Vilner has replaced the twin lights with a single and large headlamp, pushed the mirrors over the handlebars, added new black matte exhaust pipes, and fabulous gold coloured Oz Racing wheels, and rounded everything out with warm brown leather and stitching on the seat and trims that gives the streetbike a very classy look.
More pics and a video after the jump.
Americans do it better, at least Icon does. Motorcycle clothes manufacturer Icon has gone out of its way to bring us the ultimate and probably the best viral motorcycle vs car drift battle video ever seen.
Take a pair of Triumph Speed Triples with extended swingarms, a super muscle car like the Mustang Cobra, a perfect location like High Plains County and you’ve got a battle royal road style. So if you liked Icon’s Harley riders take revenge on a Porsche video, this one is going to blow your mind.
The new Triumph Speed Triple R is now on display at the 2011 EICMA. The new model has been developed by Triumph alongside Swedish suspension masters from Öhlins, who came up with a premium suspension package specifically designed for the 1050 consisting of a 43 mm NIX30 fork and TTX36 rear monoshock, both of which are obviously completely adjustable.
In order to lose some weight, Triumph opted for a couple of beautiful 5-spoke aluminum rims by PVM, which save 1.7 kg over the standard Speed Triple and allow for a better handling and riding accuracy. Moreover, these super-light wheels mated to Brembo 4-pistons monobloc calipers provide the bike with a 5% increase in braking performance, still in comparison to its standard counterpart. Switchable ABS is also available as an option.
Actually, there are quite a few details that makes the Speed Triple R different from the model it derives from: different decals, black anodized tapered handlebars and rear subframe in red just to name a few. The bike will be available with the familiar Phantom Black and Crystal White color schemes.
View Triumph Speed Triple R at the 2011 EICMA photo gallery
What we in the Western world like to call “emerging” markets are ever more tempting for developed countries’ brands and the making of dedicated products for zones like South East Asia, India and South America. Plenty of examples of European brands developing new products are available, but now it looks like Triumph could dedicate a product to these growing motorcycle markets.
According to Motociclismo.br, Triumph is working on a single-cylinder naked bike which could be a 250 or 350 cc model, with water cooling and four valves. The style would pick up on Triumph’s well known Speed and Street Triple models, but a light and svelte chassis set-up would be created.
While Triumph is building the bike for emerging economies, it could find a limited market in Europe, too, as a kind of single cylinder mini Triumph speed. At this stage it’s only a rumour, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this come to fruition.
MCN took the Aprilia V4R APRC out for a ride on the track and road to compare it to other top-spec rivals on the naked scene: the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, the Triumph Speed Triple, the Ducati Streetfighter S and the KTM Super Duke R. That’s an impressive line-up and shows just where super nakeds have got to in recent years.
MCN says that the Aprilia sets a new benchmark, but frankly the competition is stiff. The Triumph has won every group test since it was launched. The Ducati obviously has some impressive on-board technology, as does the MV Agusta Brutale, and the KTM is the ultimate “hooligan” machine. See how the Aprilia compares in the video.
The latest milestone for Triumph has been producing the 500,000th bike off the Hinckley production line. These facilities have been producing twin and three cylinder models since 1988, and it seems fitting that the Triumph Speed Triple model that disappeared for a while, trots off the production line, representing half a million Triumphs built in the Hinckley factory.
The Hinckley production line has produced some memorable models, like the first examples of the Daytona 1000, the Speed Triple T509, the Bonneville or even the recent Daytona 675, Street Triple and Tiger 800. To celebrate the 500,000th Hinckley bike, Triumph has developed a real one-off, special edition.
The bike reflects the Union Jack with a blue background and red details decorated by hand, and accompanying Triumph accessories. The Speed Triple will travel the UK with comic Ross Noble on board, and given the video introduction below, it could be a fun trip (he rather dangerously says he “will be guided by you”). When it gets back from its tour, the special Triumph Speed Triple will be auctioned off for Riders for Health.
These live pics of the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple come direct from the Facebook page of Triumph Italy where the new Speed Triple is undergoing a presentation. With the new bike being put through its test ride paces, we can enjoy these pics which show a very lovely interpretation of the original, round headlights or not.
We’ll have more on how the Speed Triple runs in the next few days and the main question for most at this stage is whether it’s on the hefty side. The 1050cc engine gets some extra power while the bike also gets a few kilos less. Many Triumph fans are still mulling over the change, but we’re happy to announce ourselves quite taken with the new style. Check it out in the gallery.
Whoever’s been doing Triumph’s video marketing campaign of late has created a neat series of videos, bits of which we can see in the video above which features all the 2011 Triumph model line-up. We’re still waiting on all the details of the new Speed Triple and especially the new Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC models, but we can also enjoy some of the retro models from Triumph for the coming year as well as its cruiser touring models.
The video also seems to feature the new Triumph Daytona 675R. It should prove to a similar performance-oriented version of the standard Daytona 675, much like the Speed Triple R, with a more aggressive design and higher performance suspension and brakes. After the jump is another Triumph Tiger teaser video with the low-down on the accessories. While we’ve already seen a fair bit of this bike, it will be officially unveiled at the 2010 EICMA show next month where hopefully we will finally get a look at the whole thing, in one go.
The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple will either captivate or repel you, depending on whether you were a fan of the round headlights or not. In any case, Triumph has decided to widen its horizons and capture the broader market with a more modern look - something which was difficult to achieve with the round-eyed headlights strictly for fans only.
Thanks to Hell for Leather, which has been closely following the Triumph story for 2011, here are more pics of the 2011 Speed Triple. It might have swapped its headlights for something more modern, but the new Triumph is looking very mean and frankly, quite exciting in the streetbike segment.
Will it still be too heavy? We’ll wait for the test ride verdict but it will be interesting to see if this model makes an impact on the market next year and if Triumph will modernise slightly by way of it.
The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple will get its official unveiling today, but before that it leaked overnight on Hell for Leather, who have been closely following Triumph’s new models and leaking campaigns. The new Speed Triple, as already mentioned, drops its bug-eyed look. It’s probably going to be a hate it or love it thing for Triumph fans, but overall we think the new headlights work and the Speed Triple is looking mightily aggressive, ready for street fightin’ action.
On the technical front, the bike gets ABS we should be a popular addition for those using it for everyday commuting, and a new aluminium chassis which reduces the weight by about 2 kg. We also get a slight power and torque increase of 7 hp and 8 Nm on the 1050cc engine. Many were hoping to see a 1200cc engine and the Speed Triple is still hefty compared to its competitors, so there’s knowing at this stage how the market will react to the new model.
We’ll be bringing you more details from the 2010 Intermot show and if you want an up-close look, check out the Speed Triple leaked accessories brochure. More on its way from Intermot and Triumph, who should also reveal the new Tiger 800 and 800 XC models at the show.