Ever since the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin was announced in early December, we’ve been excited about the prospects that it posed. The idea of Thruxton power wrapped in a more relaxed package intrigued us, and now, the moment is at hand. Thanks to the magical tubes of the internet, we have the skinny on the Speed Twin just hours after the press briefing at the riding launch in Mallorca, Spain.
We’ll have a full first-ride review of the Speed Twin later this week. Until then, here are five facts you know about the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin.
1. Based on the Thruxton
Well, we knew the Speed Twin was based on the Thruxton from the original announcement, but what we didn’t know was how much was changed. First, the engine is the high-power version of the 1200cc 8-valve parallel-Twin and is in a similar state of tune. Naturally, the EFI mapping will be slightly updated to account for changes to the exhaust system’s crossover. Although the frame is all new, its dimensions only changed slightly compared to the Thruxton. The rake is increased 0.1 degrees to 22.8, and the trail becomes 3.7 inches (an increase of 0.1 inch). The wheelbase also lengthens to 56.3 in (from 55.7) through the use of an additional link in the chain combined with the Thruxton’s swingarm. Changes to the rear subframe to accommodate the seat and rear fender are the primary reason for the new frame.
2. Lighter Weight
The Speed Twin weighs in 22 pounds less than the Thruxton. Part of this comes from the aluminum cradle supporting the engine in the new frame. As we’ve previously noted, the engine is 5.5 pounds lighter thanks to the magnesium cam and engine covers. The front wheel and …read more