Since its introduction in 2008, the Street Triple has become Triumph’s fastest-selling bike in history. The 2009 Triumph Street Triple is referred to as ""a roadster"" on official brochures. More accurately dubbed a “middleweight streetfighter” bike, the Street Triple and Street Triple R have been phenomenally successful models for Triumph.
For the Street Triple and Street Triple R, Triumph uses the engine from its Daytona 675, which won the International Bike of the Year Award. Modern Triumphs have earned a reputation for their high performance, inline three-cylinder engines. The 675cc engine adapted from the Daytona is a big reason for the success of the Street Triple. Triumph re-tuned the Daytona engine, providing the bike with a lower redline and different camshaft profiles. With increased torque at the low and mid ranges, this engine delivers outstanding performance at all rpms and a very smooth acceleration curve. Also present in the Street Triple is the exhilarating exhaust note, a signature of all Triumph inline three-cylinder engines. The 104 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque enables the Street Triple to clock zero to 60 mph in 3.36 seconds, and to hit 100 mph in 7.97 seconds. This type of performance can easily put your license at risk, so use this power with restraint!
Shifting is accomplished via a close-ratio six-speed transmission. Close-ratio means there is only a small difference in the ratios between gears. This allows the 2009 Triumph Street Triple to maximize its acceleration and performance, but it requires more shifting from the rider. If you aren’t sure you want a close-ratio transmission, the Street Triple probably isn’t for you. For the rest of you looking for a potent middleweight streetfighter, the Triumph Street Triple’s transmission grants you smooth, quick shifting necessary for optimal performance.
Triumph dramatically improved the suspension for the 2009 Street Triple R. Now using three-way adjustable inverted fork in front with adjustable gas-charged rear shocks, the 2009 Street Triple R delivers a more pleasant ride than the 2008 introductory model. The new suspension allows owners to really dial in the suspension, in order to experience exactly the kind of ride they want. Braking also improves in the 2009 Street Triple. Nissin four-piston radial calipers on the front, and single-piston calipers on the rear, used successfully on the Daytona 675, supply greater stopping power than the 2008 model.
A flat, wide Magura alloy handlebar adds to the 2009 Triumph Street Triple’s excellent handling. Although it might appear more suited to motocross than street racing, this handlebar allows extra leverage and aids in lower-speed maneuverability. However, when backing up or steering into tight parking spaces, new owners should note that the steering radius is a bit shorter than most other bikes in its class. As the Street Triple is a naked bike, no wind protection is offered, which makes long trips a bit difficult.
The Triumph Street Triple R offers better value than the Street Triple due to the improved suspension on the Street Triple R and modest increase in price. Triumph offers a wide range of accessories for the Street Triple, but the Street Triple R has more customizable accessories directly from the Hinckley, England headquarters. If you are looking for a solid middleweight streetfighter bike with excellent performance, the 2009 Triumph Street Triple has the right combination of speed, weight, and handling.