July 5, 2007 Triumph officially unveiled the new 675cc Street Triple to over 5,000 Triumph owners last week at the Triumph Tridays in Neukirchen, Austria. With the first bike to use this motor – the Daytona 675 - winning a string of awards, the "naked" version looks to have the works - comfortable riding position, more upright, balanced, light, powerful, superb handling… it could be the modern version of what the Triumph 650 Bonneville once was when it was king of the road half a century ago.
The Street Triple combines the streetfighter styling of its older brother, the Speed Triple, with the 675cc engine, chassis and performance of the Daytona 675.
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Producing 108PS (around 106bhp), the new triple has double the power of the legendary parallel twin-cylinder 650 Bonneville (52 bhp), showing just how far the industry has come in the last half a century. Incidentally the Bonneville was itself recently re-released with its 865cc parallel twin-cylinder engine producing 66bhp.
In addition to its powerful 108PS punch, the new street triple produces 69Nm of torque via the proven 675 engine providing strong low and midrange performance coupled with the distinctive three cylinder feel and unmistakable sound.
The Street Triple’s aluminium frame and swingarm come directly from the Daytona 675, while the Nissin two pot sliding callipers with sintered pads (the same material as used on the Daytona 675) provide the formidable braking power. The lightweight five-spoked wheels also come straight from the Daytona 675, with Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier tyres fitted as standard (120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear). Approved options are the Pirelli SuperCorsa Pro and the Bridgestone BT014 G. Lean and agile, the Street Triple is equipped with Kayaba suspension front and rear, with rear preload adjustment.
The low dual seat and new footrests and handlebars provide a comfortable riding position for rider and pillion without jeopardizing the aggressive streetfighter styling of the bike. The headlights echo the distinctive units used on the Speed Triple, while the comprehensive instrument console shares the same functionality as that on the Daytona 675 but is restyled to fit neatly within the lines of the Street Triple.
According to Triumph’s Commercial Director, Tue Mantoni, "The Street Triple is one of the most important models we’ve ever brought to market, giving Triumph a strong presence in this important segment and offering a new entry point to Triumph’s range of sports bikes. It’s a great bike for both new and experienced riders, with distinctive style and class leading performance in an affordable package. Reaction from customers to the Street Triple has been fantastic and our dealers are very much looking forward to receiving their demo bikes shortly."
Accessories developed alongside the motorcycle itself include an aerodynamic fly screen for wind deflection, an easy-to-fit color-matched seat cowl for a sleek tail end finish and a sharp belly pan, which protects the engine whilst complementing the naked style.
There’s also a 3-into-1 ‘Low Boy’ exhaust system developed in conjunction with Arrow Special Parts that’s offered for Closed Circuit Competition use only. The system is manufactured from stainless steel with a carbon fibre end cap and provides performance gains throughout the torque curve coupled with a weight saving of 8kg compared to the standard silencers. Rear bodywork finishers are also offered to provide a clean finish for the underside of the rear end when fitted with the ‘Low Boy’ style silencer. A pair of EC homologated Arrow slip-on silencers will follow in early 2008.
A number of high spec carbon fibre parts are also available for the Street Triple, including tank pad, upper & lower chain guard and front mudguard.
In addition two styles of magnetic tank bags are available featuring Scotchlite reflective panels for improved visibility, clear map pockets, integrated waterproof rain covers and large zips pull tabs for easy use when wearing gloves. Other essentials include a gel seat with double stitch detail, a rear hugger for protecting the underside of the bike, a grab rail for the pillion passenger and a smoked flyscreen visor for added wind protection while giving the Street Triple a more aggressive appearance.
Priced at £5349 on road, the Triumph Street Triple will be available in dealers from August 2007.