Triumph Speed Triple
2015 ABS model. 1050cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled 5th generation in-line triple
▲ 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.
▲ 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
Bore and stroke: 79mm x 71.4mm
Fuel system: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel-injection with SAI
Exhaust: 3-into-1-into-2 stainless steel system
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Final drive: X-ring chain
Front fork: 43mm Showa inverted, rebound and compression damping
Rear suspension: Showa monoshock, 130mm travel, rebound and compression damping
Wheels: Cast alloy 10-spoke
Frame: Twin spar aluminium, single-sided swinging arm.
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
Warranty: 2 years
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