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2011 Triumph Speed Triple First Look

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Triumph debuted its 2011 Speed Triple at Intermot.
Triumph defined the streetfighter category with its iconic Speed Triple. Now the British firm refine the S3 with its latest version sporting a new chassis and uprated engine. The British marque unveiled its tweaked Speed Triple at the Intermot Bike Show.

Internal architecture for the S3’s Inline Three is unchanged – still holding the familiar 1050cc dimensions (79mm bore and 71.4mm stroke). Triumph claims, however, that it has wrung out 7% more torque from the powerplant. That ups peak power claims to 81 lb-ft, with peak horsepower still 128 ponies.

The biggest change in the chassis is an all-new aluminum twin spar frame. The single-sided swingarm design is retained, though re-styled. Showa suspension units adorn the front and rear, with the 43mm inverted fork adjustable for rebound and compression. The rear shock offers adjustment for preload, rebound and compression. A new rear wheel changes from 5.5 inch to a six inch width, now fitting a 190/55 tire (the previous version sourced a 180/55 rear).

The new chassis alters steering geometry. Rake is now 22.8 degrees and trail 90.9mm (from 23.5 degrees and 84mm). Wheelbase stretches almost a half-inch to 56.5 inches (from 56.1 inches), with overall length an inch-longer too at 82.1 inches. Seat height is a sliver lower (2mm) at 32.6 inches.

The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple
The most distinctive styling change to the new Triumph is its headlamps, with new angular shapes replacing the traditional bug-eye lamps of past models.
In spite of losing a half-liter of fuel capacity, which drops the tank from 4.8 to 4.6 gallons, the new design claims a four-pound heavier curb weight than its predecessor at 481 pounds.

Brembo brakes return up front, with radial-mount, four-piston calipers pinching 320mm discs. A single Nissin 2-piston caliper clamps on the single 255mm rear. This year’s Speed Triple does offer optional ABS for the first time ever. Another first-time option for the S3 are tire pressure monitors.

Visually the most pronounced change for the Speed Triple is to its twin headlamps, a signature styling trait of many bikes in the Triumph line. Instead of the simple, round bug-eye lamps of past models, the new S3 sport new angular lights. Maybe it’s just us, but the new lamps will take some getting used to. The new lighting units also hold the tach and speedo instrument console, with this year’s model delivering more instrumentation options including a lap timer and programmable shift light.
Track inspired specifications give the Speed Triple four-piston Brembo brakes  alloy handlebars  fully-adjustable 43mm upside down forks and a comprehensive instrumentation which includes a lap timer and a programmable gear shift light. The 2011 Speed Triple has optional anti-lock brakes for the first time and is available with a host of other accessories that let owners personalize the bike.The 2011 Speed Triple comes in three colors: Diablo Red  Phantom Black and Crystal White.
Triumph touts its new 2011 Speed Triple as producing 7% more torque with an all-new frame and revised steering geometry.

Other styling changes include a new piece of bodywork (we durst not call it a fairing on this naked beauty!), a small piece beneath the still prominent tubing of the frame. As standard operating procedure, Triumph will offer plenty of extra accessory goodies like a wind cowl and belly pan. Triumph also extends its close relationship with Arrow for optional pipes to replace the standard dual undertail stockers.

The Speed Triple will be available in Phantam Black, Crystal White and Diablo Red. MSRP is unavailable at this time.

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Donny -Bring back they old head lights!!!!!!!!  January 25, 2011 06:33 PM
The new head lights suck,even with the bug screen. The old head lights with the bud screen looked cool. Please bring back they old lights.(PS) Some times change is bad.
'07 owner -bad idea  January 12, 2011 10:03 AM
People just don't know when to leave a good thing alone. The new headlights really aren't tough looking at all and what's with giving a street-fighter bodywork??
When they put those big plastic radiator shrouds on in '09 or '10, and changed the rims, the bikes looks just went downhill. I have an 'o7 and still think it's way cooler than the newer ones.
Rom1 -Great improvements!  January 3, 2011 08:59 PM
I am a great fan of Triumph and the improvements they made on the Speed are great! I miss the bug eyes yet after few weeks I got used to the new ones....I thought I would not but I guess I am not conservative after all! Cannot wait to ride it in a couple months!!! yeah!
Triumphfan1001 -Noooooooooooo  December 6, 2010 04:37 PM
The Speedy has one of the toughest looking bikes on the road since it's inception... until today. The 2011 doesn't look very brute or hooligan to me. It looks like a Suzuki Gladius, or like Bloor lost a bet. What a shame.
S34me -reconsidering  November 23, 2010 05:52 PM
At first I was a little put off by the more extreme bug-eyed headlights with antennae-like mirrors that made the bike look like a fly. However, I just got a better look at this bike in Youtube videos and I'm reconsidering my opinion. With the bikini fairing, and body's more updated look of the body, I could live with the lights. So I'm ready to let the designers walk down from the scaffold.
ian strutt -mr  November 16, 2010 03:42 PM
I think the new speed tripple is amazing,handles fantastic like a street tripple,amazing brakes,good all over,get to grips everyone,time for change the round headlights are so dated,its a super quick bike,and good on triumph for doing a brilliant job
Fly'n Brian -Thank GOD it's an easy fix!!!  November 9, 2010 01:35 PM
Thank God they didn't ugly up the frame, just made it better... And the styling bits... Just plastic that can be unscrewed :-))) And as for the lights... Everyone has already said everything, except that this is GREAT for the AFTERMARKET!!! I can already see the aftermarket ROUND lights with integral LED's in a circle around the headlights... Giving it "Angle Eyes" :-)))) Oh, and make the lights HID too!!! I'll take the better running parts, and extra horses... But I'll be working on coming up with better (updated trad) parts to blot on!!!
tiger955i -yipee  October 26, 2010 02:48 AM
just ordered mine, get it mid november.alright,they've changed lights and i happen to like them!Hey,look at frame and swinging arm,what a beauty,loads ordered in blighty(waiting list) can't wait to get mine
Jacoby's Sloth -That's too bad...  October 21, 2010 03:35 PM
They do need to rename this it's not a styling scheme befitting the Speed III. The added torque is nice but the other styling bits are completely disappointing. I hope Triumph will rethink this. It's loser and that's too bad...
triplevodka -Streetfookydragon  October 19, 2010 05:57 PM
Can I suggest the bike changes name into something like "streetfookydragon" we sell it to the middle east and china market and we get to work back on the 2010 model??? Sounds like a very good idea to me! ...i forgot something: let's fire the design team!
mike -more weight less looks  October 16, 2010 02:12 AM
got a 2010 anniversary speed triple its the business, wont be buying a new one
stefan -mr  October 13, 2010 11:13 AM
What a disapointment......
I'll keep my "round eyes"
jwaller -what were they thinking  October 12, 2010 09:07 PM
Were they thinking? The twin round lights were a signature part of the speed triple. I think these new angular headlights on the Speed Triple will be short lived like the double sided swing arm on the daytona 955i from 2002. People demanded the single sided swingarm back and got it. Who at the Triumph factory thought this was a great idea?
Dirtybill -Headlights  October 12, 2010 10:39 AM
No thanks. I'll gladly keep my 06 model!!
Dirtybill -YAY!!!!!  October 12, 2010 10:36 AM
I was wondering if I'd have to go back in debt to trade in my 06 Speedy on a new 11 model but after seeing no significant good changes, I'll just keep my "old" one!!
Lucas -Enthusiast  October 12, 2010 10:24 AM
Wow, those are probably the ugliest headlights I have seen on a motorcycle ever. And the seat looks like they pulled it off an old mid 90's Yamaha FZR. What are they thinking? With gorgeous vehicles like Aston Martin and Bentley coming out of the U.K. I would think they could grab a spot of tea and come up with a halfway decent looking motorcycle. They have failed on this model. The latest and greatest model is supposed to be sexier, lighter, and faster. Not make it heaver, slower, and uglier :-( I am a big Triumph fan and it is disappointing to see this. Even the girls on the bike are not that good looking :-\
Wasenshi -I hate new look of 2011 S3  October 11, 2010 08:43 PM
I was collecting penny by penny for a new S3, but when I see those new ugly headlights... man, it's like a different motorcycle, which I don't like at all. Please, put round headlight back, offer them as an option, or I'll but a Duc. Should I remind you, when BMW started to swith those classy headlights on their cars on "better looking ones", a lot of BMW fans just left...
James Bond -mmmmm  October 10, 2010 07:47 PM
What on EARTH have TRIUMPH have done!!!! on God that bike looks silly.
Cuzy-Bro -What the .....!  October 10, 2010 01:45 AM
Oh Dear. Triumph fans have waited a long time for this new triple so wasn't it supposed to be more powerful and lighter than 2010 model? And who let the designers wreck the look, those headlights look truly poxy. Triumph obviously think this thing will sell,I dont see how when the old model looks heaps better. Personally i would hang the design team and start again.
TripleFighter675 -Can't wait to get my classic 2010.  October 9, 2010 10:32 PM
What a disappointment. The lights made me fall in love back in 2005. I've got a Street Trip now, and always lusted after the king Speed. Can't wait for the 2010 model prices to drop to make way for fugly replacement. It's a bike I'll never sell (the 2010 S3). 2011 looks Japanese. I'd rather the z1000 over this atrocity!!!!
scottyboy -mr  October 9, 2010 02:43 AM
Ive got the 2007 1050 model and wanted it as soon as I saw it, this Im sorry to say is too Jap looking, as charismatic as the Honda CBR1000 "Street Fighter". Triumph would have been better jacking the price up a grand and making some higher quality changes in styling, components and taking it up to an 1150. Waited 3 years and wont be buying this, it looks like a Fly, sorry love Triumph but not this.
Cowboy -Fail  October 7, 2010 09:42 PM

Oh, Triumph.

I was going to buy one of these things. I have a 955 Sprint RS, and really like it. Thought I'd upgrade to a 1050, and waited for the new, mo fastah, mo bettah 2011.


Looks pretty stupid, and weighs more. Sheesh. Your redesign has cost you this sale.

SKANK -It's a turd.  October 7, 2010 07:44 PM
Enough said.
ex-fan -Criminal  October 7, 2010 01:12 PM
What they did to this icon, this classic, this legend, is nothing short of criminal. And it's not just the headlights, mind you. They've made almost everything worse.
Kyy -still a 1050 huh?  October 6, 2010 08:47 PM
i'm still hopin that triumph releases an open class competitor ala the old daytona 955i, from which a new Speed3 would be spawned anew, and these days, that would mean upping the displacement to 1100cc and giving the engine and frame a thorough redesign. although this definitely isn't it, it sounds like a good bike, but i won't be trading in my street triple for it, that's for sure. the new look is definitely gonna take some gettin used to... Especially for a die-hard triumph rider.
Motofreak -New Triple  October 6, 2010 02:10 PM
I love it. I love the headlights, I love the new bodywork. It looks great.
constantine -ugly  October 6, 2010 12:38 PM
i agree about the headlights there uglyyy,i have a 09 speed triple and im not trading it in for a 2011
TG -Gained weight?  October 6, 2010 09:33 AM
A new aluminum frame with less fuel and is gains weight? Where?
rinconryder -salvage title...  October 6, 2010 07:51 AM
Great bike internally, but now it looks like any other salvage titled street fighter...Boo.
irksome -I can't leave you kids alone for a minute  October 6, 2010 05:46 AM
My '98 has been eliciting comments since the day I bought it; some dislike the look, most love it. All design comments center around the headlights; by definition, that makes them "iconic". It's how you recognize the bike. I could have lived with the stubby rear and the up-swept pipes of the last few years but this bike loses me. By trying to make it look different, it's started to look just the same as any other manufacturers' bikes. Pity. Then again, at 52 I'll probably be looking into a cruiser for my next bike, maybe a T-Bird. But not for a few years; I ain't dead yet.
Tex -Lights  October 6, 2010 05:26 AM
Have you ever ridden a speed triple? They are an incredible bike, so fun to ride. The only problem with them is the bug-eye lights. Some say iconic but I have never liked them. This bike just needs a good, old-fashioned, round headlight. That would finish it off.
Wheels -Re-inventing the wheel.  October 5, 2010 07:36 PM
The round headlights, like the wheel, are just something you shouldnt try to re-invent. I think they've lost what made Triumph so iconic - the round headlights. On a lighter note, the bike is, in itself, very nice.
snail -More Curb weight  October 5, 2010 06:53 PM
It suppose to loose some weight....
cggunnersmate -Ugh!  October 5, 2010 06:03 PM
They've ruined my beloved Triple! I hate the headlights and where they put the instrument pod. The model from the last couple of years was the best looking model since the 01 model (I have one) but those headlights are just terrible. I'm sure others will fit more classic round headlights, bike might be salvageable then.