The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple is not massively different from the outgoing model, but features enough improvements to keep it interesting and relevant. Honestly, we like it a lot
Triumph have unveiled the 2016 Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S a week ahead of this year's EICMA show. The bikes continue with the current model's 1050cc three-cylinder engine, but with a claimed 100+ changes. Styling has been revised, the headlamps and bodywork are new, there's switchable ABS and traction control, Brembo monobloc calipers are standard on both S and R models and the R model also gets a bellypan, some carbonfibre bits and fully adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear. New colours available include black, red, white and matt graphite.
According to Triumph, the 104 changes that they've made to the Speed's 1050cc triple result in more power, more torque across the rev range, an increase of 10% in fuel efficiency and full Euro 4 emissions compliance. Important new bits include ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch, smaller and more efficient radiator and a new free-flow exhaust that provides a 70% increase in flow rate. The rider can choose from five riding modes, including road, rain, sport, track and a rider-configurable mode.
We've always liked the raw and aggressive Speed Triple - it's the real deal, a proper streetfighter that's not scared of anything on the road. With the above changes, it's even better. We want one in matt graphite, with an Arrow exhaust system...