Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, the official importer, distributor and custodian of the Triumph brand in Malaysia, has officially introduced three new variants of the highly acclaimed 2018 Street Triple naked motorcycle.
The latest Triumph Street Triple variants continue the legacy of the previous generation which was a favourite among biking enthusiasts who were looking for something light and nimble, yet practical and friendly.
First introduced in 2007, the Street Triple has been hailed as one of the best naked bikes for the city and for the track with more than 50,000 units sold worldwide. The latest generation Street Triple has further improved on a seemingly perfect recipe.
Three variants were introduced for the Malaysian market – the Street Triple S, the Street Triple RS and the Street Triple R Low Ride Height (LRH) which offers a special seat that is mounted 30mm lower than the standard seat.
The Triumph Street Triple S is available in two colours — Diablo Red and Phantom Black – and is priced at RM52,900.00.
The Street Triple R (LRH) comes in three colours; namely Crystal White, Phantom Black and Matt Silver Ice, and is priced at RM59,900.00.
The top-of-the-range Street Triple RS is available in two colours — Matt Silver Ice and Phantom Black (Metallic) – at a price of RM66,900.00. All the prices quoted are inclusive of GST.
Speaking at the launch of the new variants, Dato’ Razak al-Malique, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, said that the previous generation Triumph Street Triple was one of the most versatile motorcycles in its segment.
“The Street Triple offered practicality for those looking for a daily rider and manic performance for the weekend at the race tracks. The new Street Triple builds on an already proven formula and has made it even better. We are confident that Malaysians will find the Street Triple to be perfectly suited for their needs. Be it for daily commuting, touring or outings on the tracks, they will love the performance of the new Street Triple S, R and RS,” he said.
Redesigned to set new benchmarks
The new Street Triple was extensively redesigned to set a new benchmark in all categories. The design of the new naked motorcycle is now more aggressive and characterful.
The headlights now feature Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) for the R and RS variants, which increase visibility for other road users. The DRLs are also 28 times brighter than the previous generation model which featured a bulb sidelight.
The overall design of the Street Triple has also been updated with all new bodywork like the new inner and outer radiator cowls, new front and rear mudguards and new rear body panels. The RS is distinguished from the rest of the pack with its colour-coded belly pan, colour-coded pillion seat cowl with interchangeable pillion seat as standard, and a lower chain guard.
Overall quality has also been improved over the older model, with special attention paid to the quality and the ergonomic placement of the switches for ease of use at high speed. The Street Triple R and RS now feature an all-new intuitive five-way joystick control to make it more ergonomic and easier to select riding modes while riding.
The instrument cluster too has been updated for the latest generation Street Triple. The S variant gets an updated LCD instrument screen that displays the fuel gauge, odometer and the Trip Meter. The R and RS variants on the other hand get an all-new five-inch TFT display that is said to be one of the most advanced in the motorcycling industry. The TFT display offers four different themes that change the layout of information pertaining to the riding modes. The display is also adjustable so that riders of all heights get a clear and precise view of the screen.
The high quality finish and detailing continues with the re-designed rider heel guards and the forged pillion footrest hangers. As for the frame, the Street Triple S gets a black powder coated main frame, subframe and swing arm. The R features a signature red rear subframe and wheel pinstripes while the RS gets a matt aluminium silver painted rear subframe.
More power to the Street Triple
The new range of Street Triple variants in Malaysia is powered by a bigger but yet lighter engine than the old powerplant. The new engine is based on the celebrated 675cc engine that made the Triumph Daytona such a revered motorcycle. It features 80 new engine parts that include an increased bore and stroke, new crank, pistons, con-rods and balancer shaft. There are also new nikasil-plated aluminium barrels that replace the old iron liners in the 675cc engine.
The Daytona-derived 765cc triple-cylinder engine in the new Street Triple features different levels of tune in the S, R and RS.
For the Street Triple S, the engine produces 111bhp at 11,250rpm, and 73Nm of torque at 9,100rpm. In the R, the engine produces 116bhp at 12,000rpm and 77Nm of torque at 9,400rpm. In the RS, the same liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC engine produces 121bhp at 11,700rpm and 77Nm of torque at 10,800rpm.
All three variants feature a multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI and electronic throttle control. The exhaust system on all the bikes is the same with a stainless steel three into one exhaust system with a low single sided stainless steel silencer. Power is channelled through a wet, multi-plate clutch with slip and assist function. The RS is the only variant that comes with a quick shifter as standard.
Power is managed by an intelligent ECU that offers up to five different riding modes. The Street Triple S gets two riding modes – rain and road – with ABS and Triumph Traction Control, while the Street Triple RS gets five modes – rain, road, sport, track and one more rider programmable mode with customizable electronic interference. The R variant features all the riding modes found in the RS, except the track mode. All variants come with ABS and switchable traction control as standard.
The Street Triple has always been known as one of the best handling naked motorcycles in the industry, and the latest generation Street Triple is no different.
The Street Triple is still the lightest bike in its class, and aiding the already impressive handling is a new stiffer gullwing-type rear swing arm which has a new pivot point that provides a more natural resistance to compression under hard acceleration. The new swing arm helps deliver quicker and tighter corner exits, a more precise chassis behaviour, and better anti-squat performance.
The Triumph Street Triple S gets a new specially developed and tuned USD Showa SFF front suspension with 110mm of travel, and a preload-adjustable Showa mono shock at the rear with a piggyback reservoir and 124mm rear wheel travel.
The R gets fully adjustable Showa SF-BPF forks with 115mm of travel. The rear is kept in check by a Showa RSU monoshock with 131mm of travel with spring preload, rebound and single-speed compression adjustment. The rear shock also features a piggyback reservoir.
The flagship RS on the other hand boasts the highest specification Showa big piston front forks with 115mm of travel. The front fork is fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping. At the rear, the RS gets an Ohlins STX40 mono shock with a piggyback reservoir. The rear shock features 131mm rear wheel travel, and is fully adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping.
For the RS, grip is provided by the very capable Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, while stopping power is provided by the range topping Brembo M50 four-piston, radial mono bloc calipers at the front. The rear of the RS is kept in check by a Brembo single piston sliding caliper.
The Street Triple S and R on the other hand get the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa. The R gets its braking power from the Brembo M4.32 four piston radial Monobloc calipers upfront and Brembo single piston sliding calipers at the rear. The S gets its stopping power from a Nissin twin-piston sliding calipers up front, and a Brembo single piston sliding caliper.