What is it about naked sportbikes that just gets people’s blood running? In the case of the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R, perhaps it’s the need that is intoned in the necessity-only market of motorcycles for motorcycles’ sake. There is little adornment on the 2009 Triumph Street triple R that is unnecessary, though that lack of refinement does little to harm the image portrayed. The 2009 Triumph Street Triple R is the bones, the guts of speed, the beast that sheds its armor and flings itself into the attack brazenly, with claws out and fangs bared. Even standing still, the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R looks fast. The lean, muscular curves of the tank, seat, and minimalistic rear bodywork evoke strength. The need isn’t one to belong with this motorcycle. This bike is built to take your breath away, and unless you’re six feet under, that’s exactly what it’ll do. The 2009 Triumph Street Triple R builds on the basic Street triple model offered by Triumph, offering fully adjustable suspension both front and rear, Nissin brake components, and orange “R” specific graphics.
A liquid-cooled Dual overhead cam in-line triple displacing 675cc powers the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R, featuring Multiport sequential electronic fuel injection that allows the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R to attain the eye-watering 107 horsepower and 51 ft/lbs of torque on tap. A six-speed transmission with multiplate wet clutch and chain final drive finish the package, painted in a low-key matte black paint rather than chrome. A 4.6 gallon fuel tank is sufficient for commuting or light touring, and overall, the 367 lb bike is nimble and quick through city traffic.
The frame of the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R is of an aluminum beam twin spar type with a braced, twin-sided aluminum swingarm, which along with alloy five spoke wheels, keeps the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R as light as possible. You’ll find the fully adjustable suspension amenable to track riding as well as day-to-day commuting with 41 mm upside down forks up front and monoshock type rear suspension to help further reduce weight. The front brakes are twin 308mm floating discs with two piston sliding calipers, while the rear braking is done by a single 220mm disc with a single piston caliper, more than adequate braking for a bike of this weight.
Available in Matte Graphite and Matte Blazing orange, this $9,499 naked sportbike is everything you need, and nothing you don’t so long as you don’t need GPS, saddlebags, and a satellite radio. For the sheer joy of riding, of tearing up corners, the 2009 Triumph Street Triple R is a bike that commands your need for speed.