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TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R (2016-on) Review

Published: 01 February 2016

Updated: 18 November 2019

The very essence of the original 1994 hooligan distilled and digitised for the 21st century

TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R  (2016-on)

The very essence of the original 1994 hooligan distilled and digitised for the 21st century

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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 & Brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.  

Equipment 4 out of 5

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). 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £11,500
Used price £6,600 to £12,000
Warranty term Two years unlimited milage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type 12v, inline triple
Frame type Twin spar tubular aluminium with single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 219kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

1994 Speed Triple T309

1997 Speed Triple T509

2000 Speed Triple 955i

2005 Speed Triple 1050

2012 Speed Triple R

Other versions

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has 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.

Review your TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 R (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

01 July 2016 by Neil

Superb bike, not the maddest or baddest, but a great machine and a fantastic update.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The Ohlins are firm but plush too. Plenty of adjustment but haven't tried it to personalise it yet.
5 out of 5
Still running in but more than enough for the road, plenty torque already.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality of finish is outstanding. No problems so far.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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
4 out of 5
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.

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