Test rode this Triumph Speed Triple RS today. Really liked it:
Great do-it-all bike. I would definitely need a little screen of some kind (Triumph make a small fly-screen) for long distances and would need some aftermarket soft panniers, but man, it was fun with the revs dialled up. What a noise! I could not believe how good it sounded with those road legal exhausts on. You just wouldn’t need to change them, they were pretty loud!
Handling felt good once I gelled with it. Got the traction control light coming on a lot which was pretty confidence inspiring. The brakes were strong but with plenty of lever travel, far more than I’ve been used to lately.
I started off in Sport mode, but found the throttle way too twitchy, basically on/off at normal road speeds. Setting this back to Road mode completely smoothed things out without feeling underpowered for the road. I would use that most times I reckon. Once in the zone and the revs are high, Sport mode makes sense. Normally I just leave bikes in their fastest mode but it really did pay to switch between them with the Speed Triple RS.
You could feel the weight on slow turn-ins (189kg, quite heavy nowadays), though considering it’s not batshit crazy powerful but still with loads of torque down low, you could use far more of the bike on the road. Almost impossible to do on the bikes above this one. For these reasons alone I’m now actually quite interested in test riding the Street Triple RS 765 as a sweeter-handling alternative but hopefully still grunty enough.
Test ride was conducted by appointment following social-distancing rules from: