What a Triumph !

What a Triumph !

There are two versions of the 1050cc super-naked triple, the S and RS editions. Both have received engine updates boosting power from 140 to 150hp.

Of course, as with any updated top-spec bike these days, both get a fancy new TFT colour dash, but other additions include cruise control and illuminated switchgears.

The higher-spec RS edition also benefits from a keyless ignition, along with lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS.

Triumph says 105 parts were updated to produce an engine that is higher-revving, and generates peak power 7% higher in the range, at 10,500rpm. Peak torque is 86.2lbft at 7,150rpm.

 

The RS’s cornering-optimised traction control and ABS are delivered courtesy of a new inertial measurement unit which monitors chassis orientation.

Part of the RS package also includes Arrow sports silencers and carbon-fibre bodywork.

Some might lambaste the electronics suites, but Triumph say the new rider aids make the bike more agile. The RS edition is also 3kg lighter than before, standing at 189kg dry.

The twin-spar aluminium frame, single-sided swing-arm and radial Brembo brake set-ups are unchanged on both editions, as are the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres.

Both have fully-adjustable suspension but the RS benefits from highs-spec Öhlins components, while as with a number of base model high performance bikes, the S’s are from Showa.

Both versions come in black or white colour schemes with alternative detailing.

Triumph’s Chief Engineer Stuart Wood, said: “We have made major changes to the new Speed Triple engine. The result is a motor that spins up faster and revs harder for longer with a red line now 1,000 rpm higher than the previous generation. This delivers more Triumph Triple character, crisp throttle response and the unmistakeable Triple deep, rich roar to match.”

Here’s a side by side specs comparison:

 

SPEED TRIPLE S SPEED TRIPLE RS
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 1050 cc 1050 cc
Bore/Stroke 79 x 71.4 mm 79 x 71.4 mm
Compression Ratio 12.92:1 12.92:1
Maximum Power 150 PS / 148 Bhp (110 kW) @ 10,500 rpm 150 PS / 148 Bhp (110 kW) @ 10,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 117 Nm @ 7,150 rpm 117 Nm @ 7,150 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless steel silencers Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless steel silencers
Final drive X ring chain X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slip assist cltuch Wet, multi-plate slip assist cltuch
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed
Frame Aluminium twin-spar Aluminium twin-spar
Swingarm Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Front Wheel Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5 in Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0 in Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0 in
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre 190/55 ZR17 190/55 ZR17
Front Suspension Showa 43 mm upside-down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping. 120 mm travel Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside-down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping. 120 mm travel
Rear Suspension Showa Monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 130 mm rear wheel travel Öhlins TTX36 twin tube Monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 130 mm rear wheel travel
Front Brake Twin 320 mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston 2-pad radial monobloc calipers. Switchable ABS. Twin 320 mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston, 2-pad monobloc radial calipers. Switchable ABS
Rear Brake Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single 2-piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS. Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single 2-piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS
Length 2,075 mm 2,075 mm
Width (Handlebars) 775 mm 775 mm
Height Without Mirrors 1,070 mm 1,070 mm