Spy Photos: 2013 Triumph Street Triple

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InfoMotori has grabbed the first images of an undisguised 2013 Triumph Street Triple. Changes? Well the frame, motor, suspension and controversially attractive headlights all appear to remain unaltered while big changes come to the exhaust, swingarm and tail. That pretty much addresses what scant criticism we were able to conjure up on the 2012 Triumph Street Triple R.

The most dramatic change is to the exhaust, which switches from two high-mount oval cans to a single GP-style low-mount. The 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 gets a similar treatment. Yes, the can pictured here appears to be an aftermarket Arrow, and quite an angular one, but it seems as if the production version is still shifting its can down low.

The current Street3R uses high-mount pipes and a tubular swingarm. Let’s hope the new model continues the black/gold colour scheme.

Why the change? Dramatically stiffer new emissions legislation begins to roll out in Europe next year. Currently, bikes are allowed to be quite a bit louder than cars, but the two will have to meet the same, stronger standards by 2020. This is going to impact pretty much every bike sold with many formerly air-cooled models being forced to adopt water jackets, witness the 2013 BMW R1200GS. But we digress.

With that new can comes a new banana swingarm pulled off that new Daytona. Box section in place of tubes means it’s likely lighter and stiffer; redesigned to accomodate the new exhaust while taking the opportunity to make it a little nicer.

Changes — the low-mount exhaust, new subframe and sleeker tail section — appear to be shared with the 2013 Daytona.

Also like the Daytona, there appears to be a new subframe and a slimmer, more angular tail section. Fans of comfort will be pleased to note that the seat remains one piece.

Evolution not revolution, look for an official unveiling in the spring or early summer.

  • Kit

    Finally we get low-mount exhaust! 2013 eh? *budgets accordingly*

    • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

      CRM lowboy has always been $475.


      • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

        Totally throwing that CRM lowboy in the budget if I snag a Street Trip. Love, love, love the shorty under exhaust.

      • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ Andy Gregory

        Oh man, that thing sounds goooooooooooood.

  • BenP

    Looks nice, and clearly a lighter design, but I’ll miss the high-mount cans like I already miss the round lights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheese302 Cheese302 [Street Triple R]

    i wonder if i can retrofit the new stocker onto mine.

  • tbowdre

    GP style exhaust? More like BUELL style.

    sorry I couldnt help myself

  • Deltablues

    The Daytona will hopefully be much more attractive once the production models start to roll out. The one above looks like a Stunter’s Rat Bike. Now, if they make the new Daytona in the Phantom Black SE colors like my ’08 675, well, I will be in lust again.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    It’s faster looking if that makes any sense at all…

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamgoldstein5 Goldhammer

      1st photo above makes it look like the Duc Streetfighter. Sleeker tail and the mirrors. Looks nice

      But I’m glad these coming changes don’t me cringe about buying a ’08-’12 model. I like the dual high cans and could go either way on the round/bug-eye lights

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

    I think the rest of the bike is catching up the changes in the front. The package is starting make more sense. As the article said, ‘evolution not revolution’.

    Not a whole lot to change really, amazing bike.

  • insomnia

    Ahaha…Jenny Craig strikes! First sub-19 stone test rider of the season! Bike looks slimmer because the guy in the spy photo doesn’t look like Bib!

  • Braden

    I’m all for streamlining a design and I prefer the new headlights to the old but… I really liked the old goofy large cans on the back. It balanced it visually for me in a way the a lot of nakeds don’t.

    • Gene

      For one thing, it reduces the impact of that plate hanger sticking way the f— out there.

  • robotribe

    The REAL question: Will it come in ROULETTE GREEN?

    • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

      doubt it. triumph had to comp a black paint kit with all of the leftover ’07 RG speed trips to get rid of them.

      • filly-fuzz

        Atomic red anyone?

  • oldblue

    It’s a shame when a bike’s style is dictated at least in part by emissions regulations.

    At least the style of bikes isn’t dictated by Occupational Health and Safety.


    • Michael

      Right. Sorry, I can’t test that bike until it meets OSHA standards for fat ass, my bad back, and carpel tunnel. Do it now, I am getting the sweats from PTSD from my last job.

  • Richard

    Is it just me or does it look a bit like the Buell Blast in the first picture…

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamgoldstein5 Goldhammer

      HA! I thought it looked like the Duc Streetfighter, you thought Buell Blast.

      Couldn’t be farther apart. Maybe I’m blind

  • Sam

    Well this seals it.. if I decide to pull the trigger on a Street Triple R as my first new bike I’ll have to do it before 2013. Or I’ll just go hunting for a used one. I like the under tail on it. Plus it’s Triumph’s built in seat heater!

  • Glenngineer

    Nice. I get out of grad school in 2013…come on, signing bonus.

  • Mark Advas

    Rear looks like it has ABS, kinda…

  • agro

    Why are Triumph dicking around with the 675 motor, I want an 800 Street Triple or a Speed Triple with the new 1215 motor….probably the only reason they dont do the 800 Street is that it would blow away the 1050 Speedy….

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      I’d bet because Triumph and most of the people who have taken the 675 Daytona and the Street Triple believe that the engine is a freaking jewel.

    • Ratlanta

      If you think a larger engine will make you faster, you need to work on your riding skills. Its an awesome engine and a large part of its nimbleness is the smaller displacement.