Triumph Speed Triple – AskMen

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Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph Speed Triple

Price: $11,299

Top Speed: 150 mph

MPG / LPG: Approx. 36 MPG

The Triumph Speed Triple’s 130-horsepower inline 3-cylinder engine is the pulsating core of the entire bike’s presence. Rarely are we ever offered the chance to ride a motorcycle that blasts forth like smooth dynamite. How smooth?

We’re talking Singer-Sewing-machine smooth. Even with the added Arrow three-into-one exhaust, the Speed Triple purred like a kitten on Percocet. But, oh that inline-three power.

This bike power-wheelied at the drop of a hat, and hauled serious ass in the straights. The thing to watch about the Triumph Speed Triple is that it’s deceptively quick. With ace fuel injection, the throttle response is a mere blink of an eye, so make sure you spend some quality time mastering the Speed Triple’s omnipotent powerplant before dragging a knee on the Dragon.

At 416 pounds wet, this 1050cc bike could be a dangerous weapon. The Speed Triple is exceptionally flickable and light, but the seat height and footpegs are mounted higher than most of the bikes within its class. We went on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in a tight left-hander after shaving a little off the belly pan and having the rear kick out a few feet. In the extreme twisties, we weren’t as comfortable at first — we felt as though the bike was on stilts.

It wasn’t until the second week of consecutive riding that we finally adapted to the Speed Triple’s unconventional geometry. After that, we didn’t want to go back to our ZRX1200R. If you plan on traveling long distances on the Triumph Speed Triple, you’ll find the bike to be slightly uncomfortable, though not to a CBR or Gixxer extent.

The Brembo radial brakes were superb, though the suspension will definitely need to be stiffened for heavier riders.

Triumph Speed Triple

The Triumph Speed Triple is a high-quality machine, decked with some top-notch components. However, that doesn’t mean the bike will be a royal pain to service. We put 2,000 miles on the Blazing Orange Insect and all it asked for was a routine spritz of chain lube and minute tire pressure adjustments.

The engine was as close to perfect as one could get, firing right up on a 35F morning.

Love it or loath it, the Triumph Speed Triple is in a league of its own when it comes to style. The back end looks as though it was placed on a chopping block and the large five-gallon gas tank looks slightly obscene mounted above the double-tubed frame. With the added belly pan, Japanimation style “fairing,” and bug-eyed twin headlights, the Speed Triple resembles an Autobot or an insect out of a Dr.

Seuss book. We loved the single-sided swingarm, not only for its sinful aesthetics, but also for its rear wheel rigidity. Giant upside-down forks, an all-black engine and stainless side cover bolts gave this naked assassin a stealth bomber appearance.

There’s a reason the Triumph Speed Triple is the No.1 choice for wheelie schools. This is the ultimate hooligan bike. We flogged the Speed Triple in the twisties, blasted it on highways and threaded it through placid country roads, all with a large grin under our helmet.

There is something magical about the Triumph Speed Triple, but you won’t know it until the second you twist that throttle. Do not discount the British Invasion in the land of two-wheeled excitement — the Triumph Speed Triple is definitely a reason to kneel before the Queen.

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

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