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Street Triple: The inside track

Triumph team speak out about new bike

The Test and Development rider who helped take the Street Triple to a new level admits it was normal to have concerns when the upgrade was first revealed.

Felipe Lopez says: “We were extremely happy with the geometry and what we had achieved with the previous model, so it was only natural there was an element of worry about tearing up what we’d done before and starting again.

“From a customer point of view, we did our very best before, but once the decision was made to build a new generation of Street Triples, we had a bigger challenge.

Filipe Lopez, Street Triple, Launch, Filipe Lopez
Felipe Lopez, Test and Development rider

“When you start with the idea of a more powerful engine and faster bike, you need to factor in stability and handling, but how do you improve something that is already excellent and loved by so many people?

“They were the big questions, so we made modifications to the swing arm and tweaked other areas – sometimes by only a few millimetres – to make it a little more relaxed.

“For our department, it was a challenge because we knew more power and speed could be problematic, but in the end, we’ve actually improved the level of stability by addressing all areas of the bike and made improvements across the board.”

Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, believes the wealth of knowledge at the company’s Hinckley headquarters is key to the new bikes’ success.

“The initial feedback on the Street Triple has been incredibly positive – common themes have been the attention to detail, integrity of design and quality of the build,” he says..

 

The Street Triple design sketches

“Nothing has changed other than the fact that we are growing all the time as a business and now have more experience of developing these bikes, and each time you learn from the last one and take that forward.

“When we first decided to tear up the rulebook with the Street Triple, we sat down and asked ‘what would we want to do to improve it?’ and worked from there on all aspects of the bikes.

“We retain staff really well and that cumulative growth of knowledge of people who have designed and built bikes for more than 30 years helps us with each launch.

“It’s always exciting working at Triumph because we know what’s coming in the next three or four years. The level of excitement never diminishes and nor does the enthusiasm and passion of the teams that work on the bikes. We are the sum of all our parts.

“You never quite know what the reaction to a new bike will be, but we’re pleased with the response to the Street Triple so far, but if people are excited by the spec of the new bikes, then all I’d say to them is ‘wait until you ride them’.”

Triumph Street Triple, design, sketch
The Street Triple design sketch

Here’s a few of the reviews so far:

MCN’s deputy editor Richard Newland said the new Street Triple R offered “road-only riders everything they need for naked hedonism” and added “… for the majority, it’ll be the only Street Triple you’ll ever need.” Read more here.

“Good things come in threes: the Three Stooges, the Three Little Pigs …and the 2017 Triumph Street Triple family.” Rider Magazine’s full review here.

Visordown waxed lyrical about the family: “It’s the bike that changed how we think about bikes, the naked middleweight that showed how much fun naked middleweights could be. “ Read the full review here.

Cycleworld’s headline exalted the new bikes: “Triumph’s new Street Triple is here to slay. Their smaller sport naked gets a displacement bump and a whole host of fancy updates.” Read more here.