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Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS: A star is born

The new Triumph Speed ​​Triple RS is a groundbreaking step into the future of the brand: The ratio of power to weight as well as electronics, chassis and equipment set standards. Pictures, dates, price.

  • Driver assistance systems at a very high level

  • More powerful 180 hp engine with significantly less weight

  • From March 2021 at the dealer

The English motorcycle manufacturer Triumph seems to be able to actually benefit from its involvement in the Moto2 road world championship for its production vehicles: The completely newly developed Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS Due to the technical data, it has established itself in the top group of ultra-powerful and extremely handy naked bikes.

180 hp engine and only 198 kg in weight

With a performance of132 kW / 180 PS, a maximum torque of 125 Nm and a ready-to-drive weight of only 198 kilograms, the Speedy impressively demonstrates that Hinckley no longer wants to be left behind compared to the BMW S 1000 R, Ducati Streetfighter V4 and KTM 1290 Superduke R. The new model will be available in mid-March 17,500 euros be available from dealers. Compared to the previous model, the engine output of the three-cylinder engine, which is around 100 cubic centimeters larger, has increased by 30 hp, while the vehicle weight is a full ten kilograms lower despite improved equipment and higher legal requirements.

Triumph is therefore complaining about the completely redesigned Speed ​​Triple RS Top marks in the areas of performance and handling. The weight reduction is seven kilograms alone with the new Triple, whose rotation capacity has been increased by 650 revolutions to a maximum of 11,150 rpm. The maximum power occurs at 10,750 rpm, the maximum torque at 9000 tours.

Many peripheral components, such as the clutch and gearbox, also lost a lot of weight, the new one Cast aluminum frame was 17 percent lighter. The lithium-ion battery now used saves 2.3 kilograms compared to a lead-acid battery of the same strength.

New design and many driver assistants

So that the very agile bike is still manageable, the British have the Driver assistance systems brought to a level previously unattainable for the brand: A six-axis IMU provides all the necessary data to activate the numerous control systems (traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS) within fractions of a second. With the help of a TFT display in the cockpit that is easier to use than before, the driver can influence all the settings according to his own taste; In addition to the four preset driving modes (Rain, Road, Sport, Track) an individualized program called Rider can be configured.

The mechanical components such as Wheel guides and brakes: The front wheel is decelerated with the help of two 32-centimeter brake discs and Stylema four-piston brake calipers from Brembo. The braking system is designed as a combination braking system. The front wheel is guided by a NIX30 upside-down fork from Öhlins, the rear wheel is sprung and dampened by an Öhlins TTX36 double tube monoshock; both components are fully adjustable.

Impressive equipment

Triumph has also made no savings in terms of equipment: in addition to a new quickshifter for clutchless upshifting and downshifting, there is a keyless locking system that includes all components (ignition, steering lock, fuel cap), improved backlit cockpit switches, self-resetting turn signals, and a standard cruise control system as well as a connectivity system for integrating the smartphone. To the 35 available accessory components include a tire pressure monitoring system and heated handlebar grips, the cables and indicator lights of which are already installed as standard.

The ones that have always set the style for the Speed ​​Triple Double headlights are now with LED technology and include a model-specific daytime running light signature.
The completely new look of the Triumph Speed ​​Triple RS (by the way, there will be no other versions such as R or S in the future) is rounded off by particularly light wheels and the two paint colors black and matt silver.

Tank size and consumption - 15.5 liters or 5.6 l / 100 km according to the current standard - are in a reasonable relationship. They are customer-friendly long maintenance intervals of 16,000 kilometers, provided you drive that much within twelve months.

Technical data Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS

Manufacturer information


Liquid-cooled three-cylinder 12V DOHC in-line engine
Cubic capacity 1160 cm³
Bore 90.0 mm
Stroke 60.8 mm
Compression ratio 13.2: 1
Nominal output 180 PS (132.4 kW) at 10,750 rpm
Max. Torque 125 Nm at 9000 rpm

landing gear

Frame: aluminum double tube frame with screwed rear frame, rear swing arm: aluminum single-sided swing arm
Front wheel: 17 x 3.5 inch cast aluminum wheel
Rear wheel: 17 x 6 inch cast aluminum wheel
Front tire: Metzeler Racetec RR K3 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: Metzeler Racetec RR K3 190/55 ZR17
Suspension from: Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside-down fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound, 120 mm travel
Suspension h .: Öhlins TTX36 double tube strut with adjustable preload, rebound and compression, 120 mm travel
Front brake: Two floating 320 mm brake discs, Brembo Stylema monoblock radial calipers, cornering ABS, radial hand brake cylinder, adjustable reach and gear ratio
Rear brake: 220mm brake disc with Brembo double piston floating caliper and cornering ABS

mass and weight

Width, handlebar: 792 mm
Height without mirror: 1089 mm
Seat height: 830 mm
Wheelbase: 1445 mm
Steering head angle: 23.9º
Trail: 104.7 mm
Dry weight: 198 (ready-to-drive weight) kg
Tank volume: 15.5 l


17,500 euros

Text: Ulf Böhringer / SP-X

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