TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 RS (2018 - 2020) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
Power: 148 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.5 in / 825 mm)
Weight: Medium (417 lbs / 189 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £9,200 - £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS’s power and torque have been increased for 2018. The delivery is smooth and effortless, yet it still has enough rush to deliver, even for dedicated sportsbike fans. The handling is predictable, stable and easy going, while the ride is both sporty and comfortable.

The riding aids are now on par with the competition, and welcome touches like cruise control and heated grips have further widened the bike’s appeal. It’s a naked, yes, but also an all-rounder capable of excelling on a daily commute and trackday alike.

Triumph Speed Triple RS video review:

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

On track settings at track speeds, aggressive riding doesn’t faze the Speed Triple; it remains stable and compliant, yet the steering is precise and accurate. That ease-of-use shines through again.

Even at a fast trackday pace ground clearance isn’t an issue, the strong Brembo stoppers are consistent and offer excellent feedback.

It’s  simple to ride briskly without it being manic or too intimidating, just like the old bike.

On the road you’ll love the easy steering and undemanding nature of the chassis, but when you do want to push on the Triple is stable, predictable and confidence-inspiring. The Triple gives great feedback through its plush suspension, you can feel precisely what the Pirelli Supercorsa rubber is doing. This is a bike that flatters your riding – that is so simple and easy to ride, no matter the speed.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Triumph have made 105 engine mods, resulting in 7% more peak power from a higher-revving three-cylinder engine. While peak power is up from 138bhp at 9500rpm to 148bhp at 10,500rpm, Triumph haven’t sacrificed driveability; they’ve also managed to increase peak torque by 4% (up from 82.6ftlb at 7850rpm to 86.3ftlb at 7150rpm) and moved that peak 700rpm lower in the rev range while making the torque curve much flatter too.

The new engine bits include a lighter crankshaft with a revised profile, a new cylinder head and pistons, a lighter balancer shaft and a new sump while revised fuelling and a new free-flowing exhaust and lighter high-level Arrow silencers complete the tweaks.

The Triumph’s wonderful spread of torque makes it an effortless ride. Alternatively, you can dance on the gears and exploit those new extra 1000 revs in pursuit of some serious fun

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Speed Triple is built with impressive attention to detail and top quality parts. The chassis is heavily based on the previous model, which hasn’t uncovered any horror stories. 

In our Triumph Speed Triple owners' reviews the story is very positive, with the average rating approaching five stars across the board.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Priced just above £13,000, the new Speed Triple boasts a lot of technology for your money. There are quality components, like fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension and Brembo radial brakes. But for that price I’d still expect an up-and-down quickshifter with auto-blipper as standard.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

For the first time the Speed Triple comes with an IMU, which allows both ABS and traction control to be angle-sensitive. A 5-inch TFT colour dash also makes its debut alongside a choice of five different riding modes.

All-new backlit switchgear featuring a five-way joystick helps you navigate the new technology while other welcome additions include cruise control as standard, three-level heated grips and keyless ignition. Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and Brembo radial brakes are identical the previous model.

Specs

Engine size 1050cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, in-line three-cylinder
Frame type Twin spar tubular aluminium with single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable fork
Rear suspension Öhlins TTX36 fully adjustable monoshock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston M4 radial caliper
Rear brake 255mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £220
New price -
Used price £9,200 - £12,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 years

Top speed & performance

Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 170 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1994: UK introduction of 885cc steel-framed café racer Speed Triple

1997: Streetfighter-styled (twin headlight) 885cc Speed Triple with aluminium frame and fuel injection

1999: UK introduction of 955cc Speed Triple

2005: UK introduction of 1050cc Speed Triple

2011: UK introduction of all-new Speed Triple

2012  Speed Triple R

2016  Speed Triple R and S

Other versions

The S model shares the same engine and performance as the RS. It also shares the same chassis dimensions. However, the cheaper S model runs 43mm Showa USD forks and a fully adjustable Showa rear shock. Lower spec finish, and no Arrow exhausts. The base model only gets four riding  modes, missing out on the Track mode. The biggest difference is electronic: the base model has no IMU and so only gets conventional ABS and TC.

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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 RS (2018 - 2020)

11 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050 RS (2018 - 2020) 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 RS (2018 - 2020)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
5 out of 5 Mickypops and the Triumph Speed Triple RS 2020
20 August 2021 by Micypops

Version: RS

Year: 2020

The best bike out there that does it all. It looks stunning, it rides like it’s on rail sand you can tour, ride the twisty back roads or do a track day. This bike covers all the bases and I can only say that you don’t need the latest2021 model as I can only say has too much power for the road.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Goes and stops fast. The only negative is the rock hard seat. I have ordered a new seat cover with additional memory foam and rearsets from Italy.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Top quality

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Quickshifter

Buying experience: Hard to get as they sell in hours

5 out of 5 Amazingly good second naked bike. Not for new riders.
11 July 2021 by 2_wheels_and_mountain_roads

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £600

Blazing fast, solid at speed and in corners, comfortable for long trips in the mountains. I would absolutely recommend.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The track setting is great for coming down a steep, rocky dirt road since it effectively turns off ABS. Otherwise I run with one of the other rider modes and ABS has never been intrusive. Brakes are excellent.

Engine 5 out of 5

Wow. Just wow. I traded a Yamaha FZ-07 (70hp) for the Triumph at 150hp and the result is incredible. Strong pull all the way through the RPMs and lightening fast acceleration when passing or just playing around.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

This is a very solid bike. I bought mine used w/ 200 miles on it. Six months in I'm at 4500 miles. Took a 1,000 mile week in the mountains and bike was amazing.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Routine service is around $300. I had mine serviced at 500 miles and have another coming up at 6000. At 10k miles per year, service would be around $600 / year

Equipment 5 out of 5

Seat is excellent, as is the riding position. The engine is amazing but what really struck me was clutch. Up / Down w/out grabbing the lever for super-fast shifts. I'm not a fan of the Pirelli SuperCorsas that come w/ the RS. They wear out too fast. Perhaps if I was a track junkie, but for someone who has to ride 50 miles to the mountains before hitting the twisties, I've found the Michelin Power 5's to be ideal. I'd recommend a wind screen as the naked bike does little to divert the air.

Buying experience: Excellent buying experience from dealer. Worked out a good trade for the Yamaha and the price on the 2 year old, low-miles Speed Triple was excellent. Perhaps they were making way for the new 180hp models. I did have trouble with the delivered bike, which arrived w/ dead battery and missing an engine mounting bolt. No issues w/ battery after installing a new one, and my Triumph dealer installed a new bolt at no charge.

5 out of 5 Speed triple,all the bike I need.
09 January 2021 by Jwb

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £250

So smooth and handles like a dream my best bike ever.what a motorcycle should be.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

2 hours,more to do with my old knees but ready for fuel anyway..

Engine 5 out of 5

So smooth & more power than I can use.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Beautifully made,8000 miles in 18 months.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Exhaust, tank bag. Pirelli super corsa,keep putting them on.

Buying experience: Dealer,£13600.tank bag,heated grips,radiator cover thrown in.

5 out of 5 Adoration!
23 September 2020 by Lee M

Version: 1050RS

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £120

I simply adore this bike. Have owned a good number of Japanese bikes over the years, faired and un-faired, and even had a big old HD for a while. This bike is without doubt the best of them all. Handling is fantastic; the bikes limits are way beyond my own and it always feels so incredibly compliant. Like a pussy cat at normal street speeds, never feeling bogged down or like it's chomping at the bit to go any faster, but you know it's all there! It's comfortable, it's well built and well finished. I would, and do, recommend this bike to everyone.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I enjoy this bike most when it's just rolling on and off the peak torque through my favourite twisties. You've heard it before, but I only have to look where I want to go and the bike's already half way there. Superb. Laughably so. I don't carry any pillions on this bike - it's mine, and mine alone! The brakes are as solid and communicative as any I've ever experienced, and not once have I ever been left wanting in the braking dept.

Engine 5 out of 5

There's nothing I dislike about the engine. It's my first Triple. I've had 2 strokes, 4 cylinder 4 strokes and brutal V Twins, but the Triple seems to have all the based covered. The torque of a twin and the silky smooth high revving of a 4. I cannot detect any flat spots anywhere in any gear - twist the throttle and it goes; simple as. In the rain or even on less familiar roads, the Rain mode is perfect and just knocks the edge off the initial throttle response; buys you that little bit of time when you most need it. I like aftermarket cans, and have fitted them to every other bike I've owned; not on this one though, the ARROW Special Parts ones on this bike look and sound gorgeous at any engine speed. Have I already mentioned that I adore this bike?

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Owned this for a little over a year now. Have covered 4K miles, mainly in the dry but not always in the warm weather. There's no corrosion to report at this stage, and apart form a 'tail tidy' everything else is bog standard. Have only had to replace the tyres once so far; did that around the 3K mark. Have no idea what the MPG is, but the tank is perhaps a little on the small side. This isn't an issue for me, and the electric steering lock makes fill ups so much easier.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Fisrt service costs were covered by the dealer, and when it had its annual service a couple of months back, it was less than £100. I really like the Diablo Supercorsa's that come as standard, so I stuck with these when I changed - grip is astonishing even if lifetimes are compromised. I'm pretty easy on tyres generally, not so many burnouts and drag starts these days. Shop around for tyres though, the prices vary considerably from one dealer to the next.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Never had Heated Grips before, and will never be without them again - they're brilliant! Same goes for the quickshifter and blipper; just remeber to pull the clutch at junctions!! The digital TFT screen and its many functions are a pleasure to flick through and play with to find your perfect display choices & settings. There are five rider modes including Track. The Road setting is spot on for me. Rain mode culls the ponies by a third - most welocme on damp greasy roads.

Buying experience: I bought the bike from my local Triumph dealer - it was their demo bike. I paid £12K & that included a host of frame protectors, heated grips, £100 clothing voucher and a Service contribution. They were very flexible and accomodationg with me, and I'm happy that I got a good deal from a dealer I genuinely feel I can trust and have confidence in.

5 out of 5 The Speed triple rs 2020 is mint
28 August 2020 by Speedy speeding

Version: Rs

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £200

This bike is mint!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Excellent handling All day comfortable Handling is very good Super corsas inspire confidence,i've rode on a very very wet day in rain mode and no issues either The bike was stable and reasured Ohlins is firm, but you can turn the compression fully anti clockwise to comfort setting and then it's perfect for the uks bumpy roads. Spec heated grips for £188 they are amazing and is linked up to the tft Worth the extra! Quickshifter is good Some great deals at the moment so get one bought!

Engine 5 out of 5

It's a peach! Smooth at low revs Revs hard when pushed!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Beautiful finish and attention to detail. It doesn't feel mass produced, it feels like a bespoke special

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Fixed price servicing available

Equipment 5 out of 5

It's great, really works well

Buying experience: Talk to Jason at streetbikes was a mint deal totally knocked the socks off everyone else!

5 out of 5 Awesome alternative to a sports bike
07 August 2020 by 1979BA

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £160

Great bike... coming from sports bike it offers all the thrills you could want with a bit of comfort and usability.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Firm but effective on the road and absolutely bob on on track. 53s round Brands kept sports bikes honest!

Engine 5 out of 5

Loads of go from all revs and strong thrust in the mid range. Decent top end too!

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Few probs... front brake fluid reservoir leaked, mirrors wouldn’t hold their position and quick shifter linkage needed replacing. All sorted, without problem under warranty. Matt black finish is prone to marks.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Pretty straight forward and good service from pure triumph

Equipment 5 out of 5

Well specced with plenty of gadgets and options on the tft screen. Easy to use too.

Buying experience: Great dealer service and excellent value for money considering the ohlins, arrow part and lashings of carbon!

5 out of 5
04 April 2020 by Stephen ORourke

Year: 2020

By far the best bike I’ve ever owned!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5
04 December 2019 by Al Smith

Year: 2019

Having owned a 2008 Speed Triple since 2012 I love the concept of a straight bar naked triple. The RS (which I purchased in July 19) moves the game on significantly; I have never ridden anything that charges sooo hard in fifth gear..really intoxicating particularly with the induction roar. Every time I open the garage door, I love it’s quality and it’s looks. A great bike. Highly recommended. Worst feature...as the RS is the premium model, it should include heated grips and quick shifter as standard.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Controlled firm ride, great feedback, steers and tracks accurately. Brembo M4 powerful and progressive. I am 6’2” and 16 stone so the Ohlins front and rear is firm and pliant. If I was considerably lighter say 12 stone then the ride maybe too firm..

Engine 5 out of 5

Grunt, revs, power delivery, induction roar- superb. Great throttle connection.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well put together, a quality product. No problems thus far other than an indicator with moisture ingress. An email with photos to Triumph dealer Team Roberts and a replacement shipped in the post.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

500 mile service at Edinburgh Triumph.

Equipment 5 out of 5

A beautiful quality product, well put together. Still on the original Pirelli Supercorsa’s - looking to swap onto Pirelli Angel GT 2’s..the sportier end of sport touring tyres.

Buying experience: Purchased the RS from Doncaster Triumph Team Roberts for £13100 - £13600 was the on the road price. Team Roberts were excellent, great purchase experience and pulled all the stops out to have the RS delivered to my house in Forres North East Scotland.

5 out of 5 Best bike that I've owned in recent years
20 November 2018 by Rick

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £200

Fun and easy to handle, great at keeping speed and momentum instead of constant speed revving. Great build quality and finish. Although, we don't get the heated grips in Canada, the bike comes equiped with quickshifter up-down/auto-blipper which works great. Breaks are great and cruise works perfect too. Great sound coming from that engine and Arrow exhaust. Obviously, Wind protection is not to be expected and can be annoying on windy days or when riding at highway speed and over.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I've been using it as a commuter and weekend ride on highways and backroads and the bike feels great. Torque/powerband is available at any RPM. For my daily usage, i could ride it without using the 5th-6th gears. Breaks never feel like fading and are always responsive and the abs too (based on selected program... sports-track-rain-road-personnalised). Ohlins suspensions feels a little bit stiff under such a light bike but, then again, i not good at setting these right. Great all around bike.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sounds so awesome and aggressive, torque all over the powerband, lacks a bit of top end rush that we got used too with Japanese bikes... power delivery is linear.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Everything's fine with it and I haven't observed any particular parts, area or mechanical/electrical features that might require particular attention or weakness. Bike comes with a keyless start and electronic lock... Hopefuly, it will be reliable and won't be troublesome if anything should happen with power or battery.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Servicing the Triumph bike at the dealer cost way more than any other that I've owned before. But other than an oil change, as of now, the bike didn't need any other service (the triumph oil service cost like a 150$ at the dealer). In reasonable circumstances of use, fuel consumption is good. But, the tank only holds 15L of fuel.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Great: TFT screen, Quickshifter up-down/autoblipper, cruise. Dislike: sensible tire pressure monitoring... shouldn't exist on any vehicle. For the price, the bike should come with radiator/oil cooler guards, sliders and paddock stand pins.

4 out of 5 Everything I wanted and more
31 October 2018 by GoTilUBlow

Version: Matte Black

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £1

Great power, handling, finish and looks. Heated grips and cruise control are the icing on the cake.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Have not been able to get the feedback I'd like from the front tyre or the brakes yet, so fine tuning of the forks is required. I can sit on the bike for four hours before cramp sets in, there is not massive leg room, considering that you sit on the bike, more than in it. It is a naked so windblast is inevitible, however, it is completely turbulence free.

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine is great. Real world overtaking is a breeze, no drama or flashing lights from drivers as when you perform similar manouvers on a sports bike. Bundles of torque and fuelling is better than other bikes I've had.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Build quality is excellent, lots of real carbon fibre and high quality plating everywhere. Only issue so far is an LED indicator that's misted up that I need to speak to seller about. The ohlins suspension and arrow cans add to a quality package.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Fuel consumpion of over 50mpg so far with a combination of routes, so no complaints there.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Heated Grips and Cruise Control are great. Going to get the quickshifter. The OE tyres are good but I think something that gives more feedback would be good. I'm also going to get a fender extender and oil/rad guards.

Buying experience: Triumph West Yorkshire were very helpful and gave me a great deal when I traded in my Explorer 1215 XRx. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 Could do with a screen...
29 June 2018 by derek bell

Version: speed triple RS

Year: 2018

One of the best riding bikes on the market. The only thing I'd say is could do with a bit bigger screen to tuck behind.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Top end.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Everything top end.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I think they should do half price services no matter what dealer you got the bike from.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: The dealer was really good and would recommend.

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