April 9, 2013

Triumph Review: 2013 Triumph Street Triple

The 2013 Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R were revealed in Cologne, Germany last year. The 2013 motorcycles have been completely redesigned and are described below.

Triumph’s Street Triple has been one of the success stories of recent years, collecting numerous accolades along the way and being recognized for delivering class-leading dynamics alongside an unforgettable riding experience. Fusing the style and attitude of the Speed Triple with the agility of the Daytona 675, and delivering it all for a very competitive price, it wowed the industry when it arrived in 2007.

For 2013, the Street Triple has been completely redesigned to offer an even more exhilarating ride. Heralding the change is an all-new chassis. An aluminum beam twin-spar frame meets a new two-piece high-pressure die-cast rear subframe. Not only is the chassis robust and hard-edged, it’s also advanced. Engineered to optimise dynamism, agility and rider enjoyment, the design is lighter thanks to fewer pieces and fewer welds in the frame.

A key component in the Street Triple’s improved handling is the all-new low-mount exhaust. Not only does this provide a sharp new look, but it offers a significant contribution to redistributing the center of gravity and the weight of the exhaust. Its design and optimized mass centralization has also afforded Triumph’s engineers the opportunity to tweak the geometry, reducing the rake to 24.1 degrees and increasing the trail by 0.5mm to 99.6m. As a package, it adds up to razor sharp dynamic handling weighing just 403 pounds, fully fuelled—a substantial 13 pound weight reduction over the outgoing model.

The handling of the Street Triple is complimented by KYB suspension via 41mm upside down forks. Stopping power is provided by a dual 310mm floating disc front brake set up, with Nissin two-piston sliding calipers. Further braking security is provided by the standard ABS, which itself is fully switchable.

The heart of the Street Triple remains the liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 675cc 3-cylinder engine. Combined with the close ratio 6-speed gearbox, the unit delivers 105 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. The power plant has been tuned for incredibly strong low-to-mid-range performance.

Three metallic color options are available for the 2013 Street Triple: Phantom Black, Crystal White and Caribbean Blue.

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