News 2013 Triumph Street Triple (R) | Preview

2013 Triumph Street Triple (R) | Preview

2013 Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R

When Triumph unveiled the Street Triple in 2007, the new naked sportbike out of Hinckley immediately gained fame from both the media and riders across the world.

What Triumph did was simple and effective – it took the street-fighter styling of its 1050cc Speed Triple, but added the engine, chassis and high-revving performance of the Daytona 675 supersport machine.

The inline-three powered motorcycle remained relatively unchanged throughout 2012, but Triumph has redesigned the Street Triple for 2013. The Triple receives an all-new chassis design for better handling, more optimal mass centralization, a weight savings of up to 13 lbs., switchable ABS as standard, and an engine immobilizer as standard, to name a few.

Starting with the chassis, Triumph fitted the 2013 Street Triple with a new aluminum beam twin-spar frame and a two-piece, high-pressure die cast rear subframe.

Triumph says “not only is the chassis robust and hard-edged, it’s also advanced. Engineered to optimize dynamism, agility and rider enjoyment, the design is lighter thanks to fewer pieces and fewer welds in the frame.”

Also improving, the handling of the revamped Street Triple is a low-mount exhaust, which redistributes the center of gravity, optimizing mass centralization.

Triumph says the 2013 Speed Triple’s “clever design and optimized mass centralization has also afforded Triumph’s engineers the opportunity to tweak the geometry, reducing the rake to 24.1o and increasing the trail by 0.5mm to 99.6m. As a package, it adds up to razor sharp dynamic handling in a confidence-inspiring package weighing just 403 lbs., fully fueled and ready to ride. This represents a substantial 13 lb. weight reduction over the outgoing model.”

Handling suspension duties up front is a 41mm, KYB upside down fork, with a monoshock out back. Stopping the Street Triple are dual 310mm floating disc brakes squeezed by Nissin two-piston sliding calipers, with a single disc out back. Further braking security arrives with fully-switchable ABS.

Powering the Street Triple is the liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 675cc three-cylinder engine, which is hooked to a close-ratio six-speed gearbox. The engine produces 105 base horsepower and 50 ft. lbs. of torque, and is tuned for “incredibly strong low-to-mid-range performance and delivers an exhilarating ride that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and experience.”

An engine immobilizer arrives as standard equipment for 2013, with the option of adding an accessory Triumph D lock that can be stored under the seat.

Comprehensive LCD digital instrumentation includes a built-in lap timer, programmable gear change lights, fuel gauge, clock and gear indicator, as well as a large tachometer and digital speedometer. The unit is also able to display front and rear tire pressures when the optional Triumph Tire Pressure Monitoring System is fitted, Triumph says.

The base 2013 Street Triple will be available in three colors: Phantom Black, Crystal White and striking Caribbean Blue.

2013 Triumph Street Triple R

Once again, the Triumph Street Triple will also be offered in an R version. The R version features a 41mm inverted front forks are fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping to give the expert rider freedom to set the motorcycle up for their specific needs. The rear monoshock is an equally high-quality item, adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

Switchable state-of-the-art Anti-Lock Brakes are standard, allowing the rider to easily select the preferred method to deploy the twin 310mm floating front discs and powerful four-piston Nissin radial calipers, Triumph says.

Triumph says: “Altogether the package offers a setup that can be configured to suit track or road riding, while at the same time providing the security of incredible stopping power. A revised geometry of 23.4o / 95.0mm completes the picture.”

Regarding appearance, the R model features a red rear subframce, red pinstripe on the wheels, and a red-detailed radiator shroud featuring the R logo.

The 2013 Street Triple R will be available in three colors: Phantom Black, Crystal White and Matte Graphite.

Triumph says the MSRP will be released in late October, and the 2013 Street Triple should arrive in North American Triumph dealerships in January 2013.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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