All-New Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Reveal

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The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited. A week before the reveal, Triumph released a teaser of their new bike. With a dim red ambient light highlighting its build, riders worldwide couldn’t wait to see what exciting new features the brand had in store for this new motorcycle. Building off the previous generation, the Speed Triple RS, and featuring a new fairing, it left us wondering, could this be the sports-touring Superbike we’ve been waiting for? After much anticipation, Triumph has finally revealed the specs for their new motorcycle and they didn’t disappoint. With a 1160cc engine, improved handlebars, a new cafe fairing and improved specs the Speed Triple 1200 RR is one the best bikes Triumph has ever made. Set to release in December, this bike could easily be one of the best motorcycles to come out this year.

Summary:

  • Based on the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
  • Improved handling
  • New handlebars
  • Footpeg position altered
  • All standard parts are top of the line
  • Highest spec Triumph motorcycle
  • New cockpit fairing
  • 1160cc displacement
  • Sports-touring
  • 199kg wet weight
  • 15.5L fuel tank capacity
  • 830mm seat height
MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple RR Candy Red On Road Side View
Pictured: Triumph Speed Triple RR Candy Red On Road Side View

Differences

This new bike may be built off the Speed Triple RS but there are several striking features that set it apart from its predecessor. The most notable is the inclusion of a single round headlight and a cafe fairing. Gone are the bug-eyed headlights from the RS. The new single LED headlight gives the Triumph Speed Triple RR a sleeker, more sophisticated look. With a functional intake located behind it and a daylight operating mode, the headlight doesn’t just look good, it also has great functionality. With a new fairing, carbon-fibre detailing and high-quality candy red paint the Speed Triple RR is guaranteed to turn heads.

The newest model also positions the handlebars 135mm lower and 50mm further forward. This encourages a more aggressive riding position and gives you more grip and control of the motorcycle. Triumph doubles down on this concept by adjusting the footpeg position slightly higher and further back. This allows you to sit more comfortably and gives you greater points of contact to improve handling.

The tank is now more narrow and comfortable, which lets you get a better grip and keeps you comfortable for longer. The motorcycle also has more enhanced features in comparison to the previous model with improved Brembo back and front brakes as well as Öhlins electronically adjustable shocks, making this Triumph’s highest spec motorcycle.

Thanks to these alterations, riding the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR on the road seems like it will be a much more comfortable experience. This was the main point of criticism for the Speed Triple 1200 RS. Although it is an excellent, high-performance superbike, riding it anywhere but on the track felt impractical. Thankfully, due to the mindfulness towards ergonomics, the sports-touring audience can enjoy the thrill unique to motorcycles of this class.

MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Candy Red Top View
Pictured: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Candy Red Top View

Suspension

To reach an ideal level of performance, it is common to outfit your motorcycle with high-end aftermarket parts. However, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR comes as an incredibly high-spec motorcycle, which is generally only achievable after modification. This makes sense, as the goal was to create a motorcycle with the agility and handling of a 765 Street Triple RS merged with the performance of the latest-gen Triumph Speed. This is apparent immediately thanks to the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable, semi-active front and rear suspension.

For those that don’t know, this is Öhlins most advanced set of shock absorbers. It has gold detailing, which is visually striking and gives the Speed Triple 1200 RR an aggressive but sleek appearance. These come tuned to suit the RR’s geometry, and they can even be adjusted while riding using the TFT instruments. Additionally, a highly advanced suspension control unit is at work, constantly monitoring riding style, speed, and acceleration to adjust compression and rebound damping in response automatically.

MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Ohlin Shock Absorbers With Gold Detailing
Pictured – Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Ohlin Shock Absorbers With Gold Detailing

Brakes

Moving on to the braking, the new Speed Triple 1200 RR is paired with lightweight track-spec twin Brembo Stylema monobloc front callipers and lightweight 320mm floating front discs. A front brake lever controls with a multi-click system, which adjusts the span and ratio, allows the rider to personalise the response to fit their needs. These brakes are famous for their smoothness and quick stopping time, so they perfectly fit this high-end motorcycle.

Wheels

Lightweight, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels are fitted with high-performance Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres. Thankfully, it is legal to use these on the road. They are incredibly stable and grip well on both the track and road, and they are highly responsive. If you want to focus on track riding, then you can opt for the track-only spec, a set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 V3 tyres. Again, there’s plenty of space at the back. Although the RR comes with 190s, there is more than enough room for a 200.

MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Candy Red On Track
Pictured: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Candy Red On Track

Engine

Triumph has kept the 1160cc engine from the Speed Triple 1200 RS, which means it’s incredibly lightweight, high-performing and efficient. In fact, the output curve is near-linear, which means the ride will feel unforgettably smooth, regardless of revs—the powertrain peaks 180PS power at 10,750rpm, and 125Nm torque peak at 9000rpm. Of course, not many engines deliver this much responsiveness, but Triumph manages to make this a common practice.

Gearing

A stacked six-speed gearbox finds its home in the Speed Triple 1200 RR. A compact design with a low weight compliments this motorcycles strengths and has an optimised ration progression that precisely matches the power curve. As a result, changing gears is guaranteed to be a smooth experience. Furthermore, it’s a slip and assist clutch, so it is highly adaptable and versatile. Plus, the inclusion of a quickshifter makes the whole experience effortless.

MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Cockpit View
Pictured: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Cockpit View

Electronics

The RR comes with the same rider aids as the RS but is also standard with the My Triumph connectivity system. This allows you to connect either your Android or iOS mobile phone to the motorcycle and enables phone, music, GPS and GoPro control. All of these features are accessible from the display, are easy to use and set up. Glare is no longer an issue, either, thanks to the optically bonded TFT screen. This minimises reflections and keeps everything clear and visible regardless of how light is hitting it.

As expected, numerous riding modes are available: Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and Rider-configurable. They all have multiple levels of intervention and can be adjusted and selected via the TFT instruments. In addition, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is keyless. This includes the fuel cap. This modern convenience may only save a small amount of time but feels excellent and like a step in the right direction.

MotoReview - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR White Side View
Pictured: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR White Side View

Conclusion

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR reveal has been both surprising and jaw-dropping. Building a motorcycle with all of the best parts and optimising what was previously a track-focused Supersports bike to be capable of street-riding is an excellent direction. Although we need to wait until December for the Australian release, this is highly anticipated and could potentially be one of the best motorcycles released this year.


Technical Specs – Triumph Speed Triple RR

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valves, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Displacement1160cc
Bore90.0mm
Stroke60.8mm
Compression Ratio13.2:1
Maximum Power180PS / 177.6bhp (132.4kW) @ 10,750rpm
Maximum Torque125Nm @ 9,000rpm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
ExhaustStainless steel 3-into-1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side-mounted secondary silencer
Final DriveX-ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate, slip & assist
GearboxSix-speed
FrameAluminium twin-spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe
SwingarmAluminium, single-sided
Front WheelCast Aluminium, 17 x 3.5-inch
Rear WheelCast Aluminium, 17 x 6.0-inch
Front Tyre120/70 ZR 17 (58W)
Rear Tyre190/55 ZR 17 (75W).
Front SuspensionÖhlins 43mm fully adjustable USD forks, 120mm travel. Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi system electronic compression / rebound damping
Rear SuspensionÖhlins mono-shock RSU with linkage, 120mm rear-wheel travel. Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi system electronic compression / rebound damping
Front BrakesTwin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable
Rear BrakesSingle 220mm disc. Brembo twin piston calliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir
InstrumentsFull-colour 5.0-inch TFT instruments
Length2085mm
Width (Handlebars)758mm
Height without Mirrors1120mm
Seat Height830mm
Wheelbase1439mm
Rake23.9°
Trail104.7mm
Wet Weight199kg
Fuel Tank Capacity15.5 litres
Fuel Consumption6.3 litres / 100km
CO2 Figures144g/km
StandardEURO5. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real riding results.
Service Interval10,000 miles (1,000km)/12 months
Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR reveal specifications

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1 COMMENT

  1. FINALLY! They got rid of that stupid double headlight. Hopefully this is the end to the “wasp look” with the one headlight shining (I know Triumph isn’t the only culprit of this design kawa*cough*).

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