Triumph Motorcycles Australia will release its lighter, faster and more advanced Speed Triple 1200 RS naked bike in March, priced from $25,600 plus on-road costs.
This means that the new Speed Triple should be priced to compete with the likes of the incoming BMW S 1000 R, as well as the new Aprilia Tuono V4, both of which are set to hit local showrooms in mid-2021.
The new Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS outputs an extra 22kW and 8Nm compared to its predecessor, thanks to a larger 1160cc three-cylinder engine generating a total of 132kW and 125Nm.
As well as the boost to power, the new engine boasts a 650rpm higher redline, and according to Triumph, produces a superior sound as a result of new ‘free-breathing’ intake and exhaust systems.
Triumph promises enhanced handling from the 2021 Speed Triple thanks to its new chassis, which has helped dropped the bike’s weight by 10 kilograms to 198kg (wet), and resulted in a narrower, more ‘purposeful’ riding position.
The bike’s seat height is raised slightly to 830mm, while other ergonomic changes include 13mm wider handlebars, adjusted peg positioning for increased ground clearance and a new seat profile that is said to allow a more natural ‘tucked-in’ position.
Track performance is also bolstered by the inclusion of fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, Metzeler Racetec RR tyres and large Brembo stylema brakes.
Triumph will also offer fork protectors, adjustable Brembo brake levers and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tyres as dealer-fitted options.
Technology advancements for the new Speed Triple 1200 RS are headlined by a new 5.0-inch TFT instrument cluster with a refreshed user interface, giving access to smartphone mirroring, sat-nav and lap-timer, among other features.
Also new is a revised up/down quickshifter, a full keyless system (keyless ignition, steering lock, fuel filler cap), and a refreshed LED lighting package that includes self-canceling indicators as standard.
For 2021, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS features an enhanced six-axis electronics suite, with improved cornering ABS and traction control.
New switchgear, which is now illuminated, allows the rider to toggle five rider modes that tailor the intervention levels of the traction control, cornering ABS, power level and wheel lift control, among other parameters.
The ‘Rain’ rider mode drops the bike’s power output to just 73kW, while on the other end of the spectrum, the performance-focussed ‘Track’ mode is the least intrusive and is tuned specifically for fast track riding.
Available in two paint schemes, Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice, with a number of graphics options, the latest iteration of the Speed Triple is distinguished by new bodywork elements, black 17-inch lightweight aluminium wheels and a host of exterior touches.
At a recent media event, Triumph Motorcycles confirmed that the new Speed Triple will be exclusively built in high-spec RS grade, with no plans for further variants.
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