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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Triumph's Speed Triple 1050 is one factory Streetfighter than delivers the goods. It's plenty fast enough, in fact you can hit 150mph if you can hang on. Plus it sounds beautiful and the fact that it's a big heavy lump that needs manhandling round corners actually attracts devotees. The Speed Triple always was, and remains, a bit of a Rottweiler. 

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Loads of stomp, real kick-sand-in-yer-face power from the 1050cc three cylinder motor, pretty much lifted straight from the Sprint ST and retuned slightly to make even more gobby amounts of torque. The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 makes serious oomph between 3000-8000rpm and you can just rocket past cars on congested A roads anytime you feel like it. Lovely even power delivery from the fuel injection too.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is a motorcycle you need to test ride before you buy it. Not everyone likes the slightly lairy handling, which has a suspension set up on the firm side - you could do trackdays on the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 and acquit yourself respectably, but road riding is harder work because of that firmness and precision. It isn't that comfortable on long rides, but if hard charging cornering and braking are your thing, then the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 delivers a sporty ride that can cope. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Hey, Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is a naked roadster - what d'you want, a teasmade and heated grips? What you can't deny is that the massive brakes, the beefy USD forks and fully adjustable monoshock do the biz on the Triumph Speed Triple 1050, but odd details like the 90s style headlights, or the little indicators, detract a little bit from the overall package. For the money, it could have a funky flyscreen, modern lights and nicer mirrors as standard. 

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2010)

Detail Value
New price £7,799
Dealer used prices
£4,410 (2005) - £6,650 (2010)
Private used prices
£4,000 (2005) - £6,290 (2009)
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Engine size 1050 cc
Power 128 bhp
Top speed 150 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050's overall build quality is good, but it could be better in places and again, odd details stick out on what is generally a brutally handsome looking motorbike. No worries over the reliability of the Trumpet in the long term, but the exhaust system looks a bit exposed, and so vulnerable to possible corrosion.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is a great weekend bike, a real hooligan's machine, but it costs nearly eight grand, or the same as as a Gixer 1000, and some of its naked roadster 1000cc sized rivals can be had for less if you shop around. You have to really want to buy British to own the Speed Triple 1050, and then fork out for some extras like a belly pan, fly screen, sexy exhausts etc. on top of the RRP. Find a Triumph Speed Triple 1050 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2005: Triumph Speed Triple 1050 launched.
2006: No major changes.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium tubular
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Single 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(13 reviews)

  • Speed Triple

    jcbenbow

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Fantastic Bike!

    13 September 2010

  • Triple the pleasure

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I liked the Triple. It has all the must have bits on, and looks like it would bully the other bikes in the garage! Obviously we know it performs well, and Triumph have done a great job of designing a solid common sense engine to work on too. My only gripes were the skinny hand grips as standard, and being so cramped in the leg for a naked (though I am 6'1" and a little lanky). Other than that, if you like it, buy it! Triumph really are making some of the best quality bikes available at the moment. I have had 3 in the last couple of years, all very good, in fact I would go as far to say the best bikes I have ridden to date!

    23 April 2010

  • Yikes!

    YorkshireDave

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've been given one of these as a loan bike after the garage crashed my Street Triple and it's an amazing machine. The power, handling and looks (despite the metalic green paint job!) are really impressive. Bit heavy and not as nimble as the Street Triple, so it becomes a bit hard going after a while on the really winding roads and in rush hour traffic, but on the open roads with sweeping bends, it's awesome. The power delivery is aggresive but smooth and the torque is neverending. I opened it up a bit in 1st (not full throttle) while pulling away and I ended up on one wheel, despite leaning forward over the handle bars. Def need to be careful in the first couple of gears! I do prefer my Street Triple, but that's mainly because I use it to commute and do a lot of miles on very windy roads, which it eats up. The only downside is that it was noticably very thristy compared to the Street Triple, but it is a big engine, so to be expected. I got 31mpg over the weekend on a pretty sedate ride. I'd have expected at least 50mpg out of the smaller Street Triple. Great bike though, and I may consider one in a few years if I can afford to have another bike too just for commuting.

    09 March 2010

  • Triple 2009

    paulr45

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have had my Triple 15th anniversary for 6mths, covered about 2k, I am affraid to say not that impressed, I think I must have a friday afternoon one,It stops ok, rides ok, excellerates ok, but as you can tell it seems ok, but I must admit it is a looker after I changed the pipes, added a few bits to make it my own, but a least I don't have to keep shutting the throttle like I did on the Aprilia Tuono or the Yam FZ1. I think it may need to go to the shop as mine tops out at 125mph.Its ok as long as I stay on the small roads you would never know.

    11 February 2010

  • Speed Triple 1050 [2009]

    stormati

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Wow, This is one hell of a good looking bike, that beautiful big back tyre and the gorgeous black paintjob, its probably one of best looking Streetfighter around. Triumph have kept their traditional look twin headlight and it just looks much better than the rest! If you think it looks good from a far, wait till you get on it and start her up !,, and prepare to dribble like a 6 week old baby. Unlike anything else, well this bike makes such a beautiful sound it constantly takes my breathe away. Mine has a full arrow 3-1 Racing exhaust system. But I have heard a standard one as well, and you simply cant get over the noise as you open up the taps, or my favourite bit, the burble and pops you get when you come off the throttle suddenly. Sounds like a Roaring Lion after having just eaten some TNT. The biggest shock though is the performance, this is a Streetfighter, it's pretty upright and really comfortable, so it comes as a complete surprise when you open the throttle and find yourself in some sort of alternate reality as you have ripped a whole in the [Space Time continuum] Yes it is that quick and it's the surprise that gets you, I am used to a Streetfighter being slightly detuned to allow for smoother riding, not here, this Machine is scarily fast, and because of the engine set up and the fact its a triple, it can apply that shock factor at all times! Speed triple is a "Hand Grenade bike" which means you pull the throttle and just kind of hold on for your dear life! Luckily the handling and suspension can handle it, and the brakes are so good that even if you do get surprised by the power, you can easily take off the speed before you kill yourself or find the road running out. Every time you get on this bike your guaranteed a thrill, its definitely not for the novice rider, but for a decent rider who wants to be able to stay up with the big boys on the Superbikes but still retain that Streetfighter style and image, then this is the bike for you.

    02 January 2010

  • Go take a test ride.

    schumey

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had quite a few Jap bikes and wanted a change so purchased a 955i Daytona 2 years ago. I wasn’t looking to buy a triumph ( I wanted Italian) Found that the Daytona was a cracking bike for the money. This year I looked into getting a 1050 speed triple but thought that it can’t be that far off the Daytona, how wrong, this bike raises the bench even higher, after the test ride I had to have one. I now look for excuses to ride it. Its like you have just passed your test and got your first big bike. May it continue.

    08 December 2008

  • One of the best bikes you can buy

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had my 1050 speed Triple for over 2 and a half years. I went from a 125cc to the triple with no problems. It is a really easy bike to handle. The triple is a good all rounder, it has been around europe twice, track days, commuting to work, high speed cruising in germany and been through a desert and has not missed a beat. The only problems with it i think are 1.the exhausts they look fantasic but they have melted rucksacks, hand bags, boots(pillon),helmets(badly placed when shopping) and coats. plus they stop you from putting panniers on but you can buy after market lower exhausts. 2. After 12,000 miles i had to get a new clutch. 3. Services(every 6'000 miles) can be expensive. and 4. I think it can feel a bit top heavy. But it is a fantastic bike and i'm glad i chose it for my first big bike. The problem i have now is what ever bike i get next has got some big shoes to fill.

    13 August 2008

  • Love and Hate

    Trumpton3

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had my 1050 Speed Triple for 2 and a half years. After eventually getting working pistons fitted in the front brakes ( thank fook ). It's brilliant, the best ROAD engine you could want, handles pretty well and if only the Brembo brakes of the 2008 model were fitted to it originally. But Triumph build quality is getting worse. I have had one new wheel, rear footpeg hangers,front brake pistons and I know plenty of Triumph owners with many an issue, one with a Speedmaster, only 4 months old. Come on Triumph, get it together cos you make great products and go and ruin it with a cheep finnish. I love to say to people I ride a Triumph,and am proud to buy Brittish.But this is my second Speed Triple and my heart say's by another Triumph. My head say's up your's Triumph, give me a call if you are going to sort out the quality.Mr KTM is the only other contender on my list, and we will have to see what the new VENOM will be like when it's launched by the end of the year.

    11 February 2008

  • the most fun you can have sitting down

    greasygraeme

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    every time i get on my `speedy` i have the best riding experience a `naked`bike can give,ultra responsive in the `twisties` mid range torque is amazingly fun,and wheelies seem to be its natural position,brakes that actualy stop you and styling that is superb,what more can you ask for(apart from kylie on the back that is :) )

    16 September 2007

  • Blue Speed Triple bought second hand and has front wind deflector

    Ladge67

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Absolutely fantastic bike. The need to slow down a bit and achey wrists drove me off my R1, so had a look around and decided a naked bike was for me and the speed triple at the top of the list. It's a totally different riding position to a sportsbike and not so hot on acceleration which takes a bit of getting used to. But once you do its brilliant !! The A roads rond the Cotswolds are the best, the bike is much more road friendly and I feel I can go on for hours, whereas it was an hour max on the R1 without stopping. Its a superb looking bike as well and gets noticed wherever it goes. I love the twin exhausts under the saddle and the aggresive front. Strengths:
    Handling, speed, looks, feels like a "real" motorbike when riding it. Weaknesses:
    Haven't found any yet.

    19 October 2006

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