TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RS (2021 - on) Review


  • Incredibly refined new engine
  • Nimble like a Street Triple but suspension too harsh for the road
  • Great dash graphics

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £360
Power: 178 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (437 lbs / 198 kg)


New £15,100
Used £10,000 - £15,000

Overall rating

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

Additional words by Jon Urry

It would have been easy to spoil the latest Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS by adding too much power, in a quest to keep up with the super naked Joneses, but Triumph haven’t.

Instead, they’ve produced a machine in their own inimitable style with a beautifully refined new engine and gearbox that’s as friendly as a Triumph Street Triple’s, although the ride is too firm for the road and has lost some of the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS’s plushness.

Cornering on track on the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

But it’s on track, where you can really appreciate the 1200’s brilliance and for the first time the Speed Triple has genuine superbike performance. Acceleration out of corners is like you’ve hit the fast forward button and it carves through turns with the grace and balance of a well set-up race bike.

Braking power is only limited by the size of your triceps and its traction and wheelie control only help and never hinder you churning out a cracker of a lap. It’s finished more conservatively than its flashier rivals, but it’s cheaper, superbly built and equipped.

Watch: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS video review

Ride quality & brakes

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

Where the old Speed Triple was wide and chunky the 1200 RS is slimmer and more compact, feeling more like a light and lithe Triumph Street Triple. Its 830mm high seat (up 5mm) is narrower and longer, to give you room to move around in the corners and is one of the comfiest you’ll find on any current production bike.

Its new aluminium chassis is lighter and together with the engine’s weight savings and 60% lighter lithium-ion battery, the new Speed Triple weighs 198kg ready-to-go - 10kg lighter than the outgoing model. Its power-to-weight ratio is 26% better and double that of the ’94 original.

As before the riding position is sporty, without being a knee or wrist-crusher. Bars are 13mm wider, footrests are the same height as before (although moved inboard for more ground clearance) and it’s easy to get your feet flat on the floor, compared to the raciest bum-up, head-down super nakeds.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS turning right

But what washes over you as soon as its Metzeler Racetec-shod wheels start turning is just how ultra-refined it is. It’s never clumsy, clunky or straining impatiently at the leash and instead its light on its feet and so calm and friendly you could take your CBT on it.

The sweet new gearbox is a big improvement over the more industrial out-going machine’s and the quickshifter is as slick when short-shifting at low speed, as it is in attack mode.

Your view down from the comfy hot seat is trademark-minimal with just a set of handlebars, pretty decent bar end mirrors and a 5in colour display to greet you. Dash graphics appear simple, but there’s some very natty animation going on. The default view is just revs, gear position and speed, but to uncover more information the tacho graphic rotates 45 degrees into a Dali-esque ellipse to reveal the trips and set-up menus.

Triumph knows how to make a bike handle. The Street Triple and Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 make you feel like a hero through corners and it defies logic how they can make oddities like the Triumph Bobber and Triumph Rocket 3 steer so sweetly.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS rear

Indeed, the outgoing Öhlins-clad Speed Triple RS had a front end so planted (like a Tuono’s) you could deliberately go into a bend too fast, just to marvel at how it would gather everything up and rail through.

On smooth tarmac it’s more of the same on the Speed Triple 1200 RS. Steering is light and accurate, Metzelers grip like race rubber, Brembo Stylemas are brick wall-powerful and the Öhlins never waver but aren’t as plush as the old model’s.

Forks and shock are so firm I have to check to see if the compression damping hasn’t been wound right up by mistake. The stiffly sprung ride isn’t a filling shaker by any means, but you’ll always feel the jolt of a concrete motorway joint or A-road drain cover.

Pushing hard on a bumpy backroad gets the Triumph dancing in your hands and the front doesn’t dig in and curve a graceful line as it did before.

Suspension set-up is always a compromise, but the new Speed Triple’s is more racetrack than road. That’s why the self-adjusting electronic semi-active Öhlins on some of the more expensive super nakeds, that work so well in all conditions, are worth their weight in Swedish gold.

Leaving the Donington Park pit lane

It'll be a different story on a trackday where the Triumph’s racy set-up starts to make sense and without getting to hung up on chassis balance and geometry, the Speed Triple goes exactly where you point it, no matter how hard you push. Steering is sweet, there’s lots of grip and ground clearance and in Track mode there’s never any interference from the ABS, letting you use its brutally powerful Brembo Stylemas to the full.

Traction control works away in the background, subtly keeping an eye on grip levels and its smooth new wheelie control, which could spoil your fun on the road, is suddenly very useful accelerating out of slow corners at full throttle.


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

Triumph’s original 885cc, 1994 Speed Triple produced just 98bhp and 60lb-ft of torque, but now, 27 years later and with a dash of Moto2 knowhow thrown into the mix, its powered by a liquid-cooled three-cylinder a superbike would be proud of. Capacity is up to 1160cc and the new engine is choc-full of slippery, lightweight parts to help it rev harder and faster.

It makes 178bhp - up 30bhp on the outgoing 1050cc Speed Triple and 11lb-ft more torque (now 92lb-ft). The whole engine is a massive 7kg lighter with its internals producing 12% less inertia. Bore and stroke is a racier, over-square 90 x 60.8mm (from 79 x 71.4mm) and Triumph’s power curves show slightly more power and torque below 4000rpm and around same in the midrange, before it surges away at 6500rpm to its new 11,150rpm redline, 650rpm higher than before.

It’s out with the twin underseat exhausts and in with a single upswept superbike-style item and despite being Euro5-friendly it’s a fruity little number. A smoother new stacked gearbox has revised ratios and a lighter, slip and assist clutch uses higher friction materials to reduce the number of plates needed.

It also runs a new ignition system, twin tip spark plugs and a lighter, more efficient cooling system. Valve check services are every 10,000-miles.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS 1160cc triple cylinder engine

A new six-axis IMU enables a host of electronic aids, including four-way adjustable lean-sensitive traction control with integrated anti-wheelie, which will also switch off to let the Speed Triple wheelie.

You also get two-stage cornering ABS (Road or Track), an up/down quickshifter and five riding modes: Rain (power restricted to 99bhp), Road, Sport, Track and a customisable Rider.

As grunty down low as it ever was, you don’t need to rev the Speed Triple past 6000rpm to get a move on - just leave it in the higher gears and ride it like a big scooter. Despite pumping out its familiar, bass-laden triple tune through its new exhaust and airbox, there are no vibes from the new engine, so it’s less clattery than a Super Duke and smoother than a Ducati Streetfighter V4 or Aprilia Tuono V4.

But life on the Speed Triple 1200 RS is very different at the tomato ketchup end of the tacho and it keeps on pulling long after the old bike would’ve run out of puff, especially on track. In fact, it accelerates so hard out of corners it takes you by surprise at first, quickly ramming home that you’re on more than just a hotted-up Street Triple.

The bulging midrange will let you run higher gears through corners and still rocket you out of the other side and it keeps on pulling along the straights, munching through gears as fast as your left foot can feed them in. It’s so addictively quick you don’t even notice the wind trying to peel you off the back, lap after lap…until the next day when your body will feel like it’s been in the ring with Tyson.

Fuel consumption isn’t great. We manage just 37mpg with the reserve light coming on at just under 100 miles.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS exhaust

Reliability & build quality

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

Fit and finish is superb, if a little understated for the money and although the new engine isn’t yet tried and tested, MCN owners’ reviews for the previous Speed Triple are glowing with no major mechanical or electronic issues.

Join Michael Neeves at the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS launch at Donington Park in this video

Value vs rivals

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

Watch: 2021's best super naked motorbikes

It’s not cheap, but Triumph have priced the Speed Triple 1200 RS at the affordable end of the super naked scale.

If you compare it with similarly spec’d rivals, it squeezes in just under a base KTM 1290 Super Duke R and is a fair chunk cheaper than the Aprilia Tuono V4 FactoryDucati Streetfighter V4 S and nearly half the price of an MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR.

It’s a fraction more expensive than the Yamaha MT-10SP and just over a grand more than BMW’s S1000R Sport.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS vs KTM 1290 Super Duke R vs Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS vs Ducati Streetfighter V4 S vs KTM 1290 Super Duke R

For 2021, Triumph have pulled the pin and gone full-on super naked with the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS – but is this a smart move? Time for MCN contributor Jon Urry to see if the new Trumpet is a match for two other leading super nakeds: the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S and the KTM 1290 Super Duke R around the MCN250 test route.

Despite the model only being launched last year, Ducati have already updated the Streetfighter V4 and this year sees its power shifted further down the rev range, a move that makes a great bike even better.

If you want a lesson in how to make a motorcycle with bags of sporting potential easy to ride when you just want to chill-out, none deliver it better than the V4 S.

Unless you go searching for it, you would never know the V4 packs over 200bhp as it is a total pussycat at low revs – albeit one that clatters and growls with fairly indecent noise. You can potter about, roll the throttle on and off to overtake cars in top gear and just enjoy the ride quality, which is superb.

Which makes me question why Triumph haven’t managed to replicate this feel with the RS. They know how to do it, the old 1050 was sporty yet easy to ride, and KTM have also demonstrated how to perfectly walk the fine line between bonkers and reassuring.

Again, we are cutting down preconceptions here, but when you see the Super Duke R it looks menacing. Big, bold, powered by a huge V-twin and with the associated wildness that KTM love to promote you expect the Duke to be a handful, but it isn’t – it’s actually a really accomplished road bike.

Triumph Speed Triple group test

The fact the Duke is a bit physically bigger than its rivals makes it comfortable, certainly far more so than the diminutive Triumph with its granite seat, and now on this third generation the suspension and engine feel like they are working together rather than waging a war, which was the case on older models. And on the road this all results in a bike that hits the super-naked brief on the head.

If you want to take it easy that’s not an issue as the lazy LC8 V-twin is full of low-end stomp that is smoothly delivered via a lovely throttle connection. The WP suspension is damped beautifully and is about as good as it gets without any semi-active function adding an extra dimension of control and the electronics (mainly wheelie control, it has to be said) intervene gently to bring things back into check.

It feels and responds like a thoroughly sorted package and should you wish to get a bit excitable, well, it’s a KTM and that means the Duke loves to play the fool and is more than happy to go crackers and do so while keeping its overall feel of refinement and balance.

As a huge fan of the Speed Triple, I can’t help but feel disappointed by this latest incarnation. Yes, it is far sportier than the previous model, packing better electronics and on a billiard-smooth surface the chassis responds with gusto – but how often do you ride like that in the UK?

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS on UK B-road

I fear Triumph have fallen into the trap of believing the hype that super-naked riders want a balls-out naked sportsbike when their rivals have proven that in reality this simply isn’t the case.

This year Ducati tamed their Streetfighter and having been labelled as ‘The Beast’ when launched, in its third generation KTM have done exactly the same to their Super Duke R.

Triumph have flown in the face of this and the Speed Triple 1200 RS is harsh, unforgiving and not that much fun at a gentle pace, which is a shame. Put simply, it’s too purposeful for UK roads and is far from the relaxed, yet sporty 1050 it replaces, which I think owners will find a turn-off.

The Ducati, which you assume will be mental with its V4, in contrast is relaxed, forgiving, plush and yet still more than happy to go bonkers when requested and the KTM is much of the same, although it still has a slightly untamed typically KTM side to its ride.

If Triumph released a more chilled S model I reckon they’ll be onto a winner but as it stands, the RS is just too sports-focused.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

It might not be as flashy or opulent as some, but the Speed Triple is tastefully understated with subtle satin grey or black paint finishes.

Build quality is worthy of its big-ticket price and you get fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Brembo Stylema brake calipers, Metzeler Racetec RR K3 tyres, LEDs, backlit switchgear, self-cancelling indictors, keyless ignition and fuel cap, carbon front mudguard, cruise control and a neat 5in colour TFT dash has three graphics themes and optically bonded to reduce reflections. It’ll also control a GoPro or turn-by-turn navigation.

35 official performance, cosmetic and touring accessories are available, including three-stage heated grips.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS front end


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 198kg
Front suspension Öhlins NIX30 43mm USD forks. Fully adjustable.
Rear suspension Öhlins TTX36 single shock. Fully adjustable.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four piston radial Brembo Stylema calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin piston Brembo caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £360
New price £15,100
Used price £10,000 - £15,000
Insurance group -
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Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 178 bhp
Max torque 92 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 126 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1994: Original steel-framed, single headlight, 885cc, 98bhp Speed Triple released.

1997-1998 Triumph T509 Speed Triple: Power up to 108bhp, new frame, single-sided swingarm, twin headlights, change from clip-ons to flat bars.

1998 – 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 955i: Fitted with bigger 955cc from the Daytona 955i. Power remains the same but peak torque up from 62 to 72lb-ft.

2005 – 2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050: New 131bhp, 1050cc engine, chassis, underseat pipes, and radial calipers. Updated in 2008 with new wheels, subframe and Brembo calipers replacing Nissin

2011 – 2017 Triumph Speed Triple 1050: Complete overhaul with a new chassis, suspension, gearbox mods, fox-eye headlights. 135bhp.

2012 - 2017 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 R: First R model Speed Triple with Öhlins, upgraded Brembos and carbon parts.

2016: Updated with power up to 138bhp, a reshaped fuel tank, ride-by-wire and rider aids. Available in R or S trim.

2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS: Won MCN Bike of the Year - Engine mods boosting power 10bhp to 148bhp. New TFT dash and backlit switchgear. Available in S or RS trim.

Other versions

Café racer style Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR adds half fairing and electronic suspension.

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RS (2021 - on)

19 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1200 RS (2021 - 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 RS (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Equipment: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £360
5 out of 5 Very happy after a bad start to ownership.
29 February 2024 by Chris on the costa.

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £400

Mechanical build quality is excellent and is a pleasure to ride. It has to be one of the easiest bikes to ride as I find it does everything so well. The electrics where a major concern in the early days of ownership with constant electrical faults appearing over seven months from new. All were changed under warranty but it cost me a lot of time and concern. Triumph were a total waste of time in UK when questioned at NEC show in 2021.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Suspension when new is a little hard but can be adjusted, but with time eases and smooths out. I usully take a short break when refilling with fuel. I have don 550 kms in a day without problems. I have had a gel insert fitted in the seat and this gives me more distance comfort.

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant engine and power delivery.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

A small spring in the gearbox needed replacing as it made changing gear difficult. All the electronics failed and were changed over a period of 7 months. Mechanically the bike is top level.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Recommended lubricants are greatly overpriced at dealers and trying to buy recommended coolant at the dealers is a waste of time. Tyre changes at the dealers is usually expensive, labour wise.

Equipment 5 out of 5

SWMOTECH tank bags work well as with their panniers. The official tank protector made with a black rubber, will mark lighter coloured jackets around the groin area when riding. Recommend an aftermarket clear plastic one. The Metzeler K3 tyres front and rear work well and give pretty good mileage for this type of bike. Although I avoid long straight boring roads, motorways, etc.

Buying experience: Bought new from official dealer and had to pay full price as it was a new model and new unus edbike.

5 out of 5 Mr
23 October 2023 by Ferg

Year: 2022

No issues in 1.5 years, just a stonking machine

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Just goes, way more capable a machine than I am a rider

Engine 5 out of 5

Still stonking

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Running smoothly

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Not cheap, but as expected for a premium bike

Equipment 4 out of 5

It's a high power naked, can't expect much in the way of frills

5 out of 5
11 October 2023 by Simon

Year: 2022

Fantastic bike, exceptional handling, great engine with useable performance

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
3 out of 5 Wanted to love it, happy to have moved on from it.
12 September 2023 by NW_biker

Version: 1

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £300

Brilliant brakes and stonking engine, but for me this bike is otherwise too compromised. In 15 months of ownership I never worked out exactly what it's great at... Stock ride quality is brutal on UK roads and the adjustable Ohlins way overdamped (compression) even on softest settings. It’s restless and tiring on long days. Luggage options are difficult for weekends away. On track it’s hard to keep the front wheel down and the lack of wind protection at 100mph+ makes you wish you were on a faired sports bike. So it's not a tourer, not an overnighter, not a long day-er, not really a track-er, and not a bumpy B-roader. Its zone is basically 1-2hr blasts on smooth tarmac. The electronic suspension from the 1200RR mixed with the ride position of the 1200RS probably would've been a good bike.

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Brakes are awesome - feel and stopping power.Stock suspension and ride quality is utterly, utterly terrible, crossing the line of 'firm supportive platform' to just brutally harsh, jarring, and fatiguing to ride. I’ve had many bikes in 25 years; the RS ride quality is the worst so far and simply not acceptable for UK roads. Don't expect that the 'comfort' setting will sort it, or that the fully adjustable Ohlins has a damping setting in its stock 29-click range suitable for naff UK roads. I spent weeks tweaking the suspension, paid for a professional setup and finally went for a Front and Rear revalve / respring by a very well-known UK tuner. They dyno’d the stock forks, noting they’d never run that much damping even on a TT bike build… it was helpful to know it wasn’t just me. Be prepared to spend another £500-1500 sorting suspension on this bike... or find one that's been done already, there’s a few out there.

Engine 4 out of 5

Great fun, great sound, loads of grunt, very useable and a great top end. There's a lot to like. Couple of minor issues that are probably Euro 5 related - it's vibey up to about 3500rpm, and it's easy to stall pulling away on a cold start. An engine tuner told me they were way too lean and this was the issue, but I spent my money on suspension, so never proved the engine theory. It's not a relaxed engine either though with a perpetually raring-to-go feel, which gets old on longer days.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Build quality is top notch with quality castings, coatings, bolts, finish etc. My bike was faultless from a reliability perspective, but it loses a point for having three recalls to address known issues (fair play Triumph for doing them, but it was still time out of my day, and £20+fuel for a loan bike in between). Minor point that the supposed GoPro integration / operation, err, doesn't. Spent ages trying to pair and operate a Hero 11 with the RS before a track day. They refuse to play together.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Fuel economy is decent. Main dealer hourly rates and service prices are somewhat extreme. Depreciation on a new one is fairly high as there's a good choice of s/h ones now. Bike seems hard on front tyres; front Racetec K3 lasted just 1900miles, so I went for some harder rubber after.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Decent spec, nice TFT. Must-have add-ons are Heated grips, Flyscreen & visor, Engine crash protectors and a Rad guard. (oh, and suspension work!) TFT itself is decent quality, but Triumph could have added a few more basic bits of data to the front screen - the Odometer reading is about 6-clicks deep in a Service menu somewhere. Why?! No front wheel lift control like you find on the competition.

Buying experience: Good experience buying, but that's where it tailed off. After that I just got the feeling that the main dealer network is expensive and not shy about it. Hourly rates are high, loan bikes whilst you're in for recall / service work are £20 insurance + fuel, and when I wanted to part-ex/sell the RS back to the dealer, even 'webuyany...' offered £500 more than the main dealer did. I didn't feel looked-after. Find a good independent for servicing and look after them instead.

5 out of 5 The best super naked all rounder by far.
12 September 2023 by David Richardson

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £300

Comfortable awesome looking sports bike with flat bars, sounds amazing with the Zard exhaust system fitted , tyres are unreal . traded in my Ninja H2 sx se as it was too heavy and uncomfortable on long rides . the 1200 RS is as fast , handles better and so much more fun to ride and own. rear seat is just silly, no rear pegs so seat cowl fitted . no issues at all just done 1500 in all weathers mainly NC500 and didnt skip a beat . only real niggle is the Triumph App and connectivity dont always work. I test rode all the super naked and the 1200 RS ticked more of my boxes then any other , the KTM SDR was so bad I had to get off it after 10 mins , V twin ? nope !

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

ride is firm but perfect for the type of bike . brakes are like hitting a brick wall , so powerful and fade free. its not made for a pillion so wouldnt even attempt it Can ride all day in complete comfort if needed to . pleasure to own and ride .

Engine 5 out of 5

the new 1200 engine isnt like the old 1050 , the power and torque are now higher up past 7k and if you ride it like a sports bike then its superbike fast and as fast as my H2 SX upto silly speeds. great sound and decent MPG of over 150 miles per tank even with a heavy wrist .

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues with actual bike , paint and finish are great , the triumph app is not great though .

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

far less to service than H2 thats for sure

Equipment 5 out of 5

love the heated grips and cruise control . quick shifter and blipper are perfection .tyres are 3 times better than me so no issue there. its a naked bike but wind blast with optional screen is ok upto 100 mph. I test rode a tiger 1200 and the screen on that was so noisy it was awful in any position the 1200 RS is better not having one .

Buying experience: Brought private with additional 2 year warranty, so no issue , I paid well under dealer price and the bike is immaculate with lots of extras fitted and full Service history , so win win win .

5 out of 5
11 July 2023 by Big Mike

Year: 2021

The bike is an absolute dream to ride for me and I would definitely recommend 1

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

Only thing I could say would be that with traction control off it’s a monster and with it on the mildest setting it’s a different bike. It would be nice to have further control of the electronics but not a huge deal. Only noticeable if you ride like a plonker really

4 out of 5 New Speed Triple 1200rsThe Good the Bad and the Ugly
27 June 2023 by Neil (Nobby) index TY71NOB

Year: 2021

For ease of use, handling & comfort I’ve ridden nothing better! Build quality and reliability now that’s a 1-2 out of 5

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride very hard for uk roads but European like Germany Austria ,Northern Italy! Fantastic handles a dream! Breaks bang on but would expect anything less being Brembo!

Engine 4 out of 5

Not as exotic as a V4 engine but very flexible and surprisingly torquey too! Plenty of powe for real life roads! Supposed to be better on track! Not my thing

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

Yes 10 k service but all the other issues; 1 ) Major fuel leak bumped half the tank on the road until I stopped it (warranty issue) 2) Recall for exhaust bracket malfunction (warranty) 3) Fuel gauge playing up 4) Heated grips failed (warranty issue) 5) Gearbox problem, spring broke inside( warranty issue) 6) Led tail light failure (warranty issue) part supplied fixed myself 7) Fuel cap issue, not closing/locking 8) Headdet tan cover flew off ( warranty) 9 ) Potential overheat issue recall ( warranty) 10) Major gearbox input shaft sheered off in Italy Stuck in 4th not going anywhere so now left at Triumph Como , Italy waiting for bike to be repatriated and repaired 11) ABS sensor played up! To be fair some road debris got in but everything shut down! ABS , traction control, quick shifter, cruise control ect ! Just when into limp mode! Finally cost of parts exsessive! Same front and rear pad as mutistrada and half the price !

Equipment 3 out of 5

Everything great when working so not all the time!

Buying experience: From Dealership New! Initially good but when the issues started transportation to and from at my expense oven if I’ve had to leave it at the dealers! Purchased from Carl Rosners Croydon. When gearbox spring broke my local triumph dealer couldn’t repair for 3/4 weeks so took back to Carl Rosners a let there for a week! Cost me £100 for train fares to an from the next weekend!

4 out of 5 18 months with a speed rs
09 January 2023 by Mjg

Year: 2021

4700 miles two track days cadwell & donnington park no problems

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride over 200 miles in a day does get harsh brakes are 5 / 5

Engine 4 out of 5

Think the engine is fine but rider modes could be better

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

People have had problems but mine has been spot on for the 1st 18 months

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Overall grate bike for short 100/150 mile rides and track days I’ve fitted evotec crash protection and fly screen

Buying experience: New from a dealer

3 out of 5 A great bike with a lot of electronics problems
01 August 2022 by Damo_e

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £290

Its a ģreat bike let down by some major quality control issues! The engine and handling are all top notch, as is the general level of the components. However mine has already been back for a recall for the rear rotor ( they used the wrong bolts from the factory), a failed oil pressure sensor (it kept raising oil pressure warnings and telling me to stop riding), and the most dangerous thing, constantly putting the bike into neutral when shifting from 1st to 2nd or vice versa ( the quickshifter has now failed and is awaiting replacement)

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I've heard of criticism of the brakes, not sure what they are comparing against. I find them strong and progressive, the thing stops quickly. The suspension is too hard for uk roads, I understand their test team is based in Spain/ Portugal, so they won't notice. I've set it down to the softest settings and uneven tarmac still let's you feel everything unless you are doing "go to jail" speeds everywhere. Biggest problem is quickshifter, it has constantly found neutral from 1st to 2nd, whilst under load and accelerating. This is downright dangerous in some conditions, it eventually failed and is now going to be replaced under warranty.

Engine 5 out of 5

It's a great engine. It pulls well and cleanly, even from low revs in high gears. You can find yourself going very fast very quickly if that's your thing. Overtakes are effortless. The gearbox, when it works, is great to use.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Quick shifter failed, oil pressuresensor failed, recall for incorrect rotor bolts . I've also had numerous refusals to unlock the steering lock, but this seems to have stopped recently. The finish other than electronic gremlins is the usual high level you find on Triumphs.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

The first service was about £90, the others will probably be about the 300 mark. So far I've done just over 1000 miles on it, oil use is minimal. Get about 38 to the gallon, so par for the course for this type of bike. Would have done more but quickshifter has broke.

Equipment 4 out of 5

I've got heated grips, which are a must for me in the UK. I really like the dash, nope, you can't split everything out like you can on some of the competition, but the standard settings seem to me to be pretty well judged. Tyres are K3s which work pretty well, unless it's really cold. Cruise control all works well enough.

Buying experience: Excellent, I use Youles in Blackburn, my experience with them has always been good. Even with all the problems ive been having!

4 out of 5 Speed Triple turned up to 11
08 July 2022 by Arnie1066

Year: 2022

I would give it 4.5 stars if I could, only let down for me is the electronic display which i think is a step back from the layout of the 1050 RS which I preferred. However this may change with software updates. There has been a lot of criticism of the suspension as too harsh for the road. however I think this is a product of the spring rates. If your over 14 stone you will be pleasantly surprised at the compliance.

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

I have had no issues so far...

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Average for a supernaked

Equipment 4 out of 5

TFT dash is good but the software is clunkier than rivals

Buying experience: Bought new from Bulldog Triumph. Great sales team super helpful.

5 out of 5
28 December 2021 by DHH

Year: 2021

Get the visor n flyscreen, and performance air filter. Thats it 😆

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Awesome bike
24 December 2021 by Mike

Year: 2021

Wow what a great bike. I was in the market for a new bike and I had narrowed it down to this or a 2020 Aprilia Tuono and after riding both I decided on the RS, for me the RS felt more comfortable, the power is very usable and I can see myself touring parts of Europe on it with ease.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are phenomenal, one finger is all you need. Yes the suspension is a bit on the firm side out of the box but it can be softened up which I have done easily, I weight 79kg without my kit on and the sag was 40mm front and rear.

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is very tractable it’s smooth, powerful when you want it to be and so easy to life with.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I have covered 1000miles with no issues

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service was free from Destination Triumph in Christchurch, I only had to pay for the oil and filter. The running cost seem about the same as any 1000cc plus sports naked.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Rad guard and battery tender lead and that’s all it needs

Buying experience: Brought from Destination Triumph in Christchurch, great bunch of guys, always had time to talk you.

3 out of 5
14 December 2021 by Retilsher

Year: 2021

Awesome bike to ride, but the reliability is poor.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

4 times back to the dealer to fix issues, waiting for a warranty. Poor reliability. Its sad, and awesome bike to ride.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

would love a separate wheelie control.

2 out of 5 Reduced Expectations
26 September 2021 by USA

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £500

Would not recommend.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5

Spongy shifting, impossible to find neutral.

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

In the shop three times for mechanical/electrical issues. Purchased new. These bikes are not ready for prime time.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5 Awesome bike that will give you many smiles
20 July 2021 by Kevin Pratt

Year: 2021

This Bike does everything you'd expect

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Many bad comments about the ride quality being far to firm, I am 6' 5" and have kept the setting as it came out of the dealership. It is firm but for me it is not uncomfortable, I ride mostly A and B roads with plenty of potholes etc and never found it too stiff. I have done over 5 hours riding without taking a breakBrakes are phenominal and have incredible stopping power

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is a monster, it pulls and pulls when you want it too. Through towns and low down speeds it is friendly and compliant and remains smooth. Neutral was hard to find for first few hundred miles but seems to have improved now. Not significant enough to mark down to 4 stars.I prefer my exhausts a lot louder and had the arrow on my old RS, this one has a very different sound but is very very quiet

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality so far seems good, I've had no issues to date.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Standard equipment is superb. I also added the optional fly screen as it looks better. Stock tyres are good and give confidence. Sat Nav is my only gripe as it seems to crash the few times i tried to use it so had to stop, get phone out and check for directions

Buying experience: I bought from Pure Triumph in Wellingborough, they were excellent throughout. Would definitely recommend buying from them

4 out of 5 Hang On
10 June 2021 by Stewball

Version: only the one

Year: 2021

Engine and chassis good Stiff as a witches tit

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Have backed off front and rear spring pre-load and set most damping to comfort (apart from rear comp damping as will wallow backed right off) Mostly back road Qld roads ridden Brakes work as they should

Engine 5 out of 5

Its a gem of and engine

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

One of two headlight retains bolts fell out L/H header bolt fell off One of two front fuel tank retaining bolts parted ways Dealer on 1st service rectified and did comment they found other things loose in weird places (whatever that means)

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5

Haven't purchased as yet as none available at least a 10 week wait Radiator vulnerable and no guard available which is piss poor on Triumphs behalf. $400 for a fly screen to cover up non finished area not good considering price of bike

Buying experience: Dealer purchase as usual with these transaction staff all seemed tired and "doughy" no change there

5 out of 5 A Speed for the street.
07 June 2021 by Lee M

Version: 1200RS

Year: 2021

Yes, I would recommend this bike to a friend - without hesitation.I took ownership of this brand new machine less than two weeks ago. I had become anxious about taking delivery of it having read, watched and listened to the reports of press test riders - I didn't want what they were desrcibing, a bike that wasn't road friendly, one that was only good for the track! I don't ride on a track. And, I already had a perfectly sorted road bike in the guise of the 2018 Speed Triple 1050RS. I just wanted the 1200RS to give me more of the same. I was afterall handing the 1050RS over in part-ex for the new bike, and the press reports had rattled me; was I doing the sensible thing letting the 1050 go?In my humble opinion (and what do I know), the new bike has achieved all that I'd hoped for already. The moment I climbed on, it instantly felt familiar, and I instantly felt at one with it. I hadn't waited for a test ride - I'd been so blown away by the 1050RS, I just couldn't imagine the new bike being anything other than a progressive further improvement over what I already had.The new bike is superb; utterly superb. It's better in every single sense. Faster, Lighter, Comfier, more Flickable, as equally unflappable, looks fantasticly understated, like a naked bike should - naked bikes should be naked; not faired with wings and spoilers all over the place. And it still looks how a conventional two wheel naked bike should look... to me at least. It's easier to ride than the 1050RS - in every single sense, it's an easier bike to ride. I don't get where the press reports are coming from. I've lived with the 1050RS for two years, covered around 4,500 miles on that bike in that time, and loved every second of time I spent on it. I don't have a single negative word to report on the new 1200RS at this stage either. I can't imagine I ever will as things are.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Compared to the 1050RS the new bikes perch is exceptionally comfy and roomy. I don't know if it's the marginally wider bars or what, but the riding position feels better too; the way you're dropped forwards towards the tank seems to sit you into the bike more than before, and gives the feel that you have considerably more control and influence over the entire machine as a result. I feel more at one with this bike. The bike feels wider out front (it can only be the bars, surely), but it's a great riding position to be in. Oddly, visibility even feels better (how can that be even possible on a bike??? Same helmet too).I mentioned earlier that I was anxious about the reports I'd read regarding the overly hard suspension set up on this new model. I needn't have worried. The moment that I rode off the dealer's forecourt I knew I didn't have to worry; everything felt instantly familiar. The ride is firm, but so was the 1050RS's, but it's compliant too, like the 1050RS was. I'm intentionally riding at and over man holes, small pot holes, road repair seams and ruts, bumps and ripples on roads I know; nothing's upsetting the bike at all - it's so similar to the 1050RS in this respect. The feedback through the bars and saddle is excellent; giving a real sense of what's happening beneath you. Cornering is as pin sharp as the 1050 ever was, even more so perhaps. I'm a real world motorcycle rider, I'm not an ex-racer or press journalist. The bike's a hobby, an interest, and an awesome commuter when the sun's out.

Engine 5 out of 5

It's a Triumph Triple... there's not much to dislike. These engines never sound or feel overworked. I was new to Triple's two years ago - I can't see me moving away from this engine configuration anytime soon. The new engine does feel very different to the outgoing 1050. The exhaust note is very different but no less addicitive. 1st gear feels much taller then the old bike's. You can hold the gear for longer, and it's feels usable - it's more than just a gear to get the bike rolling; it's a gear you can use. There's a square black box just in front of the new single exhaust can. I don't cliam to know what it is, or what it does, but it's integral to the exhaiust system. I think this is also what gives the exhaust is wonderfully rich and deep growl, howl, even... it's an addicitive sound all the same.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

The build, finish, standard kit, comfort... it's all spot on. It's a £16K bike afterall; it should be well built and relaible for this kind of outlay. No problems to report thankfully. The 1050RS had the same high quality feel to it as the new bike does. That's a good thing. Nothing seems to be lacking and everything feels bullet proof. The quickshifter 'box is a marked improvement over the outgoing models version; super smooth, super quick, and best of all, no false Neutrals :-) The 'box snicks up and down with the mereset of touches. It's a very different sounding exhaust note - not quite as 'raw' to my ears as the 1050RS was, but that doesn't mean it's any less entertaining to listen to - the low down grumble is simply addictive. I'm not feeling any early desires for an aftermarket can.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

It's a pricey enough bike at £16k but as yet I can't comment on running costs due it being so new. based on past experience with the 1050 I'm not expecting any horrors looming. Will be in for it's 500 - 800 mile service in the couple of weeks. 200 miles on the clock so far... I'm 1/4 way through my third full tank. So circa 100 miles per fill up so far.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Really well specced straight from the box. I opted for a few options, including a Tracker System, Heated Grips and Scrolling Indicators but the standard spec list is jam packed as it is.

Buying experience: Dealing with Triumph World in Chesterfield has been, and always is a pleasure.I had to wait a few weeks longer for delivery than initially expected, but as everything presently seems to suffering from one delay or another due to Covid, it was no hardship to wait.

5 out of 5 Fabulous bike.
07 June 2021 by Walter Millar

Year: 2021

Fabulous bike, I’m delighted to be back on a Triumph after 5 years on a KTM 1290 Superduke R SE which was also a great machine but just wasn’t me.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality is firm but I’m a big fella so it takes a firm set up. I have however heard from owners that this can be greatly improved by a good suspension technician. It’s something I’ll look into again. Brakes are phenomenal.

Engine 5 out of 5

What an awesome engine Triumph have produced, this thing is superb!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Quality is top notch. Triumph have used only the best parts when they were putting this together.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

It’s early days yet but it does seem to be rather fond of the unleaded but if I was wanting good fuel economy I’d have bought a tourer!

Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you need and more.

Buying experience: Bought mine from Phillip McCallen Motorcycles in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Top quality service as always.

1 out of 5 The same bad suspension
20 April 2021 by Melinda Azzopardi

Year: 2021

Suspension has always been an issue on the previouse Speed Triples, Triumph seem to always get it wrong especialy when the say the new 1200 is a bike made for the road not a race bike for the road. How can Ducati, Aprilia and KTM get it so right. I dont think Triumph spoke to there customers about suspension.

Ride quality & brakes 1 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
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