Triumph Motorcycles has posted a teaser video of the upcoming new 2020 Street Triple RS that will debut on 7 October. The 20-second teaser video gives a glimpse of the updated headlight setup that will feature a sharper design and a revised DRL layout. The teaser video also reveals the silhouette of the upcoming model. Spy photographs have revealed that the panels near the radiator will have a new design.
While the company has remained tight-lipped on the mechanical details, leaked California Air Research Board (CARB) documents revealed last month that the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS will receive an additional three-way catalytic converter. The Type Approval documents of the Euro-spec motorcycle, on the other hand, revealed that the range-topping RS model will retain its healthy performance figures even after the Euro-V compliance upgrade.
According to the leaked information, the 765 cc inline three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC motor on the 2020 Street Triple RS will deliver 121.4 BHP (90.5 kW) of peak power at 11,750 rpm as against 121.2 BHP (90.4 kW) at 11,750 rpm on the current (Euro-IV) model. The motorcycle will also retain the five riding modes – Road, Rain, Rider, Sport, and Track. However, there will be a significant gain in the weight department as the 2020 Street Triple RS will tip the weighing scale at 187 kg (vs. 181 kg on the current version) which will affect the power-to-weight ratio.
The gearbox will continue to benefit from an assist/slipper clutch and a quickshifter. The current model features clutchless upshifts, although we may see a bi-directional system on the 2020 iteration of the naked roadster.
The suspension setup will most likely retain the Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks (BPF) with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and preload at the front and a fully-adjustable Ohlins STX40 monoshock at the back. Anchoring department is not likely to be much different from the current model, and we expect to see twin 310 mm floating discs with Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc callipers at the front and a single 220 mm fixed disc with Brembo single-piston sliding calliper at the back.
The instrument console will feature a full-colour TFT, although we expect to see the addition of Bluetooth tech to the package. The safety tech will comprise switchable ABS and Traction Control. It will be interesting to see if Triumph Motorcycles tries to catch up to the comprehensive electronic rider aids on the KTM 790 Duke.