Poor manufacturing and unreachable Triumph Australia
I purchased my Street Triple R brand new in Nov 2015 after testing several bikes. I purchased new hoping for a long ownership. However after 14 month of ownership the bike Cam chain tensioner started making the noise. Returned back to dealer and was told it's quite normal. I was not convinced, took it to another Triumph dealer in VIC and was told that it's Triumph sound. The noise got worse and I returned back to PS in Kensington. It was deemed an issue. A bike that had done just over 7k had it's Cam chain tensioner replaced. The job took over ...a week to complete under warranty. After I received the bike, the noise was clearly there however something else had changed. However by the dealer it was considered to be normal. Few weeks into running and the engine warning light came on, I returned to the dealer and now I was told the alternator had been overcharging and needs replacing. I was quite concerned with the quality of build and contacted Triumph Australia to express my disappointment with the issues given that I had spent 17.5k on a bike that's barely done 8k. I asked for the warranty to be extended by another 6 months as a gesture of good will. Didn't hear anything back. I followed up again and received an email asking for VIN details and that was it. The issue with the Cam chain noise became so worse that I finally sold my bike. It was one of the worst experience I have had. You can check the Cam chain noise issue on the web, and it's quite pronounced with these bikes. I drove maturely, always filled with RON98 and had it serviced as per the logbook. The issue here is that dealer would not care once the warranty is over and you can only contact Triumph Australia is only reachable via email. No accountability. I am seeking advice to flag this with the consumer affairs vic. My advice, if you are buying this bike make sure you get extended warranty included and be prepared to have your bike at the service centre more often than you would like. Hope this helps you in making an informed decision.
Triumph street triple RX 2016
What a good honest bike! This bike handles and stops like a cougar (thanks to Ohlins suspension and Nissan brakes), and provides a power curve that will accommodate almost any rider from beginner to a seasoned rider. It is not necessarily the fastest of its class, but provides a nice strong torque range straight off the bottom and rolls into a nice smooth but strong top end power curve. The only real negative observed would be the OEM mirrors, as they reflect more of your arms than the road behind you. Otherwise an excellent value for money bike!
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So, I ended up upgrading my Honda VTR250 to my dream bike the Triumph Street Triple R and I have to say it has met every one of my expectations.
From the time I took it out for a test ride, I don't think I've ever been so excited to be on a bike since the purchase of my Honda, and even though I could still keep and ride the Honda until the wheels fell off because it's just so reliable. But you don't want to hear about the Honda you want to know about the STR.
Firstly just to let you know I purchased the STR 2009 (The one's with the round ...lights) for me there was nothing even comparatively close to the aesthetics of the styling to this bike, I also looked at the Ducati Monster and even Kawasaki Z750R (I'm just a sucker for naked bikes) but there is something about seeing the engine and all the working components of what you are riding that you appreciate what engineers can do. It is a work of art. The riding position on the STR is more upright than the VTR I notice more wind resistance on my helmet at speeds around 80km plus, the handle bars are also more straight which also keeps to sitting up rather than leaning on the tank. Speaking of the tank it is big but Triumph have managed to keep it flat on top so it doesn't dig in to your torso, this mean great egos for longer rides. The ride height is about an inch and a half too tall for me, (I'm 5'4) but when i have my riding boots on it's just perfect (You should always wear protective gear - Do as I say not as i do haha) but you get used to the height and I have thought about adjusting the suspension and even lowing kits but to be quite honest you really don't want to be tampering with it because the way it's set up is just right.
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