2021 Triumph Speed Twin: Engine changes and chassis upgrades for popular retro

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Triumph have unveiled an updated version of their popular Speed Twin with a range of changes to the engine and suspension, plus a few subtle component upgrades.

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The Speed Twin first arrived in 2019 taking the firm’s sharp and focused Thruxton and switching up the ergonomics to make it more relaxed and welcoming. It was an instant hit.

The biggest change for 2021 comes in the engine department where Triumph have managed the Holy Grail of a Euro5 update that also brings more power. This is achieved through lighter internal components resulting in a 17% reduction in inertia and the ability to rev higher. There is a new exhaust, too.

The result is a new peak power output of 98.6bhp @ 7250rpm and peak torque of 82.6lb.ft @ 4250rpm, plus you still get 10,000 miles before the first major service is due.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with the way the old bike handled, but Triumph are looking to build on this with upgrades to the chassis components, brakes and tyres.

2021 Triumph Speed Twin engine

Gone are the KYB forks in favour of higher spec Marzocchi units and the old bike’s axial Brembos are replaced with radial M50 calipers from the Italian supplier. The alloy wheels are now lighter, too, thanks to a new 12-spoke design and they come wrapped in brilliant Metzeler Racetec RR tyres.

As for the more subtle changes, Triumph say they’ve upgraded the riding modes but have stuck with the intuitive Rain, Road and Sport nomenclature. You also now get anodised headlight and mudguard mounts, brushed stainless, upswept exhausts and new tank graphics.

The 2021 Speed Twin will be available in dealers from August with prices starting from £11,000 (£300 more than the previous model). That will get you a black model but it will cost slightly more for the grey and yellow or this snazzy red version.

Triumph make a Beeline

Triumph Beeline sat nav

Along with the announcement of the new Speed Twin, Triumph also unveiled a new branded version of the Beeline GPS system. The small, sleek unit is the perfect accompaniment to a modern retro and gives you turn-by-turn or bearing-led navigation without the need for a clunky full screen satnav on your handlebars.

The Triumph Beeline is based on the alloy case version of the unit and comes laser etched with Triumph logos. The GPS is run through the Beeline app and is not integrated with the My Triumph app, meaning anyone can have it regardless of the bike they ride (although surely you’d buy the unbranded original?).

The unit costs £199 (branded or not) and is available from Triumph dealers now. It also comes with a two-year warranty, 12 months more than the standard Beeline gets.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max