2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS & S | Tough New Hooligans
The Triumph Speed Triple has been an iconic hooligan motorcycle since its inception. Over the years it has been refined and enhanced, and the new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple brings more power to the table, and with advanced electronics. Here’s what you need to know about the two new Speed Triples, which we will be testing later this month:1. There are two flavors of 2018 Triumph Speed Triple—RS and S. The S is the standard model, while the RS gets a wide variety of performance, technical, and cosmetic updates. Both motorcycles share the same frame and updated motor.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS (left) and S
2. Triumph put 105 new parts into the Speed Triple motor. The 1050cc triple retains its modestly oversquare configuration, but now it puts out 148 horsepower (up seven percent) and 86 ft/lbs of torque (a four percent increase).3. The new parts are designed to provide faster revving for the torquey powerplant. The Speed Triple powerplant gets a lighter crank gear and new lightweight Nikasil-plated aluminum cylinder liners. The sump has been redesigned to lower the engine’s oil level for less drag, and also to improve weight distribution. Additional compression comes from a new cylinder head and piston profile. The redline is now in five figures at 10,500 rpm.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS
4. The exhaust system is redesigned, though the mufflers are still under the pillion seat. The exhaust is freer flowing and has lighter headers. The RS version gets Arrow silencers with a brushed titanium finish, plus carbon fiber for the heat shields and end caps—this results in an enhanced sound output and lighter weight. The S mufflers are painted black, with aluminum heat shields, and stainless steel end caps.5. The 2018 Speed Triple S gets a technological booster shot. The big triple now has a new computer, various riding modes, new cruise control, and a full-color five-inch TFT dash with a programmable display. It also retains adjustable ABS and traction control. New switchgear includes a five-way joystick and backlit buttons.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple Gauge
6. The S has four riding modes, while the RS gets an extra Track riding mode. In addition to the expected Sport, Road, and Rain modes, both motorcycles have a rider-configurable mode.7. Triumph gives the Speed Triple RS a wider array of electronics. Sporting an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the RS has cornering help for both traction control and ABS. There is also a quickshifter that works when shifting in both directions. For convenience, the RS now has a keyless steering lock and ignition system; it can be turned off for added security.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple
8. The 2018 Speed Triple RS has some nice cosmetic features. The front fender and radiator cowls are made from carbon fiber (which offer a bit of weight savings), plus the RS gets a lower cowl. A nice touch to both bikes are Daylight Running Lights to supplement the standard uniquely shaped headlights.9. Plenty of great features are carried over from the previous Speed Triple. The Speed Triple S has fully adjustable Showa suspension, while the RS gets high-end Öhlins units. The two Speed Triples are shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rubber (on new 10-spoke high gloss wheels), and are equipped with high-performance Brembo front calipers.
2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS (and S) Specs
Bore x stroke: 79 x 71.4mm
Maximum power: 148 horsepower @ 10,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 86 ft/lbs @ 7150 rpm
Compression ratio: 12.9:1
Transmission: Quickshift 6-speed (S: standard shift)
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This week, in the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us about the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark. This somewhat entry-level machine still comes with all the great Ducati hallmarks of excellent low down torque and impeccable handling. If you like to hear about fun motorcycles, then you’ll enjoy this one.
In the second segment, Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly brings us another of his interviews, this time it’s with Chip Doherty.
Chip’s amazing resume includes motorcycle racer, restorer and collector. Back in the early 2000s he used his engineering background to start motorcycle clothing manufacturer Motophoria.
After selling that company in 2007, Chip’s resume gained him entry to NASA where for 7 years he was responsible for launching the space shuttle! Since moving on from NASA, Chip expanded his collection of classic British bikes. Eventually Neale persuaded him to ride to Peru and help Neale’s Wellspring Foundation raise money for the orphanage there.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!