The “base” model of Triumph’s middleweight sports bike range, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 S is now on sale at a price of RM52,900, joining its siblings, the ‘R’ LRH Low Ride Height and top-of-the-line ‘RS’ models, priced at RM55,900 and RM66,900, respectively. All prices include GST, but exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

Launched during a special track day session at Sepang International Circuit, the media were given the opportunity to test two models on the track – the 765 RS, which we first took on a ride during its international media launch in Catalunya, Spain, and the 765 S, where we had a single session, enough to give us an initial ride impression.

Carrying the Hinckley firm’s trademark inline-triple, the 765 S puts out 111 hp at 11,250rpm, and 73 Nm of torque at 9,100rpm from the DOHC, liquid-cooled, 12-valve power plant. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

Standard equipment on the 765 S is two riding modes – rain and road – with ABS and Triumph Traction Control, and the instrument panel is the same monochrome LCD affair taken from the previous generation Street Triple 675. Suspension at the front is a new specially developed and tuned upside-down Showa SFF front suspension with 110mm of travel, and a preload-adjustable Showa mono shock at the rear with a piggyback reservoir and 124mm rear wheel travel.

Shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa rubber, the 765 S has braking done by Nissin four-pot calipers in front, with a single Brembo caliper at the back. There are two colour options for the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 S – Diablo Red and Phantom Black – and LED DRLs are fitted in the re-shaped headlights.