Aggressive, agile and purposeful; the legendary Triumph Speed Triple created the performance naked category back in 1994 and coined the phrase ‘factory streetfighter’.
The latest generation of Triumph’s modern motorcycle icon builds on the Speed Triple’s perfect balance of power, handling, and capability, making it the most advanced and powerful Speed Triple ever built. The new S and RS models are improved in every way, with the RS having the highest ever level of specification to reflect its new name and pedigree.
Still the perfect balance. Still the original hooligan. Triumph claim their new machines are,
- The most powerful and responsive Speed Triple ever, and the best sounding
- The smartest and most technologically advanced Speed Triple ever
- Lighter and the best-handling Speed Triple ever
- All the iconic Speed Triple attitude with a high level of specification and finish
The new generation Speed Triple S and RS incorporate a major engine development and advanced engineering for performance enhancement and a weight saving. All 105 new engine components play a role to offer more power and torque throughout the rev range and a smoother, more linear power delivery.
To enhance performance, engine updates include new lighter crank gear, lighter Nikasil-plated aluminium cylinder liners, a smaller starter motor, and lighter battery and alternator. New profile pistons and a new cylinder head with optimised exhaust ports improve gas flow and deliver an even higher compression ratio to achieve the increased power output.
A new sump lowers the oil level in the engine, reducing drag and improving weight distribution. The re-routed oil system now runs the oil internally through the head gasket to the cylinder head, allowing for the removal of external oil pipes, improved styling and reduced mass.
Triumph Motorcycles Chief Engineer, Stuart Wood, said: “We have made major changes to the new Speed Triple engine. The result is a motor that spins up faster and revs harder for longer with a red line now 1,000 rpm higher than the previous generation. This delivers more Triumph Triple character, crisp throttle response and the unmistakeable Triple deep, rich roar to match.”
The most technologically advanced Speed Triple ever
Both models now feature angle adjustable full-colour 5-inch TFT instruments to ensure optimum visibility. A new dedicated Speed Triple logo animation is integrated into the start-up sequence of both models, while the different themes and styles available alter the layout of the information, linked to the riding modes. The new ergonomic switchcubes incorporate illuminated buttons to enhance rider interaction in all lighting conditions.
With standard features which include adjustable riding modes, keyless ignition and cruise control, it seems that Triumph have come up trumps.