2019 Triumph Speed Twin First Look

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By Dennis Chung

The legendary Speed Twin is back, returning as the newest member of Triumph‘s 1200cc Bonneville lineup. The new 2019 Triumph Speed Twin slots into the line by combining the Thruxton‘s performance with the Bonneville T120‘s more comfortable riding position.

The original Speed Twin was introduced in 1938, helping establish the long tradition of British parallel-Twins, setting benchmarks its lightweight chassis and an engine that out-powered the Singles of the era. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin seeks to recapture the original’s glory as a modern, high-performance roadster.

The new Triumph Speed Twin is powered by the high-power version of the 1200cc 8-valve parallel-Twin Bonneville engine with the similar tuning as the Thruxton R. For the Speed Twin, Triumph added a new magnesium cam cover, new mass-optimized engine covers and revised the clutch assembly. The result is a claimed 5.5-pound weight savings compared to the Thruxton engine. Triumph claims a peak output of 96 hp at 6750 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque at 4950 rpm.

The ride-by-wire throttle offers three modes: Sport, Road and Rain. Each offers a dedicated throttle map and traction control settings.

The Triumph Speed Twin’s exhaust ends in twin upswept silencers with a satin black painted finish and stainless steel end caps.

The Speed Twin also inherits the Thruxton R’s frame, but the tapered handlebars and new upper yoke and risers produce a more upright riding position. The footpegs are also further forward than the more cafe-flavored Thruxton. The bench seat is more in line with the Bonneville, with a 31.8-inch reach to the ground.

The suspension is also similar to the Thruxton’s, with a 41mm cartridge forks and twin rear shocks with adjustable preload, both offering 4.7 inches of travel. Brembo provides the four-piston calipers mated with twin 305mm front discs. Oddly, Triumph opted to go with …read more

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