2016 Triumph Speed Triple S Review

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By John Burns

2016 Triumph Speed Triple S

Editor Score: 91.75%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.75/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.25/10
Desirability 9.25/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 91.75/100

How do we love the Triumph Speed Triple? Let us count the ways… one, two, three… ever since the original naked Triple showed up in, well not the original one, but the first aluminum-framed one that arrived on scene in 1997. That first real Speed Triple had various teething problems you can read all about in MO‘s test here, but nigh on 20 years later all the bugs seem to be worked out, including the chrome bug-eye headlights of the original, which we still miss.

But the latest S3 is so delicious I’m willing to overlook the new lights, now with LED position lamps, camouflaged as the misshapen things are by a tight-fitting flyscreen incorporating a gap-toothed air intake which leads to the new airbox. A bike we once thought would always amount to nothing more than a common street urchin has been refined into a sophisticated motorcycle that can do it all, including a bit of light touring – or maybe not so light as seen here in the lead photo with our large and in charge Sean Alexander, hauling ass with quite a haul.

We all mature whether we like it or not. Along with the original Ducati Monster of ’94, the Speed Trip really ushered in the whole naked-bike/hooligan era, which was just the thing we needed after the hunch-backed sportbike epoch that preceded it. The early S3 had some bad habits, but the sheer audacious party nature of the thing made us overlook them. Instead of being all about lap times, it was all about good times and perfecting one’s wheelie technique. (Or attempting to …read more

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