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Tempted by a Triumph Speed Triple?

Published: 16 April 2018

This weekend, Triumph dealers all over the UK will be hosting TFEST, the annual celebration of Triumph’s new models. And the big news is that as well as the chance to view Triumph’s entire 2018 model range, the brand new 2018 Speed Triple S and Speed Triple RS will have arrived in dealerships and many dealers will be running them as demos. So what better time to take one out on a test ride? MCN has already ridden the bike and reckoned it was ‘the best of both worlds,’ excelling at both fast road riding and relaxed cruising. Read our report by clicking here or watch the video below.

However if your wallet doesn’t stretch to a brand new Speed Triple, but you still fancy riding a round on a slice of British beef, here is MCN’s guide to used Speed Triple generations…


1994-1997 Triumph Speed Triple

The original Speed Triple is a great bike if you lust after an old-school bruiser. Basically a naked Daytona 900, prices for this original generation are on the up, so you had better move fast! There was even a 750 version, but that’s best ignored…

  • Engine: 885cc, liquid-cooled inline three cylinder, 12v
  • Power: 98bhp @ 9,000rpm
  • Torque: 60ftlb @ 6,500rpm
  • Weight: 209kg


1997-1998 Triumph T509 Speed Triple

Short-lived but a really great machine (and one that starred in the Mission Impossible film) the T509 brought with it the iconic ‘bug eye’ headlights, flat bars and a single sided swingarm. Surprisingly rare, they are brimming with a raw spirit.

  • Engine: 885cc, liquid-cooled inline three cylinder, 12v
  • Power: 108bhp @ 9,000rpm
  • Torque: 62ftlb @ 6,500rpm
  • Weight: 196kg



1998 – 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 955i

Armed with a new 955cc engine, this generation looks identical to the T509 but makes more grunt. It is a common version in the used market with prices starting at £2500, however the best model is the post-2002 updated generation, which has a little more power and refinement.

  • Engine: 955cc, liquid-cooled inline three cylinder, 12v
  • Power: 118bhp @ 9,200rpm
  • Torque: 72ftlb @ 5,800rpm
  • Weight: 223kg


2005 – 2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

A truly great generation of Speed Triple, the 1050 was an all-new machine with a bigger capacity triple, underseat pipes and serious agility. Gone is the 955-generation’s fat feeling, replaced by a stonking chassis, stylish look and bags of grunt. The updated 2008-onwards generation is the pick with improved brakes, cool wheels and better pillion facilities.

  • Engine: 1050cc, liquid-cooled inline three cylinder, 12v
  • Power: 131bhp @ 9250rpm
  • Torque: @ 7500rpm
  • Weight: 189kg


2011 – 2017 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

The 2011 update marked a massive change for the Speed Triple as the ‘bug eye’ headlights were binned, replaced by a sharper ‘foxeye’ style of lens. The bike’s chassis was also given an injection of pace through revised weight distribution and ABS was an optional extra. Suspension, motor, chassis, it was all upgraded and refined and in 2016 ride-by-wire was also introduced alongside a Euro4-spec motor and other chassis, engine and electrical upgrades.

  • Engine: 1050cc, liquid-cooled inline three cylinder, 12v
  • Power: 135bhp @ 9200rpm
  • Torque: @ 7750rpm
  • Weight: 214kg


Open your wallet wide and say R…


2012 - 2017 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 R

The R models have run alongside the stock Speed Triples since 2012 and mirror the standard bike’s upgrades and model changes. In general, the R gets Öhlins suspension, uprated Brembo brakes and a flash of carbon here and there as well as some red paint on its subframe. If you want the pick, search out an original 2012 Speed Triple R as that also gets PVM lightweight wheels, something that Triumph quietly junked the year after…


To find you closest Triumph dealer, click here, and for more used Speed Triples for sale, check out MCN Bikes for Sale by clicking here.


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