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The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple!

The Triumph Speed Triple is officially back for 2016 and it looks better than ever. Still has the bug eyes at the front though…

We all know the Triumph Speed Triple, it’s the epitome of the super-naked – the original, but perhaps not the best. Well, that is until now. Triumph have just given us the details about their heavily updated 2016 machine, a bike that promises to give the S1000R, 1290 Super Duke R and V4 a run for their money.

There were rumors and a few leaked shots doing the rounds a little while ago, but now Triumph have officially confirmed its existence, complete with a whole load of updates, including a brand new engine, an updated electronics package and a more refined look.

Mechanically, the new 1050cc triple engine boasts as many as 104 new developments that (Triumph promises ) increase the overall power and torque across the entire rev range. Apparently, these developments also give the Speed Triple a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency. Some of these developments are: a new machined crank, a new combustion chamber and cylinder head, a brand new piston design and new ride-by-wire throttle bodies. Overall, the engine and the radiator have been slimmed down by over 20mm. The Speed Triple has also received the full slipper clutch treatment and a new exhaust system. Exact figures on the power and torque are still unavailable but there’s a lot of speculation that it will be around the 140 hp margin.

The speculated horsepower figure comes from the Speed Triple Owner’s Club, who answered a poll from Triumph and seem to have had a hand in the bike’s development. The poll also called for more tech updates and Triumph listened. The Speed Triple now has a new ECU, with ride-by-wire and throttle mappings, five riding modes (road, rain, sport, track and an adjustable mode for individual riders). The ABS is now adjustable, along with the level of traction control.

Bodywork wise, the Speed Triple has had a few changes, including new (but still buggish) headlamps, slimmer body stylings and a new seat that has been inspired by the Daytona 675R.

It will come in two versions the Speed Triple R and the Speed Triple S. The “R” version has some carbon fiber bits, including a front fender, tank inserts and a belly pan, as well as Ohlins suspension and billet bar clamps, risers and swing arm pivot, and a red sub frame. The “R” will also be available in “Cystal White” or “Matte Graphite”, while the “S” is limited to “Diablo Red” and “Phantom Black”

Price wise, we’re still in the dark, but we expect to find out soon!


Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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