News 2011 Triumph Speed Triple | Preview

2011 Triumph Speed Triple | Preview

2011 Triumph

New for 2011 is the latest incarnation of Triumph Speed Triple, a truly iconic motorcycle model in the British line-up. With an all-new chassis, the 1050cc 2011 bike is poised to deliver a new level of handling and composure in the naked class.

With a sharper and even more aggressive look, and more power from the legendary 1050cc triple, this new motorcycle looks set to add further to a legacy that has seen over 65,000 Speed Triples sold since its introduction in 1994.

The beautifully sculpted frame retains the traditional Speed Triple styling cues, such as the twin over-engine spars and single-sided swingarm, but the geometry is all-new.

Weight distribution has been improved by moving the engine forward in the frame and relocating the battery in front of the airbox, creating a Triumph that sets new standards in handling, stability and agility.

At 214 kg (472 lbs) fully fueled, the 2011 Triple Triumph is a whole 3 kg (6.6 lbs) lighter than the previous model. Front and rear wheels are each over one kilogram lighter, while the narrower frame and improved packaging allows for increased ground clearance and makes the machine feel incredibly light and nimble.

The new 43mm forks offer excellent control and plushness and are fully-adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping on both legs, while Brembo radial caliper brakes grip 320mm discs which are 0.5mm thinner than the outgoing motorcycle model for further reduction in unsprung weight. ABS is an option for the first time.

All-new body panels and heavily sculpted seat accentuate the Speed Triple’s aggressive street fighting stance and complement the newly styled twin headlights. Color-coded radiator cowls are a new feature and sport new decals.

Three different color options are available: Crystal White, Phantom Black and Diablo Red, with color-coded flyscreen, seat cowl and belly pan available as genuine Triumph motorcycle accessories.

Ergonomics have been improved and the 820mm seat height is lower than the previous Speed Triple. The all-new riding position makes the Speed Triple more accessible and comfortable than before, placing the rider further forward and inspiring much more confidence when carving through twisting corners.

Triumph’s 1050cc triple is just about the only thing that carries over from the previous model, although even that hasn’t remained untouched. The already class-leading torque has been increased by 8% to 111 Nm (81 ft lbs) at 7750 rpm, with a 5 ps increase in power to give the Speed Triple a mighty 135 ps (81 hp) at the top end.

With Triumph’s latest generation ECU software and modified exhaust system, the new naked bike delivers its raw power in a satisfyingly refined manner.

The 2011 Speed Triple features a high specification as standard, including fat alloy handlebars, a coded-key immobilizer and an improved instrumentation which includes digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, programmable gear change lights and service interval announcement display.

Triumph’s motorcycle accessories division has also developed a full range of official accessories for the new urban triple. Highlights include performance-enhancing slip on silencers and a full three-into-one ‘low boy’ exhaust system developed in conjunction with Arrow Special Parts, while a tire pressure sensor kit is available for the first time on the Speed Triple.

A full range of soft luggage and gel comfort seats have also been developed to increase the practicality of the 2011 Triumph motorcycle.

2011 Triumph Speed Triple | Motorcycle Specs

  • Brand new for 2011
  • All-new chassis delivers class-leading handling
  • More power and torque from iconic 1050cc three-cylinder engine
  • Sharp new styling for most aggressive look yet
  • 3 kg (6.6 lbs) lighter than previous Speed Triple
  • Standard fit key-coded immobilizer for added security
  • ABS option for first time on Speed Triple
  • Full range of performance accessories available
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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