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Triumph Triumph Speed Twin 1200 (2019) review

Hinckley goes back to the future with high-value, performance-orientated modern classic

Classic Motorcycles
£ 10500
Not rated

Some riders on the test weren’t totally happy with the suspension, but I was fine with the front end. The rear end skipped about a bit on one bumpy series of bends though; a sign that some more sophisticated shocks might be worth investigating. The KYB units on the Speed Twin stick out a little actually – they’ve got a slightly cheap looking chrome finish on the damper body which doesn’t really fit with the rest of the design, and looks like it might get grubby quickly. I reckon the market for higher-spec rear suspension to suit the Speed Twin will be a thriving one, and if I was running one of these, I’d definitely be looking to upgrade the stock parts.

That aside though, I struggled to find much to grumble about on the Speed Twin. For the price - £10,500 – it’s got a lot of performance and style to offer. It’s priced around the same as the BMW RnineT Pure (the basic entry-level version), with the ‘proper’ RnineT coming in £2k more expensive. That pricier bike has proper adjustable suspension, USD forks and radial front brakes though, so is a slightly higher notch in the sector. That leaves a gap for a Speed Twin ‘R’ with Öhlins, radial calipers, IMU rider aids and a touch more power, and you’d not bet against seeing something like that in a couple of years’ time.

As it is though, the Speed Twin is certainly on a par with the RnineT Pure – and if you’re thinking of one of those, the new Trumpet is definitely worth a test ride. My advice? Get one booked now, while old Dick’s still around…

Triumph Speed Twin (2019) specs


 £10,500 (black paint), £10,800 (red or silver paint)


 8v, SOHC parallel twin, 270° crank, liquid cooled, 1,200cc

Bore x stroke


Compression ratio


Max power

 (claimed) 96bhp@6,750rpm

Max Torque

 (claimed) 83ft lb@4,950rpm


 six speed gearbox, wet slipper assist clutch, chain drive


 hybrid steel/aluminium cradle type

Front suspension

 41mm RWU KYB cartridge damping fork, unadjustable

Rear suspension

 Aluminium swingarm, twin KYB shocks, preload-adjustable


 dual 305mm discs, four-piston Brembo calipers (front), 220mm disc, twin-piston caliper (rear), ABS.


 Cast aluminium/Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 120/70 17 front, 160/60 17 rear





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