2013 Triumph Street Triple/Street Triple R - First Look

Big changes for our favorite little Triumph Triple.

Triumph Street Triple R - right-side 3/4 view

2013 Triumph Street Triple R (Crystal White) right-side 3/4 view

Triumph pulled the wrapper off a redesigned Street Triple at the big Intermot Show in Germany and displayed a significant upgrade to one of our favorite middleweight projectiles. Highlights: an all-new aluminum frame, 13 pounds less weight, standard ABS and a 105-horsepower 675cc Triple with 50 foot-pounds of torque.

Street Triple

We here at CW have been big fans of the Speed Triple's little bro ever since it showed up in 2008, in large part due to the aural signature of its revvy inline-Three, so maybe it's not a big deal that Triumph seems to have left the engine alone. Instead of powering it up, the engineers pared the weight down to a claimed 403 pounds (all gassed up), thereby improving the power-to-weight ratio a little.

A new aluminum twin-spar frame using fewer pieces and fewer welds is partially responsible for the weight reduction; Triumph says the frame is optimized for dynamic, agile handling. Rake has been steepened a smidgen, from 24.3 to 24.1 degrees, while trail is 0.5mm longer at 99.6mm. A two-piece high-pressure die-cast rear subframe bolts onto the frame, and an all-new low-mount exhaust redistributes the bike’s center of mass, likewise contributing to its improved handling characteristics, says Triumph. A 41mm KYB fork controls the front wheel, with Nissin two-piston calipers squeezing 310mm discs up front. The now-standard ABS system can be switched off if desired.

Complete with engine immobilizer, two-year warranty, comprehensive LCD instrumentation, big analog tachometer, lap timer, clock and all the other things you’d expect, the Street Triple will be available in Phantom Black, Crystal White or Caribbean Blue.

Street Triple R

For a few pennies more (actually, Triumph hasn’t yet released prices), opting for the “R” model gets you a three-way-adjustable, 41mm inverted fork and a shock that’s adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Instead of the base bike’s two-piston front calipers, the R’s 310mm rotors are clamped by more-powerful four-piston Nissin radial calipers. Slightly quicker steering geometry—23.4 degrees of rake and 95mm of trail—provides the R with quicker handling characteristics for harder-charging riders. You can identify the R-model by its red subframe, red pinstriped rims and the big “R” on its radiator shroud. Colors are Phantom Black, Crystal White or Matte Graphite.

Both the Street Triple and Street Triple R should be in showrooms by January, says Triumph.

Triumph Street Triple R - right-side 3/4 view

2013 Triumph Street Triple R (Crystal White) right-side 3/4 view

Triumph Street Triple R - right-side view

2013 Triumph Street Triple R (Crystal White) right-side view

Triumph Street Triple R with Accessories - right-side 3/4 view

2013 Triumph Street Triple R with Accessories (Crystal White) right-side 3/4 view

Triumph Street Triple R with Accessories - left-side view

2013 Triumph Street Triple R with Accessories (Crystal White) left-side view

Triumph Street Triple - right-side 3/4 view

2013 Triumph Street Triple (Carribean Blue) right-side 3/4 view

Triumph Street Triple - right-side view

2013 Triumph Street Triple (Carribean Blue) right-side view