Tim O'Brien | Oct 15, 2008

Have you ever seen ducks being force-fed friends? It’s a slightly untidy business involving a funnel being inserted into the flat-footed little chap’s neck and a half-bucket of steroids and other ‘health foods’ (for ducks) being tipped therein. Certainly gives the duck a bit of edge in the ‘duck-house’... (“Holy sheee-itt, check out the giblets on Lenny.”)

This is what Triumph has done to its feisty little street weapon, the Street Triple 675, to make the new higher-spec 2009 Street Triple R. That ‘R’ signifies the addition of a measured cup of mongrel and two pinches of bastard to give the little brother of the knuckle-dusting Speed Triple some extra ‘mean-streets’ cred.

With fully-adjustable 41mm upside-down forks, a top-spec rear monoshock, and radially-mounted four piston calipers on twin 308mm brake discs (both brakes and suspension having been borrowed from the Daytona 675), the new 2009 Street Triple R promises handling and stopping power to rival bigger and nastier supersport machines.

2009-triumph-street-triple-r-2

Underneath is Triumph’s proven fuel-injected 675cc three-cylinder unit, producing 108PS at 11,700rpm. It’s a smooth enough unit and, for a smaller middleweight machine, well up-to-the-mark moving the Street Triple R’s 167kg. With wide, Magura handlebars, and a 5mm taller seat height, the Street Triple R should be a fun steer when out slicing the black-top.

There’s a new colour as well - Matt Graphite with orange graphics, or, come April 2009, Matt Blazing Orange option with grey graphics. (Steady. Don’t go too far over the top there Triumph with the colour choices.) Both colour options are set off with black anodised forks and a two-tone black and graphite seat.

So, look for it in dealers soon. Pricing? Triumph has announced a recommended retail price of $13,490 plus dealer delivery and the usual government on-road theft charges.

Ride free friends. The Dirk.

Here’s some specs to mull over.

ENGINE:
Type: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity: 675cc
Bore/Stroke: 74.0 x 52.3mm
Fuel System: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
Final Drive: O ring chain
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 6-speed, close ratio
CHASSIS, RUNNING GEAR:
Frame: Aluminium beam twin-spar
Swing-arm: Braced, twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy
Wheels: Front: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 3.5in
Rear: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 5.5in
Tyres: Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Suspension: Front: Kayaba 41mm upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120mm travel
Rear: Kayaba monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping, 130mm travel
Brakes Front: Twin 308mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston radial calipers
Rear: Single 220mm disc, Nissin single piston caliper
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 2030mm (79.9in)
Width: (Handlebars) 731mm (28.8in)
Height: 1250mm (49.2in)
Seat Height: 805mm (31.6in)
Wheelbase: 1390mm (54.7in)
Rake/Trail: 23.9º/92.4mm
Dry Weight: 167kg (367lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 litres (3.8 gal/4.6 US gals)
PERFORMANCE: (measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power: 108PS / 107bhp / 79kW @ 11700rpm
Maximum Torque: 69Nm / 51ft.lbf @ 9100rpm
Get the best deal on this car!
Get a great deal from our national accredited supply network. Fill in the form or call 1300 438 639
 
Name required
Last Name should be a hidden field. Please delete if you are a real person.
Valid Phone required
Valid Postcode required
Valid Email required
Thank you for your enquiry.
One of our accredited supply network will be in touch in the next 24 hours.