A quick glance at my previous motorcycle posts will show you that I have a fondness for Triumphs. I recently saw and was lucky enough to get to sit on the Bonneville T120 Ace and Bonneville T120 Diamond special editions at the NEC Motorcycle Live Show and I love the look of both bikes. It's hardly surprising then that I am interested in the new 2019 Speed Twin which was revealed on Tuesday 4th December .
All the good bits
Triumph say about the new Speed Twin that it mixes contemporary custom style with the power, torque and technology of the Thruxton R, in a more accessible modern set-up and that it's as comfortable as the Bonneville T120. It certainly looks the part as you can see in the video below.
As you may well know the original Street Twin was a 500cc bike designed by Edward Turner in 1937 and Triumph kept Street Twins in production until 1966. Now they have brought the name back and this bike uses the 1200cc parallel twin motor from the Thruxton, with a new magnesium cam cover, revised clutch assembly and engine covers on a modified Thruxton frame.
Triumph hope the bike will be accessible to all riders with an 807mm bench seat height and 10kg reduction in weight from the Thruxton making it possible for even someone as short as me to manage it.
Key features of the new Speed Twin include a sculpted 14 litre fuel tank , a custom style bench seat , minimal front and rear mudguard set-up with small rear light (and integrated brake and turn signals in the US and Canada) , sculpted side panels with aluminium badge , twin upswept sports silencers and bar end mirrors .
Triumph are offering over 80 accessories if you want to customise your bike including brushed Vance & Hines silencers, a quilted seat and security features such as disc locks, ground anchor and locking chain. You can even have Triumph branded luggage, the choices are many and are yours. Detailed specifications are listed below.
So what do you think?
I know from comments on my previous Triumph related articles that not everyone favours the retro style of design. I love the look of these bikes and I'd be glad to hear all opinions in the comments below. Let me know what you think.
Here's my article on the Bonneville T120 Ace and Diamond Edition Special Editions if you'd like to read more about Triumph's latest models.