Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2005 - 2010)

A stonking slice of British beef. Minor niggles overshadowed by storming motor, but it wins hands down on looks alone
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£7799
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2005
One of the best bikes to ever leave the Triumph factory.
Not as sporty as some and gearbox is iffy.
It's the best looking bike of the year bar none. But is Triumph's new Speed Triple all show and no go? Urry heads south to find out

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Submitted by MrLongbeard on Thu, 10/01/2008 - 12:59

Overall Review

I'd have anoher in a heart beat. They cruise at illegal speeds on the motorway in comfort without revving exsesivly yet are also very adept at back laning and city centre carving, although not one for the vertically challenged. My experiance with triumph has been good, OK you could say if I need warrenty work doing in year one something is amiss, yet Pidcocks fixed everything without a quibble and were more than happy to fit sat nav etc whilsst they had it, triumphs customer support can not be faulted from my experiance.

Strengths

The bike pulls well in any gear without hesitation. Has an impressive turn of speed although not sustainable for long distances, but hey it's a naked bruiser not a sports bike. Brakes once sorted (see weaknesses) are more than up to the job of pulling you to a halt in a rapid manner. Rather susprisingly given spirited riding along a 50 / 50 mix of country twisties and M-way's the on board trip computer showed me an average of 44MPG, which is nice.

Weaknesses

Some would have you beleive that build quality is a major flaw in the Triumph stable, to date I have covered 12K+ in just under a year and can find no evidence of shoddy build quality, however the coating is starting to lift off the rear foot pegs, this could of been ataganised by poor choice of bungee staps. One minor disappointment is the clunky nature of the gear changes, but yet it is reassuring to know it has gone into gear as you've wanted The brakes front on some of the earlier 1050's including mine a late 06 plate were dire to say the least, however they were soon fixed under warrenty with new caliper pistons, no hallse no fuss.

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Submitted by Gix. on Thu, 10/01/2008 - 13:49

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A superb bike, though it does benefit from having the suspension set up properly to enable you to fully enjoy it. The engine is a gem!

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Submitted by Dirtybill on Thu, 10/01/2008 - 16:11

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Just a basic bike that you can do a multitude of things on and keep a stupid grin on your face.

Strengths

Engine Looks Comfort and that's even on 4 day getaways Handling

Weaknesses

Lack of wind protection on crap days

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Submitted by User 55773 (not verified) on Thu, 10/01/2008 - 20:18

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I was looking for a replacement for my old ZZR600 for about 2 years, looking to buy a brand new bike, but I couldn't find anything that really stood out amongst all the Jap plastic rockets. Then I saw the Speed Triple. I booked a test ride and the rest, as they say, is history (Sorry !) The Build quality is not perfect but I do keep it in a damp steel shed as I have no garage. The Cable Clips are corroding slightly and I've chipped the paint off the underside of the tank when fitting heated grips (I'm not a summer only rider) which was annoying. However as the tank is plastic I have no worried about rust, so its not a major concern. Overall, Its far better than I thought it would be, I would recommend one to anyone, and Triumph are excellent, with the Rat pack rides, quarterly Mag etc. I've spent all me money on a flyscreen, Heated Grips, Chain oiler, Crash Bungs & Spindles, Tail Tidy & a Carbon hugger. Meanwhile no flowers or treats for the Missus. She Thinks I'm in love with someone else and she might be right !

Strengths

Everything, Its Fast, Powerful, looks gorgeus and handles like a dream. I ride about 1000 Miles a month and am grinning like an idiot for every one of them. Me and the missus rode to the TT's (South wales to Heysham) cruising at about 50mph (she rides an SRX400, slowest bike in the world) and I got an indicated 76.3mpg ! I usually get about 33mpg, but I am usually screwing the nuts off it ......

Weaknesses

The Pillion seat makes me glad the missus has her own bike. I've taken a pillion once (Mate left his ignition on in the garage on his ZX12) We only went about 5 miles and it was a nightmare. I couldn't steer or keep the front wheel on the ground. Although this might be partly due to the fact my mate weight about 18 stone. There's no room for luggage, but as this is my only bike I have to make do with a tank bag and tailpack (Panniers, tent etc. on the missus's bike) but that's not really a weakness as its not meant to be a tourer.

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Submitted by User 97685 (not verified) on Tue, 18/03/2008 - 12:38

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I can't even begin to explain to people what this bike does for me. I went for the test ride thinking "I just want to know what I'm saving my money up for" so that I knew that the coming 12 months of scrimping and saving was worth it. I left the dealership totally smitten. I couldn't just walk away from that, could I? 2 weeks later I was riding my very own brand new 2006 model. 2 years later and nothing has happened to make me regret my decision. It would be like adultery to even think about swapping this bike for anything else. There is no other noise anything like the Triumph Triple makes - even with the standard cans it pops and bangs on the overrun in a way that sends shivers right through your body. Take it from sub 2000 revs to the red line and it goes through the full range of aural emotions - a 4cyl will do the top end and a V Twin will do the bottom. The Triple will do it all for you. As much as anything else, this is what drove the nail into the coffin that was my fate on the day of the test ride. As for build quality - my bike has to live outside on the road 12 months of the year. I have yet to see any significantly detrimental effects. I have done 3 bigg(ish) trips on it so far - in 2006 (when it was less than 1 mth old) I went to Le Mans for 4 days, and later that Summer I went round Wales for 3 days. Then in the Summer of 2007 I rode to John O'Groats from the Midlands in 1 day (642 miles), then around the Highlands for a couple of fantastic days before heading back - that was about 1800 miles in 4 days. So if you're up for it, then the bike certainly is! Aty one point in your biking life you have to own a Triple - you owe it to yourself.

Strengths

Looks Torque Handling

Weaknesses

Had to have the rear foot peg hangers replaced under Warranty because of lacquer flaking off, but they were replaced without question ... what else? Nope that's about it.

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Submitted by Paul Morris 2 on Thu, 17/04/2008 - 09:08

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The bike makes you want to go out on the road all the time, only poor weather and the thought of cleaning all those engine parts keeps the bike in the garage. You always come back with a smile on your face. Leave the bike parked anywhere with any other exotic machinery and people are always drawn to the Triumph.

Strengths

Looks great and fun to ride (that's what its all about in the end). It keeps up with the sports bikes and its still comfortable after hours in the saddle. Triumph offer a range of 'bolt ons' to make your bike look individual without to much alteration and without breaking the bank.

Weaknesses

The pillion position isn't great and there is a lack of storage capability.

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awesome

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Submitted by Tommyk on Sat, 26/04/2008 - 20:21

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Best bike I've ever owned. Not the fastest top speed but by far the most enjoyable overall package. Thankfully not just another rice rocket riden by a power ranger.

Strengths

Great drive out of corners at any rev or speed. Handling, noise, looks, comfort, finish, engine unburstable and sooo strong.

Weaknesses

Water got past the spark plug bungs on early models. Laquer on rear footrest hangers like crazy paving. Forget pillions, they'll only fall off. 95 mpg until light comes on then maybe another 15 miles.

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Submitted by cosy on Thu, 08/05/2008 - 19:45

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What do you want a bike for? If you want practical get a van. If you want safety by a volvo but if you want fun you need a mad bike and they don't come madder than this.

Strengths

Looks, speed and low down power.

Weaknesses

It aint a tourer

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Submitted by BushytheAussie on Tue, 30/09/2008 - 14:13

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Great bike overall. If you can only have one bike in the shed this is it. Taken it on the track and beaten litre sportsbikes and 600s. Ridden 1000 kilometre days without much problem and used it as a daily commuter. Everytime I turn the key I smile. The lady doesn't like being on it more than an hour though.

Strengths

Nice predictable motor. Plenty of power. comfy enough to ride in traffic. handles well with the litre sportsbikes.

Weaknesses

pillion comfort is low

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