Triumph’s new Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT are being introduced to the world’s media this week in San Diego, California. MO’s Associate Editor and FNG, Evans Brasfield, is on the scene and ready to test the latest versions of Triumph’s big cruiser, now with a new frame. The Commander sports a tougher image than the […]
2012 Triumph Speed Triple R Unveiled at EICMA
Triumph’s legendary Speed Triple receives the ‘R’ treatment for 2012, which means it comes equipped with top-shelf parts like Öhlins suspension and Pirelli Supercorsa SP rubber. Judging from its looks alone, it’s plain to see that this is no ordinary Speed Triple.
Triumph worked in close collaboration with Öhlins, to fine tune the NIX30 43mm fork and TTX36 shock to work specifically for the Speed Triple R. To minimize unsprung weight as much as possible, the lightweight five-spoke forged aluminium wheels from PVM are over 3.7 lbs. lighter than those on the standard machine, which equates to better handling, acceleration and braking. Stopping the Speed Triple R are top-spec, four-piston radial monoblock calipers from Brembo, with Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as a switchable option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5% increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple.
Powering the Speed Triple R is Triumph’s potent 1050cc three-cylinder, producing an impressive 133bhp and a mighty 82lb-ft. of torque. The Speed Triple R also debuts the 1050’s completely redesigned gearbox, for more positive and refined shifting action.
Paint options are Phantom Black or Crystal White, with subtle details like the R branded tapered black alloy bars, carbon fibre radiator, mudguard and tank covers, unique decals and red coloured subframe.