The new Triumph Speed Triple is here: two new bikes, one new engine and 148bhp.
The original Triumph Speed Triple launched way back in 1994 and in doing so they helped popularise the factory streetfighter. The immensely popular original was basically a Daytona 900 without the plastics (right down the clip-on handlebars) but the bike has steadily evolved into what we see unveiled today – the most advanced and most powerful Speed Triple ever in the S and RS. So let’s get stuck in shall we?
A brand new bike can mean only one thing: a brand new engine. The new engine has stuck with the 1050 capacity but there have been huge changes inside, with 105 new parts all over the block. This is resulted in a free revving engine that’s quicker to spin up and has a 1000rpm higher rev limit, with claimed power now boosted to 148bhp. Reprofiled combustion chambers and other engine wizardry has resulted in 86 ftlb of torque too. The new engine also breathes better thanks to free flowing exhaust system, which incorporates a larger catalytic converter and redesigned headers. Triumph also say that the new design helps unlock more of the classic triple roar. Opting for the RS model bags you the Arrow cans and a few more decibels of excitement. There’s also an improved gearbox and slip assist clutch for smoother gear changes.
If you’ve been watching the teaser videos, the most obvious new addition will be the tech that’s been added to the bike, which is all built around the new 5” TFT dash. The full-colour dash is where you see all the electronic settings, such as rider modes and throttle settings. The dash is controlled by the new ‘switchcubes’ on the handlebars, which are backlit obviously. No modern bike is complete without cruise control, so both models get the feature as standard as well as other comforts such as Daytime Running Lights and a USB charging point. As you’d expect on a bike of this power, Triumph have worked with Continental to develop a new IMU that they say delivers optimised cornering ABS and traction control. Once again opting for the RS model bags you some extras including a new keyless steering lock and ignition system, electronically activated by the lock button on the bars, with an option to disable the keyless function for even greater security.
Chassis & Suspension
Triumph say the new Speed Triple is the best handling model yet but then, they would wouldn’t they? Both new models retain the same frame and single-sided swingarm as the previous models but there are changes in the fit out. The S model gets fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD forks and a Showa monoshock but the RS model gets the all singing Öhlins NIX30 USD forks and TTX36 twin tube monoshock (again fully adjustable). Both the S and the RS receive Brembo M4.34 radial monobloc calipers (although only the RS gets the reach and span adjustable lever) and both get new ten-spoke wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres. Because of the changes, that all adds up to a 3kg weight saving on the RS model.
S vs. RS
We’ve mentioned it throughout but there are two Speed Triple models available in the new range: the standard S model and the full fat RS model. As well as the features mentioned above, the RS model gets a higher spec finish including fancy details such a carbon fibre front mudguard and bodypanels. It also comes with a colour-coded belly pad, releasable pillion seat cowl and a new matt aluminium sub frame (rather than the classic red). Both models are available in two colour scheme as follows:
• Speed Triple S – Jet Black or Crystal White, both with a titanium rear subframe, graphite wheel pinstripes, silver seat stitching and graphite decals
• Speed Triple RS – Crystal White or Matt Jet Black, both with a matt aluminium rear subframe, red wheel pinstripes, red seat stitching, and more premium RS decals.
Facts & Figures
For now Triumph have yet to confirm the UK pricing for either model but with the full launch close by, we’re expecting the price shortly.
Triumph Speed Triple S RS
Engine 1050cc triple 1050cc triple
Power 148bhp @ 10,500rpm 148bhp @ 10,500rpm
Torque 86 ftlb @ 7150rpm 86ftlb @ 7150rpm
Weight (dry) 192kg 189kg
Seat Height 825mm 825mm