2016 Triumph Speed Triple S & Speed Triple R First Look

MotorcycleUSA Staff | November 10, 2015

Triumph is apparently not satisfied just sitting on its laurels these days. The company stole headlines a few weeks back when it revealed a completely revamped, water-cooled Bonneville line and now Triumph looks to entice the more spirited street and track-day rider with its updated Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R. Both versions are completely new for 2016 and come with some big revisions, including an all new 1050cc Triple, electronics updates and revised styling.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple

To start with, both the S and R versions of the 2016 Speed Triple come packing an engine that received 104 “new developments” for the coming model year. Triumph doesn’t list each individually, but calls out a new combustion chamber, cylinder head, machined crank, piston design and updated Ride by Wire throttle bodies as highlights of the revised mill. There’s a new slip-assist clutch, smaller radiator and more free-flowing exhaust set-up which Triumph claims improves flow rate by 70%. The engine modifications are aimed at providing the rider more torque throughout the rev range while still improving fuel efficiency.

The electronics package on both machines is updated as well. A new ECU controls the RbW system and allows riders to choose from selectable throttle maps to fine-tune the feeling at the bars. There will be five ride modes in the new system, Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a Rider Configurable mode. Both will also feature selectable ABS and traction control.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple

Both bikes come with Brembo monobloc front calipers biting 320mm discs and each roll on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires and cast aluminum wheels. In the suspension department, both the S and R models have fully adjustable parts front and rear, the S featuring Showa 43mm USD forks and a Showa monoshock and the R coming with a 43mm Ohlins NIX30 USD fork and Ohlins TTX32 shock.

Elements giving the R model its exclusive status over the S, beyond suspension, include a carbon fiber mudguard and fuel tank infill panels along with billet machined handlebar clamps, risers and swingarm pivot covers. A billet rear wheel finisher also adds to the detailed touch of the R model. The R model also comes with red stitching on the seat and features a red painted sub-frame, wheel pinstripes and radiator cowls.

Changes to the aesthetic are intended to give the naked machines a more sleek appearance, the radiator shrouds redesigned and the new tailpiece inspired by the Daytona 675. The S model is available in either Diablo Red or Phantom Black colorways while the R model comes in Crystal White or Matte Graphite.

Pricing, availability and a full spec sheet for each bike is not yet available, so stay tuned for updates when these details are made public.

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