2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Preview: Specs & Prices
The Triumph Street Triple RS—the flagship of the Triumph Street Triple line—gets upgrades in power, technology, and styling for 2020.Not simply content with more peak power, the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is claimed to produce more midrange power with LED headlights showing the way for the new-look RS. Let’s run down what’s new on the high-end Street Triple.
1. There Moto2-derived 765cc motor has more midrange, and peak horsepower comes soon in the rev range. Triumph claims that the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS has nine percent more torque and horsepower in the “mid-range.” The peak horsepower and torque number come a few hundred rpm sooner, and Triumph says the RS has a more responsive throttle.2. The triple puts out a 121 horsepower at its peak, and 58 ft/lbs of torque. The maximum horsepower output comes at 11,750 rpm, while the torque tops out at 9350 rpm.3. The new exhaust system and exhaust cam take the lion’s share of the credit for the enhance power for the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS. According to Triumph, the DOHC triple gets a freer-flowing exhaust with a twin-catalyst system to meet Euro 5 standards, and it is tuned for more low-end and midrange power. The new exhaust cam is also oriented toward improved mid-range power delivery. Additionally, there’s a new intake duct to coax more power from the inline-3.4. A seven percent reduction in rotational inertia is responsible for the more reactive throttle response. Changes in the manufacturing techniques result in more precise machining or the clutch, crankshaft, and counterbalancer.5. High-precision machining also comes to the gearbox. Anti-backlash gears are removed, which reduces mass and quickens throttle response. Clutchless shifting returns as an up-and-down quickshifter, as does the assist-and-slip clutch.6. The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS gets five new riding modes—one of the configurable. In addition to Track, Sport, Road, and Rain, there is the customizable Rider mode. The modes impact throttle response, ABS, and traction control. In the rain mode, the motor adopts a 99-horsepower limit.7. Styling has been updated to reflect the performance increase for the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS. There are new LED headlights, bodywork with increased angularity (along with new colors), new mirrors, and a carbon fiber tip for the new muffler. Detail improvements in finish include a Triumph-branded handlebar clamp, along with various blacked-out and satin-metal finishes.8. The TFT display has improved functionality, plus new graphic displays in a choice of four styles. Riders can adjust the angle of the TFT to taste.9. An accessory Bluetooth module enhances the capabilities of the TFT. Productivity expansion includes compatibility with a GoPro camera, turn-by-turn navigation, plus phone and music functions.10. Plenty of high-performance parts return on the Triumph Street Triple RS. The suspension is a mix of a Showa fork and Öhlins shock, braking is by Brembo, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3 tires put the power to the tarmac.11. We don’t have an availability date or price yet, but expect a review within a week. Right now Senior Editor Nic de Sena is in Spain getting ready to wring out the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS on the street and track.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!