Triumph Speed Triple R set for 2012

Internet rumour-mill goes into overdrive

Posted: 15 October 2011
by Visordown News

EVER since BIKE magazine published a 'letter from a reader' who was told to wait a few months to order a Speed Triple as a new Speed Triple R was on the way, the internet has been awash with speculation.

It's likely that Triumph will produce an R version of their popular Speed Triple. The bike will almost certainly run Öhlins suspension, just like the firm's uprated Daytona 675R. The new Speed Triple R is also likely to run lightweight wheels and a host of other smaller cosmetic improvements.

Internet speculation suggests this new model will run the 1200cc-triple from the soon to be unveiled Tiger Explorer 1200, however it's very unlikely the Speed Triple R will use this engine and it will almost certainly stick with the 1050cc lump.


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Very doubtful. Just uprated suspension, wheels, possibly brakes and a unique color to the R, but no motor updates. The bike is already overpriced vs. the competition so this will put it near Ducati Streetfigther 1098 pricing. If they wanted to improve anything it should be reducing the size of those fugly headlights!

Posted: 15/10/2011 at 15:51

Overpriced, jesus you need an eye test, tell me what's cheaper than the current model with a the same spec, I bought one and I can tell you nothing comes close to the Speed Triple in terms of handling, finish, price, I would perhaps agree the headlights are not the best part of the bike, but that are growing on me.

Posted: 16/10/2011 at 00:49

I disagree. The headlights look better on the latest bike than those stupid chrome breakfast bowls on the previous ones.

Posted: 16/10/2011 at 21:57

Got one and I can tell you the price is very competitive here - though still more than you pay in the UK. The headlight thing? If you don't like the aesthetics, very soon you'll catch up - the old chrome bowls now look archaic. As for an R version, it's precisely the same recipe as the Street Triple R. If it hadn't worked, they'd hardly do it again.

The latest Speed Trip is a truly great bike. It has all the character and mumbo of before but it needs no excuses - handling and brakes are top notch. It's brilliant - try one!

Posted: 19/10/2011 at 10:24

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