Triumph Speed Triple

2015 ABS model. 1050cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled 5th generation in-line triple  


2015 Speed Triple ABS good stuff


Performance: It's a serious blast on this un-faired bruiser.

Braking: Brembo 4-pots. Gripping stuff. Stoppie country.

Torque: Spread like soft butter. Fantastic mid range.

Looks: Easily the best looking muscle bike around.

Handling: Excellent. Sticks with you all the way.

Engine: 1,050cc of solid, reliable, liquid-cooled confidence.

Gears: Six speeds deliver seamless and positive power.

Suspension: Adjust to suit and forget. It just works.

Swinging arm: Single-sided. Stiff. Convenient. Stylish.

Economy: Squeeze out 45mpg if you dawdle at 70mph.

ABS: It's an option, but you'll be glad of the back up.

Range: The 4.7 gallon tank takes you 160 miles or more.

Bug-eyed headlights: It's a cheeky chappie. We love it.

Reliability: Little goes wrong, and fixes are fast.

Warranty: 2 years is good. But Triumph can do better.



2015 Speed Triple ABS bad stuff


Bug-eyed headlights: Some folks hate 'em. Go figure.

Pillion: Derisory perch for masochistic contortionists.

Price: Ouch. It's 11,000 new. British built at a price.

Handlebar reach: Short arms will get frustrated fast.

Seat height: Still not low enough for some.

Power: It's simply too much for some. So watch out.

Silencers: You'll spend 1,000 for the sound you really want.

Luggage: Just a tank bag, so you'll need a tourer too.

Resale: Not great. Expect to drop thousands very quickly.

Neurosis: You'll be afraid to park and leave it.

Licence: Expect to lose it sooner or later.




[2013 Triumph Speed Triple R "Dark" news item]



2015 Speed 94. This is a special edition introduced to commemorate 21 years of the Triple priced at 9,749. Colours are Racing Yellow (above) or Jet Black. Features include the original Speed Triple logotype and a plaque on the tank. A Speed 94R was also created with adjustable Ohlins suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers and Pirelli Supercorsa tyres (10,999). Over the past few years, Triumph has greatly improved the finish and the fun. And if this bike doesn't erase 10,000 years of evolution, you're probably too civilised and need to unwind and/or get some therapy. You'll either feel very young or very old on this motorcycle. There's little or no middle ground.



▲ Excellent detailing from Triumph. The instrumentation is clear and intuitive. The fly screen merely fiddles with the oncoming air, and looks a lot better than it works. Our advice? Dump your pillion and just ride the hell out of it. It's very forgiving bike and, unless you're doing something very stupid, it's hard to upset.



▲ Very few bikes have virtues without vices, and the Speed Triple fares better than most. Own one and you'll spend most of your time hunting for niggling faults to whinge about. You might well find them, but not often, and not many. Triumph has had years to get this motorcycle seriously fit for purpose, and so it is.




You can glue your contact lenses to your eyeballs with these brakes. The 4-pot Brembo radial stoppers risk buckling the tarmac and bending the 43mm inverted fork. The swinging arm is a minor work of art and makes tyre changing a doddle. It's an easy bike to live with, and relatively cheap to run with good economy and 6,000 service intervals.


 Speed Triple R for 2015

Triumph Speed Triple R for 2015. Some bikes have a "best profile". But we think this motorcycle looks fantastic from any angle, except in a ditch or on its side. But does that red sub-frame look cheap and oh-so eighties?



... also available in Crystal White.


Speed Triple R for 2015. Mean, muscle bound, and manic. For our money, it's still the best in its class.




2015 Triumph Speed Triple ABS specifications

Engine: 1,050cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 4-stroke, in-line triple

Bore and stroke: 79mm x 71.4mm

Fuel system: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel-injection with SAI
Compression ratio: 12:1

Exhaust: 3-into-1-into-2 stainless steel system
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed.

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Primary drive: Gear

Final drive: X-ring chain

Front fork: 43mm Showa inverted, rebound and compression damping

Rear suspension: Showa monoshock, 130mm travel, rebound and compression damping
Front tyre:120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre: 190/55 ZR17
Front brake: Twin 320mm discs, 4-pot Brembo radial calipers
Rear brake: Single 255mm disc, 2-pot Nissin sliding caliper

Wheels: Cast alloy 10-spoke
Wheelbase: 56.5-inches (1435mm)

Frame: Twin spar aluminium, single-sided swinging arm.
Fuel capacity: 3.8 gallons imperial (17.5 litres)

Instrumentation: LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, programmable gear change lights, service interval announcement display, tyre pressure ready monitoring system, switchable ABS

Price: 10,999

Warranty: 2 years





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