Return of the Speed Twin

ONE OF THE most famous names in motorcycling has been revived by Triumph for a new high-performance twin.

The new 1200cc Speed Twin re-introduces a legendary Triumph name. The 1200cc, 97bhp twin has a new chassis, high spec brakes and is 10kg lighter than the Thruxton twin it is based on. The Speed Twin has been designed as a hybrid of the Street Twin’s detailing, the Thruxton R’s performance and the Bonneville T120’s ride and rider comfort. 

Detail changes to the Thruxton engine are a new magnesium cam cover, revised clutch assembly and engine covers, which add up to save 2.5kg. The Speed Twin will have lighter 17in aluminium wheels than the Thruxton’s spoked items. Like the smaller Street Twin, the Speed Twin has a low 807mm seat height. It also comes packed full of electronic aids buyers of modern motorcycles have come to expect, including three riding modes and switchable traction control.

Three colour choices will be available, with plain black offered alongside two-tone silver over grey and silver over red. Custom exhausts providing a very classic style grunt will be popular with everyone except the neighbours. More than 80 accessories, from luggage options to performance exhausts, will be available, and Triumph says the bike will go on sale in the spring. The price will be released in mid-January.

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