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.


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.


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.


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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