New Triumph Speed Triple S & R revealed

Published: 10 November 2015

Triumph have finally pulled the covers off two all-new 2016 Speed Triples ahead of next week’s EICMA show in Milan, where we expect to see even more new models from the Hinckley firm, including the first public outing of their rejuvenated classic range, and a new version of the Tiger Explorer.

At a glance

  • All new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R
  • New version of the 1050cc triple engine
  • Increased power and torque output
  • Riding modes, switchable ABS and traction control
  • New headlamps and bodywork
  • 20mm narrower engine

Regularly spied testing in various states of prototype by MCN over the last year, the official information confirms that Triumph have given the 2016 model Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S a comprehensive rework. More power, more torque, new headlamps, redesigned bodywork and a host of electronics upgrades headline the changes. The result is the most refined and balanced-looking Speed Triple in the model’s history.

Engine capacity remains identical to the outgoing model, at 1050cc, but the requirements to future-proof the model against Euro4 emissions regulations have led to a total of 104 changes, including an overall reduction in width of 20mm.

The big pay-off for owners is a claimed boost in power and, more importantly, torque throughout the rev range. The resultant 10% increase in fuel efficiency isn’t to be sniffed at, either.

The engine developments include a new combustion chamber, cylinderhead, machined crank, piston design and ride-by-wire throttle bodies. There’s also a new ‘slip assist’ clutch, smaller but more efficient radiator, and a less restrictive exhaust that boasts a 70% increase in flow rate.

A new ECU, coupled to the ride-by-wire throttle bodies, has resulted in five new riding modes to choose from. Four are pre-set modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Track, while there’s also a rider-configurable mode, that allows owners to set-up the Speed Triple to their own personal tastes or environment.

While the overall stance and style are a very clear evolution of the existing model, the new duo manage to look sleeker and more sophisticated, without losing any of their trademark aggression. The signature twin headlights now sport an air intake monobrow to deliver increased airflow to the new engine, and incorporate distinctive daytime running lights. At the other end of the Triple is a new Daytona 675R-inspired, tailpiece that frames the retained, tweaked, twin underseat exhausts – which disappeared from its smaller sibling with its 2013 update.

The new R model differs from the S model with a carbon fibre front mudguard and fuel tank infills, higher-spec Öhlins NIX30 inverted fork and Öhlins TTX36 RSU shock, billet-machined handlebar clamps, risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel nut.

The S model will be available in Diablo Red and Phantom Black, while the R come in Crystal White and Matt Graphite, both with red subframes, wheel pinstripes, radiator cowls and seat stitching detail.

Triumph have not confirmed pricing, but we expect the Speed Triple S to cost around £10,199, while the higher-spec R is likely to tip the scales at around £11,499.

EVOLUTION OF AN ICON

1994-1997 Speed Triple T309

885cc triple | 98bhp | 60ftlb | 209kg

The first real extension of Triumph’s plan to make all their bikes ‘modular’ so they could base several models on the same platform. A stripped-down Daytona 900, it sprouted clip-ons and mean café-racer styling.

1997 Speed Triple 750

749cc triple | 89bhp | 52ftlb | 209kg

Built for one year only. Distinguishable only by its Daytona six-spoke wheels, as opposed to the 900’s fatter three-spokers, the ‘baby’ Speed Triple used the Daytona 750 motor, and lacked the 900’s grunt.

1997-1998 T509 Speed Triple

885cc triple | 108bhp | 62ftlb | 196kg

The birth of the style still recognisable today. The T509 was the first Speed Triple to get the bug-eyed headlamps, fuel injection, and a single-sided swingarm. Beware of crashed Daytona T595s masquerading as T509s.

1999–2002 Speed Triple 955i

955cc triple | 108bhp | 72ftlb | 189kg

The ’99 model borrowed more heavily from the Daytona 955i (renamed as many, especially Americans, thought the T595 was a 600). The biggest improvement was the Daytona’s new 108bhp/72ftlb motor. 

2002–2005 Speed Triple 955i

955cc triple | 120bhp | 78ftlb | 189kg

2002 saw another tickle, increasing power and smoothing out the styling of the tail unit by removing the massive air ducts. The 2004 SE saw Triumph roll out the stealth look, with black frame, engine, wheels and bodywork.

2002–2005 Speed Triple 955i

955cc triple | 120bhp | 78ftlb | 189kg

2002 saw another tickle, increasing power and smoothing out the styling of the tail unit by removing the massive air ducts. The 2004 SE saw Triumph roll out the stealth look, with black frame, engine, wheels and bodywork.

2005–2007 Speed Triple 1050

1050cc triple | 128bhp | 78ftlb | 189kg

2005 marked a real transition to the big-time, pushing the capacity over a litre for the first time. It was the first one not to be a naked version of a sportsbike, and got stubby underseat pipes and a new chassis. 

2008–2010 Speed Triple 1050

1050cc triple | 128bhp | 78ftlb | 189kg

Triumph gave the ’08 bike a host of updates, most notably with a new style of wheel, ditching the Nissin brake calipers in favour of Brembo. A 15th anniversary edition carrying John Bloor’s signature landed in 2009.

2011–2015 Speed Triple 1050

1050cc triple | 133bhp | 82ftlb | 189kg

Sacrilege! Die-hard fans disliked the new foxeye headlights. Look past the face, and the 1050 gained a new chassis improved weight distribution, optional ABS, suspension tweaks and gearbox mods to improve its action. 

2012-2015 Speed Triple 1050 R

1050cc triple | 135bhp | 82ftlb | 192kg

Triumph finally stuck an R on the end of the name, and gifted it some carbon goodies, an Öhlins NIX30 fork, and TTX36 rear shock, upgraded Brembo radial monoblocs and lightweight forged PVM wheels. 

2015-current Speed 94 / 94R

1050cc triple | 135bhp | 82ftlb | 192kg

Special edition to both celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Speed Triple, and to mark the end of this model iteration. The Speed 94 and Speed 94 R get either yellow or black tribute paint mixed to the same spec as the original.

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