TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RR (2022 - on) Review


  • New Speed Triple-based café racer
  • Plush semi-active Öhlins suspension
  • Halfway between a superbike and super naked

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
Power: 178 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (439 lbs / 199 kg)


New £17,950
Used £11,000 - £14,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

You might have given up on your superbike years ago, or are about to now, but where do you go from there? If you still want searing performance without the squashed joints, a super naked is your only option, but what if you want a fairing, too?

A Yamaha R7, Aprilia RS660, Honda CBR650R or Ducati Supersport 950 could fit the bill, but you might miss the power or there’s the MV Agusta Superveloce 800, but that’s more supersport than superbike when you open the throttle. Triumph’s Speed Triple 1200 RR could be the answer.

It might appear to be a just Speed Triple 1200 RS roadster in a frock, but the RR is much more than that. Think of it more as a big-cube, three-cylinder superbike, created in Triumph’s own inimitable style.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR on the track

The engine, chassis and electronics are all identical to the RS, but as well as its new café racer-style nose fairing and single headlight, the RR has semi-active Öhlins suspension, a smattering of carbon fibre and clip-ons - like the original ‘94 Speed Triple, ironically.

It's stylish, beautifully made, generously equipped and tastefully mixes strong performance and track-ready handling with a relatively sensible riding position. Its electronic suspension is a highlight and delivers a plush ride, compared to its stiffer naked sibling and its fairing will make long distance riding more comfortable.

On the flip side we wish Triumph hadn’t gone quite so sporty with the clip-ons, its Brembos don’t offer the delicious feel you’d expect, it lacks a little character and isn’t cheap. But the RR is still impressive and a mouth-watering middle ground between a full-on superbike and super naked.

Ride quality & brakes

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

It stops, goes and handles like a superbike and is laid out like one, too, albeit more tolerable to live with. Its clip-ons are a 135mm lower and 50mm further forward than the naked’s straight bars and pegs are 15mm higher and 26mm further back.

It all adds up to a riding position that’s less extreme than something like Triumph’s old Daytona 675 with decent legroom, even for a six-footer, but it’s not the perfect solution. The bars are still low like a race rep’s and we wish they were higher to take more weight off your wrists.

More sophisticated suspension transforms the Speed Triple’s road manners. Where the naked’s mechanically adjustable Öhlins only makes sense on smooth tarmac the RR’s semi-active Öhlins suspension delivers a sumptuous ride.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR on the track left turn

But being electronic and extremely clever, the forks and shock stiffen-up when it needs to support hard braking and acceleration. You can set the RR as hard or soft as you like, either within the riding modes or fine-tune it via the dash.

Steering isn’t as razor sharp as a superbike’s, which suits the slightly more relaxed nature of the RR, but like all Triumphs it lives for corners and with more of your weight over the front end it’s even more stable, precise and predictable on the road or track than the already fine-handling RS.

Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP (the RS has Metzler Racetec RRs) trackday tyres don’t like very cold tarmac, but never budge once they’re up to temperature.

Brakes are the only real disappointment. Superbike-spec Brembo Stylemas are powerful, consistent and will never let you down, they’re wooden through the lever and can spoil the riding experience, especially on track.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR rear shock


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

Triumph’s 1160cc 178bhp three-cylinder engine has serious muscle but has lost some of the old Speed Triple’s fabulous low-down grunt, in favour of more revs and power. It takes some of the shine off riding the naked RS, but happily, the new RR makes much more sense as a sports bike, where you’re riding in a brisker manor, further up the revs.

Producing the kind of power an Aprilia RSV4 made when it was first released it goes without saying the Speed Triple 1200 RR is savagely quick, but the meat of the triple’s raspy power lies in its midrange.

To get the best out of it you need to short-shift through the gears and resist the temptation (if you’ve come from a four-cylinder) to rev its brains out. And of course, thanks to its new fairing it gets to its top speed faster than the naked, not to mention cut down on windblast, although its screen would be even more useful if it was taller.

Lower down in the revs the RR is smooth and easy to manage, but the on/off throttle response can sometimes be choppy.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR engine

Reliability & build quality

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

It’s still too early to comment on the reliability of Triumph’s latest three-cylinder 1200 motor as it only appeared in the Speed Triple 1200 RS in 2021, but don’t expect any major woes... their triple is bombproof in Moto2, after all. Electronics have proved to be reliable, too and build quality and attention to detail are excellent.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR bodywork

Value vs rivals

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

If you think of the RR in superbike terms it’s a bargain compared to its electronic Öhlins-clad competition. It’s also cheaper than its closest rival on looks: MV Agusta’s £18,550 Superveloce 800 and it’s more powerful. But whichever way you slice it the Triumph is still an expensive indulgence.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR rear


5 out of 5 (5/5)

Fifty quid off eighteen grand isn’t cheap either, but you can see where your money goes. Build quality and detailing are superb and as well as its fancy brakes, suspension, racy tyres and a stonking engine and chassis, the RR has lean sensitive traction control and ABS, an up/down quickshifter, colour TFT dash (which can be fiddly to use), LEDs all round, carbon panels, a lithium battery, keyless ignition, backlit switches and cruise control.

There are no garish race rep colour schemes, either and the RR comes in white/black or for an extra £250 the red/black you see in the pictures.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR dash


Engine size 1160cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension 43mm Öhlins forks, adjustable preload, semi-active damping
Rear suspension Single Öhlins shock, adjustable preload, semi-active damping
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial monobloc Brembo Stylema calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £260
New price £17,950
Used price £11,000 - £14,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 178 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 153 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2022: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 released. Same engine, chassis and electronics as Speed Triple RS with clip-ons, top fairing and electronic Öhlins.

Other versions


MCN Long term test reports

MCN Fleet: Life with the Speed Triple RR leaves Neevesy scratching his head

MCN Fleet: Life with the Speed Triple RR leaves Neevesy scratching his head

With the promise of superbike performance and a not-so-extreme riding position, the Speed Triple 1200 RR should have my name written all over it, but it doesn’t.   Trying to get to know you I’ve ridden it at its launch, on MCN tests and lived with this one for the past five months and over 70

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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RR (2022 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RR (2022 - 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 1200 RR (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
5 out of 5
18 December 2023 by Allen Durwood

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £350

Easily the most financialy irresponsible purchase I’ve ever made, but damn if this isn’t the sweetest bike I’ve ever had. Composed at all times, enough nanny features to keep you safe even if you thought you’d never own a bike with them. You will get talked to every time this bike is at a stop. If you’re wondering how low your MPG can get, I’ve gotten down to 8 — if you’re anywhere remotely remote, stop at every gas station you see.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Cruise control means I can shift around my seat to stay comfortable 500 miles in, and the gas tank means I’m stopping every hour and a half to stretch. Brakes bite, and bite well — it’s a deceptively forgiving bike, and shaving off a little speed on a switchback isn’t an issue. Rear brake likes to squeal, but according to Brembo “they’re super bike brakes, so brake hard.” If you listen to that tip it won’t make any noise. Finding a road you’ll get out of third is pretty damn tough, so sit in second and hit some twisties. I’m considering a sprocket change in order to get second gusto with the throttle response of third. Fourth gear is essentially overdrive. This bike deserves a track day (or three).

Engine 5 out of 5

Warp speed. You will top this bike out in a heartbeat, and it’s so composed you won’t notice. After the initial break in I took Lady out on some technical roads — hit traffic the whole way. Decided to head home and thought, “you know, I haven’t really gotten on this thing yet…”. Didn’t realize I had hit 140 until I looked down and said, “oh!” It takes seconds.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Radiator recall addressed before delivery. Quickshifter became iffy and then nonworking after about 2K — I have one sitting at the dealer waiting for me to have it put on. These are early adopter issues and I expected to find at least one or two bugs. Otherwise a superbly manufactured machine.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Dealer shop hours are insane and this is the first bike I’ve had where I have no interest in snapping a bolt. That being said, I’ve done all of the work save for the first service myself — just be prepared for some hefty shop bills if that’s not something you can do. 6K in with ~1K left on the original tires — if you go OEM that is likely going to be your biggest cost if you’re riding daily. This is my daily.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Triumph Connect is a nonstarter. You’re better off feeding your directions through a Cardo. You can make it work, but it won’t play nicely with your phone and the directions are effectively useless. Other than that everything is perfect. Suspension and traction control help rein you in if you decide to carve before effectively warming yourself up — hit a patch of (diesel? Oil?) on a left hand turn that shunted the bike left about a foot, but she came under control just as I realized what had happened. Quickshifter was amazing and I assume will continue to be once it is replaced under warranty. Favorite feature? Turning the bike off and locking the forks with one button, starting it back up with another. That’s wicked.

4 out of 5 The Speed Triple Bargain
04 December 2023 by Spin66

Version: Red

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £170

A highly under rated bike that offers a great level of sportiness v comfort for its genre.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is excellent as the suspension calms the roughest of B roads, its a 1.5 our bike for me then I need a stretch but not due to weight on wrists more due to stiff shoulders and neck from not being used to a sportsbike position as other bikes are naked/tourers. I bought a carbon helmet and this helped.

Engine 5 out of 5

Power everywhere but I'm no racer just enjoy fast road riding.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Faultless although had a couple of recalls but no apparent issues

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Tremendous value thanks to Neeves not getting on with it, huge discounts and low apr since his review so a bit of a bargain.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Triumph sat nav is not the best but I tend to use a phone mount and calimoto. Dash and controls all superb, side stand is a little tall but not had any mishaps .

Buying experience: The general appearance of the bike is to my eye stunning and really stands out, I prefer to ride this a sports cafe/retro proposition, short blasts to the coffee shop with riding jeans and a retro leather offer a classic experience on a high spec missile.

5 out of 5 Perfect blend of sports, race and road bike.can do the lot
04 April 2023 by Bikerben

Year: 2023

The perfect halfway house between a race rep and a road bike. Sporty but not extreme riding position and suspension that can be arm chair comfortable or race bike firm. As happy touring Wales as it is screaming round Oulton Park.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Compliant in road mode and race bike stiff and composed in sport and track settings. All at the touch of a button. Or you can fiddle away to your hearts content if you want to adjust manually. The presets are perfect for me at fast group track day pace.

Engine 5 out of 5

Smooth effortless power and deceptively fast. Wants for nothing in a straight line vs my friends S1000RR.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Beautifully built with carbon finishing everywhere. Thick metallic paint and lots of nice detail that you only pick up when cleaning and tinkering when you own it. Can’t comment on reliability as only a thousand miles into ownership.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Bought on a winter deal with a great saving on list. Nothing comes close to it for value…most other bikes with a similar spec are 8k more than I paid.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Well specced and beautiful quality… quick shifter if great up and down, elcectonic suspension is a breeze to use. Heated grips would be a nice inclusion as standard.

Buying experience: Great experience with my dealer in Stoke.

5 out of 5 Shadow Fax(if you buy the white one);)
09 August 2022 by 06SEUL

Year: 2022

Very plush and elegant but extremely if needed

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

More comfy than any other sports bike or even Speed Triple RS in Road mode. It can be very stiff as well in either Sports or Track mode.

Engine 5 out of 5

Best triple engine I've ever tried.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

built quality well done but some of aliyuminium parts peg holders etc could use better paint or coat(not talking about tank or paint quality, they are just amazing). I'm being picky because of its price and my expectations.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I just finished 1,000 kms services, so I cannot really tell about it but for ex these sp tires are expensive and wear fast.

Equipment 4 out of 5

I'm giving 4 because Triumph has a lot to do with its UI and max the software.(hint: bmw or ducati's is much user-friendly)

Buying experience: Not even a sweat. I live in Turkey and bought it from Adana. Right after shipping it to me, when I tried to change to passenger seat from mono cowl, I recognized the under seat tail cowl was a bit cracked. I do not know it was the Triumph factory or shipping but... Triumph shipped me the original seat tail cowl! They do hear triumph customers. For the RIDE.

4 out of 5 Beautiful bike
04 July 2022 by Kawabunga

Year: 2022

Jewel of a bike but flawed by complicated dash and too low bars.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ohlins electronic suspension gives a very plush ride. Great brakes but lacking a little in feel.

Engine 5 out of 5

Superb, makes lots of power where you need it and sounds incredible.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Seems very well screwed together with nice real carbon fibre.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

No idea yet as new to Triumph and no prices available from dealers.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Over complicated dashboard with numbers too small for my 40 something eyes.

Buying experience: Triumph dealers are a bit style over substance. Not impressed.

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