Triumph is expanding the Speed Triple lineup again, and this time, it’s going in an all-new direction. After introducing the all-new Street Triple RS early in 2021, with significant weight reduction, increased horsepower and modern styling, Triumph is bringing in a second bike based around that platform—but, it’s got retro styling, sort of. The new Speed Triple RR is, as Triumph puts it, a “modern cafe racer.”
In other words, this is a no-compromise bike built along the lines of a vintage cafe custom, but with modern performance bits, instead of the budget-minded bits of a Suzuki SV650X, or the faux retro mechanics of Triumph’s own T120 and T100 series.
The cockpit fairing with a large single headlight is immediately visually arresting, if you’re a longtime fan of the Speed Triple series, because it is a big departure from the streetfighter designs that Triumph started using back in the 1990s. Instead of bare-knuckle, in-your-face styling, you get sleeker lines, and carbon-fiber accents all over.
Although Triumph went with a dual rear shock setup with its 1200 Scrambler series, the Speed Triple RR gets a proper monoshock. In fact, the suspension is very trick, with latest-gen Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 tech. There’s a set of fully-adjustable 43 mm USD forks, with Ohlins’ S-EC 2.0 OBTi semi-active electronic suspension management. That semi-autonomous suspension management extends to the monoshock (also Ohlins). The settings are adjustable on-the-fly, from the bike’s dash. Both front and rear suspension have 120 mm of travel.
The engine is the same liquid-cooled DOHC three-cylinder that debuted in the RS model earlier this year, with loads of power on tap. Triumph claims max output of 177 horsepower at 10,750 rpm, and 92 pound-feet of torque at 9,000 rpm. As they always does in their press releases, Hinckley’s marketeers also makes sure to tell us “characteristic of all Triumph triple engines, the torque curve is smooth and strong from low down, right through the mid-range and all the way up to peak revs for incredible punch and acceleration.” Those max output numbers are certainly lower-rpm than what you’d see from a superbike’s four-cylinder, so the Triumph triple is likely indeed a more enjoyable real-world ride.
Major service intervals come every 10,000 miles on Triumph’s triple.
The triple has its six-speed gearset stacked vertically, to reduce its front-to-back length. Slip/assist clutch is standard, as is an auto-blipping up/down quickshifter, which allows clutchless slipping between gears in either direction.
Triumph says it used technology developed through its Moto2 race program to design this quickshifter. Triumph’s press release says “When up-shifting, the Triumph Shift Assist adjusts factors such as ignition, fuel, and throttle angle, to momentarily relieve the pressure on the gears and allow them to slide. This is a much more sophisticated system than a traditional quickshifter, which would simply cut the ignition. When down-shifting, again the system monitors and adjusts various parameters and precisely controls the throttle blips, guaranteeing a smooth shift.”
The new Speed Triple comes with an aluminum twin-spar frame, with bolt-on aluminum subframe and a single-sided aluminum swingarm. The wheels are also cast aluminum. As you’d expect, the front and rear wheels are both 17-inchers; from the factory, the RR gets Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires, specifically made for this bike. Buyers looking to do trackdays can opt for Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 V3 tires, a street-legal race tire.
Up front, Brembo gives the Speed Triple RR a set of dual 320 mm disc brakes, with Stylema calipers and adjustable lever. The rear brake has a single 220 mm disc, with twin-piston caliper.
Fuel capacity is four gallons, and curb weight is a claimed 439 pounds.
The Speed Triple RR gets latest-generation hard parts, and the electronics are just as advanced.
LED lights come fitted as standard all-round, with scrolling turn signals available as an option.
The bike comes with five ride modes programmed in: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, and Track mode. These modes offer varying levels of horsepower and interference from the safety electronic systems (Track mode sees minimal ABS and traction control input).
The RR’s leaning-sensitive ABS system has a modulator from Continental, with built-in IMU measuring roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates. That same IMU also manages the leaning-sensitive traction control system. There’s also a wheelie control system.
All these functions are managed through the five-inch TFT screen, and a set of backlit “switch cubes,” as Triumph likes to call its buttons. Using the My Triumph app, you can also use the TFT screen to control Bluetooth music playback, answer/reject phone calls, or use turn-by-turn Google Maps navigation.
The Speed Triple RR will have a $20,950 MSRP in the US, and a $23,250 MSRP in Canada. Expect it in dealerships in early 2022.
Triumph will launch a full accessories line at the same time, with weather-resistant quick-detach luggage and other trick parts as factory-approved add-ons. Like the bike itself, they will come with a two-year, unlimited-mileage factory warranty.