Speed Triple gets 'R' treatment for 2012

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Following the success of the uprated versions of the Street Triple and Daytona 675, Triumph is introducing a premium version of the Speed Triple, the Speed Triple R.

The model is one of three new yet-to-be-priced 2012 models Triumph officially unveiled earlier this month at EICMA, the other two being the Tiger Explorer and the Steve McQueen Edition.

Working closely with Öhlins, Triumph equipped the Speed Triple R with the latest-specification NIX30 43mm forks at the front, with a “jewel-like” TTX36 unit at the rear.

To minimize unsprung weight, five-spoke forged aluminum wheels from PVM are more than 3.7 lbs. lighter than those on the standard machine, delivering even more precise and agile handling. Mated to the wheels is track-developed Pirelli Supercorsa SP rubber.

Stopping the Speed Triple R are top-specification four-piston radial monoblock calipers from Brembo, the leading brand in MotoGP racing, with a switchable version of Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as an option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5 percent increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple, according to Triumph.

The Speed Triple R’s choice of metallic Phantom Black and Crystal White color options are complemented with a red subframe and detailing, as well as the iconic gold forks, to create a sportier and more exotic look. Subtle details include the R-branded tapered black alloy bars and a carbon fiber radiator, mudguard and tank covers.

The Speed Triple R’s instrumentation package includes programmable gear shift lights, a digital speedometer, a lap timer, a fuel gauge and a trip computer alongside a large analog tachometer, with a coded key immobilizer.

A wide range of further options are available from Triumph’s Genuine Accessories range, including stylish flyscreens, belly pans and seat cowls, security and luggage solutions. The accessory slip-on silencers and three-into-one “low boy” exhaust, developed in collaboration with Arrow Special Parts for the Speed Triple, are also available.

Posted by Arlo Redwine