New Triumph Speed Triple: More power, more electronics

Triumph, as predicted, has released its updated Speed Triple, now available in an upscale RS edition (seen above) and the standard S edition (seen below).

Like the Tiger 800 and 1200 updates last fall, Triumph’s naked bike didn’t get a radical ground-up revamp,as the new model looks quite similar to the old one. However, it should probably feel quite a bit different, thanks to several key upgrades.

Triumph says the new Speed Triple has 105 new engine parts, including lighter crank and higher-compression head. The result is a new 10,500 rpm redline , which in turn boosts the three-cylinder’s peak output to 150 hp and  86 lb-ft of torque. Frame, brakes and tires are unchanged, but both bikes have fully-adjustable suspension. The Speed Triple S has a Showa fork and shock, and the RS has Ohlins suspension front and rear.

Both bikes also get new switchgear and 5-inch TFT dashes, which is certainly the standard the industry is moving towards. Both bikes also get cruise control and  Rain, Road, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes, and the RS model also gets a Track mode.

The RS model also gets an Arrow exhaust can, some carbon-fibre bodywork, and leaning ABS. There’s also a keyless ignition.

Pricing for the S and RS models is supposed to be released later this month. You can find other details on the new machines at the Triumph website.

2018 Triumph Speed Triple S

4 thoughts on “New Triumph Speed Triple: More power, more electronics”

  1. Ah, someone pulled the wool over your eyes, those are both S models. RS has Arrow cans and black, Ohlin’s forks.

      1. Hahaha sorry Dean, I was in a hurry when I loaded it and forgot. They did indeed pull the wool over, as it had been labeled an RS on the site, or so I thought.

        ron burgundy

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