Improving upon a product can be a real task, especially if that product is an already impressive machine. The Street Triple has always been a great all-rounder, be it on a street or a track, this is a bike that can handle it all without there being a compromise on equipment, performance, comfort and build quality. Triumph has launched the 2020 model and now the Street Triple R replaces the Street Triple S as the base model in the Street Triple range for India.

The new Triumph Street Triple R features an up-down quick-shifter, standard traction control, Brembo brake callipers, a full adjustable Showa suspension, ABS and Pirelli Diablo Rosso lll tyres.

The headlight and the flyscreen are identical to the ones on the RS, twin-pod LED headlights, and it also gets an LCD display with an analogue tachometer. It also gets three riding modes that include Road, Rain and Sport. Nestled in the frame is a 765cc, triple-cylinder engine that has been tuned to produce 116bhp and 79Nm of torque. Compared to the Street Triple S, the R makes more power and torque. Mated to the engine is a 6-speed transmission with a slip-and-assist clutch on offer as well.

The Triumph Street Triple R has been launched at a price of ₹ 8.84 lakh (ex-showroom), and faces competition like the KTM 790 Duke, Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821, Suzuki GSX-S750, BMW F900R and Yamaha MT-09.

On the design front, the R looks very similar to the RS. However, you can tell the two apart from the paint theme and the console. The Street Triple R gets a sinister black livery. The bike features sharp styling cues and a sleek tail section. The chiseled tank looks nice and sporty too.

The bike weighs in at 168kgs, making it 2kgs heavier than the RS. Seat height is 825mm, but the low-seat accessory should reduce to a more convenient 780mm. The bike is offered in two colours: Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice.

The bike has good mid-range grunt and the tractable nature of the engine along with the perfect mid-range make it a blast to ride. The engine is quite eager and more responsive. Also, Triumph has updated the electronic rider modes to help suit the character of the engine. With the aid of the quickshifter, you can open the throttle and go up and down the gearbox without the use of the slip-and-assist clutch.  Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.