Triumph has globally unveiled the new Speed Triple 1200 RS

Triumph has given us a lot to look forwards to in the past couple months with the Triumph Trident and the Triumph Tiger 850 . It was only fair for them to update the bigger Speed Triple . All-new in every dimension, the Speed Triple 1200 RS has been purpose designed from the ground up to deliver an absolute revolution in terms of Speed Triple power, performance, handling and technology taking the naked motorcycle game a few levels up .

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First things first , the Speed Triple 1200 RS gets an all-new higher capacity 1160cc triple engine developed with insight from Triumph’s  Moto2 race engine programme.  Producing a whooping 180PS peak power ( up by  30PS) and churning out a strong 125Nm peak torque ( up 8Nm ) the new engine is sure to set new milestones for the Speed Triple bloodline .

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The outstanding performance of the new 3 cylinder engine, combined with the reduced weight of the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS, delivers the highest power-to-weight ratio in the Speed Triple’s history, over 25% greater than the previous generation, and nearly double the original 1994 Speed Triple.

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he all-new free-breathing intake and exhaust system, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is also the best sounding Speed Triple ever produced, with a visceral intake roar and characteristic triple exhaust howl. Thanks to 12% less powertrain inertia, the engine also picks up quicker, feels sharper, and sounds sharper still.

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There is a new lighter weight slip and assist clutch which uses state-of-the-art friction compound to reduce the number of clutch plates, minimising mass and improving clutch feel, while maximising control during high speed downshifting.Combined with a completely new, and more compact, stacked 6-speed gearbox, gear changes are significantly smoother than the previous generation, with optimised ratio progression. Performance is further enhanced by the new ignition system, with twin tip spark plugs for increased durability at high engine speeds as well as by a reduced weight of the cooling system, neatly packaged with an integrated oil circuit heat exchanger.

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 Few Highlights of the new Speed Triple are – 

  • The most agile, precise, dynamic handling Speed Triple ever as its 10kg lighter, at just 198kg wet.
  • All-new mass centralised chassis.
  • Narrower, with a more dominant and purposeful riding position.
  • Track specification equipment including:
    • Performance tuned fully adjustable Öhlins suspension
    • Metzeler RACETEC™ RR tyres (the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tyre can be fitted to the new Speed Triple 1200 RS as a factory approved track option.)
    • Brembo Stylema® brakes.
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While being lighter and more powerful the bike does not miss out on any of the tech , The Speed Triple 1200 RS comes with –

  • Optimised Cornering ABS & switchable Optimised Cornering Traction Control
    (with IMU).
  • All-new 5” TFT instruments.
  • Five riding modes, including enhanced Track mode.
  • New Triumph Shift Assist up-and-down quickshifter.
  • New distinctive full-LED lighting.
  • New full keyless system,  the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is also equipped, for the very first time on a Triumph, with a full keyless system, including keyless ignition and steering lock, as well as a new keyless fuel filler cap. To ensure greater security, the keyless system can be disabled if required with the simple press of a button on the key fob.
  • My Triumph Connectivity System fitted as standard
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Aggressive, agile and purposeful  the original Triumph Speed Triple created the performance naked category back in 1994, and coined the phrase ‘factory streetfighter’. Designed from the ground up for the road, as a naked performance street bike, the 2005 Speed Triple 1050 then reset the benchmark all over again in a competitive class of predominantly adapted track oriented sports bikes. With the new Speed Triple 1200 RS, once again, Triumph standsout  in the category with a motorcycle that has been designed first and foremost as a road-focussed naked performance street bike, with all of the benefits for the rider, and none of the shortcomings inherent in track-focussed motorcycles evolved for the road, where power, torque and handling can never be fully exploited. We look forward to riding this beast in flesh soon and bringing to you everything about its first hand feel and ride . Stay tuned to Motor World India to know more .


Detailed Specifications –




Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder


1160 cc


90.0 mm


60.8 mm



Maximum Power

180 PS / 177.5 bhp (132.4 kW) @ 10,750 rpm

Maximum Torque

125 Nm (92 lbft) @ 9,000

Fuel System

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control


Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer

Final Drive

X-ring chain


Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist


6 speed



Aluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe


Aluminium, single-sided

Front Wheel

Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.50 in

Rear Wheel

Cast aluminium, 17 x 6.00 in

Front Tyre

Metzeler Racetec RR K3 120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

Metzeler Racetec RR K3 190/55 ZR17

Front Suspension

Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel.

Rear Suspension

Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm rear wheel travel.

Front Brakes

Twin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable.

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm disc.  Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir.


Full-colour 5″ TFT instruments



2090 mm (82.3 in)

Width (Handlebars)

792 mm (31.2 in)

Height Without Mirrors

1089 mm (42.9 in)

Seat Height

830 mm (32.7 in)


1445 mm (56.9 in)


23.9 °


104.7 mm (4.1 in)

Wet weight

198kg (437 lb)

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.5 litres (4.1 US gal)


Fuel Consumption

50.2 mpg (5.6 l/100km)

CO2 Figures

130 g/km



CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.


Service interval

10,000 miles (16,000km) / 12 months



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