Triumph unveils the revised Street Triple R, with updates for 2020

As promised, Triumph has taken the wraps off the new Street Triple R, with a lot of smaller updates for 2020.

The biggest news is probably the inclusion of the up/down quickshifter as standard (previously an option). The engine itself makes the same 116 hp as before, with 57 lb-ft of torque, but Triumph’s reworked the internals to reduce its inertial load, so it supposedly revs more freely, and also likely has less mechanical noise, which is important for sound pollution standards.

Speaking of pollution standards, the engine now meets Euro5 spec. A new airbox and exhaust are partially responsible here.

The Showa suspension seems more or less unchanged, and the brakes appear to be pretty much the same as well (310 mm discs, Brembo M4 monobloc calipers, switchable ABS). Dry weight is listed at 168 kg, and the previous model was listed at 166 kg.

The bike’s also got a restyling for 2020, with new headlights and of course new paint and graphics. Also, Triumph is offering the machine in a Low Ride Height version in some markets, for riders who prefer a lower saddle.

We haven’t seen Canadian pricing yet, but Triumph has dropped the Street Triple R’s MSRP in other markets, so hopefully we’ll see something similar here when the bike arrives.


  1. I just pulled out my 2007 Anniversary Edition VFR800 Interceptor last week. I went for a shakedown run after along winter and it was amazing. It’s the only time I am at peace with all this constant bombardment of COVID 19 news. I’m just about to head out for another ride and I encourage other riders to do the same. The roads are empty and you will enjoy the serenity and lack of preoccupation of cars on the road. The main thing i will miss is riding up to Mountain Brew Coffee at the Forks south of Orangeville. Miss talking bikes and seeing bikes. Isn’t that what it’s all about. Ride long and safe.

    • Just remember that the cagers are likewise going to relax their guard. Stay alert, especially at intersections, as cagers are more likely than ever to be less aware of their surroundings as they expect to have the roads more or less to themselves.

  2. Don’t develop a false sense of security with wearing gloves. Coronavirus can be transmitted through touching with gloves just as easily as without. Changing gloves frequently helps, but frequent hand washing, not touching your face etc. is still the best defense.

  3. I also take walks in my neighbourhood, and so far at least nobody is saying that that’s forbidden. And I have more chance of coming into closer contact with other people doing that than I do going for a ride.

  4. To me there really isn’t a reason why one shouldn’t ride. But I limit mine for the example factor: if I want others to stay home then I should too.

  5. I’m going for a ride, regardless, if the weather’s nice and it’s not banned. I don’t really expect to end up in the hospital any other day, so why now? Good fresh air, good for the mental health, and it doesn’t involve any other people (not even at the gas station).

  6. I went out with my fishing pole on Sunday morning. I left at 5:00 am and was able to put over 300km on the Honda before I rode into the garage just after noon. I know it did me a load of good and I only spoke to one person (from a distance) the whole time I was gone. Total gear on and no hurry. Not that much fishing either…

  7. In my opinion it comes down to risk verses benefit. Yes riding poses a risk every time you go out . Mitigating risk is what riding is about , a well maintained bike , experience and ATGATT all contribute to lowering the risk. I live in the Northern GTA and have been riding the past four days . Yes the traffic is somewhat reduced but I still am being very cautious . I am alone and the benefit for me is riding provides a welcome distraction from what is going on . When I am riding my total focus is on the road , traffic ,the bike. I returned from a two hour ride yesterday and felt mentally and physically refreshed. The positive effect on my mental health out weighs the risk for me.

  8. The ability of a good ride to clear one’s head certainly can’t be overstated. I’ve resisted going out on the bike yet this year for a few reasons including not wanting to raise the ire of my neighbours, and not wanting to kick up all the salt dust on to my bike. But today with the sun shining, I could take no more. I live in the country and kept to familiar two-lane roads and a modest pace, and I was struck by how rewarding the experience is, not for the usual exhilaration of riding, but for its ability to set aside the constant stress, buzz and static in my brain for a singular focus on riding. Ahhh…. that’s better.

  9. I been building portable Covid-19 test test sites. A group of us have been working our asses of to get these done so they can be put to use ASAP.
    I was out on my bike last weekend and the weekend before that.
    It’s been long days and very frustrating finding parts and supplies to build these portable test sites with businesses closed and social distancing…..
    Trying not to contact covid-19 when your shopping for supplies and handling all the items nessesary to complete the job. Nerv racking and lots of javax in use……
    So I can tell you that I need to get out on my bike to calm down and clear my head. It’s extremely important to me to have some time to my self. I don’t mean riding to Tim Hortons to talk to my buddies like 90% of the poseurs do…..


    • I was in Port Perry on Monday picking up supplies (big enough to need the car), and I saw 9 bikes gathered at the Hwy 7a Timmies. It appeared that they were standing a little further apart, but come on guys!

      I’ve take the bike once to do grocery shopping, but still haven’t gone for a ride just for the sake of it. Given the restrictions on dirtbike trail riding already, and I’m expecting early season track days will be cancelled too, I expect that most of my riding this year will be solo or 2-up street rides on remote roads.

  10. I’m a year round rider and managed a very solitary two hour ride on Sunday. There is definitely a lot less traffic on the road and for that I am thankful. I also live in a rural area and tend to keep my riding that way unless I’m going to work in Charlottetown. I’m happy to still have the freedom to hit the road on two wheels whenever I want. Let’s keep it safe for everyone.

      • No snow tires on the R1200CL. I only ride when the roads are clear of snow and ice, which hasn’t been very often this past winter. I used to ride a DR650 which I drove from Margaree, Cape Breton to PEI 7 years ago on March 23. That was fun, especially the day after one of the biggest storms of the year. I will drive the bike to work today before another storm hits us tonight.

  11. Riding for myself has always been a solitary venture. I’d consider a few questions. Are you an experienced cautious rider ? Is your bike reliable ? Is there a chance you’re going to highly outrage your neighbors,family or community? Daredevil squids hooning on back roads may add to the medical burden. Loud piped “look at me” Harleys throttle tuning at every intersection may well wear through your neighbors last frayed nerve. The trail ride in still wet slippery woods may require a rescue (or worse) if you drop it or bury it in a bog by yourself because you are social distancing aren’t you ? A pie chart could be made up of rider experience, intended route and luck. If your slice of the pie depends on too big a slice of luck best to stay home.

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