The Next-Gen Triumph Speed Triple Is Their Fastest Streetfighter Ever

This thing is lean and mean.
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Although the streetfighter category was borne of motorcyclists riding full-bore race-replica street bikes stripped of plastic bodywork that was accidentally smashed in crashes, manufacturers have commonly watered down their imitations of these home-brewed rides.

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The new generation Triumph Speed Triple S and RS incorporate a major engine development and advanced engineering for performance enhancement and weight saving, boosting the 1,050 cc, three-cylinder engine's peak power 7 percent higher than the previous generation to 148 horsepower while trimming total weight by 7 pounds.

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“We have made major changes to the new Speed Triple engine," noted Stuart Wood, Triumph Motorcycles' chief engineer. "The result is a motor that spins up faster and revs harder for longer with a red line now 1,000 rpm higher than the previous generation. This delivers more Triumph Triple character, crisp throttle response and the unmistakable Triple deep, rich roar to match.” 

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That's because the Speed Triple RS now speaks through lightweight sports silencers to make it the meanest-sounding factory streetfighter yet.

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The RS includes double-adjustable Ohlins fork and rear shock, while the S employs double-adjustable Showa hardware.

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Both editions ride on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires with Brembo 4-piston radial Monobloc calipers. 

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You can choose either black paint or white. At least, unless you crash it and it becomes the unofficial hooligan streetfighter color combo of road rash and rattle-can spray paint.