With numerous fans and awards garnered since its 2018 debut, Triumph’s Speed Twin is recognized as an icon that put the ‘sport’ in the modern sport classic category. Over 11,000 units later, the British manufacturer has decided to give the Speed Twin an overhaul to maintain its class-leading performance.
For 2021, the new Triumph Speed Twin gets significant upgrades in the form of a revised Euro 5-compliant engine, better handling bits, and even more premium style befitting of the Bonneville line.
As the name implies, the Speed Twin is powered by a twin-cylinder engine. To be specific, at the heart of this modern classic is a 1,200cc SOHC parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank. Power peaks at 98.6hp at 7,250rpm, while 112 Nm of torque can be found at 4,250rpm. Matched to this mill is a six-speed manual transmission with Triumph’s torque assist clutch. Improvements over the previous model’s engine include a lightweight crankshaft, high-compression pistons, revised ports, and a new cam profile.
Other hardware updates include new suspension, composed of a 43mm upside down Marzocchi fork with 120mm of travel and full adjustability paired with twin rear shock absorbers with adjustable preload and 120mm of rear wheel travel. The brakes are new as well, with superbike-quality performance courtesy of twin Brembo M50 four-piston radial monobloc calipers up front and a single Nissin two-piston unit in the rear. Front and rear ABS comes standard.
Complementing these chassis upgrades are new lightweight wheels that combine form and function to enhance the bike’s stripped-back style. Mounted onto the cast aluminum wheels are track-ready Metzeler Racetec RR tires that deliver improved agility, sharp handling, and high levels of grip right out of the box.
The electronics get updates as well, with the addition of dedicated throttle maps and traction control settings for each of the bike’s three riding modes: Rain, Road, and Sport. These settings are easily switchable through a convenientl button mounted on the handlebar. Also on the handlebars are controls for scrolling through the various display items visible in the multifunction LCD screen in between the analog speedometer and tachometer.
An immobilizer system comes as standard for better peace of mind, and a USB charging port is built-in to make sure your devices don’t run out of juice when you’re out on a ride.
Pricing for the new Speed Twin starts at £11,000, or approximately P745,000. An official local price tag has yet to be announced, so keep an eye on Triumph Philippines for updates if this slick and dapper ride catches your eye.
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