The, two things strike me about the new 2009 Triumph Street Triple R. First, it's probably the most instantly, instinctively fun bike I've ridden. As my current poor old motorcycle struggles on the concrete road to gain some speed, I click down to first, pull our, twist the throttle and honk past in the traditional one-wheeled salute. Pointless, hilarious and oh-so-easy for a first attempt.
I line up the next dangerous turn onto Ratchada from Rama 9, a crossing with bad memories. Ridiculously how many cars are on the road and I find myself quickly in a tight spot between two cars. Strong Nissin 4-piston radial front brakes do their thing and the well-spring upside down forks dive just the right amount. Letting off the lever, one of the most agile, light-steering chassis I've ever felt tips us in with near-zero effort.
And that's when the second realization hits: what a huge shame it is that so many riders whose adrenal glands would be beautifully tickled by the new Triumph Street Triple R won't ever ride it.
There's more 675 in this bike than just a bit of branding and some brochure bull. The aluminum beam twin spar frame, for example, in combination with the twin-sided, aluminum alloy swingarm provide excellent road capabilities. The Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder 675cc engine provide the Triumph Street Triple R with 107 horses and a maximum torque 69Nm power. On fuel economics scores the new 2009 Street Triple R also very good.
Driving out of today's Sutisarn roads traffic, I'm reminded of everything that makes the Triumph 675's engine feel so superb. It pulls harder from near-tickover than you could ever dream, with spotlessly clean fueling and a huge eagerness to rev. It's as if the pistons have been filled with helium, such is the desire and ease with which the revised engine soars to its 12,650rpm redline.