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2023 Triumph Street Triple R & RS | Double Triple Threat | First Ride Review

The Street Triple moniker has been around since 2007 and has been regarded as the best in the segment. Triumph has only gone forth to make it even better.

For

2023 Street Triple RS
- Incredible handling, top-tier equipment, breath taking triple symphony

2023 Street Triple R
- Practicality, Improved Performance, and Comfort, the more accessible price tag

Against

2023 Street Triple RS
- Windblast, slow TFT

2023 Street Triple R
- Comparatively lower ground clearance, also windblast

Exterior

2023 Triumph Street Triple RS

In person, the new Street Triple looked absolutely stunning. I remember the previous iteration being a bit more conservative with its appearance, but this one looked a lot more aggressive. Gone were the curvy lines and the plain appearance. Instead, you had a more angular and sharper overall silhouette. The headlamp was new and looked much more similar to the ones on the current-gen Speed Triple.

No panels have been carried over, and Triumph has even ditched the old metal fuel tank for a plastic one. Triumph has also now raised the tail of the motorcycle to give it better attack ergonomics which could affect ergonomics for shorter riders. Fortunately for you, Triumph provides an accessory lowered seat to make it more accessible.

The Street Triple RS’s overall design looks much more polished and mature. The overall silhouette of the motorcycle remains essentially the same and isn’t a vast departure from the Street Triple that came before it. But hey, if it ain’t broke, then it needs no fixing. There are three new shades available with the new RS: a sexy shade of red, a vibrant shade of yellow and a good old silver. My favourite was the red; coming in close is probably the yellow. Enough about its looks; let me tell you how it performed on the street.

 

2023 Triumph Street Triple R

The Street Triple R looks just as handsome as the RS, minus a bit of that spit and polish. The only thing that sets it apart from the RS visually is the colours, the lack of a cowl for the pillion seat, the narrower handlebars with the lack of bar end mirrors and the omission of a belly cowl. Apart from the broader handlebars, the rest are things any owner can opt for from the Triumph catalogue in case you fancy the looks of the RS but prefer the ergonomics of the R. The all-new Street Triple R is a handsome-looking motorcycle and now comes better equipped than before.

You get a new speedometer that you can also find on the Tiger Sport and the Trident. Its functionality is minimal, but I preferred it over the RS mainly due to how much more responsive and intelligible it was. I prefer function over form when it comes to a speedometer, and the R, for me, has the perfect blend of tech and tactility over the RS.



TopGear Magazine June 2024