maybe he can travel to your neck of the woods and test ride. Do you have some Aprilia, BMW, KTM, Ducati dealerships nearby? Might make the trip worthwhile, though… for each test ride you get you probably have to put up with high pressure sales tactics, financial disclosure and financing application..

          • Born to Ride

            At the KTM dealership and the Ducati dealership no. They have demo bikes that you are free to ride to your hearts content. That’s how I scored a 2 hour ride on the SDR. They actually encouraged it. Ducati also does demo days pretty regularly, that’s how I got to ride the 1200R. I actually don’t think they have a demo bike on hand for that model. But the aprilia/Guzzi dealer is a little more strict and hassled me about my intentions to buy when I rode the Tuono. “I’m in the market and I rode your competitors bike” tends to work though.

          • Born to Ride

            At the KTM dealership and the Ducati dealership no. They have demo bikes that you are free to ride to your hearts content. That’s how I scored a 2 hour ride on the SDR. They actually encouraged it. Ducati also does demo days pretty regularly, that’s how I got to ride the 1200R. I actually don’t think they have a demo bike on hand for that model. But the aprilia/Guzzi dealer is a little more strict and hassled me about my intentions to buy when I rode the Tuono. “I’m in the market and I rode your competitors bike” tends to work though.

          • spiff

            BtR, where you from?

          • Born to Ride

            Southern California. The dealerships in question are Moto Forza for the Ducati, and BMW/KTM of Murrieta. Both have a well stocked fleet of demo bikes.

          • spiff

            If they offer me a test ride then I consider and a good buying experience I would make the drive.

          • Born to Ride

            I have purchased 3 motorcycles from Motoforza, their sales staff is top notch. Call em up and ask for Mike, he’s a real straight shooter and I’m sure he has a list of all the models that they have demo bikes available to ride. Idk about buying from the KTM dealer, but I do know they would be more than happy to let you ride the shit out of their bikes.

          • Tinwoods

            I sold Triumphs at SoCal Motorcycles in Brea. They had many demo bikes to ride at the time.

    • DickRuble
      • Born to Ride

        Did Ducati kid hack your account Dick? If so, where the hell is my glorious introductory paragraph full of hyperbole, bravado, and enthusiasm. Get your shit together man, you’re letting us down.

        • DickRuble

          I retired the Ducati Kid character. This is the MZ kid 2.0.

      • Born to Ride

        Did Ducati kid hack your account Dick? If so, where the hell is my glorious introductory paragraph full of hyperbole, bravado, and enthusiasm. Get your shit together man, you’re letting us down.

      • Tinwoods

        My opinion, of course, but that first one is ugly, and that second one is downright laughable.

    • Dale

      I test rode the 2016. Liked the Speed Triple much better.

  • DickRuble

    Where’s the Ducati Kid when you need him?

  • Torkrench

    looks great except for the headlight pod…looks incomplete, a small lower 1/2 of the cowl would really help

  • Steve T

    Nice bike, the RS suits me fine. It has all that I ever wanted.

  • JMDonald

    If it had a SSSwingarm it would be perfect. It is beautiful.

  • Kevin Forth

    Looking forward to some “real” pictures of this bike. The HDR photographs from Triumph have such exaggerated colors and contrasts that they look like they’re from another planet. Regardless, I’m interested in this new bike. Wonder when it will be available in the US? I have 2 other Triumphs and am looking to add a bike to the fleet that has more punch than my Bonneville.

    • spiff

      You didn’t here? Production is based off Jupiter’s moon Europa. Trump claims he can get the jobs back for his new Brexit friends. Please no political talk. Just making a joke. 😀

  • Alex

    This beats the monster hands down after this nonbody should consider a monster unless you like a heavier bike with crappy color display, over price services, and expensive parts.

    • Born to Ride

      Or 20 more horsepower and 20 more Ft-lbs of torque in a handsome package that isn’t over the top styled like every other super naked. Completely different class of bike dude. Though if you were referring to the 821 monster then I agree wholeheartedly.

      • Alex

        even if the monster has 20 lbs of torque and 20 more hp it’s still 60-70 lbs heavier plus the rake angle is higher tol and longer wheelbase. It all comes down to performance not numbers the triple will outperform the monster.

        • Born to Ride

          Actually the new monster 1200 has sharper steering geometry than this bike and I bet the extra 2 inches in wheelbase is all swing arm to account for the significant extra power. That being said, I wouldn’t argue that a non-pro rider would lap most racetracks faster on the triumph than the Ducati. But I reiterate, that’s an idiotic pair of bikes to compare. Have you even ridden both?

          • Alex

            Yeah i rode both i really liked the suspension on the 1200 and i had the street triple r. I like light bikes. The triumph was definitely more flickable but it lacked on the torque department, something that will never happen on a monster 1200. I liked the triumph better because i am 5’10” weight 155 lbs, and men i the triple has the best handling i ever felt on a bike. Now with the power upgrade it should be close to perfect.

  • DAVID

    Reading all these comments……….HP/torque is nice but what’s really important is light weight and handling bar none!!!!!!!!!!! and the price!! if this thing really does weigh in at 400-420 lbs fully fueled with around 105-110 rw hp then maybe my heart might go up! The DUC supersport *REALLY* 100 rw hp for 12-14K crap for 2k more buy the 1200 monster 35 + rw hp same weight. LADIES and GENTLEMAN let the bike wars start DAMN SKIPPY.