New Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS will be unveiled at the end of January

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A new Triumph Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS will be unveiled on Tuesday, January 26. We have already seen what looked like a new version of the brand's flagship supernaked in spyshots, but now a tweet has confirmed that the new model is on the way.

The fact that the bike is called the Speed Triple 1200 RS also confirms that the engine will be bigger than the old 1050, as we suspected.

Although a popular machine, Triumph have lost ground in the naked bike market against stripped back superbikes like Ducati’s V4 Streetfighter and horsepower monsters like KTM’s Super Duke R. Triumph will be hoping all these changes help to re-establish their iconic machine.

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At the heart of the bike is a new motor, which judging by the cases appears to be a complete redesign rather than a tickle of the existing engine. To compete with the best, Triumph will have boosted capacity, likely to around 1200cc as well as copied the new Street Triple internals to shed some weight.

Given the competition, we imagine Triumph will be aiming for around 175bhp, as well as good torque from the new triple. As this bike has to be ready for Euro5 when it’s released, Triumph have fitted it with a brand new, low slung exhaust.

Paired with the new motor is an all new suspension set up. This particular model has Öhlins, suggesting we’re seeing the RS being tested. Most interesting is the rear suspension set up, with the shock now directly mounted to the swingarm, presumably so they could ditch the linkage giving more space for the massive catalytic converter. As with most fast bikes now, braking is courtesy of Brembo – Stylemas in this case.

Triumph Speed Triple spyshot from side

Of course super nakeds also mean super tech – we can see a quickshifter as well as a brand new dash behind the restyled lights. Expect all the usual anti-wheelie this and slide control that, plus some home comforts like Google Maps integration. A higher clutch suggests a vertical stacked gearbox, too, allowing for better packaging and a longer swingarm.

The style of the subframe is similar to the old bike but without an exhaust to hold up, the steel trellis has been swapped for cast aluminium. The new wheels not only add an extra touch of style, they’re no doubt lighter too to help offset Euro5 weight gains.

There’s no comment from Triumph, however given the Euro5 deadline we don’t expect to see this bike until spring 2021 at the earliest.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.