Late '11 Build, MY12 Diablo Red Triumph Street Triple R
My first unrestricted bike to replace my first bike (SFV650), and thus far I don't see myself replacing it any time soon.
Have had it now for almost 12 months. Purchased second hand mid 2015, with roughly 7500kms.
This bike is my daily, and serves as my work commuter and weekend blaster. Now has almost 16k kays on the clock.
Like I say, I can't see myself ever replacing this bike. It does everything I need it to, and it does it very well.
Compared to my old SFV650 it is obviously far more capable in every regard, with far better components, and the build quality is far better. They are built to a different price point and market, so unfair to compare against each other.
The SFV650 was very nice to just jump on and ride. Very comfortable and 'lazy'. And far more economical than the Striple.
The SFV would return low 4l/100 on the highway, and high 4s around town. I don't think I ever saw >5 and I did see high 3s a couple of times on the highway. Phenomenal really.
The Striple returns low 5s on the highway, if ridden sedately, and low 7s around town ridden aggressively. Average consumption over the last 8k kays on the Striple is 6.5l/100.
Triumph Street Triple R
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Engine: 674.8 cc (41.18 cu in) transverse inline-3, DOHC, 4V/cyl, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke: 74 mm × 52.3 mm (2.91 in × 2.06 in)
Fuel System: Keihin EFI
Power: 80 kW (107 bhp) @ 11,700 rpm
Torque: 69.1 N·m (51.0 lbf·ft) @ 9,100 rpm
Transmission: Multi-plate wet clutch, 6-speed
Drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Aluminium beam twin-spar
Front Suspension: Kayaba 41 mm telescopic fork
Adjustable Preload, Compression, and Rebound
Travel: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Rear Suspension: Kayaba monoshock
Adjustable Preload, Compression, and Rebound
Travel: 130 mm (5.1 in)
Brakes, Front: Dual Nissin 308 mm discs
Brakes, Rear: Nissin 220 disc
Wheels: Front: 3.5x17in
Tyres: Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (56 in)
Rake, trail: 23.9, 92.4 mm (3.64 in)
When purchased it was already well kitted out with a number of modifications, mostly cosmetic, including Leo Vince EVO II pipes, Rizoma bar end mirrors and grips, shorty adjustable levers, R+G tail tidy, Motodynamic integrated tail light, rad guard, carbon fibre heel guards, Lust Racing lowering links and frame sliders, clear tank pad, carbon wrap tank 'protectors', red bolt kit. Also had some factory options including fly screen, belly pan, and rear cowl.
A very smart looking bike, and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Here's a picture as I purchased it.
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First thing to do when I got home was remove the red Rizoma grips and replace them with the more subtle black ones, which came with the bike as a bonus. (And a bonus set of spare Rizoma mirrors to boot, score!)
I also removed the chrome rad guard as it looked, well, gaff. And guess what I found fitted underneath the Chrome guard? A plain black guard, score!
I then stripped the standard, and very used, Pirelli tyres off the rims and fitted a set of Metzeler Sportec M5s.
I promptly visited my local Triumph dealer to order the standard rear links, to return the bike to factory specs height wise, and fitted them a week later.
I had also purchased an OBD cable from Lonelec to hook up the laptop and check the tune with Tuneecu. As it turns out, it had a suitable factory tune loaded to match the Leo Vince pipes.
The Leo Vince pipes sounded orgasmic. That sound... Jizz machine. But by golly, it was obnoxiously loud, even with the baffles in. Too loud for my taste. So after a couple of months they were sold and replaced by a HP Corse Hydroform 'low boy' exhaust. Still sounded horn, but much easier to live with, and with the baffle out... well... Still a Jizz machine. I prefer the look, and living in FNQ, it is much nicer to live with. It's nice no longer having my balls roasted each and every time I rode the bike.
I purchased some cheap chinese LED indicators off Ebay to replace the standard indicators on the front, and also to fit to the rear as the integrated indicators in the tail light are clearly not legal and I didn't have any desire to get hassled for the sake of a cosmetic mod.
Oh, almost forgot. Bought and fitted a SHiFT Dynamics quickshifter. Best 100 bux ever spent!
I have since purchased and fitted some genuine Triumph parts including LED indicators F+R, brake reservoirs F+R, and front axle slider. I also fitted an R+G rear axle slider to replace the rear bobbins as they have a well documented tendency to tear chunks out the swing arm in the event of an accident. Also replaced the cheap red rim tape with some nice, better quality European sourced items, to finish the look.
As the bike stands, I really have no desire to do any more to it. It goes as hard as I need it to go, handles as well as I need it to, and looks just right in my eyes. It's been personalised to my taste, and I've made it mine.
If anything, I might get some clear tank grips to replace the carbon wrap that's been (poorly) fitted to the tank, and replace the cheap tank pad that is starting to lift and show signs of sun damage. I've also been considering getting a full exhaust from HP Corse, but to be honest, that's money I can't justify spending.
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Update 28 August 16:
Paid a visit a few weeks ago to ITP to complete my 'Motorcycle Parts Stimulus Return', and thus....
Purchased a set of clear tank pads to replace the 'Carbon Fibre' vinyl that was on the tank when I bought it. This was on my to-do list, as mentioned earlier. They are fitted and are great.
I have a Union Jack Triumph tank pad on the way also to replace the sun damaged clear pad... Should be here this week hopefully.
The shorty levers had started to fade quite badly. So threw some money at a set of SDR levers and installed them a few days ago. Look a lot better, feel nicer, and better quality.
A pair of LED H4 bulbs are on the way from the US. (Taking a gamble here... not sure how good they'll be.)
And a set of of sintered brake pads from the UK.
A couple of 710 filters were ordered also, and I'll head down to Repco to pick up some Penrite oil when they arrive.
And I have it on good authority that I have a cordless polisher coming for Father's day.
So, the StripleR has some loving coming to her in the near future. Once all the bits arrive and are fitted, she'll get a full service (oil, coolant, pad change) and a full detail. Pictures to follow.