When it comes to strength, the rule of
thumb is, the bigger the better. But looks can be deceiving. Take for example,
Peter Parker, the average looking college teen who is also the wall crawling
superhero 'Spiderman'. Despite having the looks of an average person, he has
the reflexes of a cat and strength that can rival a whole ring full of
wrestlers. It is a similar case with the new Triumph Street Triple S as well.
The S variant is the lowest of the three Street Triple models, the other being
R and RS, yet it has a lot to woo riders and naked bike lovers.
765cc, Liquid-cooled, 12
valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Showa 41mm upside down
separate function forks, 110mm front wheel travel
reservoir monoshock, 124mm rear wheel travel, Adjustable preload
Twin 310mm floating
discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers
Single 255mm Disc (1
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast then you
will instantly recognise the iconic twin headlamps which are also seen on the
higher end Speed Triple bikes from Triumph. Whether you like them or not, is
subjective. For me this is the perfect embodiment of what a street fighter
should look like. The Street Triple S has a confident stance when it is at a
standstill, awaiting its return on the streets. The sharp looks are a premonition
of what to expect when you bring the engine to life. The rear has a sleek tail
lamp that tapers off towards the inside along the frame of the bike which looks
like the open mouth of an alligator due to its design resembling the inside
upper jaw of the said predator. The engine area is the only part that looks
bulky, albeit well built. Overall the bike looks like it went to the gym and
came back with chiseled and muscular lines all over.
The only design choice that put me off was
the side stand. It is placed very close to the foot pegs and is the same colour
as them. This makes it a bit hard to find the stand when you want to swing it
open. Another thing that some riders with shorter height would struggle a bit
with would be the 810mm seat height. Otherwise the seat cushion is comfortable
and the foot pegs have also been position well to provide a good riding
experience for both long and short trips. Unlike the outgoing model, this one
gets a pillion seat for added convenience although I doubt you would be using
it much. The instrument cluster consists of an LCD panel and an analogue
tachometer. You can view things such as current speed, trip distance, toggle
riding modes and check fuel level on the LCD panel which is easily visible
under the bright light of the sun. The rearview mirrors are positioned nicely and are big enough to
see the jealous faces of others as you leave them behind riding this beauty.
The new Street Triple S comes with a new
765cc engine derived from the Daytona and it puts out some impressive figures
of 111.4hp @ 11,250rpm and 73Nm @ 10,421rpm. This is definitely a step up over
the previous incarnation of the bike that had a 675cc engine. Despite the bike
not having the biggest of engines around, it delivers a thrilling performance
and you get instant power at the slightest of inputs. The light weight of the
bike aids in not only in achieving a great power to weight ratio but also makes
the bike very nimble. You can swivel in and out of traffic with great ease.
Apart from raw power you have loads of electronics aiding you. There are two
riding modes - rain and road, which change the dynamics of the bike and how it responds
to throttle inputs. There is switchable traction control and ABS to make your
rides safe. The twin 310mm discs upfront combined with a single 220mm disc in
the rear have a lot of braking power. The suspension setup however is stiff.
This makes the bike great around corners but also makes your ride through bad
city roads a bit bumpy.
new Street Triple S makes a lot of
improvement over the older Street Triple 675 and then goes on to challenge the
competition head on with the attractive pricing of Rs 8,71,500 (ex-showroom
Delhi). It is pitted against other street fighters like the Kawasaki Z900, DSK
Benelli TNT 899 and the yet to be launched Ducati 797. Personally, I feel the
Street Triple S is one of the best looking naked two wheelers you can wrap your
legs around and it is a great pick for enthusiasts who like a balance of speed
and everyday practicality.
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