Triumph Speed Triple (2011 - onward)

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£8599
Available from
2011 to 2016
Mega engine that goes as good as it sounds, improved ergonomics help handling.
Some might not like the headlight update.

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Submitted by lardyboy66 on Fri, 10/12/2010 - 12:53

Overall Review

Triumph seem to have upped there game with regards to quality on the latest Speed T. The bike has a real solid feel and the finish / components used seem to work well together, certainly better than previous models. Price wise it stacks up against the competition out there and it goes and stops really well

Strengths

Good Quality components Quality feel to bike Engine is still the same Great fueling Great handling

Weaknesses

Not a lot Limitation of a naked bike

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Submitted by dandylion head on Sun, 22/05/2011 - 19:44

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After reading all the mags and internet reviews about how this bike was the best thing since sliced bread i booked a demo ride and could'n wait. What a disappointment, gutted,i really couldn't see what every one was raving about!!!. Don't know if i had a Monday morning bike but it struggled to rev over 6g, rear suspension was all over and kept bottoming out.(i'm only 13 stone) and if you looked at the front brake leaver it threw you over the bars!!. couple this to the dodgy clocks and marmite front lights i would be devastated if i had bought this bike!!! I know the suspension and brakes can be sorted with a bit of time and effort and the cat and standard cans don't help the engine performance however i don't fancy shelling out an extra 1300 quid on an an arrow exhaust and power commander to sort it!!. I'm glad i had a demo ride but this bike just isn't for me, i'm sure it is a cracking bike if you splash the cash and spend a good few hours to sort out the niggles. Instead i'm going to go chop in my zx10r for a cb1000r, had a demo ride last week and couldn't stop grinning. Just got to work on the wife now!!!!

Strengths

Great riding position. Great sounding engine. Positive gearbox. well put together.

Weaknesses

Weazy when revved hard over 6g. Horrendous suspension. snatch'y front brake. could'n live with the clocks or front lights!!

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Submitted by mikeprytherch on Thu, 02/06/2011 - 21:19

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Wow what a bike, cant understand other review slating this bike, handling is brilliant, brakes are amazingly strong, triple engine is just fantastic, it has sole and is the best road going engine, build quality is vastly improved. I did have to play with the suspension settings to make it more b road friendly, at first I though Triumph had made a mistake with the headlights, but they have really grown on me and make the bike look modern and stylish.

Strengths

Looks, handling, brakes and engine

Weaknesses

Nothing.... well if I am being picky the standard suspension settings are a little stiff for the road couple of clicks sorted that, gear indicator would be nice.

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Submitted by Rusty Nail on Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:15

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What an awesome bike! The handling is great: nearly as slick as a Street Triple, but way more stable. The engine is superb: it pulls from the 1500 rpm up to the redline. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... but there's no bike that looks like this one! Everywhere I go, people admire it. The finish is also very good. Except for the rough gear box, there's nothing to complain about (the suspension can be altered). I truly dont' understand Dandylion head. The Triumph revs and pulls way harder than the cb1000r. Every engine and dyno test comparison confirms that. I've owned a lot of Honda's, even a Blackbird with 164 ps, but I like this engine even better than that one! This triple is the ultimate "real road bike": it delivers instant punch instead of the four cylinder packages... they start delivering power at speeds that are already way beyond "congratulations sir, you just lost your driving license" If you look for a naked bike that can tour and sport: there's no better choice than this one!

Strengths

The triple engine! The handling The looks (there's no bike that looks like this one!) The overall package & finish

Weaknesses

Gear change is somethimes "unsophisticated" standard suspension is rock hard!

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Submitted by Salty Dog on Wed, 09/11/2011 - 22:32

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It's hugely capable, and despite being refined has a lot of character as well. It could do it all - commuting, touring and thrashing on road and track. Headlights? Looks are subjective, and don't warrant remarks in a review - bikes are for riding. New sprocket, re-worked shock and a flyscreen would make it flawless. As it is, it could well be best in class anyway.

Strengths

Braking is superb, with perfect progression at the lever and plenty of power available at the calipers. I'm not convinced it even needs ABS, it's that easy to manage. Excellent front end - it grips well, steers true and has plenty of feel. At the same time, it rides bumps well and doesn't dive under braking. Fuel injection is flawless and the precision available at the throttle allows for absolute control. Engine has uber-smooth torque delivery and tractability. It has a very similar feel to a crossplane crank R1, itself a work of engineering genius. The soundtrack rocks! All day comfort.

Weaknesses

It's clearly overgeared as seen by a lack of urgency in higher gears. Max speed at the redline is a hypothetical 168mph in 6th. Realistically you'd be looking at a shade over 150mph as a top speed on a calm day. 17 tooth front sprocket, anyone? The shock is undersprung and overdamped, which works on the smooth stuff but tries to eject you on B-roads. Footpegs are high but too far forward. Feels a bit odd. Lack of wind protection? Well ... it IS a naked bike.

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Submitted by ian zz on Mon, 14/11/2011 - 10:53

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good, but not for me, suspension too hard for bumpy b roads, good in town would only recommed for suitable use, i.e. not sports riding.

Strengths

comfortable, torquey, nice noise, good brakes

Weaknesses

heavy! build quality? mine snapped it's gearlever rose joint, then broke it's gearbox, 2500miles 2011 model, sold it! horrible clonk into 1st gear, tickover too high and can't adjust it, got a japanese sports bike and fitted flat bars, much better!

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Submitted by mjf65 on Thu, 03/05/2012 - 14:35

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If you can drag yourself away from a sportsbike you won't be dissapointed. It's a keeper.

Strengths

The engine just like all the other 1050 Triumphs is the star of the show, effortless torque, lovely soundtrack and just enough feedback to let you know there are three big pistons whacking around in there (take note Honda CB1000). Handling is great once the suspension and tyres are sorted for UK roads, like all Triumphs when you adjust the suspension you can feel the difference, don't be afraid to experiment to get the feel you want, I found the standard settings were way off. Fit some proper road tyres, Pilot 3's or Roadsmarts and enjoy

Weaknesses

Not great on motorways even with the flyscreen so get off and use the backroads or buy a Sprint. It gets filthy in wet weather, rear hugger and mudguard are purely for decoration not protection. No sight glass for oil level checks (come on Triumph)still using that crappy dipstick method, not easy with a side stand. Gearbox is notchy when new but gets better with more miles.

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Submitted by trident3 on Tue, 29/05/2012 - 00:40

Overall Review

massive fun, more than fast enough, unfaired = license saver, handles precisely, wheelies beyond belief, sounds amazing!

Strengths

Riding position, overall comfort, sound (Arrow 3:1) handling & power delivery make this bike an absolute gem! If you have'nt tried the 1050 triple, you really are missing a treat!

Weaknesses

clunky gearbox sometimes, drinks fuel alarmingly fast, eats tyres for breakfast

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Submitted by 404_NotFound (not verified) on Wed, 06/02/2013 - 12:11

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Awesome fun bike to ride that puts a smile on your face every time you ride. For riding on the road I'd pick this over a sportsbike every day of the week.

Strengths

Torque. Lots of it. Right from idle. The engine is SWEET. Makes you want to wheelie everywhere :) You can ride it in comfort till it runs out of petrol. Happily keeps up with my mates sportsbikes on the road -its plenty quick enough. It pops and burbles on the overrun and sounds amazing even with standard cans. I personally like the new headlights. That single sided swing arm and underseat cans looks great! Did i mention that the engine is just amazing.

Weaknesses

Can be a bit thirsty. You'll need to buy the fly screen and visor to get a bit of comfort on the motorway, but this is a nekked so you should already expect that. Suspension setup was a bit harsh from factory and a little slow steering. Fiddling with the dials was necessary and now its perfect.

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Submitted by Bigles2 on Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:50

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Superb highly recommend go and buy one one of the best bikes period

Strengths

Stonking engine superb handling very comfortable Looks sounds great superb breaks very very fast

Weaknesses

Rear break over heats in summer

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