TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R (2016 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
While it can’t match the limitless any-gear acceleration of BMW’s S1000R, the 2016 Speed Triple R offers an entirely different ownership proposition. It’s got character, usability and a level of detailing and build quality that simply can’t be rivalled. It’s beauty and the beast.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
A narrower, smaller tank allows the rider to sit further forward and as a result the 2016 Speed Triple feels much sportier steering than before. The chassis, swingarm and geometry remain unchanged, so too does the R’s fully adjustable Ohlins NIX30 front fork and TTX rear shock. The ride is composed and precise but could be a little too stiff for badly surfaced UK roads, with the softer Showa-suspended S model perhaps offering a more comfortable road option. Like the S, the Speed Triple R features gorgeous Brembo M4 monobloc front brake calipers reinforced by switchable ABS which offer plenty of stopping power and a fairly sharp initial bite.
EngineNext up: Reliability
It makes a smidge more power (up from 133bhp to 138bhp) than the previous model, and torque’s been boosted by an average of 5ftlb right across the rev range. But it’s in the low and mid-range where the changes are most noticeable. Assisted by the new ride-by-wire throttle system, the initial twist of the wrist rewards with instant, urgent response meaning that below 3500rpm the new Speed Triple feels much more aggressive than the previous model. Yet despite that snappy pick-up, the new Triple has a beautiful air of sophistication and refinement in its power delivery, allowing you to get swept along on the swell of mid-range courtesy of an engine that’s keen-as-English-mustard to rev. For all its new-found silkiness, Triumph have lost none of the Speed Triple’s raughty character; it’s still bold and mechanical, and the new, freer-flowing and lighter under-seat exhaust system does a magical job at amplifying the almighty triple-cylinder roar.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Easily one of the most detailed and best-finished bikes to come out of Hinckley, the Speed Triple R looks more like a very high-end special than a production bike. Gorgeous paint, beautiful attention to detail, and a whole host of different textures, colours and finishes make the new Speed R a real bike to be proud of. If you like poring over carbon-fibre, Ohlins gold, billet and alcantara, this is the bike for you.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Compared to BMW’s S1000R and Yamaha’s MT-10, the Speed Triple R is considerably more expensive. But neither of those machines can rival the Triumph for quality, finish or looks. And residuals are currently very high with Triumph claiming they’re 13% higher than their competitors.
New ride-by-wire throttle has benefitted the Speed Triple with five rider modes – Rain, Road, Sport, Track and a custom setting - each offering the full 138bhp but via suitable combination of throttle response, traction control intervention and ABS mode. The all-new LCD dash displays speed, revs, current mode, gear position, fuel level, tank range, trips, and offers a lap timing function. It’ll also show tyre pressure (when Triumph’s optional extra sensors are fitted).
|Engine type||12v, inline triple|
|Frame type||Twin spar tubular aluminium with single-sided swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front suspension||Ohlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable fork|
|Rear suspension||Ohlins TTX36 fully adjustable monoshock|
|Front brake||2x330mm discs with four-piston Brembo M4 monobloc calipers|
|Rear brake||255mm single disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70-17|
|Rear tyre size||190/55-17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||52 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£7,000 - £8,800|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years unlimited milage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||138 bhp|
|Max torque||83 ft-lb|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||170 miles|
Model history & versions
1994 Speed Triple T309
1997 Speed Triple T509
2000 Speed Triple 955i
2005 Speed Triple 1050
2012 Speed Triple R
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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R (2016 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R (2016 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Best feature; The engine Worst feature; Long distance comfort, you can tour Europe two up on a Speed triple but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
Excellent ride quality if you take time to adjust suspension correctly,comfort range is about 2 hours or a tankful Can't really fault the brakes, powerful and progressive
Can't fault the 1050 triple engine on anything really other than another 10-20hp would have been nice. Power delivery is smooth and linear.
Totally reliable over three years, only issue has been a "T" on the tank badge that came off after a few weeks of ownership, promptly fixed by the selling dealer. Seems fairly resistant to corrosion but then I believe in cleaning my bike after pretty much every ride or every couple of days if touring.
Running costs I suppose aren't too bad except for fuel as the engine and handling do encourage enthusiastic use of the throttle and riding around in a gear lower than perhaps you should
As a naked sportster it could have done with heated grips as standard
Buying experience: Bought new from a dealer as a replacement for my previous Speed Triple. Service was fantastic.
Superb bike, not the maddest or baddest, but a great machine and a fantastic update.
The Ohlins are firm but plush too. Plenty of adjustment but haven't tried it to personalise it yet.
Still running in but more than enough for the road, plenty torque already.
Quality of finish is outstanding. No problems so far.
Not cheap, being only a few hundred less that the S1000R which has heated grips and semi-active suspension. However, it looks and sounds much better. Power is more than enough for on the road
Quickshifter was optional extra, but well worth it. Quality is superb.
Buying experience: Dealer good, but a long wait with no delivery date at order time. Triumph need to improve their order information to customers - I almost cancelled my order and got a Ducati instead.