Triumph's middleweight roadster has become sharper and sleeker in its new avatar and also BS6 compliant.
After multiple delays, Triumph has finally launched the much-awaited 2020 Street Triple RS in India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 11.13 lakh (ex-showroom), which is the same as before.
The new Street Triple RS is a mildly updated version of the old bike, as it features subtle design upgrades, some new features and minor mechanical updates. On the design front, the only noticeable change in the new bike is at the front. The 2020 version gets a sharper pair of full-LED headlamps with LED DRLs, retaining the twin-bug eyes of the old model. Elsewhere, most of the body panels such as the radiator shroud, belly pan, and the tail section have been slightly redesigned as compared to the old model. The silencer is all-new, it’s more compact than before, and it gets a carbon-fibre finish. Overall, the motorcycle is largely unchanged, but the net effect of all the changes is a motorcycle that looks angrier and sharper than before.
Powering the motorcycle is the same 765cc three-cylinder motor, which is also used by Moto2 boys. In the 2020 version, the engine is fitted with lighter components so as to meet the more stringent Euro 5 / BS6 norms. The engine has the same power output of 121bhp, but the torque is up by 2Nm to 79Nm in the new version. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with revised 1st and 2nd gear-ratios for better acceleration at low speeds. The motorcycle is also equipped with a quick-shifter as well as a slip-and-assist clutch.
There are no major changes in the chassis, suspension, or brakes in the new model. That’s understood because the Street Triple RS was already packed with top drawer cycle parts. The bike continues to feature fully-adjustable suspension, which includes a Showa Big Piston Front Fork and Ohlins monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are carried out by Brembo M50 monobloc front brake callipers with twin 310mm discs and a single 220mm disc on the rear wheel. Switchable ABS is offered as before. Interestingly, the new Street Triple RS hasn't gained any weight. At 166kg (dry), it's still the lightest motorcycle in its class.
The 2020 Street Triple RS gets the same 5-inch full-colour display, but it now comes with new layouts and graphics. Plus, there’s Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. The electronic suite remains unchanged, meaning there are five riding modes as well as a switchable traction control system.
Bookings of the new Street Triple RS are open online, and Triumph says that its test rides will commence as soon as the lockdown lifts. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in June 2020.