2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 Review —

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Triumph Speed Triple

An original hooligan gets

Photos by Nelson and Riles by Troy Siahaan Chris

When it comes to motorcycling, no two are more synonymous with behavior than “Speed” by “Triple.” For almost two decades, raw, … and all-together Speed Triple has redefined the between standard and sport-type Its three-cylinder engine is seemingly the combination of torque and horsepower — for a street-oriented machine — and it doesn’t that it’s filled to the with character.

What has set the Triple apart all these is its styling — or rather, lack Its … stance has been the draw to this bike day one, and since a … doesn’t have many features by nature, the Speed stood out because of one instantly trait: its round headlights.

A New on an Old Classic

Triumph engineers no stone unturned when the Speed Triple. To keep simple there were goals to adhere to: it had to be lighter, it had to more useable power that it was lacking in this and the last one is a bit strange: it had to feel like its younger brother, the Triple.

To obtain the first the entire chassis was redesigned to the bike’s vital components together and with a greater weight bias. The new frame is lighter than the one it replaces, the major weight savings from all-new wheels and assemblies that, combined, are than six pounds lighter last year. This the new model’s rear wheel widened to six-inches (from to better accommodate a 190-series and a single-sided swingarm that’s longer yet 2.2 pounds lighter before.

This revised chassis was a measure to place more toward the front tire. Its is placed forward 3mm and tilted seven degrees to shift weight to the front.

Other the lengthened swingarm, further include moving the battery in of the fuel tank and steepening the head angle. Triumph moved the most dynamic of the puzzle closer forward as — the rider. But I’ll get into a little later.

All told, the Speed Triple places of the vehicle’s weight over the compared to 48.6% for the 2010

The Speed Triple retains the basic 1050cc three-cylinder from last year, but a few little tweaks that the bike to breathe a little A revised airbox now has a 10% greater area, while revised software is claimed to improve economy by 6%. A new sump allows for packaging of the exhausts and provides ground clearance as well.

pipe diameter is reduced to (from 42mm), and secondary pipes are enlarged to 50.8mm 44.5mm), all for “more useable Inside the engine, the inner transfer holes have opened to reduce pumping during the pistons’ downward All told, Triumph claims a horsepower increase (to 133 hp) and 8% more (82 ft.-lb.) compared to its predecessor. A high-efficiency radiator helps engine temps under

Triumph showed us a dyno comparison with this engine overlaid on the previous What’s interesting is that 4800 rpm the old engine actually more power and torque. not until that threshold is does the new lump out-pull for the of the rev range.

A clear demonstration of more power.

I found it odd that focused its attention on making the new Triple feel more the Street Triple. The size or position of the old model never me as something that needed but in transforming this machine for the shop in Hinckley combed every detail.

Steering has been tweaked as well, to put the focus on the front end. has been sharpened to 22.8 (from 23.5) for quicker while trail has increased to 3.6 (from 3.3). Wheelbase has grown slightly to 56.5 (from 56.1), in an effort to aid stability.

Beyond that, the bike feels more than before thanks to a few but noticeable changes. The forward of the engine and the relocated battery engineers to move the rider to the bars. Seat height is now at inches, 0.2-inch lower before.

The front wheel to the forward-most edge of the saddle is now from last year by two inches (1.7 to be exact), and the are repositioned one inch closer to the Footpegs, too, are moved by over an inch (1.14 to complete the revised rider

Time to Act Like a Hooligan

maybe not. But just by on the new Speed Triple I could tell everything was more I’d call it close to Street territory, but there’s no hiding the that the bigger engine is well, bigger.

Besides the engine tilting forward, the rider is placed at a slant as well, but just It’s definitely a comfortable with ergonomics suitable for a journey.

Which is convenient that’s exactly what had in store during the North introduction of both it and the new 675R we’ll cover in a separate Our two-day journey would us off in Idyllwild, Calif. and snake its way roads less traveled, leading to our stop in Indio at the end of our day. Day two would be spent at California’s newest racetrack, Valley Raceway, where we put it and the through their paces.

though the Speed Triple is this year, there’s an familiarity while riding it comes from the amount of time I’ve spent on the model. Despite the new ergonomics, I felt right at home.

was never something we complained in the previous model, but we’re happy there’s more of it time around. As promised, it take long for the melodic to steal the show. On the street seemingly instant power, to the broad, flat torque throughout the rev range.

Fueling, at slow speeds, is crisp hardly any hesitation. Unfortunately, our ride was littered with traffic that prevented us thoroughly flogging the bike, but was an opportunity to demonstrate the massive available; at 40 mph and lugging along in gear, a simple whack of the was met with an initial burble unleashing brute force easily carried me into the mark. There was still of power left to spare, but instincts (and a desire to my license) forced me to let off early.

That doesn’t mean we able to take advantage of the new however. Anyone familiar these roads will that there’s a diverse mix of corners and wide, sweeping along the route, and the Speed was impressive in both areas. The provide plenty of leverage to get the to flick, but that really necessary since the steep angle helps it turn anyway.

According to Triumph, the wheels help reduce inertia by 5%.

Triumph Speed Triple

Once on its side, the S3 is comfortable staying there. the longer trail and wheelbase plays a part. It’s easy to hold a line maintenance throttle, but minor in trajectory are possible as well. wasn’t quick to mention it, but a inverted Showa fork and Showa monoshock are also this year with rates more suited the many bumps and imperfections during street riding.

units are fully-adjustable for preload, and compression damping, and the suspension a good balance between bumps yet still providing a ride.

Stopping also has been an issue on previous but here again the new S3 sees minor changes to the braking Basically, the 320mm rotors are now thinner than before to heat quicker. Four-piston calipers (not of the monobloc provide the squeeze, while a master cylinder feeds the

If you’ve seen videos on of stunt riders doing endo maneuvers on the old Speed you’ll understand how strong are. These are no different. power is still ridiculous, plenty of feel at the lever.

The Speed Triple is also with optional ABS, is a first. While I did have a to ride the one model equipped such, I wasn’t aware of it and have the opportunity to test its due to the traffic conditions. We’ll to save our thoughts about the for a future test.

Due to the traffic we at the later stages of our ride, I was surprised at the Speed Triple’s saddle when lollygagging town (or stuck behind a of cars). There’s padding in the places and it’s just enough to provide support feeling like a plank.

it has minimal bodywork, the side and radiator shrouds are pretty in channeling heat away the rider. Speaking of styling, hard to mistake the new model as other than a Speed yet the iconic dual round give way to angular, shaped Why the change?

Because Triumph the need to change with the and that included changing the to projector beam-style units, objections from traditionalists.

The new got me thinking: What if Triumph a full fairing over gave the bike proper and most importantly, bumped the displacement to 1100cc. Then have a true liter-class from Hinckley. And with Superbike rules allowing Fours and 1200cc Twins, the Triple would be a perfect

Who knows if it’ll actually but it’s a nice thought,

The street-biased suspension made for a ride, and yet handled track surprisingly well. But make no race suspension it most is not. Braking, too, was as powerful on the track as it was on the street and show any signs of fading.

The limitation is ground clearance, as the tend to scrape the tarmac at lean angles.

A full day of around Chuckwalla further my imagination into dreaming up a literbike. The bike is so entertaining to around the track as it is. A proper made to handle that of abuse would just be on the cake.

In case it wasn’t already, the Speed Triple is a Always has been. With a engine, capable chassis, brakes and comfortable riding what’s not to like?

The redesign make some people — I admit I prefer the round — but even the most iconic need a makeover now and then.

Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph Speed Triple


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