Triumph has been busy this year upgrading many motorcycles in their portfolio. Recently we saw Triumph come out with the new Bonneville range with some serious upgrades. We came across some leaked pictures of the new Speed Triple in recent weeks but we were missing on technical details. Keeping with the momentum, the British marque has now officially launched the new 2016 Triumph Speed Triple naked street-bike.
Unlike some other manufacturers, we are happy to see Triumph shell out significant updates to their stable of bikes. The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple gets a fair share of goodies which we are eager to share about.
First off, the new 2016 Triumph Speed Triple gets an updated look with some small nips and tucks to keep this street-fighter looking bold, young and restless. The bug-eyed dual headlights get a touch-up with more rounded edges along with a new fly screen which also features an air-intake duct. It gets a newly designed sleeker tank to provide a low side profile for a better integrated look. An all new smaller, narrower and much more efficient radiator enhances the front and side look of the bike. Other minor visual changes include billet aluminium machined handlebar clamps and raisers, rear wheel finisher, bar-end mirrors, LED tail lamp and indicators.
Like the huge list of visual upgrades, even the mechanical upgrades are plenty on the new 2016 Triumph Speed Triple. To be precise, Triumph says that they have made 104 changes to its 1050cc three-cylinder engine. Much of the upgrades to the engine come as part of the compliance to the new Euro4 emission regulations. Triumph has worked hard to reduce the emissions without compromising on the performance of the engine. The changes include a new combustion chamber, new cylinder head, new machined crank, new piston design and finally new ride-by-wire throttle bodies. The new exhausts are now 70% more free-flowing and other bits include the addition of a slipper clutch. All these changes have resulted in better torque across the rev-range, more power at higher revs, increased throttle response and a huge 10% increase in fuel efficiency.
The new ride-by-wire throttle system means that the 2016 Triumph Speed Triple will have multiple riding modes. The five selectable riding modes are rain, road, sport, track and a custom rider-configurable mode. The new bike also gets switchable ABS and traction control which is also tuned for the different riding modes.
The upgrades to the new Triumph Speed Triple make the already maniac street-fighter even more potent. The bike is available in two variants called the Speed Triple S and the Speed Triple R. The R variant gets the exclusive Öhlins fully adjustable suspension package over the S variant.