PHOTOS on Triumph's own website have confirmed the rumours of an all-new Speed Triple for 2011.
Although there's been no official announcement of the bike, details including the facts the 2011 machine will be some 20kg lighter than its predecessor leaked out through emissions documents last week. Now we know how they've managed such significant weight savings.
The images have appeared in the accessories section of Triumph's website, in a new category entitled “2011 Speed Triple”. Although none show the entire bike, they do reveal styling details including redesigned headlights, with a more angular shape similar to those on the forthcoming Tiger 800. They also show that, as suspected, there's an entirely new chassis, made using cast aluminium, which is where the majority of the weight savings come from.
Styling cues like the twin, high-mounted exhausts continue, albeit with the option of a single, low-slung end can instead. Other options shown include a bellypan, seat cowl and two types of fly screen.
The engine retains its 1050cc capacity despite rumours of an all-new 1200cc motor, although modifications are expected to boost power significantly over the current bike – the emissions documents for the new machine show it's actually dirtier than the old bike, suggesting it's been much more heavily tuned.
Of course, given Triumph's endless leaks of the new Tiger 800, there's a good chance these Speed Triple pictures haven't appeared by accident – although since the firm plans to continue selling the old model at least in the early part of 2011, it may be a genuine mistake. Either way, the pictures leave little doubt about either the bike's existence nor its final appearance.