To get here Triumph has made big changes to the 2017 Street Triple RS compared to the current bike. The chassis and swingarm are new; the latter with its increased torsional stiffness (and better lateral flexibility, says Triumph) and revised pivot positioning, makes for a quicker responding but more stable cornering setup. Equal (if not more) credit here goes to the new suspension.
Up front the RS runs fully adjustable – for everything from preload to compression and rebound damping – Showa Big Piston Forks and the rear is handled by an Ohlins STX40 rear monoshock, which again is completely adjustable, and has been designed specifically for the new RS. Not to forget, the super grippy Pirelli SuperCorsa SP tyres. These are tremendous. And if it’s dry grip you want, you really can’t do better.
There’s also some smart electronics backing the hardware; a real confidence booster in my book, especially around an unknown track. The new Street Triple RS comes with five riding modes. There’s Rain. Road, Sport, Track and Rider. The power and torque ratings remain identical in all modes. What changes, is the throttle map, and the ABS and traction control settings.
‘Rain’ is the softest (or laziest, if you will), and things get sharper and more exciting as you go up the modes till you select ‘Track’. ‘Rider’ meanwhile allows you to pick and choose the default settings from any of the modes, and mix and match. So, one can choose the ‘Sport’ throttle map but couple it with ABS settings for ‘Road’ (more sensitive) and TC for ‘Rain’ (maximum amount of intervention) for a potent but safe ride. Our pick for the road (we did have some road riding thrown in as well) would be ‘Sport’, and on the track, nothing works as well as, well, ‘Track’.