2020 Triumph Street Triple R First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Triumph announced updates for the Street Triple R for 2020, with an updated engine, a up-and-down quickshifter and revised styling, as well as a lower MSRP than the 2019 model.

The 2020 Triumph Street Triple R still claims 116 hp at 12,000 rpm and 57 lb-ft. at 9400 rpm, the same as the 2019 model, but Triumph says the engine should feel more responsive thanks to a 7% reduction in rotational inertia. This is thanks to the more precise machining process used on the crankshaft, clutch and transmission that Triumph started employing with the Street Triple RS that was developed from Triumph’s Moto2 program. Triumph also refined the airbox and exhaust system, claiming a crisper, more distinctive tone (while making it Euro 5 compliant).

The engine has three operating modes, Road, Rain and Sport, with Rain mode restricting engine output to 99 hp. As with the RS model, Triumph modified the transmission, giving the Street Triple R shorter first and second gear ratios. The Street Triple R uses a slip and assist clutch for reduced clutch lever effort, as well as a quickshifter. ABS and traction control are standard.

Showa supplies the 41mm inverted separate function big piston forks and piggyback reservoir monoshock. Preload, compression and rebound damping is fully adjustable for both front and rear suspension. The braking system is comprised of dual Brembo M4.3 four-piston monoblock calipers up front and a Brembo single-piston sliding caliper at the rear. The Street Triple R comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.

Visually, the R receives the same aggressive styling update as the Street Triple RS, including a more pronounced fly screen and air intake and twin LED headlights.

Other features include a 32.5-inch seat height (30.7 inches on the low-ride height version), a 4.6 gallon tank and a claimed dry weight of 370 pounds.

The 2020 Triumph Street Triple R comes in two colors: Sapphire Black or Matte Silver Ice. Both come with red and silver graphics, a red rear subframe and hand-painted red wheel pin stripes. U.S. pricing is set at $10,500, down from $11,250 for the 2019 model. Canadian pricing is listed at $11,500 (compared to $12,650 for the 2019 version).

2020 Triumph Street Triple R

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Bore Stroke77.99 x 53.38 mm
Horsepower116 hp at 12000 rpm
Torque57 lb-ft. at 9400 rpm
Fuel SystemMulti-point sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI. Electronic throttle control
ExhaustStainless steel 3-into-1 exhaust system low single sided stainless steel silencer
Final DriveX-ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate, slip-assisted
Gearbox6-speed with Triumph Shift Assist
FrameFront – Aluminum beam twin spar. Rear – 2 piece high pressure die cast
SwingarmTwin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
Front WheelCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 3.5 in.
Rear WheelCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 5.5 in.
Front Tire120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire180/55 ZR17
Front SuspensionShowa 41 mm upside down separate function big piston forks (SF-BPF), adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and preload adjustment.
Rear SuspensionShowa piggyback reservoir monoshock, adjustable compression and rebound damping and preload adjustment.
Front BrakeTwin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 220 mm disc, Brembo single-piston caliper, ABS
Length80.9 inches (2055 mm)
Width Handlebars30.5 inches (775 mm)
Height41.9 inches (1065 mm) [LRH 41.1 inches (1045 mm)], measured without mirrors
Seat Height32.5 inches (825 mm) [LRH 30.7 inches (780 mm)]
Wheelbase55.3 inches (1405 mm)
Rake23.5° (LRH 24.5°)
Trail3.87 inches (98.3 mm) [LRH 4.04 inches (102.7mm)]
Dry Weight370 lb (168 kg)
Tank Capacity4.6 US gal (17.4 litres)
Fuel Consumption46.1 mpg (claimed)
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Barrylindon Barrylindon on Feb 13, 2020

    First street triple headlights i like, didn't like the round ones or the bug eye ones.

    Good value also, best fit and finish of all the middle weight streetfighters, good power, nice suspension and brilliant brakes. The weight is great also.

    The tft display of the rs is terrible, can't see anything in bright daylight. This one is far better.

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Feb 17, 2020

    Improved function at a lowered price from last year; that's a win!

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    • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Feb 18, 2020

      There's that. But progress is progress. At least the trend upwards in price for bikes is being broken by one of the manufacturers. C'mon Ducati, your turn!