Triumph, as predicted, has released its updated Speed Triple, now available in an upscale RS edition (seen above) and the standard S edition (seen below).
Like the Tiger 800 and 1200 updates last fall, Triumph’s naked bike didn’t get a radical ground-up revamp,as the new model looks quite similar to the old one. However, it should probably feel quite a bit different, thanks to several key upgrades.
Triumph says the new Speed Triple has 105 new engine parts, including lighter crank and higher-compression head. The result is a new 10,500 rpm redline , which in turn boosts the three-cylinder’s peak output to 150 hp and 86 lb-ft of torque. Frame, brakes and tires are unchanged, but both bikes have fully-adjustable suspension. The Speed Triple S has a Showa fork and shock, and the RS has Ohlins suspension front and rear.
Both bikes also get new switchgear and 5-inch TFT dashes, which is certainly the standard the industry is moving towards. Both bikes also get cruise control and Rain, Road, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes, and the RS model also gets a Track mode.
The RS model also gets an Arrow exhaust can, some carbon-fibre bodywork, and leaning ABS. There’s also a keyless ignition.
Pricing for the S and RS models is supposed to be released later this month. You can find other details on the new machines at the Triumph website.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple S