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First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph’s new-for-2012, uprated Speed Triple R is currently being tested by MCN in southern Spain. These are Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves’ first impressions: “I'm at the launch of the new Triumph Speed Triple R at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Compared to the standard Speed Triple, the £11,299 R version has Ohlins front and rear suspension, Brembo monobloc front...

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Apr 10

Posts: 55

if only....

If I hadn't excitedly bought a Speed shortly after the release of thye new model, I would have gone for this one. After initial trepidation, I have found a total lack of that niggling feeling of manybe I should have hot a... I love my bike in so many ways. Although I would have to say she is not very happy pootling around the city (I live in the centre of Madrid). I am so looking forward to this review. I have always agreed with Michael's opinion (more than I can say of some testers). The main interest is, of course, what they have done to the gearbox. Please post a video of this thing of great beauty racing around the magnificent Circuit. Jerez is the second fastest circuit here, after the new one in Aragón (Motorland)...

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May 09

Posts: 508

speedo007 says:

An R version without the flyscreen is kind of strange...I mean I know they like selling that piece of plastic for like 300$, but I think it shoudnt even be an option on the stock should come stock on both Speed and Street Triples, just makes those headlights look decent, without the flyscreen they look clumsy and out of place.

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May 06

Posts: 92

rmbridge says:

There are a limited edition of "launch" models that come with the flyscreen, belly pan and a few other parts.  For more money....  A little cheeky of Triumph but they've been doing it for years.  They probably make more on selling the plastics parts than they do on the actual bike!

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Nov 03

Posts: 470

kl595 says:

You've got to really love the 2011 Speed Triple over the previous model to want to buy one.

I didn't think the 2011 model was such a leap forward and to be honest, when I rode one, I thought it was better in some ways but not as good in others. And then there's the price. The R model has the upgrades but is it really worth the extra £'s over the standard one and is is really worth the extra £'s over an earlier model?

I guess if you can afford it and love it, you'll buy one but I'm sticking with my older version for a while because it's still a great bike.

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Mr. Luck


Jan 08

Posts: 44

Mr. Luck says:

4th Paragraph

Why are you talking about the street triple R in a Speed Triple review with no reference to them being alike...?


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Jan 09

Posts: 41

goodygixxer says:

I think he meant to say 'Speed' Triple not 'Street' Triple.  People are always getting them confused.  Even the salesman in the Triumph dealer i was speaking to about the new Speed Triple R the other day kept referring to it as a Street Triple R.  They sound too alike which contributes towards the confusion!

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Jan 12

Posts: 2

NickRichards says:


Bring back the round ones; to me the new ones make it look more like a naked Japanese Bike.

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Oct 05

Posts: 100

its not even funny how bad those front lights look

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Jun 11

Posts: 10

barnstormer1 says:

I'm with johnnyconcrete-the front lights are really gross-they look like they've been nicked from a car, and it ain't exactly cheap is it? For that sort of money I would want something that looked a bit more stylish and together, rather than a jap backstreetfighter.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1318

SatNavSteve says:

Headlights again!!

I understand a lot of people don't like the new lights but they look far better with the optional fairing which I think should be made standard. It makes the lights look far better but it doesn't really detract from the streetfighter look. And why doesn't Triumph also do a screen which mounts on the fairing like the one on the Street Triple? Just helps take the wind blast off your chest, especially for old gits like me!

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