Triumph has revealed the new 2018 Speed Triple with an abundance of updates. The naked liter bike gets a power boost, advanced electronics, a reduction in weight, and upgraded parts. While the motorcycle’s design language has stayed familiar and its 1050cc power plant has been retained, the plethora of improvements and fresh parts make the 2018 Speed Triple a brand new bike with a practically brand new engine.
The Speed Triple’s 1050cc three-cylinder engine gets 105 new parts including Nikasil-plated aluminum cylinder liners, new piston profiles, and higher compression ratio combustion chambers. Optimized exhaust ports, a free-flowing exhaust, a larger catalytic converter, and lighter headers result in a better-breathing engine. The upgrades give the new Speed Triple a 7-percent increase in power, 4-percent more torque, and a rev limit higher by 1,000 rpm.
The 2018 Speed Triple is rated to make 150 PS at 10,500 rpm, and 117 Nm of torque at 7,150 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with a slip-assist clutch. Triumph also promises an even better exhaust note, with more of the triple’s sound unleashed. Shaved weight is further accomplished via a smaller starter motor and a lighter battery, while the radiator cowl and front fender come in carbon fiber.
Electronic updates include a 5-inch TFT dash with rider modes and throttle settings — controlled by back-lit switchcubes on the handlebars. Both the S and RS get cruise control, daytime running lights, and a USB charging port as standard. The RS also receives extras like a keyless steering lock and ignition system.
The Speed Triple S gets fully adjustable 43 mm Showa USD forks and a Showa monoshock, while the RS gets fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 USD forks and a TTX36 twin-tube monoshock. Both models roll on ten-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires. The higher-spec RS provides more carbon fiber body panels, a removable seat cowl, and a matte aluminum subframe.
The S and RS weigh dry at 192 kg and 189 kg respectively. Both have seat heights of 825 mm and fuel capacities of 15.5 liters.
The 2018 Speed Triple S is available in Jet Black or Crystal White with a titanium rear subframe, silver seat stitching, and graphite pinstriped wheels. The Speed Triple RS comes in Crystal White or Matte Jet Black with a matte aluminum rear subframe and red seat stitching. In addition, it also comes with red pinstriped wheels and exclusive RS decals.