2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS First Look Preview

The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS gets a ground-up redesign for 2021, with nearly every major element of the motorcycle changed.

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS First Look Preview
The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS will cost $18,300.
The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS will cost $18,300. (Triumph/)

Triumph has announced an all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS for 2021, with a ground-up redesign touching nearly all major components of the machine. There’ll be more power, better handling, lighter weight, and a whole lot more to consider if you find yourself in the market for a new naked bike this year.

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Powertrain

An all-new, more powerful, and lighter-weight triple was designed using lessons learned during Triumph’s Moto2 engine development.
An all-new, more powerful, and lighter-weight triple was designed using lessons learned during Triumph’s Moto2 engine development. (Triumph/)

Triumph utilized lessons learned in its Moto2 race engine program to develop an all-new 1,160cc triple for the Speed Triple. It’ll pump out 177 hp at 10,750 rpm and provide 92 pound-feet of torque at 9,000 rpm. The redline was raised by 650 rpm and the entire powerplant weighs 15 pounds less than its predecessor. All told, Triumph claims the highest power-to-weight ratio ever in the entire history of the Speed Triple.

The new engine warranted a completely revised intake and exhaust system, ensuring instant response the moment you touch the throttle. It also contributes to what Triumph claims is the best-sounding Speed Triple it’s ever made.

There’s a brand-new slip and assist clutch with a reduced number of clutch plates and a new stacked six-speed gearbox. Changes to the powertrain total a 12 percent loss in inertia. The cooling system is more compact for lighter overall weight as well, and a new ignition system utilizes twin spark plugs for better performance at high rpm.

Chassis

Triumph improved handling with chassis updates and geometry changes.
Triumph improved handling with chassis updates and geometry changes. (Triumph/)

In addition to saving weight in the engine, Triumph managed to shave pounds from the chassis as well. The new bike in total is 22 pounds lighter than last year’s model. The new cast-aluminum frame helped reach this goal while also providing better weight distribution, placing the bulk of the bike’s mass lower and more forward.

Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX 30 fork.
Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX 30 fork. (Triumph/)

The bike will be suspended by a fully adjustable Öhlins NIX 30 USD fork and fully adjustable Öhlins TTX 32 twin tube monoshock. The suspension package comes tuned for the new geometry, power profile, and lower weight.

High-quality components down to the Brembo master cylinder and lever.
High-quality components down to the Brembo master cylinder and lever. (Triumph/)

Brembo Stylema radial monoblock calipers and 320mm discs provide stopping power at the front while a Brembo twin-piston caliper and 220mm disc slows the bike at the rear.

Its 17-inch cast-aluminum, V-spoke wheels will come fitted with Metzeler Racetec RR tires or you can have the factory fit a pair of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tires if you’re aiming to head straight to the track.

A more compact tail section.
A more compact tail section. (Triumph/)

The chassis updates are complemented by new bodywork which aims to make the already aggressive-looking machine even more formidable. The tail portion is more compact, there is a new carbon fiber front mudguard, new bellypan, and seat cowl, and attention to the finer points of detail throughout.

Electronics

A new 5-inch TFT instrument panel.
A new 5-inch TFT instrument panel. (Triumph/)

As with any motorcycle worth its cost these days, the Speed Triple 1200 RS will feature a complete host of electronic aids and conveniences.

You’ll get all the pertinent info displayed on a new 5-inch TFT instrument panel, which features a new interface and greater on-the-go adjustability options.

All-new LED headlights.
All-new LED headlights. (Triumph/)

The bike is packing a Triumph Shift Assist quickshifter, Optimized Cornering ABS, switchable Optimized Cornering Traction Control, upgraded front wheel lift control, cruise control, new LED lighting, fully keyless design, and five ride modes.

Updated taillight.
Updated taillight. (Triumph/)

Ride modes include Rain, Road, Sport, Track, and Rider. Many settings of each of these modes can be adjusted on the fly.

The Sum of Its Parts

The 2021 Speed Triple 1200 RS will be available in US dealerships starting in late March.
The 2021 Speed Triple 1200 RS will be available in US dealerships starting in late March. (Triumph/)

The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS promises to be one heck of a ride. It will price at $18,300 and be available in US dealerships starting late March. It will come in either Sapphire Black with red and silver graphics or a Matte Silver Ice with black, silver, and yellow graphics.

Loads of accessories are planned for the bike too, including accessory luggage, frame protectors, tank pads, accessory battery chargers, and more.

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $18,300
Engine: 1,160cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 13.2:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ electronic throttle control
Clutch: Wet, multiplate w/ slip and assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Aluminum twin spar
Front Suspension: Öhlins 43mm NIX 30 USD fork, fully adjustable, 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Öhlins TTX 36 twin tube monoshock, fully adjustable, 4.7 in. travel
Front Brake: Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers, 320mm floating discs w/ OC-ABS
Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ OC-ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6.0 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Metzeler Racetec RR; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17
Rake/Trail: 23.9°/4.1 in.
Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight: 437 lb.
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited mileage
Available: March 2021
Contact: triumphmotorcycles.com
Designed for the street and track.
Designed for the street and track. (Triumph/)Engineers were able to shave 22 pounds from the Speed Triple.
Engineers were able to shave 22 pounds from the Speed Triple. (Triumph/)The ground-up redesign yields one of Triumph’s most potent Speed Triples yet.
The ground-up redesign yields one of Triumph’s most potent Speed Triples yet. (Triumph/)An unmistakable profile.
An unmistakable profile. (Triumph/)A big step forward for the Speed Triple.
A big step forward for the Speed Triple. (Triumph/)Keyless features extend to the fuel filler cap.
Keyless features extend to the fuel filler cap. (Triumph/)Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX 36 shock.
Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX 36 shock. (Triumph/)
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