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2012 Triumph Street Triple R Review
 

Reviewed by Jan Plessner   

#1 Reviewer   -   View all my reviews    Written: August 21, 2012 | Last updated: August 21, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Rider Comfort 
 
4.0
Power Feel 
 
4.5
Handling & Shifting 
 
4.0
Features & Controls 
 
4.0
Apparence 
 
3.5
Confidence Inspiring 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
Piles of power
Tons of torque
Superb handling
Lots of kick for under 10K
Cons
Where’s the gas gauge?
Not ideal for newbies
Bug-eyed headlights

2012 Triumph Street Triple R: Best in Class

The Street Triple R has earned a variety of best in class accolades in the U.S. and abroad. This model won “Bike of the Year” in Bike magazine in the UK and in Moto Navi of Japan.

According to triumphmotorcycles.com, the Street Triple produces 105 bhp and 50ft lbs of torque. That’s plenty of “get up and go” to put a smile on the face of even the most seasoned motorcycle rider.

Rating Details

Rider Comfort
With a seat height of 31.7”, the Triumph Street Triple R is a tad on the tall side, but so well balanced and behaved, it never became an issue for this 5-foot, 2 and a half inch tall test rider. The seating position is tiny bit aggressive, yet fairly upright. I found the seating position, seat material and padding quite comfortable.
Power Feel & Engine
The Triumph has significant power and torque for a bike of this size. It may only measure 675cc’s, but when you twist the throttle, it feels like a bigger bike. It is steady on the freeway and super solid on tighter twisty roads, too. According to the Motorcycle-USA.com Women’s Streetbike Shootout, the Triumph uses 3.71 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and can do a quarter mile in the elevens.
Handling & Shifting
I think the Triumph is easy to shift and smooth throughout the drivetrain. It feels light and responsive and it’s super fun to twist the throttle. The Street Triple R features 41mm Kayaba inverted front forks which are adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping to give expert riders options to set the motorcycle up for their specific needs. The rear monoshock is an equally high-quality item, adjustable for preload and rebound damping. The suspension on the Triumph was a little stiff for the straight, boring and bumpy freeways of Southern California, but when it came time to cut up the local mountain roads, everything seemed just right.
Features & Controls
All the features and controls seemed to be within easy reach and comfortable to use. The mirrors were well placed and usable. The dash was easy to see, even in bright sunlight.
Apparence
The five-spoke alloy wheels from the Daytona 675, fat alloy Magura handlebars, a stylish two-tone seat and detailed instrumentation are just some of what makes the Triumph a head turner. I liked how the Triumph looked and was just getting used to the unique headlights about the time our day of riding was complete. I’ve always preferred lighter colored bikes, so I’d gravitate towards the Crystal White over the red or black. They all look sharp.
Confidence Inspiring
It’s so nice when a quick bike can stop quickly as well. The Street Triple uses twin 308mm floating discs with Nissin 4-piston radial calipers up front. What does this mean to you? If you need to stop quickly you can.
Value
With a price tag well under 10K, a cruising range exceeding 200 miles and a 51mpg rating on the highway, rest assured you’ll maximize your dollar and exceed your fun factor quota on this machine in no time at all.

Triumph Genuine Accessories

Triumph has an assortment of genuine accessories that are becoming very popular among the Street Triple R owners. Color-matched small windshields (called flyscreens), belly pans and seat cowls give the bike a more sporting and aggressive look.

There is also a three-into-one “low boy” exhaust system and lightweight slip-on exhausts for improved performance and weight reduction.

You can also find CNC-machined clutch and brake levers and “plug and play” quickshifter kits that can be fitted to the Street Triple R in minutes.

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