2012 Triumph Street Triple R

The Triumph Street Triple R already has some impressive credentials to its name, but just like a lot of things in this world, "impressive" isn’t impressive enough if you can help it become even more so.

That’s exactly what Triumph was thinking of with the new Street Triple R. As the hardcore version of the Street Triple, the Street Triple R comes with a host of detailed changes that improve this already outstanding motorcycle. From the fully adjustable, supersport-specification suspension to the premium graphics and color schemes, the 2012 Triumph Street Triple R is an awesome bike every which way you look at it.

Visually, the bike is the personification of mean. The fat alloy Magura handlebars, the stylish two-tone seat unit, the comprehensive instrumentation including a built-in lap timer, programmable gear change lights, clock, and gear indicator, and the large tachometer and digital speedo, all play their part in the whole set-up. The bike also has new style headlights, new mesh headstock infill panels, brushed finishes on the exhaust canisters, and the Triumph branding on the clutch and alternator covers.

In terms of performance, the Street Triple R comes powered by a 675cc liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 105 horsepower, providing a lively yet composed ride that few bikes in its class can replicate. After all, there’s a reason why the Street Triple R was once the recipient of numerous accolades, including “Bike of the Year” awards from Bike magazine in the UK and Moto Navi of Japan.

Simply put, this bike is a chrome menace on two wheels.

Find out more about the Triumph Street Triple R after the jump.

Triumph Street Triple R

Triumph Street Triple R

Triumph Street Triple R

  • Multi-award winning middleweight streetfighter
  • Updated for 2012
  • Fully adjustable sports suspension
  • Radial caliper four-piston brakes
  • Speed Triple-inspired styling
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty

The Street Triple R’s high equipment level includes lightweight five-spoke alloy wheels from the Daytona 675, fat alloy Magura handlebars, a stylish two-tone seat unit and comprehensive instrumentation including a built-in lap timer, programmable gear change lights, clock and gear indicator, as well as a large tachometer and digital speedo.

New style headlights, the same aggressive design used on the bigger Speed Triple, and twin high-level exhaust canisters dominate the styling, with a number of detail improvements being brought in for 2012, including new mesh headstock infill panels, brushed finishes on the exhaust canisters and Triumph branding on the clutch and alternator covers.

Three color options are available on the 2012 Street Triple R: Crystal White, Diablo Red and Phantom Black (with gold wheels). All colors feature new graphics, including the Triumph sports script on the fuel tank.

Triumph’s range of genuine accessories is hugely popular with Street Triple R owners. Color-matched flyscreens, belly pans and seat cowls give the bike a more sporting and aggressive look, while Arrow Special Parts have developed both a three-into-one “low boy” exhaust system and lightweight slip-on exhausts for improved performance and a weight reduction. Other key accessories include CNC-machined clutch and brake levers and a “plug and play” quickshifter that can be fitted to the Street Triple R in minutes.

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Street Triple R
TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke74 x 52.3mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1 into 2 exhaust system with twin high level
polished stainless steel silencers
Final DriveO ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6-speed, close ratio
Oil Capacity3.5 litres (0.9 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Street Triple R
FrameAluminum beam twin-spar
SwingarmBraced, twin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
FrontCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 3.5in
RearCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 5.5in
Front120/70 ZR17
Rear180/55 ZR17
FrontKayaba 41mm upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound
and compression damping, 120mm travel
RearKayaba monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable for rebound
and compression damping, 130mm rear wheel travel
FrontTwin 308mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston radial calipers
RearSingle 220mm disc, Nissin single piston caliper
Front Brake MasterCylinder Nissin radial master cylinder 19mm diameter
Instrument Display/
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip
computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, gear position indicator,
programmable gear change lights and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Street Triple R
Length2030mm (79.9in)
Width755mm (29.7in)
Height without mirrors1110mm (43.7in)
Seat Height805mm (31.7in)
Wheelbase1410mm (55.5in)
Fuel Tank Capacity17.4 litres (4.6 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)189kg (416lbs)

Performance and Fuel efifciency

Triumph Street Triple R
Maximum Power106PS / 105bhp / 78kW @ 11700rpm
Maximum Torque68Nm / 50ft.lbs @ 9200rpm
City33 MPG
Highway51 MPG


ultimatemotorcycling----“Balanced and light (367 pounds, claimed dry), the Triumph Street Triple R is never overwhelming, despite its high-performance status. The ergonomics are compact and the pegs are high-my legs did need the occasional stretch during dawn-to-dusk excursions-while the bar bend and positioning is perfect. At a long-inseam 5’6", I never found the 31.5-inch seat height to be a problem at stops.”


I still say this is the best naked bike out there.

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