This is getting ridiculous. Images of the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple have leaked through the company’s own online accessories catalog, clearly showing the redesigned, now angular headlights, new clocks, more-finished rear end, sexy new wheels and the biggest change: a new cast-aluminum frame that helps the bike lose around 38lbs.
Last week we showed you a CARB document that reveals the new Speed Triple will be retaining a 1050cc three-cylinder motor, but increased pollutant levels in that document indicate it’ll be operating in a higher state of tune. The official weight in that document was also much lower, down to around 200kg from the current model’s 217kg figure.
These images are, at the time of writing, still on Triumph’s website, in their accessories catalog, hence the existence of all sorts of random bags, brackets, screens and fancy exhausts in them. While they fail to show us the whole bike, they do show us some important details.
The old bike.
Compare the swingarm pivot plates on this current-model Triumph Speed Triple to the parts shown in the gallery below and you’ll see that the frame appears to be all new, looking, at least in the part of it shown, much more angular and lithe. This same picture also shows more angular wheels, a smaller hugger and an optional low-mount exhaust. Other pictures in the series seem to reveal that two, high-mount pipes will still be the stock configuration.
The new frame and rear wheel.
The clocks have also been updated for 2011, at least visually not functionally. Triumph’s universal instrument cluster appears to adapt a more angular plastic surround as well as larger, more stylized digits on its tachometer.
Other visual changes include bronze rather than black forks, topped with red instead of blue adjusters. The leading edge of the tank is now clad in black plastic. The biggest visual alteration remains those new headlights. Likely to prove controversial, they’re the first departure from round since the Speed Triple when all googly-eyed back in 1997.