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First Look: Triumph unveils new 2016 Speed Triple R and S models

first look triumph unveils new 2016 speed triple r and s models

The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R features a new upgraded engine with more than 100 revisions in addition to new riding modes, switchable traction control and ABS, plus Öhlins NIX30 inverted front fork and TTX36 rear shock.

Info and photos of the new 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S models have been released, and although looking fairly similar externally, there’s some major upgrades to the engine and electronics for both bikes.

The trademark 1050cc three-cylinder engine has been extensively reworked, with a total of 104 changes that are claimed to provide more power and torque while achieving 10 percent better fuel efficiency. Among those changes are a new crankshaft, an all-new cylinder head with revised combustion chambers, new pistons, and a ride-by-wire throttle assembly that allows the inclusion of five riding modes, plus switchable traction control and ABS. A slipper-assist clutch, smaller and more efficient radiator, and a freer-flowing exhaust that is claimed to flow 70 percent more than the previous unit are also part of the upgrades.

first look triumph unveils new 2016 speed triple r and s models

The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple S gets the same heavily upgraded engine and electronics as the R model, but minus the pricey carbon body parts and Öhlins suspension components. The S model will come in the usual Diablo Red and Phantom Black paint schemes.

A new ECU is part of the new electronics package that enables the inclusion of five riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and a Rider Configurable mode that allows the rider to choose throttle response, TC, and ABS levels). Brembo monobloc calipers are standard on both the S and R, along with new styling that features a Daytona 675R-inspired tail section and revised radiator shrouds and mufflers. The new Speed Triple R gets the usual carbon body panels, including the front fender and fuel tank infill panels. While both Speed Triples have fully adjustable suspension, the R model has high-spec Öhlins NIX30 inverted front fork and TTX36 rear shock. Additional detail pieces on the Speed Triple R include billet-machined handlebar clamps and risers, swingarm pivot cover in the frame, and rear wheel finisher.

The 2016 Speed Triple S will be available in Diablo Red and Phantom Black, while the R model will come in Crystal White and Matte Graphite motifs. No prices were mentioned.

first look triumph unveils new 2016 speed triple r and s models

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R

Below is the text from the official Triumph press release:


• All new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R
• NEW 1050cc triple engine with 104 new developments with increased torque throughout the rev range
• NEW rider-focused technology including riding modes, switchable ABS and switchable Traction Control
• NEW styling including all new twin headlamps and all new bodywork
• Significantly narrower engine/radiator package giving 20mm narrower stand-over
• Brembo monoblock calipers as standard across S and R models
• R features bellypan, carbon bodywork inserts and front mudguard, billet finishers and Öhlins suspension front and rear
• Four NEW colorways – Phantom Black and Diablo Red on the Speed Triple S, Crystal White and Matt Graphite on the Speed Triple R
• Designed to be true to the Speed Triple DNA – Delivering the perfect balance of performance, handling, capability and character

first look triumph unveils new 2016 speed triple r and s models

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R

ATLANTA (November 10, 2015) – The NEW Triumph Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R take the legacy of the first factory street fighter to a completely new level in terms of performance, agility, power, handling and capability.

Centered around a new 1050cc triple engine, the new Speed Triple S and R redefine the naked performance roadster. The new engine features 104 new developments that combine to deliver more power and, more importantly, more torque across the whole rev range whilst still delivering an increase of up to 10% fuel efficiency. These developments include a new combustion chamber, new cylinder head, new machined crank, new piston design and new ‘Ride-by-Wire’ throttle bodies. Additional developments also include a slip assist clutch, smaller, more efficient radiator and a new free-flowing exhaust that has a 70% increase in flow rate.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple S

The NEW Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R also feature a suite of rider-focused technology. Among the features that add to the Speed Triple’s performance and capability are a new ECU coupled to a new adjustable Ride-by-Wire throttle with selectable throttle maps that increase the feel, responsiveness and control. There are now five distinct riding modes to choose from: Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a new Rider Configurable mode, that all allows the rider to set-up the motorcycle to the optimum performance relative to road conditions or environment.

Key to the new Speed Triple S and R is the aggressive, athletic styling and a narrow, focused design. A low, lithe stance is accentuated by sleek new bodywork and a completely new, Daytona 675R-inspired, tailpiece. All of which has been achieved without losing any of the naked minimalist beauty that is synonymous with the Speed Triple.

first look triumph unveils new 2016 speed triple r and s models

2016 Triumph Speed Triple S

The new Triumph Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R redefine the Speed Triple legend – delivering the perfect balance of power, handling, capability and character in two new performance roadsters designed for maximum fun and maximum thrills with maximum attitude.

Speed Triple S
Spec highlights include:
• New triple engine with 104 new components
• Improved peak power and torque spread across entire rev range
• Ride-by-Wire throttle
• 5 Rider Modes including a Track Mode
• Rider-selectable ABS
• Rider-selectable traction control linked to Rider Modes
• Brembo monobloc front brake calipers
• Fully adjustable suspension, front and rear
• Redesigned, narrower radiator
• Restyled radiator shrouds, rear bodywork and silencers
• Choice of two distinctive colorways:
• Diablo Red
• Phantom Black
Speed Triple R
In addition to the Triple S spec:
• Carbon fiber front mudguard
• Carbon fiber fuel tank infill panels
• Higher specification, fully adjustable suspension:
• Öhlins NIX30 upside down front forks
• Öhlins TTX36 rear shock
• High quality finishing details:
• Billet-machined handlebar clamps, risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel finisher
• Choice of two bespoke paint schemes and detailing:
• Crystal White
• Matt Graphite
• Red painted sub-frame, wheel pinstripes, radiator cowls
• Red seat stitching detail

About Triumph
Triumph Motorcycles is the British premium, lifestyle brand, which produces a wide range of distinctive, cool, and authentic Modern Classic, Adventure, Sport, Cruiser and Touring motorcycles. Also the oldest continually produced motorcycle brand, the first Triumph was manufactured in 1902. The company’s global headquarters are located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd. Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd., its North American subsidiary, is based in Atlanta, Ga., and is home to the motorcycle industry’s first 24/7 Customer Support team. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles, visit


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