2020 Street Triple RS – Getting better

Triumph is now the Moto2 engine supplier. The result of that role is the 2020 model year Street Triple RS. With a ground-up redesign some time away, let’s see what the 2020 Street Triple brings to the table.

Triumph was the first mass-market maker to adopt the streetfighter style motorcycles with the Speed Triple. Over time, the Speed Triple came to be loved and praised by owners and enthusiasts world over. To widen its appeal, Triumph went the hybrid route. It mated the Daytona 675’s engine with the Speed Triple’s looks and voila! The Street Triple was born. In 2017, the Street Triple phased out the Daytona 675’s engine in favour of a 765cc inline three-cylinder engine. With new emissions norms on the horizon, Triumph has updated the Street Triple both mechanically and looks-wise. The question now is just how good the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS and whether it remains worth consideration.

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Photo Gallery

What’s new about the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS?

The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is a mid-life refresh or facelift of the current-gen Street Triple. In simpler words, if you are familiar with the Street Triple on sale right now, then you know this bike too.

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Most mechanical bits on this bike remain unchanged. However, calling it a refreshed model is a disservice to the product itself. Triumph is now the engine supplier for Moto2 and that means it had to bring that tech to the current bike by updating/refreshing it.

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Let’s start with the heart of the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS. It’s the same old inline three-cylinder 765cc engine that now complies with Euro-5 emission norms. Before you think of power reduction, here are the numbers – 123HP power and 79Nm torque. Compared with the current bike, the power figure stays the same while the torque is up 2Nm.

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The changes have been made in the mid-range, per Triumph. The company says both power and torque outputs have been optimised. The bike offers more mid-range punch than before and that should help with in-gear acceleration and around-town use.

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Triumph managed this feat with the new Street Triple with some tricks. A new exhaust balance pipe has been used for better torque availability down low and across the rev range. This has been coupled with new exhaust cam for better mid-range performance. The crankshaft, clutch, and balancer carry less inertia and lower engine mass due to higher precision machining. All these changes have improved the throttle response, leading to more mid-range punch.

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The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS also carries a new silencer with twin catalyst system to reduce emissions and enable freer flow. This coupled with a new intake duct help this bike in the sound department, which is one of its calling cards. I’ll save the verdict for a live demo though. Triumph also says ratios for gears 1 and 2 have been shortened for better acceleration. Higher precision machining has caused removal of anti-backlash gears, helping reduce mass.

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In the looks department, the 2020 model-year Triumph Street Triple RS gets LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights which give it an aggressive look. Gone is that cute bug-eye look in favour of angry bug-eye look. More changes come in the form of new flyscreen, air intake, side panels, rear panels, seat cowl, and belly pan.

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The mirrors, handlebar clamps, control plates, rear footrest hangers, heel guards, and silencer have been refreshed. The frame has been finished in Titanium Silver. Two colour options are on offer – Matte Jet Black with Aluminium Silver and Yellow decals, and Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminium Silver decals. Both get Diablo Red wheel pinstripes and rear sub-frame finished in Aluminium Silver.

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The instrument cluster on the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is all digital like the current bike. Featuring MyTriumph connectivity system, it still requires an accessory-fit Bluetooth module for GoPro and mobile phone connectivity. It now features new graphics in four different styles and colours each and can be adjusted to suit rider’s height too.

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The Triumph Shift Assist two-way quickshifter is now standard. The bike retains five ride modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and Rider. Of these, the Rain mode restricts power to 100HP. The bike has features like ride-by-wire, adjustable ABS, switchable traction control, and self-cancelling turn indicators.

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What stays the same on the new Street Triple RS versus its old version are Brembo M50 brake calipers up front, fully-adjustable 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork with 115mm travel, and fully-adjustable Öhlins STX40 piggyback reservoir rear monoshock with 131mm travel. The bike rolls on the latest and greatest Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires, and higher pillion seat height. Then there’s the accessory list to help you further personalise your bug-eyed ride.

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Available as options on the 2020 Triumph Street Triple are over 60 accessories. These include scrolling LED indicators, new flyscreen, machined mirrors and reservoirs, water-resistant luggage with quick-release mounts (tank bag and tail bag included), multi-setting heated grips, tail-tidy kit, and clear rear light assembly.

Is the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS worth consideration?

Those familiar with streetfighter motorcycles will have the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS on their short list. For those unfamiliar, the streetfighter motorcycle concept was born when racers wanted to race their machines but didn’t want to spend a bomb on repairs in case a crash happened.

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That means this bike is as race ready as a full-blown sportsbike with similar displacement. However, while sportbikes are usually compromised, the streetfighters suffer less. The street part in the streetfighter ensures these bikes are better suited to road use than track use. If that fits your intended use, this bike deserves your attention.

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It is often said – four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul. One of those two wheelers is definitely a Triumph. A recent re-introduction to the current Street Triple RS reminded me of my love for this British brand. You also need to introduce yourself to the Street Triple RS, albeit the 2020 model year bike, to know what falling in love with motorcycles is all about.

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Specs at a Glance

Specifications2020 Triumph Street Triple RS
PriceTBA
EngineDOHC, 12-valve, liquid-cooled, 765cc inline three-cylinder petrol
Power123HP
Torque79Nm
Transmission6-speed manual with Triumph Shift Assist
Front Suspension41mm Showa upside down Big Piston Fork, fully adjustable
Rear SuspensionÖhlins STX40 monoshock, fully adjustable
Front BrakesDual 310mm discs with Brembo M50 4-piston monobloc calipers
Rear Brake220mm disc with Brembo single piston caliper
Fuel Consumption19.23kmpl
Fuel Tank Capacity17.4 litres

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