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Family Feud: Triumph Street Triple R vs Triumph Street Triple RS


Should you pay the extra Rs 2.49 lakh premium for the Street Triple RS or settle for the Street Triple R?

Triumph Street Triple R vs Triumph Street Triple RS

Triumph has launched the Street Triple R in India. It costs Rs 35,000 more than the now-discontinued Street Triple S and Rs 2.49 lakh less than the range-topping Street Triple RS. So which one should you go for: the Street Triple R or the Street Triple RS?

 

Design

Triumph Street Triple R vs Triumph Street Triple RS

The Street Triple R and Street Triple RS look identical. They get a sharper-looking LED headlamp and a sporty bodywork. The only difference is the subtle livery and an engine cowl on the RS. In terms of features, the top-spec Street Triple RS gets a premium-looking colour TFT instrument console while the Street Triple R continues to use a semi-digital unit from the previous model. The Street Triple R gets three rider modes: Road, Rain and Sport, while the Street Triple RS gets two extra modes: Track and rider configurable. Both motorcycles get traction control and ABS. They have the same 17.5-litre fuel tank and 825mm seat height but the Street Triple R weighs 2kg more than the Street Triple RS, at 168kg.  

Also read: Here’s All You Need To Know About Triumph’s Newest Middleweight Streetfighter

 

Powertrain

 

Triumph Street Triple R

Triumph Street Triple RS

Engine

765cc in-line 3-cylinder

765cc in-line 3-cylinder

Power

118PS @ 12,000rpm

123PS @11750rpm

Torque

79Nm @ 9,350rpm

79Nm @ 9350rpm

Gearbox

6-speed with slip and assist clutch and bi-directional quickshifter

6-speed with slip and assist clutch and bi-directional quickshifter

Saddle height

825mm

825mm

Kerb weight

168kg

166kg

Fuel tank capacity

17.4-litres

17.4-litres

In terms of performance, the Street Triple R is just 5PS down from the Street Triple RS. Even with the extra 2kg weight, we expect the Street Triple R to be able to keep up with its more powerful sibling. Both motorcycles get a bi-directional quickshifter which should help on the racetrack. 

Triumph Street Triple R vs Triumph Street Triple RS

 

Underpinnings

 

Triumph Street Triple R

Triumph Street Triple RS

Front suspension

Showa 41 mm upside down separate function big piston forks (SF-BPF) fully-adjustable

Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks (BPF) fully-adjustable

Rear suspension

Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock, fully-adjustable

Ohlins STX40 piggyback reservoir, fully-adjustable

Front brake

Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers

Twin 310 mm floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers

Rear brake

Single 220 mm disc, Brembo single piston caliper

Single 220 mm disc, Brembo single piston caliper

ABS

Dual-channel

Dual-channel, switchable

Traction control

Yes

Yes

Rider modes

Rain, Road, Sport

Rain, Road, Sport, Track, Rider configurable

Tyres

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3

Both motorcycles offer impressive kit. While they get fully adjustable suspension, the Street Triple RS gets a more premium kit, especially the substantially more expensive Ohlins rear monoshock. It also gets stickier Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas. The Street Triple R gets Diablo Rosso III which offers fantastic street performance and lasts longer than the softer Supercorsas. In terms of braking, the RS gets M50 monoblocs which offer better brake feedback and a stronger bite. The Street Triple RS’ underpinnings are more suited for the racetrack while the Street Triple R should perform well on the streets. 

 

Verdict

Triumph Street Triple R vs Triumph Street Triple RS

For the additional Rs 2.49 lakh, the Street Triple RS offers extra goodies such as the uber cool colour TFT instrument console as well as more power and more premium underpinnings which shine when put through their paces on the racetrack. If you are a track regular, the Street Triple RS will keep you happy until the new Daytona 765 comes along. For everything else, the Street Triple R is more than up for the job. 

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