2020 Triumph Street Triple RS First Look Preview

More power, more technology, and more features for more fun.

A new day dawns on Triumph’s Street Triple, with an updated RS model just announced. Note the sharper bodywork and the foot control plates and rear footrest hangers now with black finishes, plus a satin metal finish on the heel guards and silencer.
A new day dawns on Triumph’s Street Triple, with an updated RS model just announced. Note the sharper bodywork and the foot control plates and rear footrest hangers now with black finishes, plus a satin metal finish on the heel guards and silencer. The aluminum frame now uses the Titanium Silver finish as used on the Speed Triple models.Triumph

The Street Triple occupies an interesting place in the moto market: smaller than a liter-size sport roadster but more powerful than a traditional middleweight. For 2020, the three-cylinder Street Triple RS gets endowed with greater midrange power, sharper bodywork, updated electronics, and nicer finishes.

The Street Triple debuted in 2007 with a revvy 675cc three-cylinder engine, but a 765cc platform hit the roads in 2017 in three trim levels, of which the RS was the top of the line. The bigger Street Triple wasn't as nimble as the original, but with a maximum output of 121 hp, it punched above its class.

2020 Triumph Street Triples RS Updates

A new exhaust system graces the Street Triple RS for 2020, now with twin catalysts to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and a crossover balance tube to boost midrange power. It’s finished off with a carbon fiber end cap.
A new exhaust system graces the Street Triple RS for 2020, now with twin catalysts to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and a crossover balance tube to boost midrange power. It’s finished off with a carbon fiber end cap.Triumph

For 2020, peak horsepower remains the same thanks to Euro 5 emissions regulations, but a new exhaust camshaft and a new exhaust system with better flow and a crossover pipe yields superior torque. Triumph claims a 9 percent boost in midrange torque and a 1.5 pound-feet increase in peak torque, now up to 58.3 pound-feet made at 9,350 revs instead of previously at 10,800 rpm. The factory also boasts improved throttle response as a result of a 7 percent reduction in rotational inertia from "higher precision machining on the crankshaft, clutch, and balancer."

Visually, the new ST RS gets a significant update. New LED headlights are topped with a new fly screen, and the side panels, tailsection, seat cowl, and bellypan are sharper and more angular. Nicer mirrors too.

My, what big eyebrows you have! The 2020 Street Triple RS is available in two colorways: You’re looking at the Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminum Silver decals version.
My, what big eyebrows you have! The 2020 Street Triple RS is available in two colorways: You’re looking at the Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminum Silver decals version. Both this and the Matte Jet Black with Aluminum Silver and Yellow decals scheme include hand-painted Diablo Red wheel pinstripes and an Aluminum Silver rear subframe.Triumph

The TFT color instruments receive new graphics in four styles and the ability to link navigation and a GoPro camera. Ride modes include Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and a rider-customizable setting. Self-canceling turn signals are a handy feature.

The Street Triple RS retains the premium components of its predecessor, including Brembo M50 Monoblock brake calipers, fully adjustable Öhlins shock, Showa Big Piston fork, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber. Triumph Shift Assist adds an auto-blipping downshifter for 2020. Adjustable traction control and switchable ABS are standard equipment.

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Specifications And Pricing

Triumph’s Moto2 racebike chases down its street-roadster counterpart.
Triumph’s Moto2 racebike chases down its street-roadster counterpart.Triumph

The 2019 Street Triple RS had a base price of $12,500. No word yet from Triumph about the new version's MSRP. Also yet to be released is whether the Street Triple line will still include the less-expensive S and R variants.

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Specifications

PRICE TBA
ENGINE 765cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-3; 12 valves
BORE x STROKE 78 x 53.4mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Slip/assist multiplate, wet
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum twin-spar
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted Showa Big Piston fork, fully adjustable
REAR SUSPENSION Öhlins STX40, fully adjustable
FRONT BRAKE Brembo M50 4-piston calipers, 310mm discs
REAR BRAKE Brembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ switchable ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.9°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 55.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.6 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 366 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year
AVAILABLE TBA
CONTACT triumphmotorcycles.com/
The Street Triple’s tailsection gets updated with sharper styling and a taller seat to increase legroom for a passenger.
The Street Triple’s tailsection gets updated with sharper styling and a taller seat to increase legroom for a passenger.Triumph
Improved finish detailing for 2020 includes this new aluminum handlebar clamp.
Improved finish detailing for 2020 includes this new aluminum handlebar clamp.Triumph
Bar-end mirrors are more stylish than previous. The span-adjustable brake lever is standard.
Bar-end mirrors are more stylish than previous. The span-adjustable brake lever is standard.Triumph
The 2020 Street Triple RS’s sharper styling and nicer finishes are on display here.
The 2020 Street Triple RS’s sharper styling and nicer finishes are on display here.Triumph