Sometimes I ride a motorcycle and it meets my high expectations. I expect perfection, and it’s exactly as I expect. Everything’s in the right place, everything works perfectly, and the bike is flawless. Riding the Triumph Street Triple RS (765) was exactly this experience.

But there were some aspects of the bike that bugged me. They aren’t huge, but they’re there. And at this level of competition, and this price point (for a “middleweight” bike), every issue is worth noting.

I rode the spritely “Striple” for a couple of days in the canyons of the Los Angeles Forest — one of my favourite places for “middleweight” motorcycles — in November of 2023 (it was cold, but not icy yet). I say “middleweight” in inverted quotes because while the Street Triple RS isn’t heavy, it’s quite powerful. The definition of what’s a middleweight sport bike has definitely evolved over the last decade!

Anyway, the Street Triple is a platform widely loved for being powerful, lightweight, and very well-balanced.

Lately, though, it has been getting a lot of competition from the super hot middleweight naked sport bike segment. So you might be curious about the same things I was:

  • What makes the Triumph Street Triple RS Special?
  • What is it like to ride the Street Triple RS?
  • What competition does it have?

We’ll look at all this below.

2023 Triumph Street Triple RS Review cover rhs 3-4
2023 Triumph Street Triple RS

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A Brief History of the Triumph Street Triple

See here for a full model history of the Triumph Street Triple.

I always like to give a brief intro to motorcycles, looking over the recent model history and the historical context for the bike, because it helps people psychologically get where bike is placed both in history as well as in the current range of available machines.

The Triumph Street Triple is a fairly unique bike in that it’s a mass-produced and widely-ridden three-cylinder motorcycle. Well, this was more unique before the MT-09 (and the much less often seen MV Agusta triples), so let’s look back at where it all started.

The Street Triple is, as of the 2023 model, now in its fifth generation. That’s a lot of generations!

It all started in 2007 with the first Triumph Street Triple. Back then, the Street Triple was a pared-down Daytona 675 with a street tune and different road-going equipment — different lights, handlebars, and exhaust.

Triumph had released the first-gen Daytona 675 in 2006, and it promptly stole the show of middleweight motorcycles — deservedly! Triumph had been making their smaller bikes with four cylinders, while the bigger Daytona (the latest being the 955i) had made do with three.

The 2006 Daytona 675 was an instant hit. It still is. It’s powerful, making a peak of 92 kW / 123 hp at 12500 rpm, but more importantly, it has a wide torque curve that’s far less peaky than its 4-cylinder supersport rivals. On top of that, the Daytona has looks that still hold their own today (so do some other 600s of the day, to be fair).

2007 Triumph Daytona 675 RHS black
2007 Triumph Daytona 675 (same as the 2006)

So, why not make a naked Daytona? Why not indeed.

At the time of the Daytona 675, Triumph had already been making the Speed Triple (the naked version of the bigger Daytona) for a while. It was a hit for all the reasons it still is — its big-bore three-cylinder engine gives a great balance between power and broad torque. Plus, it has tons of character, hedging its bets between the benefits of a twin and a four.

In fact, the Speed Triple had outgrown the Daytona. The last big Daytona was the 955i, but the 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 was not explicitly based on any Daytona model. So it has remained until this day. (Model history of the Speed Triple coming soon!)

Eagle-eyed observers at the time (like at Visordown) noted that the Daytona 675 was built with the naked version in mind. “Take a close look at the [Daytona] 675 and you’ll spot the fairing brackets are neatly tucked away, the engine’s water pipes are hidden and the frame doesn’t have any ugly fastenings… The Daytona was designed to look good naked, because 18 months later it would appear in exactly that state.”

2007 Triumph Street Triple first gen Round Eyes
Triumph Street Triple (1st gen)

Triumph de-tuned the engine slightly and gave the first-gen Street Triple simpler suspension — no adjustability at the front, and minimal at the rear. At the front, Triumph gave it twin headlights, a design it has worn to this day (though they’re no longer round, to the chagrin of some).

But what really caught most people’s attention was the same magic formula as that of the Daytona — the first-gen Street Triple has a broad spread of torque from down low with no surprises anywhere.

On top of that, it’s light, weighing only 182 kg / 401 lb with a full tank of gas. That’s still impressive today, and bear in mind that technology that helps in weight saving has come a long way in two decades.

Just as the Speed Triple outgrew the Daytona, the Street Triple eventually outgrew the Daytona 675. In fact, the Daytona 675R was the last of the high-power Daytona motorcycles, notwithstanding expensive limited-run models (the Daytona 765 Moto2) and everyday street bikes (the 2024 Daytona 660).

Over the years, Triumph iterated on the Street Triple’s formula without radically altering it. Changes included

  1. The first R model in 2009 with better suspension and brakes
  2. New “slanty eyed look” in 2012
  3. A revised look from 2013 with a low exhaust (no more under-tail pipes) and optional ABS. The newer R model got radial calipers
  4. The 660 models from 2014, detuned for some markets for learner license compliance (now discontinued in the wake of the newer 660 models like the Trident)
  5. The 765 models from 2017, with different power levels between spec levels, and also a higher-spec RS model with an Öhlins rear shock and Brembo M50 calipers (from older superbikes)
  6. The 2023 revision of the 765, with cornering ABS, and even optional cruise control in the RS model

The bike I rode is the 2023 model Street Triple RS with an Öhlins shock and cornering ABS — but no optional cruise control. Let’s look at it below.

Specs of the 2023 Triumph Street Triple RS

Below are the core specs of the 2023 Triumph Street Triple, plus some comments / notes.

The Street Triples is unusual in that the spec R, RS, and Moto2 spec levels don’t just differ in suspension and brakes, but also in engine peak power. Triumph has used this strategy since 2017. Other manufacturers don’t tend to change the engine tune — just everything around the engine.

Item2023 Street Triple RS SpecComments
Peak power96 kW (128 bhp / 130 PS) at 12000 rpmSlightly up on the Street Triple R (88 kW / 120 PS / 118 bhp)
Peak torque80 Nm / 59 lb-ft @ 9500 rpm
Front brakesBrembo Stylema calipersUp from the M4.32 on the R. Also up on the previous-gen RS model’s Brembo M50 calipers.
Front suspensionShowa Big Piston Fork, fully adjustableBetter than the R (which has separate functions in each fork leg), but not as good as the Öhlins on the Moto2
Rear suspensionÖhlins STX40, fully adjustable
Wet weight (90% fuel)188 kg / 415 lbStill light after all these years!
Instruments5-inch TFTPar for the course these days, even on mid-spec bikes
Cruise controlOptionalStandard on the MT-09 SP and even the XSR900…
Ride modesRoad, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, Track
Service intervals* 6,000 mile / 10,000 km / annual oil changes
* 12,000 mile / 20,000 km valve service intervals
Shorter service intervals than some other Triumph bikes with 10,000 mile / 16,000 km service intervals (e.g. the Trident 660)
2023+ Triumph Street Triple RS Specs

Comparing the Street Triple RS with its Stablemates

Anyone shopping for a Street Triple is going to be instantly bewildered by the different models on display. There’s the Street Triple R, Street Triple RS, and Street Triple Moto2. Which one is for you?

The easiest upsell to the RS from the R is that you get more power out of the box. Getting that power would require a trip to the tuner. Secondly, cruise control isn’t an option on the base model. If you want that feature, you need the RS or better.

Finally, it would cost you more to upgrade to those features than it would to buy the Street Triple RS outright. So if you want Öhlins suspension and Stylema calipers (and don’t care about the power or cruise control), the RS is still your best port of call.

Now, if you’re a Moto2 kind of person, then money is no object and you know that’s the bike you want — full Öhlins front and rear and an aggressive riding position. If you can afford to crash that bike at the track — or just display it in your living room — then power to you!

Bear in mind that the Street Triple Moto2 was limited to 1530 units — 765 of each colour scheme. That’s not terribly limited, but it means owner’s are likely to attach sentimental or collector value to them.

2023+ ModelsStreet Triple RStreet Triple RSStreet Triple Moto2™
Peak power88 kW (118 bhp / 120 PS) at 11500 rpm96 kW (128 bhp / 130 PS) at 12000 rpm96 kW (128 bhp / 130 PS) at 12000 rpm
Front brakesBrembo M4.32Brembo StylemaBrembo Stylema
Front suspensionShowa Separate Function — Big PistonShowa Big PistonÖhlins NIX30
Rear suspensionShowa Öhlins STX40Öhlins STX40
ErgonomicsRegular handlebarsRegular handlebarsLower clip-on handlebars
InstrumentsMulti-function instruments, Colour TFT5-inch TFT5-inch TFT
Cruise controlUnavailableOptionalOptional
Ride modesRoad, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurableRoad, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, TrackRoad, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, Track
2023+ Triumph Street Triple R, Street Triple RS, and Street Triple Moto2™ model spec differences

OK, let’s take that spec sheet for a ride.

Riding the Triumph Street Triple RS

2023 Triumph Street Triple RS Review parked LA Forest
2023 Triumph Street Triple RS, ready to ride

I went into the ride on the 2023 Street Triple RS with quite a clear idea of what to expect. I had ridden other Street Triples before, and I had heard every opinion on them you could find. So I went in with high expectations. They were met fully — in almost every aspect.

Getting on to the Street Triple RS, which I rented from Riders Share, I noted two things immediately. Firstly, this one didn’t come with cruise control. I know it’s an optional extra. But while it’s an option I’d always spring for (not that critical on a naked bike, but it’s nice to shake the pins and needles out of my fingers), I realised that not everyone would, which would make buying a used model more difficult. (It’s one thing to appreciate about the MT-09 SP — they all have the same features as standard.)

Secondly, the Street Triple RS’s display is a little weird. It bugs me when a rectangular display is in a differently-shaped housing, even if there are other lights to make up the rest of the space. It just seems like a square peg in a round hole.

2023 Triumph Street Triple RS TFT Display
2023 Triumph Street Triple RS TFT Display

Plus, I could never find a display layout on the TFT display that I liked. I flicked through all four options and didn’t like any of them. The owner agreed. I even prefer the base model Street Triple R’s more conventional LCD. Give me a big tacho!

2023 Triumph Street Triple R LCD instruments
2023 Triumph Street Triple R (the “base model”) LCD instruments

I don’t mean to nitpick… but also, I do. C’mon, these are expensive. It’s a “one bike” for many people. And you have to look at the display all the time. It should be an aesthetically rewarding experience, as you can find on BMW and Ducati bikes.

I was really anxious to hear the Street Triple RS’ engine. The Striple I rode had (thankfully, for a fair comparison) a stock exhaust. Expanding regulations have taken their toll on most exhaust sounds, so one can’t fairly judge a stock exhaust… but I do like the bark of the Triumph triple more than that of the MT-09. An aftermarket exhaust would wake either up. Nevertheless, they’re not the same motor.

Like the other Street Triples since the first, the 2023 5th-gen Street Triple RS has power and torque all over the rev range. Apart from having handlebars, it’s quite different from riding a 600 cc sport bike. I don’t think 600s lack torque down low (you don’t need much torque when doing low-rev commuting, anyway), but there’s no question that they have a high-rpm kick. The Street Triple has less of one, as it’s more linear all the way through.

But lest you think “linear” = “boring”, far from it. The torque delivery of the Street Triple RS’ engine just means it’s exciting all the time!

The part I like most about the Street Triple is just how easy it is to quickly start riding fast. The layout is very intuitive to most motorcycle owners. The low weight gives you room for error, almost giving me a feeling of widening the lanes. It’s so easy to start, stop, and turn, that I can make mistakes, catch them, and correct them. That’s the magic of a lightweight, powerful motorcycle.

All the controls work as expected. Nothing surprised me. This includes things like the quickshifter, brakes, and suspension. Again, the Street Triple RS matched its high expectations.

I can’t comment on the mirrors as the version I was riding had bar-end mirrors (which I know look cool, but which I find very difficult to use in most situations). Stock, the Street Triple comes with OEM bar-end mirrors, which owners report buzz at most speeds (see this thread on They swap them out with Rizoma ones.

I’m a huge fan of bikes in the ~90 kW/120 hp range, especially when they’re sub-200 kg/440 lb in weight. My own old “beater” bike, a Honda 919 (a.k.a. the Hornet 900 or CB900F), is like this, though somewhat heavier. (See here on why I like owning a “beater”.)

Bikes in this power and weight range, with handlebars, are weapons on twisty back roads. Yes, I regularly got passed on straights by 200-hp superbikes. But I don’t care. It’s the amount of power that seems like plenty only until someone faster goes past you and you think “I wonder what that’s like?”

In a vacuum, though, I don’t think I’d want any more than the power of the Street Triple RS — at least, in the kinds of places that I typically ride. If I spent a lot of time on huge Autobahn-like straights or sweepers, I would think differently.

Having been lucky enough to have ridden those roads on everything from a Suzuki GSX-R1000R to a Harley-Davidson Low Rider S (which I didn’t particularly enjoy in that location for reasons for another day), I can confidently say that bikes like the Street Triple RS — and others in its power/weight class — are absolutely my favourites to ride there.

I’ve ridden bikes less powerful than the Street Triple RS, and when they’re significantly less powerful, they’re not fun when you get to an open straight. Bikes too powerful aren’t as fun on the curves for someone of my modest abilities. And motorcycles that are too heavy just take too much body English to get moving.

This is why motorcycles aren’t just individual to a rider — they’re highly dependent on the places you can ride. If all you have is wide open roads around you, a superbike might be frustrating.

Speaking of which, that’s naturally one place where the Street Triple RS falters. No wind protection means fatigue, eventually, on highways. It wasn’t a big deal, though, as it was counteracted by the fact that on the Street Triple you’re leaning forwards slightly, heading directly into the wind. Still, I’d recommend a good helmet and earplugs for anyone who has to do any distance on highways on the way to the “fun” stuff.

Main Competitors to the Street Triple RS

The Triumph Street Triple RS is a premium middleweight sport bike. So it has tons of competition from motorcycles with a diverse range of engines.

But probably the best comparison point for the Street Triple RS is the Yamaha MT-09SP — a bike I also had the pleasure of riding in the same area.

2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP LHS static 1
2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP LHS, Los Angeles Highway

Like the Street Triple RS, the MT-09SP is based on a three-cylinder engine. Since 2021, Yamaha dramatically updated the MT-09SP, giving it an 890-cc triple that makes similar power to the Street Triple’s.

Both bikes have a lot of tech in common, like cornering ABS and quickshifters.

You can see how the specs stack up below, but let me give my overall personal impression of riding the 2021 MT-09SP and Street Triple RS in similar conditions at the same location.

Overall, both bikes are very easy to ride, and extremely rewarding to ride in that environment. The 2021 revision of the MT-09 is such a huge refresh that it bears much less resemblance to its former model than it does to the Street Triple.

Both bikes are lightweight, powerful, and easy to manage.

Now here’s the kicker: I preferred the MT-09SP. Overall, I just liked its power delivery and geometry a little more. It felt more predictable and thus easier to fling about with reckless abandon. There’s also the fact that the screen is much more pleasant to use, which helped my experience a lot — it’s fun to watch the tachometer wind up.

But if you really like revving a bike out, the Street Triple RS will reward you more. You can rev it past 12,000 rpm in everyday riding. I found myself less surprised by the rev limiter than I was with the MT-09SP.

In general, the engine in the Street Triple RS is more fun. This is the be-all and end-all for many. It definitely makes the decision confusing!

Owning both would be different, too. The Yamaha has much wider valve service intervals. But the Street Triple R looks better (and still more than the 2024 refresh of the MT-09) and sounds better stock, and probably would sound better if they both had a comparable exhaust.

Not saying the difference is dramatic — you can’t really go wrong.

Below is an overview of the specs comparing the Street Triple RS and the MT-09 SP, plus some discussion notes.

Item2023 Street Triple RS2024 Yamaha MT-09SPDiscussion
EngineInline 3-cylinderInline 3-cylinderSamesies
Capacity765 cc890 ccIs more better? (Often, yes…)
Bore/Stroke (mm)78 / 53.4 mm78 x 62.1 mmSame bore; Street Triple RS is more oversquare
Compression ratio13.25:111.5:1MT-09 SP is much less stressed
Peak power88.3 kW / 120 PS / 118.4 bhp @ 11,500 rpm87.5 kW / 119 PS / 87.5 kW @ 10,000 rpmSimilar power, but MT-09 gets there lower
Peak torque80 Nm / 59 lb-ft @ 9,500 rpm93 Nm / 68.6 lb-ftMT-09 has more torque
Front suspensionShowa 41mm BPFKYB inverted forkBoth high-end
Rear suspensionÖhlins STX40 piggyback reservoir monoshockÖhlins STX46 piggyback reservoir monoshock Both high-end Öhlins
Front brakes2 x 310mm discs, Brembo Stylema calipers2 x 298 mm discs, radial calipersNot Brembos on the MT-09SP
Ride aidsCornering ABS, quickshifter, optional cruiseCornering ABS, quickshifter, cruise control (all standard)MT-09SP comes with everything
Total weight188 kg
(90% fuel)
189 kg / 417 lb
(full tank)
Same, or MT-09 even lighter
Street Triple RS vs MT-09 specs

Anyway, here’s a brief overview of the other bikes you might consider.

Wrap up

It may seem that describing a motorcycle as one that almost met my lofty expectations is damning it with faint praise. And perhaps it is — after all, the Street Triple RS did miss the mark for me on a couple of fronts, like the TFT display (I just couldn’t jibe with it).

When you expect perfection, reality will always fall short. I can nitpick any motorcycle I’ve loved. The 2021 Yamaha MT-09SP is ugly. The Suzuki Hayabusa is heavy. The Ducati Monster (old ones, anyway) has grumpy days. And so on.

But the simple truth is: I loved my time on the Street Triple RS. It’s a fantastic bike, just like its predecessors were. In an age where 600 cc sport bikes don’t get the attention from manufacturers that they once did, the Street Triple RS is a bike I’d say riders (who have suitable roads around) should experience at least once in their lives. I know I’m looking forward to sampling one again!

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  1. Another great article Dana.

    We seem to appreciate similar bikes.

    The non RS appealing too as it is available in white in UK…I also prefer the dash display.

    I was unaware the MT-09 SP has IMU .. this is a good thing.

    Glad you enjoying the 919 (also 900 Hornet) .. Sold my 600cc Hornet & currently on a Gen 1 CB1000RA

    I thought you had a 2017 S1000R … Will look elsewhere on your site to see update re same.


    Kevin 👍

  2. The Street Triple R 765cc 2023 has 118HP even though it is less displacement and the MT-09 890cc (and SP version) 2023 has 119HP about the same horsepower but both are comparable.

    1. Yeah, they make their power differently. I hit the limiter by accident on the MT-09 a few times. It’s one of the reasons I prefer the smaller engine — I personally just find it fun to rev a bike out a bit higher. But the MT-09’s power is easier to access.

    2. The Yamaha MT-09s have 117 hp (bhp), 119 is the PS rating. Slightly less than the ST3 R (base version), but the Triumph has to be revved out too high, almost SuperSport engine-like. The key difference b/w these two bikes is in the torque, the Yami cranks out 69 lb-ft vs Triumph’s 59 lb-ft and at much lower rpms for the MT-09. Of course, with MT standing for ‘Master of Torque” – it only makes sense.

  3. I’d have to say if money is an issue, the ST3 R is the best option, just down 10 hp but same amount of torque. In the Naked MW segment, I’d opt for the revised Yamaha MT-09 base version, it’s more expensive, but Yamaha made some great improvements, fixed the dread awful ugly front-end and improved the rider triangle with a more engaging rider position yet more comfortable with better reach to the ground. I think the MT-09 is more about torque and the ST3 is more oriented for the track. Being a naked bike, higher torque is more fun than higher hp. If the weight of a bike is not a concern, I’d opt for the Kawasaki Z900, with even more torque. The competition is stiff indeed, but I’m a fan of the Japanese bikes for their superior reliability. One thing that you didn’t find wrong with the Almost Perfect ST3 is the appearance of the front-end of the bike, not a fan of the second-generation bug eyes, the first-generation round bug eyes were classic and much more appealing in aesthetics. The current generation bug eyes look as if they bulged out of the face, not very attractive which takes away from the looks of the bike. Manufacturers seem to have a hard time with making attractive front-ends for nakeds. Take a look at the 2021-23 Yamaha MT-09 and compare it to the revised 2024 MT-09 to see how the improvements to the appearance of the front-end can dramatically improve overall looks. Yamaha did a great job with the update, too bad they had to increase the price by $800, think mainly due to enhanced electronics, improved QS, etc. Again, no bike is perfect!

  4. Road a R type nice bike good all around. Didnt put a wheel wrong while riding. Great write up as always.Geist Wulf Cycle Werks

  5. Dana, you’re right, no motorcycle is perfect, same applies to us mere mortals! Just want to note a couple of mistakes in your thorough write-up review. First, regarding the brakes of the Yamaha MT-09 SP, as well as the base MT-09, they have Brembos– Premium-spec brembo stylema monobloc brake calipers and brembo radial master cylinders. Secondly, regarding the wet weights, the Yamaha MT-09 SP hits the scale at 428 lbs. and the base version comes in at 425 lbs. In the spec chart you said “Same, or MT-09 even lighter.” Nope, the ST3 765 RS and R, are much lighter. And the 417 lbs. are for the R model, while the RS is even lighter at 414 lbs. So, with the Triumph ST3 RS weighing only 414 lbs. wet, it’s 14 pounds lighter than the Yamaha MT-09 SP’s weight of 428 lbs. for the 2024 revised models. One more thing, purely in the eye of the beholder, I think the revised 2024 MT-09 is dramatically better looking than the previous year and better looking than the Street3. It comes down to one thing, one of the most important things that lots of nakeds fail at, beauty of the front-end– Yamaha nailed it with the redesign.

  6. So, Yamaha fixed the number one complaint about the MT-09’s front-end with the 2024 update, but that’s just part of the update. The list is lengthy and welcome. They also redesigned the fuel tank and tail-end. The bike now features a more forward leaning stance, which contributes to a more engaged riding position. Overall ergos were improved by moving the handlebar lower with 2 adjustable settings and moving the pegs more rearward, which are adjustable also. The steering angle was increased 4 more degrees improving maneuverability at slow speeds. There’s a new 2-part seat that’s slimmer improving reach to the ground. An all-new 5″ full-color TFT display. First time intro of a smart key. New backslip regulator. New Yamaha Ride Control with customizable settings. And for the all-important sound factor, high on everyone’s priority list, improved sound due to a new 2-duct intake design with acoustic amplifier grilles. And a new 3rd generations QS providing clutchless upshifts and downshifts. Along with a few minor changes like new turn signal functions.
    So, Yamaha took an almost perfect bike and made it closer to perfection, quite a task, job well done. One thing I’m glad they didn’t mess with is the CP3 engine, it’s the same– no changes. I think that the MT-09 has the better engine of the two bikes, mainly due to what this group stands for — Master of Torque. The MT-09 puts out an outstanding amount of torque at 69 lb-ft and at a low 7,000 rpm vs the ST3’s 9,500 rpm. A difference of 10 lb-ft torque for a bike that’s not that much more weight is huge. To me, I’d rather have more torque than more hp for a naked if the hp isn’t too low. When you compare the torque-to-weight ratios of these two bikes, even though the Street is lighter, the MT still equates to a better ratio.
    2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP = .161
    2024 Triumph ST3 765 RS = .143
    Finally, after you’ve gone through comparing all the spec data and cosmetics, you must look at the prices prior to taking the plunge. The Yamaha MT-09 SP list at $12,299 vs the Triumph’s list of $12,795. Is the Street Triple 765 RS worth an extra $500. One last thing to consider is the reliability factor, Japanese brands are at the top, and within the Big Four, Yamaha is the Top Dog. I’d go with the Japanese-built MT-09 SP over the Thailand-built (not Hinckley) Triumph Street Triple 765 RS in a heartbeat.

  7. To Recap Yamaha’s Updates from 2023-2024 for the Naked Middleweight MT-09 SP:

    1. New Aggressive Twin Headlights instead of the ugly Cyclopes design
    2. Sportier Ergonomics instead of the upright/standard riding position of old
    3. New top of the line Brembo Stylema Calipers and Radial Master Cylinder
    4. New 5″ Full-Color TFT Display
    5. New Smartphone Connectivity
    6. New Backslip Regulator
    7. YRC with Specific SP Settings
    8. Acoustic Amplifier Grilles for enhanced sound
    9. New Third Generation QS
    10. New Smart Key System
    11. New Turn Signal Functions
    12. Same 890cc CP3 Engine with loads of torque down low

    2023 MT-09 SP $11,499 increased for 2024 to $12,299—- Great value for above updates at $800.
    Now, is the 2024 Triumph Street Triple RS worth an additional $500 when cross shopping the Yami?
    Think not, you’d really have to have a thing for the Brit bike to pay $500 more for it over the MT-09 SP!

  8. About the competitors for the Street Triple RS, other than its primary rival, the Yamaha MT-09 SP, don’t neglect the Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory when cross shopping. It’s less expensive, $1,700 less at the price of $11,100, and not that much less in displacement. But it’s $900 more than the ST3 R model. It’s actually closer in capacity than the Yamaha MT-09, just a difference of 106cc vs Yamaha’s difference of 125cc. Spec wise it cranks out 100 hp at 10,500 rpm and 49.4 lb-ft torque at 8,500 rpm and only weighs 399 lbs. wet. Talk about the lightweight of the segment, the Tuono 660 Factory is king, nothing lighter in the class. It’s not a triple, but a high compression (13.5:1) parallel-twin, same engine in the RS660, not a detuned version. It has all the goodies that the Street Triple has (Assist-slipper clutch, same size tires, high tech suspension, a larger front rotor at 320mm, same size rear rotor but 2 piston calipers instead of 1, Brembos, low seat height 32.3″, shorter wheelbase 53.9,” wider handlebar at 31.7,” 6-axis IMU, cruise control, lithium battery, cornering headlights, steel-braided brake lines, 5 ride modes, and all the electronics of the ST3). When shopping for your next bike, don’t always go for the one that has the most power, you must look at the whole overall package. The Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory has a better chassis than the ST3, thus reason for its superior handling. Another big plus is that it’s semi-nude with a semi-fairing/tinted windshield. Performance wise, numbers aren’t bad, runs a quarter mile in 11.3 seconds, that’s exceptional for a 660. Aprilia knows a few things about racing and all that tech was thrown into this bike. So, price wise, it’s closer to the ST R than the RS, but not overpriced for what you get. The price is justified due to being a semi-exotic Italian brand and manufactured exclusively in Italy, not some third world country to cut costs. I’d opt for the Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory over the Triumph Street Triple R and RS.

  9. Dana, in reference to your spec chart above for the Street Triple RS—MT-09 SP, other than the errors stating no Brembos for Yamaha MT-09 SP and stating the MT-09 SP is the same weight or lighter than the ST3 RS, there’s an error in the hp for the Triumph ST3 RS. Looks like you listed the hp for the R model (base), it should show the Street RS at 128 bhp, not 118.4 hp.

    2023 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS—-128 bhp @ 12,000 rpm
    2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP—-117 bhp @ 10,000 rpm

    * I’m know that I’m knit picking, but specs are important and better to show them correctly rather than misinform the masses.

  10. Once the new 2024 Yamaha MT-09SP hits the showroom, supposedly right about now (Spring 2024), we need to have a Naked MW Shootout b/w these two awesome bikes. And find out which one is truly the best!

    2023 or 24 Triumph STRS vs 2024 Yamaha MT-09SP—- Is the STRS worth an extra $500-$750 more?

    * Remember, Yamaha fixed the two biggest complaints: 1. Cyclopes Eye 2. Ergos
    Then they threw in a number of other updates— Top Spec Brembos, New QS, etc.

  11. One more thing, promise, this is it! If you like this bike— the Street Triple RS, but funds are limited for purchasing new, best options are to cross shop these 2024 models:

    1. Triumph Street Triple R (base) $10,200
    2. Yamaha MT-09 (base) $10,600
    3. Aprilia Tuono 660 (base) $10,500

    *** They’re all fantastic, fun, plenty fast, but unique in their own ways. I’m sure that one would tick all the boxes you desire for a new ride. Researching and studying motos can almost be just as fun as riding— Enjoy!

  12. Triumph Street Triple— Almost Perfect, not really. In its quest for perfection, it falls short in the single most important thing when shopping for that perfect motorcycle— Looks! The Street Triple ranks as one of the ugliest bikes of all time, google it. What attracts you to a bike at first, same thing that attracts a guy to a woman, physical appearance, just the way it is. And what’s the first thing that you notice, the face, thus front-end of the bike. Those trademark Bug-Eyes could be a deal breaker for many when cross shopping this bike with one or two others. Yeah, the specs are fantastic, power-to-weight ratio up there at the top of its class, and it makes a beautiful sound, no doubt, but in looks, it’s not going to win any beauty contest. I think that Triumph should have kept the first-generation round headlights, much more appealing. Take another bike as an example, the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob, what would it look like if H-D changed its round headlights to a slimmer non-round design? It would ruin it. So, biggest negative of the Street Triple is its front-end appearance (face). Other faults would be the high compression ratio— 13.3:1, this is not a good thing, causes a lot of stress on that motor. Chassis wise, it’s been noted that the front-end feels too light.

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