Last week Triumph released a video hinting at a race between Carl Fogarty and Gary Johnson. The video strongly suggested there would be a new bike on the horizon and it didn’t take a genius to realise it was a Speed Triple. Now MCN can reveal a string of spyshots that confirm there will be two new models that have the potential to be the best Speed Triples yet. A fitting tribute to a bike that will be celebrating its 24th anniversary this year.
Not content with just one video, Triumph have released another and we’re expecting the official reveal on February 5 as suggested in the video. For now though, this latest series of spy photographs captured in Spain tells us a lot about the new bike.
For a start it’s clear the new Speed Triple will have a revised engine. Although outwardly it looks very similar, there are subtle differences on the cylinder head that suggest it’s all-new. We’re expecting the displacement to remain the same at 1050cc but for big changes inside. The new Tiger 1200 (and even the old Speed Triple) had over 100 changes to the engine’s design, so the same has likely happened here. Our photographer did say it sounded noticeably different, as if it had a higher rev limit, so we imagine it will get a small power boost to around 150bhp. To achieve that higher rev limit, the chances are that Triumph have lightened something internally, so it will almost certainly be quicker revving too. And like all good manufacturers, Triumph aren’t just giving us one bike with this new engine – there will be two.
Previously we thought there might be three new models (as per the Street Triple), but CARB documents say there will actually be two: an R and a full-fat RS. As we said last week, both bikes will get the new full-colour TFT dash from the Street Triple R and RS, as well as all the associated electronics (such as rider modes and traction control). The R model also gets other smaller changes including new exhausts, LED lights throughout and new five spoke wheels – but the RS model gets a whole lot more.
The most obvious change over the standard model is the Öhlins suspension front and rear. As you might expect, both units are fully adjustable although Triumph have stuck with conventional suspension rather than the electronic units fitted to some super nakeds. The RS model also comes with Arrow cans with carbon heat shields as standard, mirroring the new Tiger 1200 range. It’s possible it will unlock a few more horses, but as it’s just cans rather than a full system, we’re assuming any extra is found in the ears rather than on the dyno.
The RS also gains other trinkets from the hot Street Triple, including the Brembo span and reach adjustable radial master cylinder plus it appears to have gained a quickshifter. The RS has also followed in the path of previous R models, with other carbon fibre accessories and the contrasting R subframe.
With the stock model gaining the TFT screen, we’re expecting the price to creep up to around £11,000 with the RS near to £13,500. Going on Triumph’s form with teaser vids, the reveal and official prices won’t be too far away.