Triumph India has launched the Street Triple in ‘R’ guise for a sticker price of Rs 8.84 lakh. The ‘R’ which is placed below the more hardcore ‘RS’ model is anything but tame and docile and is a serious entrant to the middleweight sports bike category.
How is it different from the RS?
Visually, the R is unmistakably a Street Triple with the aggressive design and plenty of cuts and ducts. The twin-pod LED headlights up front are more prominent now and there are new additions like the fly screen, air intake, side panels and the rear unit. Then you have the new silencer that is compact and the refreshed design for the mirrors also features added adjustability.
And finally, you have two paint schemes with a Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice, both of which, get the Diablo Red and Aluminum Silver decals with hand-painted red pinstriping and the red rear sub-frame typical of a Street Triple.
What is it packing?
In terms of performance, you get a healthy 116bhp at 12,000rpm, which is just five bhp short of the ‘RS’ and with a matching 79Nm of torque albeit at 9350rpm. There are rider modes on offer as well which can be switched between – Road, Rain and Sport. However, there is no custom mode where you can alter the settings individually. What we would have liked is the inclusion of the full LCD TFT display, but the ‘R’ features a digital monochrome instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer. Thankfully, you get the brilliant shift-lights; they just never get old.
The other prominent change comes in the form of SHOWA suspension for the rear instead of the OHLINS and the brakes too are the Brembo M4.32 instead of the Brembo M50 that is seen on the ‘RS’. Triumph claim there have been changes to the exhaust and airbox which have improved the exhaust note, but that is something we’ll have to hear to believe.
The 6-speed gearbox features similar characteristics to the ‘RS’ with short ratios for the first couple of gears and a quick shifter as standard. You also get Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres for optimum grip.
What will it go against?
With a price tag of Rs 8.84 lakh, the ‘R’ rivals the likes of the Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT-09, both of which are popular and will not make it an easy road for the Street Triple. However, the biggest advantage the ‘R’ has is how close it is to the more hardcore ‘RS’. And when you look at the almost Rs 2.5 lakh price gap between the two, it seems like quite the bargain.