MD First Look: 2012 (?) Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R

March 30, 2011

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Do you like round or cat-eye headlamps? You can debate it amongst yourselves, but the issue is settled in Hinkley—the Triumph Street Triple will now get the cat-eyed headlamps you first saw on the 2011 Speed Triple along with some other changes.

There’s nothing new in the engine or chassis—with the quick-revving and torquey 675cc Triple making over 90 horsepower at the wheel and the whole bike weighing in at around 420 pounds gassed up it hardly needs it. The new lighting units double as brackets for new instruments, which add a lap timer and programmable shift light. Also, the standard Street Triple gets the natty aluminum bar from the Street Triple R. And what would a Bold New Graphics update be without some actual Bold New Graphics? The Stripples also get new paint colors, including a groovy “Imperial Purple” and a black-and-gold paint scheme for the “R” version. The price remains the same, $8899 for the Street Triple or $9599 for the Street Triple R, which features the higher-spec brakes and suspension components from Triumph’s 675 Daytona.

If you don’t like the new look, take heart–there are still 2010 and early-year 2011 Street Triples and Street Triple Rs with the old headlamps. Customers who buy the old model get an accessory package complete with bellypan, radiator cowl and flyscreen worth $600 to sweeten the deal.

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