More power, poise and performance | New Triumph Speed Twin revealed

Triumph has pulled out all the stops and the 2021 Triumph Speed Twin boast more power and a heavily revised chassis for this year

Triumph Speed Twin

THE Triumph Speed Twin has won fans and awards since its launch in 2018 and more than 11,000 of these bikes have been built since then.

For 2021 though, Triumph is hoping to boost those numbers, by giving the Speed Twin a significant upgrade.

Triumph Speed Twin (2021) interview with Stuart Wood

At the heart of the bike is a 1200cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, although while outwardly looking like the same engine as the previous machine, beneath the skin its evolved into a higher-revving, more responsive, and more powerful powerplant.

The new Speed Twin boasts new higher compressions pistons, ports, cam profiles, and a secondary air system, all of which boost power by 3ps taking peak power to 98.6bhp @ 7,250rpm.

The peak torque figure is the same 82.6lb-ft as before, although that peak figure is now a handy 700rpm lower than before. That should result in a bike that feels even more responsive and ridable on the road.

A new, low inertia crank and alternator have been used, reducing internal inertia by a hefty 17%. Triumph is claiming that the new bike spins faster, revs harder and now has a 500rpm higher redline than the outgoing model.

Backing up the internal changes are a raft of updates to the chassis, including major updates to the suspension and brakes for 2021. Gone are the cartridge forks of before, and in their place, we have high-spec Marzocchi USD items. Mated to those of new radially mounted Brembo M50 calipers which promise better initial bite and lever feel. Rounding out the chassis changes are new lightweight 12-spoke cast wheels that are shod with Metzeler Racetec RR hoops.

Joining the technical advancements for 2021, the new Speed Twin is embellished with a host of visual changes compared to the previous generation bike. There are three, new colour schemes, with updated graphics for the model. The bike now features brushed stainless steel silencers – the previous machine had black items. It’s a simple change, but one that in the metal really lifts the bike. The 2021 Speed Twin also features anodised headlight and front mudguard mountings.

Triumph Speed Twin (2021) price colours and availability

For 2021, the Speed Twin is available in three paint schemes: the new lustrous Red Hopper scheme, the Matt Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the Jet Black. The bike is priced at £11,000 and will be landing in dealerships from August onwards.

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Triumph Speed Twin (2022) specs



Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin


1200 cc


97.6 mm


80 mm



Maximum Power

100 PS / 98.6 bhp (73.6 kW) @ 7250 rpm

Maximum Torque

112 Nm @ 4250 rpm

Fuel System

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection


Brushed stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers

Final Drive

O ring chain


Wet, multi-plate torque-assist clutch





Tubular steel, with steel cradles


Twin-sided aluminium

Front Wheel

Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 3.5”

Rear Wheel

Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 5.0”

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

160/60 ZR17

Front Suspension

Ø 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, 120mm travel

Rear Suspension

Twin RSUs with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel

Front Brakes

Twin Ø 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single Ø 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS


Twin dial analogue speedometer and tachometer with LCD multi-functional displays



2099 mm

Width (Handlebars)

778 mm

Height Without Mirrors

1097 mm

Seat Height

809 mm


1413 mm




91.5 mm

Wet weight

216 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

14.5 litres


Fuel Consumption

5.1 litres / 100 km

CO2 Figures

116 g/km


CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.