After years of success with the 765 cc Moto2 spec engine, Triumph would be foolish to ignore all that it has learned on the international racing stage, and the 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R and RS are proof that the engineers have been paying attention. While most of the focus was on increasing power, some select chassis changes made it into the mix. My ride on the roads of southern Spain and on the track at the Circuito de Jerez made it clear that Triumph wants to dominate the middleweight naked class.
While the engine changes were significant, the bulk of them were focused on the combustion chambers and getting the fuel charge in and out of them more efficiently. To that end the compression ratio was bumped to 13.25:1. A machined head interfacing with machined, not gas, pistons provide that increase while also allowing for higher valve lift. New rods and pins were required to handle the increased power, while the intake and exhaust got freer breathing capabilities courtesy of shorter intake trumpets and a single, less restrictive catalyzer, respectively. Shorter gearing in second through sixth gears increases the engine’s spunkiness.
For the first time, the Street Triple gets an IMU and all of the associated electronic safety features, like cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, that we have come to expect in modern motorcycles. Additionally, an up/down quickshifter is included as standard across the three-member Street Triple family.
The chassis also benefits from a few upgrades, particularly for the RS model, which had its rake shortened to 23.2° and 3.82 in. of trail. With a slightly higher tail section, the RS’ turn-in is noticeably quicker on the street and track without compromising stability. The RS also sprouts a pair of Stylema calipers controlled by a Brembo MCS master cylinder. The 41 mm Showa fork in the RS has a higher spec than the R, and the RS gets an Öhlins STX40 shock. The final difference in rolling gear between the R and RS is the R’s Continental ContiRoad and the RS’ Pirelli Supercorsa SP V3 tires.
Sure, you could read all about this – in more detail – in the written review, but you’re not here for that. Take a look at the video below to see what I think when I’m fresh off the motorcycle instead of in my office going over my notes.
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