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2009 Triumph Street Triple R

Submitted by on May 14, 2012 – 8:23 amOne Comment

Suspension action is somewhere between the standard Street and the Daytona, though closer to the Daytona in terms of overall performance. In essence, the R sees full adjustability for the fork and shock, yet it carries slightly lighter spring rates.

Dimensionally the R sees nominal changes to steering geometry (the most notable is 3mm less trail than the standard), and a nearly imperceptible rise in seat height (5mm), all of this coming from the new suspension. Finally, two new colors are available for the R: Matte Graphite and Matte Blazing Orange. The orange will be the hot ticket (because it looks great!), as far fewer will be produced. Also, the seat, though still with the same thin padding near the nose, now comes in a two-tone gray and black.

Accessories-a-plenty are available for the Street, like the sublime-sounding Arrow exhaust, available in either full system or twin high-mount slip-ons. One new accessory for this year is a smoked flyscreen “visor” that attaches to the accessory color matched flyscreens that are available as accessories. This new item adds further to the unique look of the Triple and proves functional as well: it noticeably deflected the wind without generating unnecessary buffeting during my ride.

So there we have it; those are the items that separate the R from the standard model. It has the same incredibly linear, ultra-tractable engine, the same stout frame and swingarm that the standard model has, and rolls on Dunlop’s Sportmax Qualifiers. Thank heavens Triumph knows not to mess with a good thing when it comes to the frame and absolutely brilliant in-line Triple.

Let’s see, if I were Triumph where would I want to introduce an even better version of one of my best-selling bikes of all-time? Hmm… I’ve got it! How about the Mecca of true roadracing, the Isle of Man! Yes, envious reader, I’m here to tell you that in fact this is exactly where Triumph brought the world to ride its latest soon-to-be top seller.

The press was first given a guided bus tour of the Isle with running commentary from former TT winner and IoM native, Richard “Milky” Quayle, before being turned loose on the second day. Milky knows every bump, jump, tree, manhole cover, telephone pole, etc on the course, so that if he needed to run it blind I’m certain he could.

Listening to this excitable fellow give us a complete break down on how to tackle each bend, jump or straightaway (from a racer’s point of view!) as we drove along the 37 mile mountain course had me exhausted in the end, as if I had just raced the circuit myself. Although, I’ll only ever be able to guess what careening through the pastoral settings of the Isle at 170mph – or more! – must be like. The TT is called a mountain course because the route runs up to Brandywell, the island’s highest point, or mountain, at 1,400 ft.

Friends, realizing where I was and that I, too, would soon be rushing down the same narrow, tree- and stonewall-lined road made me misty as I bit my lip to hold back the tearful wave of pure joy. God bless the Isle!

Unfortunately, our ride time the next day gave us a chance to experience “Manx weather.” The miserable gray and blowing winds made wet from continual drizzle that so many of us Yanks imagine being the everyday in the U.K. is what greeted us. Thankfully, midday saw drier weather if not clear skies.

Riding the new R was exactly what I had hoped it would be and had wished Triumph would have done with the Street Triple in the first place. The extra feel and power is now there from the Daytona’s radial-mount calipers, allowing for very easy modulation of the more powerful brakes.

In my not-so-humble opinion 1,000 units just isn’t enough for us. Not only have I said before that the Street Triple is a bike more Americans should be on, now with the R and its very good brakes and fully adjustable suspenders there’s little not to like about what I think is one of the best things in recent years to happen to motorcycling.

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