New Triumph Speed Twin 1200 revealed

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

Following hot on the heels of Triumph’s 2019 Street Twin press riding launch was the official unveiling of its bigger brother, the Speed Twin.

The modern classic range grows once again with the introduction of the new 1200cc-powered roadster and joins the likes of the Thruxton, Bobber, T120 and Speedmaster all of which use the 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel twin.

The Speed Twin name holds a special place in Triumph’s history. Their original Speed Twin was a 500cc vertical twin unveiled at the 1937 National Motorcycle Show and thanks to its lighter weight, narrower dimension, competitive price by comparison to the single’s of the day plus its ability to achieve 90-100mph on the road, it became quite an influential design.

After WWII ended, every British manufacturer offered a 500cc vertical twin. The basic design was evolved into bigger twins but it was the basis of all Triumph’s until the 1980’s.

Back to the modern-day variant and to the naked eye you could be fooled into thinking this new machine is either a Thruxton with raised bars or even a bitsa – taking the best bits from the aforementioned modern classics already in the Hinckley factory’s line-up. Oh no, this is an “all new model”, says Head of Brand Management, Miles Perkins. In fact, its frame is new albeit derived from the Thruxton’s while cartridge style front forks and twin rear shocks grace either end. Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3’s are fitted to twin 17” cast aluminium 7-spoke wheels while the seat height is an accessible 807mm – lower than the Thruxton R.

The engine is the same silky smooth and strong torque-filled motor that can be found in the Thruxton making the identical 96 bhp @ 6750 rpm and a mighty torque figure of 112 Nm @ 4950 rpm. Although the new version is 2.5kg lighter thanks to a revised clutch assembly, and a new magnesium cam cover.

 

Triumph Speed Twin (2019) introduction and engine start!
As soon as the covers were lifted on the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin at the official unveiling in Paris earlier this month, we swooped in to ask Miles Perkins (Triumph's Head of Brand Management) all about the new bike. He even started it for us too.

The price will be announced at the global press riding launch taking place around mid-January although we do know the bike will be in dealerships in the spring of 2019.

We spotted a test mule as far back as December 2014 and then again in November 2016 but only now, interestingly several weeks after the majority of 2019 motorcycles were announced at Intermot, EICMA and even Motorcycle Live, do we see the official, finished product.

Headline details and spec include:

  • Three colour options: Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Korosi Red/Storm Grey or Jet Black.
  • Three riding modes: Sport, Road and Rain.
  • 14.5 litre fuel tank.
  • 196kg dry weight is 10kg lighter than the Thruxton thanks to aluminium rather than steel cradles, lighter wheels, battery and chain guard plus revised engine components contributing to 2.5kg of that overall saving.
  • Ride-by-wire throttle, torque-assist clutch, USB charging socket.
  • 80+ custom accessories inc. Vance & Hines silencers exhaust, luggage, quilted seat.
  • First major service interval at 10,000 miles.

  

2019 Triumph Speed Twin 1200 spec

New price

Tba – mid January 2019

Available in UK dealers Spring 2019

Capacity

1200cc

Bore x Stroke

97.6mm x 80mm

Engine layout

Parallel-twin

Engine details

Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle

Power

96 bhp (71.5 kW) @6750 rpm

Torque

82.6 lb-ft / 112 Nm @ 4950 rpm

Top speed

100mph+

Average fuel consumption

59mpg (claimed)

Tank size

14.5 litres

Rider aids

LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, trip computer, scroll and mode buttons on handlebars, heated grip ready, fuel consumption display, traction control status and throttle mode display. TPMS ready.

 

ABS

Switchable traction control

Ride-by-wire

Riding modes: Sport, Road and Rain

Torque-assist clutch

Immobiliser

LED rear light

USB power socket

Trip computer

Immobiliser

Accessory fittable TPMS capability

Frame

Tubular steel with aluminium cradle

Swingarm: Twin-sided, aluminium

Front suspension

41mm KYB cartridge forks, 120mm travel

Rear suspension

KYB twin shocks, 120mm rear wheel travel

Rear suspension adjustment

Preload

Front brake

Twin 305mm disc, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS

Rear brake

Single 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3

Rear tyre

160/60 ZR17 Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3

Rake/Trail

22.8°/93.5mm

Dimensions

760mm 1,110mm (WxH)

Wheelbase

1,430mm

Seat height

807mm

Dry weight

196kg

 

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