The new Speed Triple 1200 RS will be available in dealers from March with pricing announced for Australia at $25,600 + ORC. Here are all the details...
All-new in every dimension, Triumph say 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 for the 2021 model – from Triumph.
With an all-new higher capacity 1160cc triple engine developed with insight from their Moto2 race engine programme, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS delivers 180hp@10,750rpm and 125Nm@9,000 rpm. It’s also more responsive, with it being 650rpm higher revving, and comes with a new free-breathing intake and exhaust for that beefy three-cylinder sound.
The engine delivers significantly higher power and torque compared to the previous generation – making this the most powerful and torque-rich Speed Triple ever – Triumph claim it will have fantastic performance and character across the entire rev range, and all of the signature “wall of torque” triple delivery, taken to a whole new level.
The new three-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 per cent greater than the previous generation, and nearly double the original 1994 Speed Triple.
There is a new lighter weight slip and assist clutch, which uses a friction compound to reduce the number of clutch plates, which should minimise mass and improve clutch feel, while maximising control during high speed downshifting.
Combined with a completely new, and more compact, stacked six-speed gearbox,Triumph claim gear changes are significantly smoother than the previous generation, with an optimised ratio progression.
With an all-new lightweight chassis and a new rider ergonomics, Triumph say the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is nothing less than a handling revolution. Premium track specification equipment includes new Brembo Stylema brakes, Metzeler RACETEC RR tyres and performance tuned Öhlins suspension at both ends.
The all-new chassis has been designed from the ground up to deliver the lightest Speed Triple ever, with even more agile, precise and dynamic handling, in a tighter, more toned, and mass centralised package for 2021.
With a wet weight of just 198kg, the new bike has a 17 per cent lighter cast aluminium frame with weight distribution that is further forward and lower down.
On the front, the Speed Triple 1200 RS has Öhlins NIX30 upside down forks, adjustable for pre-load, rebound and compression damping, while on the rear the rider can benefit from the Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock, also adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping.
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Triumph say the entire suspension package has been tuned for the bike’s lower weight, higher power and torque, and new geometry, and developed to feel just as at home on the track as it is on the road.
On the front, the new high-performance twin Brembo Stylema radial monobloc front calipers, with lighter 320mm front discs, ensure track-ready braking power, and on the rear a single Brembo twin-piston rear caliper enables the rider to balance the braking effort and enhances the overall control of the bike both on the road and on track. A Brembo MCS span and ratio adjustable brake lever is available to further enhance the rider’s comfort and control.
The standard tyres fitted to the new Speed Triple 1200 RS are the high-performance Metzeler RACETEC RR, which are Metzeler’s highest specification tyres approved for road use, and claim to be capable of delivering optimum performance both on the road and on track.
Additionally, the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tyre can be fitted to the new Speed Triple 1200 RS as a factory approved track option.
The new 1200 RS comes equipped with a step change in Speed Triple technology, including all-new 5in TFT instruments, new Triumph Shift Assist up-and-down quickshifter, Optimised Cornering ABS, switchable Optimised Cornering Traction Control (with IMU), 5 riding modes, new distinctive full LED lighting, full keyless system and the My Triumph Connectivity System fitted as standard.
The layout of the TFT screen is available in two different themes, which change the colour scheme of the display, and the new optically bonded 5-inch screen guarantees less reflection and therefore improves the image clarity in any lighting condition. A lap timer is also included for track use.
Speed Triple owners can now access turn-by-turn navigation via the free My Triumph app, GoPro control, phone control and music operation. The rider is able to control all of this through the switch cubes and will access all related information through the TFT screen.
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The new Optimised Cornering ABS system represents an additional confidence-inspiring aid to the rider of the new Speed Triple 1200 RS. The new Continental MIB-EVO ABS modular, with an integrated 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and more refined ABS control, continuously monitors roll, pitch and yaw acceleration rates, to calculate lean angle and ensure the optimum brake force.
Also facilitated by the IMU, the Speed Triple 1200 RS’s new Optimised Cornering Traction Control ensures the optimum slip rate and torque control at any lean angle, improving acceleration and control in both straight lines and when cornering. There are 4 levels of intervention to choose from (“Rain”, “Road”, “Sport” and “Track”), plus the ability to turn traction control off completely.
The enhanced front-wheel lift control is designed to enhance rider control without feeling intrusive to the rider, and has advanced new algorithms that continuously monitor the signals from the IMU to ensure smoother control and faster progress. The settings are linked to and optimised for each traction control mode, allowing the level of intervention to be tailored to the conditions and riding style.
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS features five distinct riding modes: Rain, Road, Sport, Track and Rider. The new “Track” mode has been specifically designed to be as unintrusive as possible in track riding, while still providing the reassurance that the electronic systems are there to help in emergencies.
When in wet conditions, the rider can select the “Rain” riding mode, which reduces the power down to 100hp and increases the level of intervention of the other safety features. Riding mode adjustments are accessible through the switchgear while riding.
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 press of a button on the key.
Through the switch cubes, the rider can activate the fully adjustable cruise control, which is fitted as standard, for improved long distance rideability.
A lithium ion battery is fitted as standard, which is 60 per cent lighter than the equivalent lead-acid battery, reducing the overall weight by 2.3kg. A new accessory battery charger is available, which is suitable for both lithium ion and conventional lead acid batteries.
The compact new bodywork is shaped by newly designed elements such as a carbon-fibre front mudguard, colour coded belly pan and seat cowl with an interchangeable pillion seat, and a new compact tail unit.
The aggressive look of the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is reinforced by its new 17-inch lightweight cast aluminium, black painted V-spoke wheels.
Two new paint and graphics schemes are available for the Speed Triple customer to choose from: Sapphire Black, with red and silver graphics, or Matt Silver Ice, with black, silver and yellow graphics.
Speed Triple 1200 RS owners can personalise their motorcycle by choosing from a range of 35 accessories, including options to improve style and detailing, technology, luggage, protection, and care.
To personalise the style and detailing of the bike, the rider can choose to fit the body-coloured flyscreen, tinted flyscreen visor, machined sports bar end mirrors, machined front and rear brake reservoirs, machined aluminium rear axle finisher and much more.
Technology can be further enhanced thanks to the range of accessories available: scrolling LED indicators and a tyre pressure monitoring system are just two examples of the possibilities available through the accessories list. The Triumph Protect+ alarm, as Triumph Track+ tracker with 24/7 monitoring are also available for added peace of mind.
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS will be available in Dealers from March with pricing announced for Australia at $25,600 + ORC.
2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Specifications
Claimed Power: 132.4 kW@10,750 rpm
Claimed Torque:125 Nm@9,000 rpm
Fuel capacity: 15.5L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder, 1160 cc, 90.0mm bore, 60.8mm stroke, 13.2:1 compression. Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control.
Gearbox: 6-speed, X-ring chain, Wet, multi-plate, slip and assist clutch.
Chassis:Aluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe
Suspension: Front – Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel. Rear – Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm rear wheel travel.
Brakes: Front – Twin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable. Rear – Single 220mm disc. Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir.
Wheels & Tyres: Front – Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.50, Rear – 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
Length: 2090 mm
Width (Handlebars): 792 mm
Height Without Mirrors: 1089 mm
Seat Height: 830 mm
Wheelbase: 1445 mm
Instruments: TFT Dash