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Triumph Speed Triple

2011 Triumph Speed 1050 ABS Road Test


August 12, 2011

2011 Triumph Speed 1050 ABS Road Test was published in the August 2011 of Rider ]

photography by Kevin and Riles Nelson

As a … the Speed Triple is now more comfortable for the but a passenger has to deal with a seat, just a strap to on to and heat from the underseat Go solo.

Motorcycle enthusiasts all-new, never-before-seen models cats love catnip. We get even silly, about latest-and-greatest technology, cutting-edge and envy-inducing allure. But there’s to be said for a model that has the test of time, that has steadily, strengths built up, whittled away. Such is the with the Triumph Speed .

Bug-eyed, muscular and very the Speed Triple brought motorcycles—sportbikes denuded of fairings and with upright handlebars—to the Since being launched in it has been a top-seller for Triumph, it the current best-selling Street and it has embodied the in-line triple and headlights that have Triumphhallmarks. Though improved time, with an aluminum replacing steel, fuel replacing carburetion and displacement from 885cc to 1,050cc, the Triple’s overall look changed drastically since the swingarm and twin headlights added in 1997.

Updating an icon is a daunting Just ask Pierre Terblanche. with the unenviable task of a replacement for Ducati’s beloved series, he penned the unconventional It flopped.

When it came to give the Speed Triple a look, Triumph’s owner Bloor told Product Simon Warburton, “Don’t it up!” It may seem strange changing a motor­cycle’s headlights create such brouhaha, but again, getting a nose job was a for actress Jennifer Grey. For the Speed Triple’s circular have been replaced pentagonal ones, rounded on the with a scowling deep-V in the middle, like Wall-E a chip on his shoulder.

Larger, radiator shrouds deflect engine heat away the rider and provide a more look to the painted bodywork. The of the wheels, swingarm and frame also been spruced up.

darlin’ nice to see ya…just as as you used to be.” The same 1,050cc triple, but now with a few ponies and lb-ft.

Beyond looks, Triumph has the Speed Triple a better Tweaks to the ECU and stainless steel have coaxed more out of its 1,050cc in-line triple. to the 2008 model we last ( Rider . December 2008), on Tuning’s Dynojet dyno our Speed Triple spun up horsepower at 9,200 rpm (up from and 76.6 lb-ft of torque at rpm (up from 71.1).

With 67 to 76 of torque available from rpm, you’ve always got available and you’re always in the gear. The airbox now has more area, the redesigned oil sump tighter exhaust packaging for ground clearance, the radiator is efficient and new EFI software is said to fuel economy. It averaged mpg during our 700-mile test, up from the 35.5 mpg we recorded in

Sir Speed Triple’s all-new is lighter and more responsive, better weight distribution and comfortable ergonomics. The single-sided is 0.7-inch longer but 2.2 pounds the rear wheel is 0.5-inch (up from 5.5 inches) but 3.3 pounds and the front wheel assembly is 3.1 lighter. Our test bike the scales at 481 pounds wet, 8 pounds from our 2008 bike even though the one is equipped with ABS, a new option.

The aluminum twin-spar frame has made narrower for more clearance. The engine was moved by 3mm and tilted forward a few more and the battery was relocated in front of the to put more weight on the front Wheelbase has increased by 0.4-inch, to inches, and steering geometry has revised: rake has been from 23.5 degrees to and trail has been increased 3.3 inches to 3.6.

Greg’s Helmet: HJC RPS-10 / Suit: Aerostich / Gloves: Triumph Portland / Forma Street Evo

Ergonomics are now like the best-selling Street The handlebar was moved back an the footpegs were moved 1.1 inches, the rider was moved 1.7 inches and seat height was 0.2-inch (to 32.5 inches, pretty high), yet the seat was 2 inches longer to provide space between the tank and upward to the pillion seat.

The lighter, mightier Speed Triple is fun to ride around town, on roads and at the track. During the launch, I spent half a day in circles at Chuckwalla Valley in the Mojave Desert. The less riding position suits me fine, and the more-forward weight (now 50.9 percent, up 48.6 percent) and reduced weight help the Speed feel more nimble and stable.

Triumph Speed Triple

The Speed Triple’s calling has always been awesome, torque, which has made the popular at wheelie schools. a handful of throttle in lower and the front end gets light, the wide 190mm (up from Metzeler Racetec K3 Interact tire reassuringly glued to terra

With its fully adjustable suspension, which now has more rear linkage, firmed up for the track, the Triple absorbed pavement without losing its cool, and Brembo front calipers it easy to scrub off speed or go stop, the ABS never intrusive. As found on other Triumphs tested recently, there is a amount of initial travel on the front brake lever, and power feels more than progressive.

Fueling, and shifting were all precise, benefited from years of Vibration at high revs is but at a frequency that’s more than annoying; this is a that should feel rather than dull.

with a Brembo radial cylinder, these four-piston, Brembo radial calipers are kit. ABS is an $800 option.

After devouring a BBQ lunch at temperatures neared 100 degrees. my fill at the trough and track, I my leathers for my Aerostich and made a for the cooler higher elevations of Tree National Park. The Triple’s revised seating is a happy medium between sporty and and the firm, deeply dished is comfortable. At cruising speeds, the triple feels smooth, its note satisfying without too loud.

Ambling retirees snapping of cholla cactus and wildflowers no offense. Riding the freeway I longed for the accessory fly screen, 70 percent of Speed Triple buy, because the bike has no protection. Put in a 400-mile day on the Speed and you’ll feel it in your and shoulders. The factory accessory has lots of options, from a monitoring system to Arrow exhaust to a low seat, soft luggage and enhancements.

Naked bikes make for the most ideal tourers, but you could do worse the Speed Triple. Magnetic will find purchase on and despite the twin underseat there’s actually a bit of storage under the pillion, where also find fold-out hooks and a standard toolkit.

The 2011 Speed Triple is than ever at $11,799 for the model, a $800-$1,300 premium liter-class sport standards Japan. Its new headlights and sharper have grown on me, but not everyone on is enamored by the styling. The Speed makes a strong statement and love/hate responses, but it has matured its cyberpunk adolescence.

In-your-face like Nuclear Red and Roulette are gone, replaced by a palette as as Neapolitan ice cream: Crystal Phantom Black or Diablo John Bloor should be

Analog tach is paired programmable shift lights and an showing speed, fuel, odo, temp, clock, lap and (optional) TPMS.

Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph Speed Triple

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