Triumph Street Triple RS vs. Kawasaki Z900 - Spec comparo

16/10/2017 - 19:00 | ,  ,  ,   | Praveen M

Triumph Motorcycles India has launched the Triumph Street Triple RS, the most powerful variant in the Street Triple range. Its chief competitor in the naked segment is the Kawasaki Z900.

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS press front right quarter
The RS is INR 2.05 lakhs more expensive than the S variant owing to the re-tuned engine, and better cycle parts.

Naked performance motorcycles not only look good, but are practical as well. With the new RS variant, Triumph has made sure the Street Triple is every bit at home on a track as it is on the streets. Let’s find out how it performs against its closest competitor, the Kawasaki Z900 on paper:

Specifications Triumph Street Triple RS Kawasaki Z900
Engine 765cc in-line three cylinder DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection 948cc in-line four DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Peak Power 123 PS at 11,700 rpm 125 PS at 9,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 77 Nm at 10,800 rpm 98.6 Nm at 7,700 rpm
Transmission 6-speed with slipper clutch and quickshifter 6-speed with slipper clutch
Front Suspension Fully adjustable Showa 41mm upside down big piston forks (BPF) 41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping & spring preload adjustability
Rear Suspension Ohlins STX40 fully-adjustable monoshock with piggyback reservoir Horizontal back-link monoshock rebound damping & spring preload adjustability
Front Brake Twin 310mm floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial Monobloc callipers Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with four piston callipers
Rear Brake Single 220mm fixed disc, Brembo single piston sliding calliper Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston calliper
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17 120/70ZR17
Rear Tyre 180/55ZR17 180/55ZR17
Features 5 riding modes, New switch cubes with 5-way joystick control, Switchable ABS and traction control, 5-inch full-colour TFT instrument console Dual Channel ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.4 litres 17 litres
Weight 166 kg, dry 208 kg, kerb
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) INR 10.55 lakhs INR 9 lakhs

The Street Triple RS makes only 2 PS less from its 765cc engine despite being 183cc smaller, and lacking a cylinder. However, the torque difference is considerable, at 21.6 Nm. The RS also features track-friendly features like multiple riding modes, switchable ABS and traction control.

Kawasaki Z900 front three quarter left at India launch
The first 5 cogs have short gearing but the 6th one has a long ratio.

Also Read: 2017 Triumph Street Triple S launched in India at INR 8.50 lakhs

The Z900’s electronics include only dual channel ABS. One will have to rely on one’s skills to keep the bike under control. It is also heavier than the Triumph Street Triple RS and is ideal for touring. The RS on the other hand apt for the racetrack. The RS justifies its 1.55 lakh premium by offering more advanced cycle parts and electronics. The Z900 will appeal Japanese-motorcycle enthusiasts who are in the market for riding experience, free from the reins of technology.

Triumph Street Triple RS - Image Gallery

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