Flagship streetfighters are evolving so fast alongside their faired siblings, that almost every year we’re rewriting the rule book on the parameters of what gives a motorcycle that flagship tag. A minute ago, the norm was a litre class supersport that came alongside the flagship streetfighter with 130-150bhp on tap. Now with the likes of the Italian’s and the Swedes pushing the envelope of displacement with their almost 1,200cc 200bhp+ streetfighters, the 1,050cc Speed Triple was beginning to look a little bland. The resultant pushback from the boys at Hinckley is this, the new Triumph Speed Triple 1200 that will be sold in a single RS trim. The essence of the formula hasn’t changed much, but underneath, this new 1,200cc Speed is an all-new motorcycle.
There’s so much change under the skin, it’s hard to wrap your head around how Triumph have managed to ensure that the sum of all these new parts add up to create a motorcycle that is instantly recognizable as a Speed Triple. The familiar bug-eyed headlamps are still there but in this generation, they are slimmer and LED, with those sharp boomerang DRLs. The fuel tank too has gained some sinew, and this time around features graphics that run along the knee recesses’. Being an RS badged motorcycle, the new 2021 Speed Triple also gets a carbon fibre mudguard and a body-coloured belly pan. The Sapphire Black paint scheme on our test bike is understatedly beautiful. Material quality too is exceptional all around, even before you touch tarmac with the Speed Triple, it feels flagship. The instruments are displayed via a 5.5-inch TFT screen which also allows riders to interface with their mobile phones and GoPros using the MyTriumph connectivity suite. Triumph’s TFT interface does stand out in terms of UX and harsh light legibility. Another flex for the 2021 Speed Triple is the full keyless system, which includes keyless ignition, an auto-steering lock as well as a fuel filler cap.
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