Triumph Street Triple R Launched In India
The R variant will be the most affordable Street Triple in India
- The 2020 Street Triple R’s powerplant produces 118PS and 75Nm.
- Gets a bidirectional quickshifter, multiple riding modes, and a traction control.
- It undercuts the Street Triple RS by Rs 2.49 lakh.
Triumph India has launched the 2020 Street Triple R in the country today. It commands a price tag of Rs 8.84 lakh (ex-showroom India), undercutting the Street Triple RS by Rs 2.49 lakh. This would make it the most affordable bike under the Street Triple range. That's great pricing considering it even undercuts the Triumph Bonneville T100 by Rs 3,400. Bookings are open and there are two colours to choose from: Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice. Sure, there’s an even more affordable Street Triple S variant but this model gets a smaller A2 licence-friendly engine and is reserved only for European markets.
Coming back to the Street Triple R, it may look more or less similar to the Street Triple RS but it still gets a dated semi-digital instrument cluster unlike the RS’ TFT screen. Even though it is a cut-price Street Triple, it is still loaded with premium bits like all-LED lighting system, assist and slipper clutch with bidirectional quickshifter, and electronic nannies like traction control, three-level riding modes and dual-channel ABS.
The 765cc inline-three cylinder motor in the Street Triple R makes 118PS at 12,000rpm and 79Nm at 9350rpm against the Street Triple RS’ 123PS and 79Nm. The Street Triple R's output numbers are somewhat on par with the BS4-compliant KTM 790 Duke's figures: 105PS and 87Nm. Suspension bits include a 41mm Showa inverted front fork and a Showa rear monoshock - both fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload. Triumph has equipped the R variant with Brembo M4.32 radial calipers up front holding the 310mm dual discs. The rear gets a 220mm disc with Brembo single-piston caliper. For a better balance of grip and tyre life, the R variant rolls on Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 instead of the super sticky Pirelli Supercorsa v3 units in the RS.
At 168kg dry, the R variant is just 2kg heavier than the RS model. But its 825mm seat height might be a little too tall for shorter riders. The 2020 Triumph Street Triple R will go up against the BMW F 900 R and the upcoming BS6-compliant Kawasaki Z900 and KTM 790 Duke. It is worth pointing out that the BMW F 900 R is the only other BS6-compliant alternative to the Triumph Street Triple R at the moment.