Interestingly, the new Speed Triple comes in rather conservative hues of black, white, or red. As before, a full set of dedicated accessories is also available, including the flyscreen that's surely a must-have item, as well as a rear hugger, bellypan, seat cowl, frame protectors etc. There is also a choice of two optional freer-flowing Arrow exhausts incorporating chromed heat shields and end caps; one is a slip-on, the other a full titanium system "for track use only." Triumph says more than 50 percent of their Speed Triple customers opt for an aftermarket exhaust - imagine that.
The battery on the new Speed...
The battery on the new Speed Triple is now located right behind the steering head, helping to increase front-end weight bias for improved handling.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's the cliché which governs all manufacturers' product development cycles, try as they may to convey the impression of constant evolution. It's an adage that Ducati famously forgot in creating the unloved 999, yet which Triumph has carefully adhered to in producing the 2011-model Speed Triple. The new, much improved Speed Triple is a bike you'll be looking for excuses to go out and ride on the kind of roads that demand to be hustled along, using its improved torque and handling to best advantage. This restyled motorcycle retains the posture and in-your-face attitude of the original bike, which very definitely wasn't broke, but has been suitably refreshed. It's still got plenty of attitude, and the performance to back it up.
2011 Triumph Speed Triple
Type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-triple
Bore x stroke: 79 x 71.4mm
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Induction: Keihin EFI, 46mm throttle bodies, single injector/cyl.
Front tire: Metzeler Racetec KR Interact, 120/70ZR-17
Rear tire: Metzeler Racetec KR Interact, 190/55ZR-17
Rake/trail: 22.8 deg./3.6 in. (90.9mm)
Wheelbase: 56.5 in. (1435mm)
Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal. (17.5L)
Claimed wet weight: 471.8 lb. (214kg) full fuel, ready to ride