Following several social media teasers, Triumph has just taken the wraps off several limited edition Street Triples to coincide with the STR’s 10 birthday. I recall the original launch back in 2006 near Lake Garda: there was a wheelie followed by another wheelie, then a wheelie before we attacked some wheelie beautiful mountain passes where we did another wheelie. For lunch we had a wheelie, and the afternoon followed a similar account – not aided when the lead rider was stuntman extraordinaire, Kevin Carmichael. Wheelie.
Triumph has collaborated with 8BALL – a renowned custom paint shop – to produce three factory specials and commemorate the Street Triple’s decade of existence. The Street Triple R DARK comes in at £8,599 and features a ‘dark and moody’ paint scheme incorporating the Union Flag on both sides, while the top of the tank displays the series number within the 50-unit production. The R also comes with a factory belly pan, seat cowl and fly screen, and an Alcantara seat.
The slightly lesser spec’d Street Triple Gold and Grey are priced at £7,999 and brag hand-painted wheels that parade the 10th anniversary logo. Both feature the DARK’s half Alcantara seat with colour-matched stitching.
Triumph UK sales manager, Bruno Tagliaferri: “Special edition models are always well-received by our dealers and customers. The DARK concept adopted by the factory on three previous editions has generated a cult following. Meanwhile the two 10-year anniversary models are a huge tribute to the success of this model in the UK. For each of the models, we have chosen unique colours to help the bike stand out and make them truly individual. Additionally, all of the bikes will come with a signed Triumph factory Certificate of Authenticity – so be quick, they won’t be around for long!”
Just 50 of each of the three models will be produced and the DARK will be available from 1st of October, while the Gold and Grey (sounds like a pub) will be ready mid-October from within Triumph’s UK dealer network.
It’s a shame there are no Arrow exhausts or other tasty bolt-on trinkets to warrant genuine anniversary status. And there’s a trifling vestige of jazzing up old stock in a bid to shift non-Euro4 models before the deadline next year, although that could well be inherent cynicism taking hold. Either way, we’ll take a few of the DARKs please Mr Triumph.