By Troy Siahaan
It was only a matter of time before Triumph’s involvement as the engine provider for Moto2 started trickling down to its production models (the Limited Edition Triumph Daytona 765 aside), and for the 2020 model year that association takes the form of the Triumph Street Triple RS. The top tier of the Street Triple family, the RS version benefits from a host of upgrades and updates to make it even more lust-worthy for those in the middleweight streetfighter market. MO‘s boss-man, Evans Brasfield, is at the press launch for the Street Triple RS and will return with a full ride report soon, but in the meantime, let these five nuggets hold you over until then.
Moto2-Derived 765cc Triple
First and foremost on the list of Street Triple upgrades has to be to the 765cc Triple. The Moto2 program has injected some life into the Triple, giving it more grunt – to the tune of 58 lb-ft of torque, with a (claimed) 9% increase in mid-range power thanks to a new exhaust camshaft profile. Peak horsepower tops out north of 121 horses at 11,750 rpm. The internals are lightened also, making for a more responsive throttle. A new, freer-flowing exhaust delivers a more distinctive sound, and the whole thing now meets strict Euro5 regulations. An impressive feat.
Updating the looks while keeping it distinctly a Street Triple RS is no easy task, but Triumph has made the face more angular via new LED headlights with sharper angles than before. The LEDs help the beam shine brighter and whiter than before. In addition to the headlights, much of the bodywork is new as well, continuing the sharper, angular theme. The new fly screen and air intake are now more pronounced, echoing the shape of the new DRL (Daytime Running Lights), plus the …read more