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Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS revealed: is it finally a proper super naked?

Stand by – Triumph's done the unexpected

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Triumph's just unveiled the new Speed Triple 1200 RS. We say new and we mean it – it's ALL new. Triumph's engineers haven't carried over a single part from the outgoing 1050cc bike.

The headline features are undoubtedly the new 1,160cc engine and a new lighter frame. The result is a Speed Triple with 180hp (up a massive 30hp on the old 1,050cc engine), while wet weight is down to 198kg – this means the new bike has a 26% improved power-to-weight ratio over the old Speed Triple. Yikes.

Interestingly the new Speed Triple is cheaper than the likes of the KTM 1290 Superduke R and the Aprilia Tuono V4 – the new Triumph will set UK buyers back £15,100 when it arrives in February.

Watch the video below for more details, or read on.

Engine

The outgoing Speed Trip's 1,050cc lump was a slow-revving thing with a throbbing midrange, but it's replaced by a faster-revving, higher-revving 1,160cc engine that weighs 7kg less. Power is up to 180hp at 10,750rpm, with torque increasing 8Nm to 125Nm, and the redline is just north of 11,000rpm. Triumph says it's been speaking to customers and is now delivering what they've asked for – more power. Funny that.

The new low level exhaust is what it is – Triumph's not offering an aftermarket one

The new low level exhaust is what it is – Triumph's not offering an aftermarket one

The new engine's inertia is reduced by 12%, so it should rip around to the redline a fair bit more quickly. No doubt it'll be a torquey thing with drive everywhere in the rev range, but will it make us laugh as much as the KTM's 1290 twin or the Aprilia's soulful V4? Time will tell.

Anyway, Triumph says the new bike is a whole four seconds quicker from 0-140mph, clearing the dash in 10 seconds. That ain't slow.

We imagine it'll do this brilliantly like all Speed Triples

We imagine it'll do this brilliantly like all Speed Triples

That power goes through a new stacked six-speed gearbox, which is more compact than before, which has allowed Triumph's engineers to lengthen the swingarm for more stability. Speaking of chassis components…

Chassis

Triumph is claiming a 17% lighter aluminium frame for the new bike, which helps get the 1200 RS on a 10kg diet over the previous bike.

It's on Metzeler Racetec RRs as standard, but Pirelli Supercorsa SP2s are homologated for the new Speed Triple too

It's on Metzeler Racetec RRs as standard, but Pirelli Supercorsa SP2s are homologated for the new Speed Triple too

You get full Ohlins suspension at both ends, the latest Brembo Stylema front brake calipers, sticky Metzeler Racetec RR tyres and a bike that feels altogether narrower between your legs. Triumph's saying the footpegs have been moved inwards to give you more ground clearance on track.

Electronics

The Speed Triple 1200 RS has a new five-inch colour display with an optically bonded screen, which should reduce reflections.

Triumph's BlueTooth connectivity comes as standard

Triumph's BlueTooth connectivity comes as standard

Everything else is as you'd expect from a supernaked – a six-axis inertial measurement unit (electric gyroscope to you and me) controls traction control and cornering ABS. Wheelie control is adjustable, and the five riding modes include a track mode.

The switchgear has new, stronger illumination

The switchgear has new, stronger illumination

Keyless ignition is standard, but in a first for Triumph includes the fuel filler car. Whether this turns out to be a royal pain in the arse remains to be seen.

What else should I know?

There are a few useful things included as standard on the Speed Triple 1200 RS. Cruise control is one of them, as is a pillion seat cover – you won't have to fork out £150 to smarten up the back end if you don't regularly take a passenger. The options list is extensive, and includes heated grips, scrolling LED indicators (a la Audi) and various luggage bits.

The new Triumph Speed Triple 1200RS is available in grey or black and it's out in February 2021, costing £15,100.

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Comments (5)

  • I even like the color!

      1 month ago
    • I sort of wish they'd give us some brighter options like the old days…

        1 month ago
  • This is beautiful and the specs really do sound brilliant. Great article!

      1 month ago
    • Thanks - yeah I can't wait to have a go! I miss my 2011 Speedy a bit

        1 month ago
  • sexy looking bike!

      1 month ago
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