Spy Photos: 2013 Triumph Street Triple

02/23/2012 @ 1:45 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has really latched onto this whole spy photo concept, and its latest bike to be caught by the lenses of “spy photographers” is the 2013 Triumph Street Triple. Already getting a makeover like its larger sibling, the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple, the new Street Triple will keep its revised headlight shape (love it or hate it?), as well as other changes that include a low-slung exhaust, modified swingarm, and revised bodywork design.

Though we won’t be certain until the 2013 Triumph Street Triple’s official release, filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) indicate that the new Street Triple puts out the same emissions as the 2012 model. This could mean that the motor of the 2013 Street Triple has been untouched, or that Triumph has been able to squeak some more juice from the three-cylinder engine, while keeping emissions the same. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out, until then enjoy the photos after the jump.

Source: Motociclismo.es

  • JoeD

    Wow, I coulda had a Benelli! Oh wait, I already do. Joking aside, nice to see the evolution of the line. I was one of those purists that hated to see old round eyes go but the new look is better in person than in photos. Yes, these are some really nice bikes and way more comfortable than the Jap offerings. Two years of triple ownership(Benelli) has spoilt me. Not that I would give up the two Guzzi and one Norton in the shed, but those trips are da bomb. They also define the company. A corporate signature that endures long after the last payment is made. Nice work Triumph.

  • MikeD

    Nope…still not doing it for me…not from the first day yet. I yet rather do the elder sister.

    Oh, and that 2013 Daytona 675 that went to see the same plastic surgeon as Joan Rivers is not doing it either…(TOO POINTY on the front, BLASPHEMY ! i never thought i would see the day i would hear such words coming from a rabid hater on the CBR1000RR “my mother hitted me with a cast iron frying pan on the face before i was born” Look)…(O_O)

    I guess im getting old…because the new 2013 Trophy 1200 that’s been making the headlines togheter with these other 2….now that has my attention…even tho i have no intentions of remotely buying one…TOO BROKE…higher powers now i need a LIFE…LMFAO.
    I think im getting over hauling ass in a hurry and more into hauling as in comfort and get to my destination feeling rested and not like the bike rode me…LOL.

  • RGR

    The Street Triple gets a big thumbs up as a great bike. Those fugly headlights get a big thumbs down. They should have kept them round, just modernized them a bit. Oh well, that’s what the aftermarket is for.

  • Can’t say that I’m a fan of the headlights. It seems as though the manufacturers can’t decide whether they want their bikes to look like insect-like monsters from a ’60s sci-fi flick or a Transformer. Either way, these are not, IMO, elegant and timeless designs. (Try an E-Type Jaguar and then fast forward to an Eagle Speedster to see of which I speak. Lines are everything, whether it be figure skating, ballet or classic automotive/motorcycle design.)

  • ML

    “Dame Edna”

  • Westward

    I like the head lights too, like there aren’t enough round ones in the world…

  • It looks to me as if the exhaust has an aftermarket manufacturer label on it. Could it be that Triumph isn’t making the exhaust system themselves?

  • shallwedance?

    is that coolant on the exhaust?

  • MikeD


    Suposedly it’s wearing a Triumph optional ARROW slip on.

  • JoeD

    Most items on any bike are produced elsewhere and assembled at a factory. Akrapovich makes the BMW items under contract and Lafranconi was the OE supplier for many Euro bikes as well. ECU’s are not made at a motorcycle factory. The list is long.

  • RGR

    Westward, maybe you’re not familiar with the design elements of the Speed and Street Triples of the past. There aren’t many DUAL round headlights in the production motorcycle world. It was a defining feature of the models and came directly from the “streetfighter” world that they were trying to emulate. They should have stuck with tradition a little bit more, and believe me, I’m not a traditionalist. But I do see the value in retaining the core personality. These lights are hideous from the side and without the fly screen (like on the Speed Triple) are an absolute abomination. Maybe I’m just more sensitive to it because I owned a Speed Triple. Like I said though, no big deal. You can always replace the headlights if you want to…or not.

  • AK

    my fav dual-light bike is Norton Commando 850 JPS and RC 30. but i kinda like this new headlight but take older one anytime.

    hey there is always aftermarket option

  • Smitch

    I can empathize with those of you who hate the lights, as I tend to get nutty about asthetics too, but mostly with my beloved Ducati.

    I agree these look strange without the fly screen, but with it they look just fine. I like this bike, I like pretty much everything Triumph does lately. I can’t say the same for my beloved Ducati, but perhaps I’m just too close to it there, and not enough so here.

  • Westward

    @RGR –

    You assume too much, I don’t think anyone is commenting on the dual nature of the headlights traditionally found on the Triples, but rather the shape of them…

    If one wants tradition, there is always Harley. As for personality, the Triple is more than just the headlights…

  • irksome

    Bearing in mind that I’m a certified old guy, I have to agree with @Trane; all I see in the latest bike designs is a folding kiddy toy or a Pontiac Aztec. Design is cyclical though; eventually we’ll get back to smooth, rounded edges.

    My old school Speed Triple still gives me a thrill every time I go to get it out of the shed and still elicits comments from bikers and cagers alike. I agree with @Westward that a Triple is more than the headlights (the torque and ahh, the sound!) but Triumph had two design elements that had become iconic on the Speed Triple; the dual round headlights and the single-sided swingarm. To my mind, they sacrificed that iconic image with the new look; I don’t immediately recognize this bike and ultimately, because of their emphasis on heritage, that will be to Triumph’s detriment.

    Then again, I also preferred the asymmetrical flyscreen. So go figure.

  • boy oh boy are those some ugly mirrors. and why is it starting to remind me of all the naked japanese bikes on the market…. hhmmm not sure if I like this.

  • MikeD


    LOL, u reminded me…the Ducati 696 Bunny ears mirrors…LOL.

  • It does have kind of a deranged rabbit look now doesnt it? If it were my money, since they are most likely not updating the suspension and engine significantly, I would go buy a 2011 R model with the right headligts and call it a day. After I painted them black they would look just fine and no need to look like a deranged rabbit/ transformer/ Jap bike.

  • Bobby Newmark

    I love(d) the Street Triple R which I had for a testride. Nice design, great engine, perfect balance and handling. Didn’t buy it ‘cos a new bike w/o ABS is FOR ME an no-go. Anyway, now Triumph is redesigning at it’s worst. I only hope that this exhaust will never ever go into production. You do not have to have an underseat but you can do it way better than that, see latest Ducatie 1099 and for sure the MV F3/Brutale 675 (which is my favorite but also comes w/o ABS).
    I can not understand why a company who was by date capeable of pleasant bike design now is throwing all of this away for whatsoever…this is a pitty!

  • Turk955i

    I really don’t care for the new headlights either but hey, you can always change them. Same goes for the mirrors & exhaust, part of the fun of owning a bike is making it the way you want it. What year are the MV’s coming out? Interested to see what kind of noise the new Aprilia RS-S when it arrives!