Have you ever seen ducks being force-fed friends? Itâ€™s a slightly untidy business involving a funnel being inserted into the flat-footed little chapâ€™s neck and a half-bucket of steroids and other â€˜health foodsâ€™ (for ducks) being tipped therein. Certainly gives the duck a bit of edge in the â€˜duck-houseâ€™... (â€œHoly sheee-itt, check out the giblets on Lenny.â€)
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 â€˜Râ€™ 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 â€˜mean-streetsâ€™ 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.
Underneath is Triumphâ€™s proven fuel-injected 675cc three-cylinder unit, producing 108PS at 11,700rpm. Itâ€™s a smooth enough unit and, for a smaller middleweight machine, well up-to-the-mark moving the Street Triple Râ€™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.
Thereâ€™s a new colour as well - Matt Graphite with orange graphics, or, come April 2009, Matt Blazing Orange option with grey graphics. (Steady. Donâ€™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.
Hereâ€™s some specs to mull over.
|Type:||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Bore/Stroke:||74.0 x 52.3mm|
|Fuel System:||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Final Drive:||O ring chain|
|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:|
|Width:||(Handlebars) 731mm (28.8in)|
|Seat Height:||805mm (31.6in)|
|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|