Following up on the successful release of the RS model comes the debut of the 2020 Triumph Street Triple R—a lower spec, yet still high-end, edition of the naked sport motorcycle with the Moto2-derived powerplant. There are several functional and aesthetic upgrades, plus a $750 price reduction from last year. Here are the fast facts you need to know.1. Power output is unchanged on 2020 Triumph Street Triple R, but the inline-3 is more responsive. Triumph has shaved a claim seven percent of the rotational inertia inside the triple, resulting in a snappier throttle response. Also, the airbox and exhaust system (including a smaller muffler) have been reworked for “a crisper, purer sound, with an even more distinctive tone,” according to a Triumph spokesman. Triumph claims a better balance between the intake and exhaust sound output. Peak horsepower stays the same at 116 horsepower at 12,000 rpm with the peak torque coming at 57 ft-lbs at 9400 rpm. These are down a couple of notches from the RS, but it’s not much.
The six-speed transmission and slip-and-assist clutch are now supplemented by an up/down quickshifter. There’s no need to touch the clutch, except when starting off and stopping.
There’s a new look for the 2020 Triumph Street Triple R. The twin LED headlights have a new shape, and they share a similar form to the air intake and flyscreen. The new mirrors get a different look, and enjoy a wider range of adjustment. The paint and graphics have also been updated for ’20.
With the help of Genuine Triumph Accessories, you can turn the Street Triple R into a sport-tourer. This year, the factory is offering sidebags, a tank bag, and a rear pack.
Don’t forget that there’s also a Low Ride Height version. If you’d like, the LRH version of the 2020 Triumph Street Triple R as a 1.8-inch lower seat height. This is achieved through modifications to the suspension, plus a different seat.
The 2020 Triumph Street Triple R is $2050 less than the RS. Even more impressive is the $750 price drop from ’19—more for less is always good. We don’t have a word yet on when the R will hit showroom floors.