Triumph Motorcycles probably has one of the widest range of modern classic motorcycles globally. Ranging from the basic Street Twin to the off-the-charts gorgeous Thruxton R, Triumph has a something for everyone who is looking to buy a modern classic motorcycle. The UK-based company recently took the wraps off the all-new Speed Twin, which is yet another addition to the modern classic portfolio of Triumph. It gets a 1200 cc parallel-twin engine which also does duty on the Thruxton. The idea is to combine the performance of the Thruxton R and the ease of a Bonneville T120. Here is everything you need to know about the all-new Triumph Speed Twin.
History and design
The Speed Twin was first introduced in 1938, having the world's first parallel-twin engine and having earned the tag of being the world's first real 'Rider's Bike', until its production was stopped in 1966. Fast forward to 2019 and the new Speed Twin is basically a model that Triumph calls a modern custom roadster. Looking at the new Speed Twin, you can easily discern the classic lines along with retro styled panels, round panel and chiselled fuel tank. The overall look is quite similar to the Street Twin and that is not a bad thing at all.
The all-new Triumph Speed Twin uses the same 1200 cc 'high power' parallel-twin which also does duty on the Thruxton and the Bonneville T120. The engine of course gets a few revisions such as a low inertia crank and a high compression head. The cam cover is now made of magnesium and the clutch assembly too has been revised. The engine makes 96 bhp at 6,750 rpm along with a peak torque output of 112 Nm at 4,950 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Tyres, brakes and suspension
While the frame is based on the Thruxton R, it is new and designed specifically for the Speed Twin, matched with 41 mm KYB cartridge-type forks, and Brembo four-piston callipers gripping 305 mm rotors. On the rear wheel, a single Nissin floating calliper grips on a single 220 mm disc. The wheels are 17-inch, seven-spoke cast aluminium wheels, shod with Pirelli Rosso Corsa III tyres.
Features and electronics
Sure, the design is all retro, but underneath that classic roadster look, the new Speed Twin is a fully modern motorcycle. Triumph offers a bunch of features such as ride-by-wire, torque-assisted clutch along with three riding modes (Road, Sport and Rain). Other electronics include ABS and switchable traction control. The motorcycle also gets LED daytime running lamp along with LED rear lamp and LED indicators. There is also a USB charging socket along with a twin-pod instrument console with each pod having a small digital readout. Needless to say, the Speed Twin is a well-specced motorcycle.
Availability in India and expected pricing
We believe that the Triumph Motorcycles India could launch the Speed Twin sometime in the middle of 2019 and the expected pricing should be between ₹ 10 lakh - 11 lakh.