2012 Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph’s most iconic model, the Speed Triple , delivers a new level of handling and composure to the super naked class, something that isn’t all that surprising, especially since we’re dealing with a Triumph.

With the sharpest and most aggressive look yet from a Speed Triple - and more power from the legendary 1050cc triple - the latest Speed Triple builds on a legacy that has seen over 70,000 Speed Triples sold since the model was first introduced in the market back in 1994.

At only 471 lbs. fully fueled, the latest Speed Triple is over six lbs. lighter than the previous model. The front and rear wheels are each two lbs. lighter, while the narrower frame and improved packaging allows for increased ground clearance, making the machine feel incredibly light and nimble. Adding to the superb handling and performance characteristics of the bike are new 43mm forks that offer excellent control and plushness and are fully adjustable for preload, rebound, and compression damping on both legs. Brembo radial caliper brakes grip 320mm rotors, with the option of Triumph’s anti-lock braking system, are also available to the rider.

As far as the design of the bike goes, the aggressive body panels and heavily sculpted seat accentuate the Speed Triple’s street fighting stance and complement the twin headlights. Color-coded radiator cowls are a new feature and sport stylish Speed Triple decals. Three color options are available - Crystal White, Phantom Black and Diablo Red - with color-coded flyscreen, seat cowl, and belly pan as genuine Triumph accessories.

Find out more about the Triumph Speed Triple after the jump.

Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph Speed Triple

  • Sports chassis delivers class-leading handling
  • Standard fit key-coded immobilizer for added security
  • ABS brake option available
  • Full range of performance accessories available
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty

The 32.5 seat height gives a confidence-inspiring riding position, placing the rider further forward and inspiring much more confidence when carving through twisting corners, making the Speed Triple more accessible and comfortable than before.

Triumph’s 1050cc triple endows the Speed Triple with a mighty 133bhp at the top end. With Triumph’s latest generation ECU software and modified exhaust system, the new Speed Triple delivers its raw power in a satisfyingly refined manner. The 2012 Speed Triple includes high-specification features like fat alloy handlebars and a coded-key immobilizer. Improved instrumentation includes a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analog tachometer, lap timer, programmable gear change lights and service interval announcement display.

Triumph’s accessories division has also developed a full range of official accessories for the new Speed Triple. Highlights include performance-enhancing slip-on exhausts and a full three-into-one “low boy” exhaust system developed in conjunction with Arrow Special Parts. A tire pressure sensor kit is also available for the first time on the Speed Triple.
A full range of soft luggage and gel comfort seats has been developed to increase the practicality of the Speed Triple.

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Speed Triple
TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity1050cc
Bore/Stroke79 x 71.4mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless
steel silencers
Final DriveX ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6-speed
Oil Capacity3.8 litres (1.0 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Speed Triple
FrameAluminum beam twin-spar
SwingarmSingle-sided, aluminum alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Wheels
FrontCast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5in
RearCast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0in
Tyres
Front120/70 ZR17
Rear190/55 ZR17
Suspension
FrontShowa 43mm upside down forks with adjustable rebound and
compression damping, 120mm travel
RearShowa Monoshock, rebound and compression damping,
130mm rear wheel travel
Brakes
FrontTwin 320mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston 4-pad radial calipers
(ABS model available)
RearSingle 255mm disc, single Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper
(ABS model available)
Front BrakeMaster Cylinder Brembo radial master cylinder, 18mm diameter
Instrument Display/
Functions
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer,
fuel gauge, trip computer, analogue tachometer, programmable
gear change lights, lap timer, service interval announcement and
TPMS ready

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Speed Triple
Length2100mm (82.1in)
Width795mm (31.3in)
Height without mirrors1110mm (43.7in)
Seat Height825mm (32.5in)
Wheelbase1435mm (56.5in)
Rake/Trail22.8º/90.9mm
Fuel Tank Capacity17.5 liters (4.6 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)214kg (471lbs)

Performance and Fuel efficiency

Triumph Speed Triple
Maximum Power135PS / 133bhp / 99kW @ 9400rpm
Maximum Torque111Nm 82ft.lbs @ 7750rpm
City34 MPG
Highway50 MPG

Quotes

Total Motorcycle----“Triumph has taken all that’s good about the Speed Triple and created a brand new model. A new chapter in the legacy. All-new chassis is the sharpest tool in the box. All-new ABS from Nissin for the greatest stopping power. And that 1050cc triple. Oh yes, the engine. And the look? Short. Stubby. Aggressive. Twin headlights. Single sided swingarm. Alloy bars. Pure Speed Triple. Improved.”


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