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.
This translates to Ohlins suspension front and rear, five-spoke forged aluminum wheels (dropping 3.7lbs of unsprung weight) and Brembo radial 4-piston monobloc calipers. Oh, and switchable ABS as an option.
The Speed Triple R will be available in metallic black or white, with a red subframe (worth another 1 km/h top speed) and gold forks (or course they are, they’re Ohlins).
No pricing yet but you can safely assume it’s a chunk more than the standard model.
Oh and least we forget, Triumph is also trying to breath a bit of life into their Bonnevilles by, ironically, enlisting a bit of help from a dead guy. Yes, you can now show your necrophiliac side by purchasing just one of 1100 Steve McQueen Bonneville T100 special editions.
Said to be inspired by the bike that McQueen rode in the film the Great Escape, the T100 will come with blacked out wheels, bars, shocks, mirrors, headlight shell and front fender mounts as well as a solo seat and mini luggage rack.
Of course, the paint is military green and the Triumph decal is stencilled and they’ve even resurrected McQueen long enough to sign the side covers (that’s 22000 signatures!). You also get an individual number of the handlebar clamp and a certificate of suckerness.
I didn’t know that Brembo made forks – see your description of the forks for the Speed Triple R.
Bugger, you’re right. Fixed now. Thanks.