By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 88.25%
2019 Triumph Speed Twin
Editor Score: 88.25%
Within Triumph‘s Modern Classics line there was always a sizable gap between the Bonneville T120 and the Thruxton. The Bonnie had a nice standard riding position and more sedate power delivery, while the Thruxton had a much more committed rider stance and sportier performance. What about riders who wanted an upright riding stance but craved more get up when the go knob was twisted? Well, the good folks in Hinckley have answered the call with the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin.
However, Triumph delivered more than merely a revised riding position grafted onto a Thruxton chassis. Instead, an entirely new motorcycle was created from careful updates to the Thruxton. In the end, the Speed Twin offers a package that may out-Thruxton the Thruxton – at least until some of the Speed Twin’s modifications trickle-up to the older sibling.
For starters, Triumph took the 1200cc High Power parallel-Twin engine that powers the Thruxton and set about trimming away the excess fat. While the essential makeup of the engine remains the same, those crafty engineers were able to shave 5.5 lb from the liquid-cooled mill. Weight savings came from many of the usual places for those who follow sporting motorcycle machinery. The cam cover became a magnesium item, while the engine side covers were lightened.
For fans of parallel-Twins, the Triumph 1200cc High Power engine is a fine example. Note the subtle grey of the magnesium cam cover.
That doesn’t mean the engine’s performance was ignored. With the Thruxton R as the basis, the head is a high-compression unit and the pistons in the 97.6 x 80 mm bore and stroke are controlled by a …read more