Building on the decade-long sales success of the Triumph Street Triple 675, the boys from Hinckley launched its successor in January – the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765. With the 675 Triple consistently placing on many moto-journalists “Best of” lists, the new 765 has some big shoes to fill.

To that end, was invited by Fast Bikes – Malaysian distributor for Triumphs – to attend an international media ride of the Street Triple 765 in Catalunya, Spain. Designed to showcase what is new and improved on the 765, we will be riding, today, the ‘RS’ version.

Carrying a 765 cc version of the DOHC, 12-valve, inline-triple – the new power plant only shares 10% of components from the previous engine – the Street Triple RS produces 121.2 hp at 11,700 rpm and 77 Nm of torque at 10,800 rpm. The base Street Triple 765 S makes 111.5 hp at 11,250 rpm and 73 Nm of torque at 9,100 rpm, while the ‘R’ model puts out 116.4 hp at 12,000 rpm and 77 Nm of torque at 9,400 rpm compared to the 105 hp and 68 Nm of the 675.

A redesigned fuel tank carries 17.4-litres of fuel, and a new headlight shape is fitted in front, with LED DRLs. At the back end a new gull-wing swingarm adds stiffness without an undue weight penalty – the incoming 765 weighs 2 kg less than the outgoing 675 – with dry weight claimed at 166 kg.

In the cockpit, a five-inch, tilt-adjustable TFT LCD full-colour display is fitted to the R and RS models – the RS panel includes a lap timer – while the S model gets an updated LCD display. Selection for the on-board computer and modes is done with a five-way joystick on the left handlebar.

Brembo now does braking front and rear for the 765 R and RS – the S makes do with Nissin calipers – with the R getting the Brembo M4.32 and the RS stopping with top-of-the-line M50 Monobloc calipers. Discs are twin 310 mm floating items in front and a single 220 mm disc at the back.

A fully-adjustable Showa upside-down Big Piston Forks (BPF) with 115 mm of travel is fitted to the front of the RS, while the back end gets an Ohlins TSX40 absorber, which has 131 mm of travel and is fully-adjustable. Showa does the suspension for the R and S versions of the 765, using lower-end items.

We will be taking the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS out today, with a ride in the mountains around Seva, and a track session in the afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya. A ride review will follow of this new contender to the middleweight sports bike crown.