The new S and RS models look similar to the previous generation Speed Triples, but the engine internals have changed significantly.
The new Triumph Speed Triple gets plenty of engine upgrades, as well as electronics package upgrades.
Problems with signal lights means Triumph has recalled a bunch of bikes built in the last few months.
After taking a cue from Ducati who produce a standard sport bike and then a more exotic Ohlins suspension/carbon-fibre/sparkles version at a significantly higher price, Triumph have applied the “R” treatment to their Speed Triple.
It was one of those heart-in-mouth moments. After a few laps on the Shannonville circuit on Buell’s radical XB12S Lightning, I was starting to think that I’d gotten this beast sussed. Its wide bars and short wheelbase were making the tight circuit rather enjoyable
Thankfully Triumph have come a long way since the original triple motors that graced such models as the Thunderbird (still around) and the rather bland Thunderbird Sport (dead and good riddance).
In part 1 we touched on some of the bike’s abilities during Larryfest 2000. Part 2 seems a good place to have a look at some of the technical aspects, and how the two bikes measure up to each other … Oh, and Mr. Tate’s two cents on the whole thing.
It’s become an annual event. Larryfest is the last distance test ride of the year and occurs in October. Actually, this was only our second year, but both years to date have seen idyllic weather and taken place out of Larry’s farmhouse in eastern Ontario. Which, as good fortune would have it, is also the ideal launching point for the best twisties you can find in Ontario.