Upgraded suspension and brakes mean I'd taken the Waterworks and Gooseneck bends quicker than on the standard Street Triple. This bike uses the same 107 horsepower engine, so it's no faster in a straight line, but no worries. The Street Triple was Triumph's best selling model in '08, and the R-spec version adds firmer suspension and racier steering geometry, along with front brakes from the Daytona 675. The R-bike feels more aggressive at a standstill as well. The shorter fork and longer shock add up to a nose-down stance and slightly more angled-forward riding position. The R's rake and trail are 23.9 degrees and 3.6 inches, compared to 24.3 degrees and 3.8 inches for the standard model. At 31.7 inches the seat is nearly a quarter-inch higher than its predecessor, but the difference seems greater because the firmer shock compresses less. Straddling the R for the first time in front of the TT circuit grandstand, I get both feet flat on the ground easily enough, with the slightly raised handlebar within easy reach, but I'm tall. Short riders will find firm footing more elusive here than on the standard Triple.