All-new in every dimension, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS has been-purpose designed from the ground up to deliver an absolute revolution in terms of Speed Triple power, performance, handling and technology, giving the ultimate performance naked sports ride.

With an all-new higher capacity 1160cc triple engine developed with insight from Triumph’s Moto2 race engine programme, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS delivers 180PS peak power at 10,750rpm and 125NM peak torque at 9,000rpm, giving an incredibly exhilarating ride. It’s also more responsive, it is 650rpm higher revving, and comes with a new free-breathing intake and exhaust for a hair-raising new triple soundtrack.

Triumph Speed Triple
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The powertrain has been completely re-designed, with every single element engineered for increased performance and reduced mass, making the new engine significantly lighter, by 7kg. It’s more compact compared to the previous Speed Triple powertrain, despite the bigger capacity, giving the new model the perfect balance of aggression, performance and control.

The engine delivers significantly higher power and torque compared to the previous generation – making this the most powerful and torque-rich Speed Triple ever – with fantastic performance and character across the entire rev range, and all of the signature “wall of torque” triple delivery, taken to a whole new level.

Triumph Speed Triple
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The engine delivers blistering new performance, with 30PS more power and a peak of 180PS at 10,750 rpm. It revs harder, with the red line now raised by 650 rpm to 11,150rpm, and maintains all of the incredible torque and character in the low and mid-range that the Speed Triple has always been renowned for, with 125 Nm peak torque at 9,000rpm, 8Nm more than the outgoing model.

The outstanding performance of the new 3-cylinder engine, combined with the reduced weight of the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS, delivers the highest power-to-weight ratio in the Speed Triple’s history, over 25% greater than the previous generation, and nearly double the original 1994 Speed Triple.

Triumph Speed Triple
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Thanks to the all-new free-breathing intake and exhaust system, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is also the best sounding Speed Triple ever produced, with a visceral intake roar and characteristic triple exhaust howl. Thanks to 12% less powertrain inertia, the engine also picks up quicker, feels sharper, and sounds sharper still.

There is a new lighter weight slip and assist clutch which uses state-of-the-art friction compound to reduce the number of clutch plates, minimising mass and improving clutch feel, while maximising control during high speed downshifting.

Combined with a completely new, and more compact, stacked 6-speed gearbox, gear changes are significantly smoother than the previous generation, with optimised ratio progression.

Triumph Speed Triple
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Performance is further enhanced by the new ignition system, with twin tip spark plugs for increased durability at high engine speeds as well as by a reduced weight of the cooling system, neatly packaged with an integrated oil circuit heat exchanger.

The all-new chassis has been designed from the ground up to deliver the lightest and best-handling Speed Triple ever, with even more agile, precise and dynamic handling, in a tighter, more toned, and mass centralised package. With a wet weight of just 198kg, the new bike is an incredible 10kg lighter than the previous generation. It has a 17% lighter cast aluminium frame with weight distribution that is further forward and lower down.

Triumph Speed Triple
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The new Speed Triple 1200 RS has 13mm wider handlebars, delivering a more dominant and purposeful riding position, giving better feel and control for a more predictable ride. Improvements in the ergonomics of the bike and the riding position are achieved through the new footrest position, which has been moved inwards slightly from the previous generation model, allowing improved ground clearance without compromising leg room. Substantial improvements have also been made to the seat profile and construction, which is now more comfortable, while allowing the rider to take a more natural tucked-in position for focussed riding. Seat height is a comfortable 830mm.

The fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension both front and rear has been tuned to deliver the optimum balance of performance, comfort and control.

On the front, the Speed Triple 1200 RS has Öhlins NIX30 upside down forks, adjustable for pre-load, rebound and compression damping, while on the rear the rider can benefit from the Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock, also adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping.

Aggressive, agile and purposeful; the original Triumph Speed Triple created the performance naked category back in 1994, and coined the phrase ‘factory streetfighter’. Designed from the ground up for the road, as a naked performance street bike, the 2005 Speed Triple 1050 then reset the benchmark all over again in a competitive class of predominantly adapted track oriented sports bikes.

With the new Speed Triple 1200 RS, once again, Triumph stands almost alone in the category with a motorcycle that has been designed first and foremost as a road-focussed naked performance street bike, with all of the benefits for the rider, and none of the shortcomings inherent in track-focussed motorcycles evolved for the road, where power, torque and handling can never be fully exploited.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Capacity1160cc
Bore90.0mm
Stroke60.8mm
Compression13.2:1
Maximum Power180PS / 177.5bhp (132.4 kW) @ 10,750rpm  
Maximum Torque125Nm (92 lbft) @ 9,000rpm  
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer
Final DriveX-ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Gearbox6 speed
CHASSIS
FrameAluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe
SwingarmAluminium, single-sided
Front WheelCast aluminium, 17 x 3.50 in
Rear WheelCast aluminium, 17 x 6.00 in
Front TyreMetzeler Racetec RR K3 120/70 ZR17
Rear TyreMetzeler Racetec RR K3 190/55 ZR17
Front SuspensionÖhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel.
Rear SuspensionÖhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm rear wheel travel.
Front BrakesTwin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable.
Rear BrakesSingle 220mm disc.  Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir.
InstrumentsFull-colour 5″ TFT instruments
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Length2090 mm (82.3 in)
Width (Handlebars)792 mm (31.2 in)
Height Without Mirrors1089 mm (42.9 in)
Seat Height830 mm (32.7 in)
Wheelbase1445 mm (56.9 in)
Rake23.9 °
Trail104.7 mm (4.1 in)
Wet weight198kg (437 lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity15.5 litres (4.1 US gal)
FUEL CONSUMPTION
Fuel Consumption50.2 mpg (5.6 l/100km)
CO2 Figures130 g/km
StandardEURO 5 CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.
SERVICE
Service interval10,000 miles (16,000km) / 12 months