Triumph unveils all-new 2016 Speed Triple

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Despite initial glances, the iconic Triumph Speed Triple gets a major overhaul for 2016 with an all-new 1050cc triple that features ‘104 new developments’ and a feast of electronics. And, as before, next year’s model will come in two versions: the more standard ‘S’ and the lightweight, Öhlins-kitted ‘R’…

Triumph claims more power, more torque across the range and a 10% increase in fuel economy, all while meeting those bastard new Euro4 emission regs. Internal tweaks include a new crank, new cylinder head, new pistons, the introduction of a much-needed slipper clutch, and new ride-by-wire throttle bodies to accommodate the electronic aids.

As suspected (after Triumph’s release of the 2016 Bonnevilles that debuted the technology), there are various riding modes, switchable ABS and traction control that come as standard on both versions. Riding modes include Rain, Road, Sport, Track and a fully customisable mode to allow maximum skids and wheelies. Both versions come rolling with Brembo Monoblocs.

Occasionally dubbed a supernaked, the Trip’ has always been guilty of being a little podgy compared to its more modern rivals, so Triumph has shaved 20mm from the engine and radiator package. There’s also the introduction of a ‘675R-inspired’ seat unit to trim aesthetical bulk and a sharper front-end/headlight assembly.

The Speed Triple R is characterised by a medley of carbon fibre, some billet goodies, Öhlins NIX30 forks and a TTX36 shock to go with the finer detailing. The S is available in either ‘Diablo Red’ or ‘Phantom Black’, while the R comes in either ‘Crystal White’ or ‘Matt Graphite’ to join the red subframe and rim pinstripes.

It definitely sounds like the 2016 Triumph Speed Triple has some mouth to match its trousers. No news on prices yet but we’ve asked the question…

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