Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R, Speed Triple S now pack a 140bhp punch

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R
2016 Triumph Speed Triple R 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R
With its new 140bhp inline-three, fully adjustable Ohlins suspension (R model only) and full suite of electronics, the 2016 Triumph Speed Triple is now ready to take on all streetfighters from Europe and Japan

The all-new, 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S were unveiled at EICMA, in November last year. Now, Triumph have released more details and technical specifications of both the bikes, which will hit showrooms in March this year. Prices for the new Speed Triple S will start at £10,200 while the Speed Triple R will cost £11,500. Both bikes are fitted with Triumph's new 1050cc three-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower at 9,500rpm, and 112Nm of torque at 7,850rpm. This new engine features a host of updates, including revised piston and crankshaft design, a new ECU, new combustion chamber and cylinder head design, revised ports for increased flow, new exhaust header design, new airbox, new fuel-injection system and more efficient radiator for improved cooling.

Other significant updates on the 2016 Speed Triple include a new slipper clutch, a lighter, more free-flowing exhaust system (the bike is now Euro IV emissions compliant, without compromising on power), and a new ride-by-wire throttle, which along with the new ECU provides improved feel and responsiveness, while also delivering better fuel economy. There's ABS, multi-stage traction control and five selectable riding modes, including rain, road, sport, track and a rider-configurable mode that allows all settings to be customised independently.

Both the new Speed Triple models, which weigh in at 192 kilos (dry weight), get Brembo M4.32 radial monobloc brakes and fully-adjustable suspension as standard, while the Speed Triple R also gets Öhlins NIX30 USD forks, Öhlins TTX36 rear monoshock, billet machined handlebar clamp and risers, and machined swingarm spindle finishers and rear wheel finisher. Styling has been given only a mild makeover and Triumph make some noises about the new Speed Triple looking more "hunkered down" and "aggressive." Hmmm... we think they could have done a bit more in the styling department - maybe this was the right time to mark a radical departure from the old Speed Triple's design. That said, the 2016-spec Speed Triple doesn't look bad at all. The R model's carbonfibre front mudguard and tank infills, bellypan, red rear subframe, red wheel pinstripes and red seat stitching also help the bike stand out a bit more. Overall, a big thumbs up...
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