The redesigned 2016 Triumph Speed Triples, including the S and R models, were announced last Fall, but detailed specifications and U.S. pricing have not been available until now.
With 104 changes to the 1050cc three-cylinder engine, as well as styling and chassis developments, Triumph seems to have brought the new Speed Triple models squarely into the current, highly competitive naked market arguably started by Triumph more than a decade ago. This is not a fire breather in terms of performance compared to the 1290cc KTM Super Duke R, for instance, but with a claimed 140 horsepower and 83 foot/pounds of torque (both delivered below 10,000 rpm), these bikes should offer plenty of performance for most riders.
Here is the press release from Triumph, including the announcement that the Speed Triple S will carry a U.S. MSRP of $13,200, while the Speed Triple R (with its Öhlins suspension) comes in at $14,900. Expect to see both models in U.S. dealerships by early March of this year.
- NEW Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R models deliver heightened performance, capability and character
- New 1050cc triple engine, with 104 developments to improve peak power and increase torque across the entire rev range
- Improved drivetrain, featuring a new slip assist clutch
- Lighter, better sounding, performance-improving exhaust
- Ride-by-Wire throttle, enabling selectable Rider Modes – 5 in total – and selectable throttle maps
- Rider-selectable traction control for rain, road, track and off as standard, linked to Rider Modes
- Athletic aggressive styling including new twin headlights with integral daytime running lights
The new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R signal a new era for Triumph’s legendary Speed Triple. Designed to be more focused, more powerful, more capable and with more character than any previous generation, these new models redefine the performance roadster segment.
The new Speed Triple S is the entry to the 1050cc performance roadster range while the new Speed Triple R is the new flagship of the Triumph triple-engined roadster range.
These new models retain all the brooding style and minimalist beauty of their predecessors, but add more performance, more capability and more attitude to give the rider maximum fun and maximum thrills.
NEW 1050cc TRIPLE ENGINE
The all-new 1050cc triple engine that powers the new Speed Triple incorporates 104 new developments resulting in an incredibly responsive, free-revving torque-rich power plant. With more torque across the entire rev range and an increase in peak power, the new engine allows the rider to capitalise on the Speed Triple’s incredibly agile chassis with instant response and incredible drive at any revs.
Engine developments include:
|• New piston and crankshaft design||• New ECU|
|• New combustion chamber design||• Modified cylinder head design|
|• Increased flow intake ports||• New exhaust header design|
|• New Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies||• Re-designed airbox|
|• Revised fuel system||• Smaller, narrower, more efficient radiator|
The new fuel delivery system ensures a superior fuel mix to increase combustion performance, while the new header design allows for a larger, denser catalyst with no loss of exhaust flow.
All of these changes have been made with a single aim in mind: to improve the rider experience through delivery of a livelier, more engaging and more involving ride.
The drivetrain also features a host of developments and features new gear linkages, new balancer gears with new geometry and a new slip assist clutch. In combination, these changes give the rider great shift feel with less lever effort when going through the gears.
FREE-FLOWING EXHAUST SYSTEM
Completing the new engine and drivetrain is a new exhaust system, with silencers that are 70.2% more free flowing and 4.9oz lighter on either side than the previous model. It works in conjunction with the new airbox to reduce emissions, ensure compliance with Euro legislation and importantly increase power. Additionally the new exhaust system amplifies the signature Speed Triple exhaust note – delivering a rich and resonant soundtrack to the ride.
MORE RIDER-FOCUSED TECHNOLOGY
Both new models feature a suite of rider-focused technology designed to maximise rider control and allow the rider to optimise performance to suit the conditions, climate and their riding style.
The new Ride-by-Wire throttle system, working with the new ECU and throttle bodies and featuring selectable throttle maps, gives enhanced throttle control, adding to the feel and responsiveness of the bike and also delivers improved fuel efficiency.
The choice of five different Rider Modes – Rain, Road, Sport, Track and a unique Rider-configurable mode – give the rider distinctly different pre-set combinations of throttle map, ABS and Traction Control settings. The rider configurable mode as its name suggests, allows the rider to individually set all of these performance parameters to suit their own style of riding. They all allow the rider to get the most out of their Speed Triple S or Speed Triple R ride in a wide variety of conditions.
When the Rider-configurable mode is selected the rider has the ability to select their preferred combination of throttle map, ABS and traction control settings. Traction control options are: Rain, Road, Track or Off. Three ABS settings are provided: Road, Track or Off. There are three throttle maps that can be selected to complete the performance personalisation – Rain, Road or Sport.
All of the five Rider Modes are monitored and controlled, along with the engine, through a new ECU, the same unit that is used in the race-winning Triumph Daytona 675.
In addition, the new Speed Triple has a gear position indicator as standard, completing the rider information system.
FOCUSED CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
Similar focus has been applied to the chassis and suspension of the two new Speed Triple models, heightening the feel that the rider experiences during their ride.
No expense has been spared in giving the new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R class leading chassis and suspension componentry. Both models feature Brembo M4.32 radial monobloc brakes and fully adjustable suspension as standard, while the Speed Triple R comes with Öhlins NIX30 upside down front forks and an Öhlins TTX36 RSU. The Speed Triple R also features a billet machined handlebar clamp and risers, together with machined swingarm spindle finishers and rear wheel finisher.
STYLED WITH MORE ATTITUDE
In what can be described as a return to the ‘hooligan bike’ looks of the original Speed Triple and echoing the sporty styling of the Daytona 675 and Street Triple RX, the two new models are more focused and assertive in their styling.
They feature striking lines through the fuel tank and tail unit, creating a more hunkered down, aggressive look. Both have a 20mm narrower seat head, giving them improved stand-over and contributing to a lower profile and a more athletic, streamlined look.
The new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R are instantly recognisable by the new DRL headlights, set low, and integrated with a new fly screen and distinctive intake duct.
The new styling also embraces a sleeker, more sculpted fuel tank, seat, and new bodywork, that includes the front mudguard, tank infills, seat unit, lower profile bar end mirrors, rear bodywork, heel guards and silencer heat shields.
On the Speed Triple R, subtle but high-value differentiators come in the form of carbon fibre front mudguard and tank infills, a new belly pan, Diablo Red rear subframe, red wheel pinstripes and red seat stitching.
The new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R will be available in Triumph dealerships late February/ early March 2016. The Speed Triple S will retail for $13,200 and the Speed Triple R retails for $14,900.
|Speed Triple S||Speed Triple R
|POWER||140HP @9,500rpm||140HP @ 9,500rpm|
|TORQUE||82.6 ft-lb @ 7850rpm||82.6 ft-lb @ 7850rpm|
|ENGINE TYPE||Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder||Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder|
|SEAT HEIGHT||32.5 in||32.5 in|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||43MM USD forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping||43mm Öhlins NIX30 fully adjustable USD front forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
|REAR SUSPENSION||Showa monoshock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping||Öhlins TTX36 RSU twin tube monoshock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping|
|FRONT BRAKES||Dual 320mm floating disc, 4-piston Brembo radial monobloc calipers||Dual 320mm floating disc, 4-piston Brembo radial monobloc calipers|
|REAR BRAKES||Single 255mm disc, single Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper||Single 255mm disc, single Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper|
|TANK CAPACITY||4 Gallons||4 Gallons|
|DRY WEIGHT||423 lbs.||423 lbs.|
•New triple engine with 104 new components
•Improved peak power and torque spread across entire rev range
•5 Rider Modes
•Rider-selectable traction control
•Slip assist clutch
•Switchable traction control
•Brembo monobloc calipers
|Additional to the Speed Triple S
•Lighter weight carbon fibre body panels
•Higher specification Öhlins suspension
•Billet machined handlebar clamps, risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel cover
•Red ‘R’ detailing on seat stitching, rear subframe and wheel pinstripes
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