2020 Triumph Street Triple RS MC Commute Review

We giddyap on Triumph’s midsize Street Triple RS naked bike.

Triumph’s middleweight naked bike has been a perennial favorite among in-the-know motorcyclists who want a fun, sweet-sounding streetbike that is equally at home during commutes and fast-paced rides on the weekend. For 2020, the English brand has something special. We covered some of the technical improvements in the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS First Look Preview. Now we swing a leg over it in this video review.

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Specifications

PRICE $12,850
ENGINE 765cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-3; 12 valves
BORE x STROKE 77.8 x 53.4mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Slip/assist multiplate, wet
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 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.9°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 55.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.5 in.
CONTACT triumphmotorcycles.com
We swing a leg over Triumph’s updated-for-2020 Street Triple RS in this MC Commute video review.Adam Waheed
The up-spec RS version is Triumph’s top-of-the-line middleweight-sized naked bike.Adam Waheed
A color TFT instrument panel graces the Street Triple RS. The display looks snazzy, and is loaded with features—including the ability to receive text messages (when paired with a Bluetooth-enabled device). However menu navigation is cumbersome and making vehicle setting changes is overly complicated.Adam Waheed
Triumph has made great strides in terms of fit and finish. The saddle is not only comfortable but appears well-made.Adam Waheed
The 2020 Street Triple is powered by a tweaked version of Triumph’s 765cc inline-three engine. The engine produces gobs of sweet-sounding torque with a fun characteristic.Adam Waheed
The RS is outfitted with Brembo’s marvelous adjustable-ratio MCS-type master cylinder. This allows riders to better tailor front brake sensation.Adam Waheed
A carbon fiber-tipped muffler looks nice and emits a pleasing exhaust note that is neither too loud, nor too soft.Adam Waheed
We love the Street Triple’s sleek tailsection, which reminds us of the outgoing Daytona 675 sportbike.Adam Waheed
Although the ergonomics package is well-proportioned, the Street Triple RS feels old as compared to the latest crop of middleweight naked bikes.Adam Waheed
The Speed Triple’s switch gear could benefit from a simplified interface and improved tactile function.Adam Waheed
The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS rings in at $12,800 with a two-year warranty.Adam Waheed
The RS-spec Street Triple adds an linkage-equipped Öhlins gas-charged shock. Damping is firmer than previous iteration Street Triples, but still delivers favorable ride quality over a variety of surfaces.Adam Waheed
As usual, Showa’s BPF-generation fork offers a wide range of adjustment and versatile performance on the road and circuit.Adam Waheed