The conundrum that arises with any great product from any field of interest, after a certain period of time is: how do you make it even better? But how do you avoid overdoing it? And how do you make sure you're doing enough? We are quite sure Triumph Motorcycles spent long, arduous hours, crouched over the drawing board, pondering those same questions.
For 2017, Triumph has updated its third-gen Street Triples and it's slated to hit the market soon. We just loved how much of a well-rounded and intuitive motorcycle the older model was. And Triumph has left no stone unturned when it came to prepping the 2017 models. We got to experience the top-spec variant of the series, the 2017 Street Triple RS (the 'RS' stands for Race Sport) in Barcelona.
When you first approach the 2017 Street Triple RS, the first thing you notice is its slightly more purposeful stance. Gone is that bug-eyed, lovable face that we had gotten so used to seeing, and the new model has a slightly more sinister aura around it.
Although the new Street Triple RS shares the same physical dimensions as the previous model, the new styling gives it a tougher look. In the limelight is the all-new 5.0-inch TFT screen that gives you the feeling of sitting in the cockpit of one of the 2017 litre-class superbikes instead of a middle-weight naked. It's customisable and very informative. This TFT instrument cluster will also be seen on the R models of the Street Triple.
The highlight of the RS model is its electronics package. This highly extensive and customisable electronics suite is really going to change what's expected from a middle-weight naked motorcycle. It gets five riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a programmable Rider mode) which get different throttle maps and varying levels of traction control. Even the amount of ABS intervention can be tuned as per you liking. So, it will cater to a wide range of riders with varying levels of skill and confidence.
On the chassis front, it retains the main frame of the older model, but gets a new stiffer gullwing swingarm, a new Ohlins rear shock and top-of-the-line Showa Big Piston Forks. While this setup works wonderfully on the well-paved roads here, we have our doubts about the levels of stiffness for Indian roads. That being said, there's a tremendous amount of feedback and agility that this RS offers.
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Issue: 210 | Autocar India: February 2017
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