Triumph's Street Triple has been an amazing showroom success. It combines the looks of the big 1050cc Speed Triple with the size and handling of the Daytona 675, making it an incredibly capable and entertaining motorcycle. More than 40,000 examples of this middleweight naked bike have been sold worldwide since 2007, with sales holding steady despite the economic recession.
For 2012 the legendary streetfighter has undergone a pronounced visual update, plus many subtle, unannounced mechanical refinements. The bike has been "de-chromed," with brushed-steel exhaust headers, heel guards and silencers replacing the previous polished items. The cockpit now houses a new dash as well as the tapered handlebar used on the new Speed Triple. The smaller bike also gets its bigger brother's pentagonal headlights, much to many riders' chagrin. "Originally we planned to keep the same lights as before on both models," admits Triumph's Product Manager Simon Warburton. "Some will like them, others won't. But it's the bike underneath that counts."
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