Triumph remixes the Speed Twin formula for 2021, taking its performance-oriented Modern Classic forward into an era of new emissions standards.
The Speed Twin now makes more horsepower, with the liquid-cooled 1200 cc parallel twin rising to 99 hp at 7,250 rpm (up 3 hp). Max torque is 83 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm, 700 rpm lower than before, showing the bike’s fatter torque curve—along with improved internal efficiency, the engine also makes power across a wider rpm range.
To do this, Triumph revised the top end (new cam, updated valve train). There are new high-compression pistons, and also reprogrammed engine management electronics. Redline is 500 rpm higher. There’s a new stainless steel exhaust as well, with carefully-concealed emissions scrubbers.
The Speed Twin also gets Metzeler Racetec RR tires mounted to updated 12-spoke wheels. Add in a new set of Marzocchi USD forks and you should see a handling upgrade (although the forks are non-adjustable, and the dual rear shocks are only preload-adjustable). Proper Brembo M50 monobloc radial-mount brake calipers are standard up front, with improved braking feel. ABS is standard.
Triumph will offer the new Speed Twin in three different paint jobs. Pricing starts at $13,900 for the Jet Black version. Matt Storm Grey and Red Hopper will set you back $14,200 (plus taxes and fees, of course). For more deets, check out Triumph’s Canadian website.