2011 Triumph Speed Triple: a little lighter, a little faster, a lot scarier

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Ahhhh! Don’t be frightened, that’s not a big spider, it’s just the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple, leaking here the night before its official unveiling. Aside from the new headlights what’s the big news? Well, it’s lost 5lbs and gained 7bhp and 6lb/ft. That weight has been lost thanks to an all-new aluminum chassis that also shift the riding position a tad forwards; Triumph’s claiming improved handling. ABS is now optional as well.

The 2011 Speed Triple now makes 135bhp of smooth, effortless power at 9,400rpm and 82lb/ft of torque at 7,750rpm. Weight is now 214kg/472 (wet). Compare those figures to 128bhp at 9,250rpm,  76lb/ft at 7,550rpm and 217kg/477lbs for the outgoing model. That’s a fairly unimpressive improvement given the all-new frame, so let’s reserve judgement until we can compare apples to apples, the new weight might be with a full tank of fuel while the old one is listed without.

1kg/2.2lbs has allegedly been shed by each wheel, reducing unsprung weight and the new 43mm USD forks are fully adjustable.

There’s also new clocks, which can be seen in the leaked accessory photos.

Regardless of precise mechanical spec, the biggest changes here are the new looks and the addition of optional ABS, likely to prove popular with people who see the Triple as a practical sportsbike and use their bikes for commuting as well as recreation. We’ll bring you more details tomorrow.

  • MichaelMM

    I’ll go on record to say that I am digging it more than the out-going model.

  • occam

    No no no no no no no no noooooooooooo!

  • Glenngineer

    Yay real photos. Where are these coming from?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler


      • Glenngineer

        I appreciate your elaboration.

  • mchale2020

    Triumph ‘don goofed on those headlights…

  • Johndo

    I thought those lights looked nice in the cropped shots we found last week. But seeing them on the bike like that it’s the kind of eyes only a mother could love.

    That being said I like the rest of the bike including the new wheels. But overall I think the previous model looked more like serious business. This looks more like a toy. I bought a 2009 Triple but would never buy this one for esthetic reasons.

  • Johndo

    I’d like to see the main picture with a flyscreen and bike in black. Maybe the akward headlights won’t stand out as much…

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      The flyscreen would completely pull it together in front. Sans-flyscreen may be a “grow on me” look.

    • robotribe

      Did you see the entire gallery? There are two shots: one withe flyscreen+windshield and one with just the flyscreen. I think it looks better with those pieces added.

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        At the time of my reply, I was on my phone and only saw the first picture. The white with the flyscreen is perfect!

  • ElDiablo

    I wouldn’t call the Z1000, the revised Monster 1100 or the Streetfighter beautiful works of art in my opinion. All of these streetfighters are meant to do the business, and that business is kicking the squid on the GSXR’s ass. As such, I think it will be more than up for the job. The Street Triple R was probably their own barometer internal benchmark which is a lofty goal since it is probably one of the most fun bikes to ride ever. With alot less weight, a few more poinies and lot’s o less unsprung weight, it should smoke the Z1000. It may not prove to out power the Streetfigher in a straight line, but should be able to keep up with it on the track without all of the traction control bulls*&t and outstunt it easily. The 1050 motor was one of the easiest bikes to stunt on that even I could wheelie it.

    • seanslides

      Ironically, the squid on the GSXR is usually riding the real street fighter. When they fail to keep the rubber side down, they end up with a cheap acerbis headlight kit and a bunch of zip ties to hold everything together.

      I’m of the opinion that these bikes aren’t built for kicking a gixxer’s ass, you just can’t beat a sportbike in it’s native habitat. Instead, they have power that’s fun rather than fast, tall and wide bars that make it easy to do silly stuff at slower speeds, and styling that’s got a lot more to do with a comic book than a wind tunnel.

      Funds providing, this will be my next bike. I’ve got a sportbike for the real mischief, and now it’s time for a nice looking comfy bike that I can still tear shit up on from time to time.

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      Nothing about the numbers provided here suggest it’ll smoke the Z1000. It will smoke a Super Duke and out-handle the Streetfighter at slow speeds, but I expect a good balance between it and the Z1000.

      I’ll enjoy seeing it in person to get a real gauge of the aesthetics.

      • seanslides

        The Z1000 is a slug in the suspension department. It’s like going from C group to AMA pro racing in terms of suspension here. Forget about weight and power for a minute, the Z is aced out before it ever gets to the grid.

        The story for the streetfighter should be similar: It’s got a million gillion hp, serious suspension, and a price tag to justify that stuff. Stock against stock, it’ll eat these guys for breakfast. It’ll also cost you an arm and a leg to purchase and maintain.

        • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

          Seanslides – Out of curiosity, what’s your suspension assessment based on? I’d absolutely agree on the pre-2010 Z1000s suspension being rough, but I haven’t seen any complaints on the ’10 Z1K suspension anywhere between reviews or owners. Kawi did a great job.

          The Streetfighter has more HP than competing nakeds, but taller gearing than most and fueling problems down low. The suspension on both models has received considerable amount of complaints for anything but the most aggressive use, frequently pegged as hesitant to turn at slow speeds. It also has pretty damn uncomfortable ergos. Of course, I use my bike on the street where these things matter. On the track, the Streetfighter’s problems disappear.

          • seanslides

            The Z1000 suspension complaints come basically just from looking at it. The shock is adjustable for preload, and… nothing else. That right there kills it.

            “Anything but the most aggressive use” describes my riding pretty damn well. I’ll deal with uncomfortable ergos, fueling issues are easily solved (with either a tune, or the clutch), and with those wide bars, I’m sure it’ll turn plenty fast. If not, you can always adjust the rear end and raise the forks a little bit to dial in a bit less rake. Ducati is usually nice enough to include a ride height adjuster ;)

            I do 95% of my riding on the street too; I’m just not happy until my pucks are on the ground.

  • Deltablues

    I like it. Glad Triumph did not go crazy with engine displacement. The 1050 has the sweetest power output of any motorcycle I have ridden. Oh, Ms. Daytona 675, you may be finding a new home. Been riding more here in Central Arkansas since the temperature is nice again. Triumph gets tons of respect around here. Sad we don’t have a dealer anymore. I will have to go to Oklahoma or Missouri to buy one.

  • seanslides

    Lighter wheels, more forward riding position, better forks? I’ll take it. That frame looks identical. I’ll bet they made a minor revision to a casting somewhere and called it all new, which is pretty nice because it should make the swap to nice looking round headlights purely a bolt on affair. I wonder what it will weigh sans fugly pipe, emissions stuff, passenger pegs, and license plate bracket? I bet that with the right diet, it could end up right around 420 without too much work. 420 lbs and 145 hp (after some tuning, pipe, and trickery) with an upright seating position and the stuff to make it turn and stop sounds like a helluva lot of fun to me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    Motorcycle Consumer News pegged the fully fueled weight of the old Speed Triple at 484.5 lbs.

    Ref: http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/features/2009OctNkdShdwn.pdf

  • robotribe

    Slow clap for the seriously impressive weight loss and extra bit of power to top it off. In this alone, EVERY OTHER MANUFACTURER needs to take notice (although Ducati do consistently well compared to most).

    Eyes? I don’t think they’re any stranger than the round ones; just a different kind of strange.

    • robotribe

      BTW, I’m comparing the new weight to the one quoted at 484.5 lbs for the old.

      • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

        Robo – I don’t see any reason to think that one year’s “wet” figure is any more accurate than another year’s “wet” figure. I suspect that the weight reduction is about 5 pounds, and that the new model fully fueled will be about 479.5 lbs.

  • CG

    Triumph improves its’ naked bike by making it more powerful and modestly lighter. They replace the Sprint with a bike that is larger, fatter and slower around the corners. I guess there are only nine of us left in the world who would like a bike that could go 2500 miles in 5 days, commute in the rain, and hit the twisties for an afternoon*. I gather I am supposed to buy three or four different bikes to do what an older Sprint or VFR800 can do. But get a updated – you know, lighter, more powerful? – version of those, forget it. Oh, I could spend $20k+ for the new Ducati I guess, presuming I don’t mind waiting for it and getting screwed by the dealer and god forbid I ever drop it.

    *there must be only nine of us, because no one is even trying.

    • seanslides

      You could always do what I do when I dream about a bike like that: Strap some saddle-bags to the gsxr (with some rain gear inside of course), and just hit the road.

      If you feel like bitching and moaning about low, uncomfortable bars, do what the other old guys do and bolt on a set of heli-bars.

      The OEM’s never get it quite right. The beauty of it is that the aftermarket is right there with literally everything you could ever dream up and most of it is reasonably priced.

      Besides, no bike that’s made for commuting or going 2500 miles in five days is ever going to be any fun in the twisties. The suspensions suck, the brakes suck, the power isn’t there, and they’re too heavy.

  • ElDiablo

    The new Sprint GT will out ride, out handle and out long haul the old one. Sorry CG. True it may be larger and heavier but I love the extra weight on the highway (it’s more stable and doesnt’ get blown around as much, straight as an arrow on the highway) and don’t notice it much in the twisties. The suspension is light years ahead, much more than the spec book would indicate. The extra long swingarm makes that bike hook up like a motha. I have riden all of the Sprints incluing putting some good miles on the new one, and I don’t know what you mean by “older Sprint” but the new one is by far the best at hauling ass on back roads and getting you from point A to B in comfort. But if you really wanna spend $20K who am I to talk you out of it?

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    Evil! I actually like the embryo headlights, but what’s up with added plastic parts? Don’t need that.

  • MookBallz

    Just bought a 2010 Matte Black model a few weeks ago. OF COURSE the new model would get revealed now…
    The new numbers don’t impress me. And still not sold on those headlamps yet. I like mine better.
    Would I kick it out of bed for eating crackers? – No.

  • panagiotis

    i dont like it… the current speed triple is one of the few bikes that could temp me of my 599 but this doesnt.

    wtf are have they done with the head lights :( they look even worse without the bikini fairing (and im no fan on that to begin with)


  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    Those headlights necessitate a flyscreen. The round headlights were better standalones IMO. The new pair’s lines draw to much attention to the bare forward controls and gauges. Holding my thumb up to cover the mirrors and gauges reveals an attractive looking motorcycle!

    I just wish Triumph did away with the underseat exhaust, that trend was so 2006…

  • MikeD

    Yup, those new “eyes” look ugly w/o the help of the optional flyscreen. Like round lites better, new ones could grow on me eventually.

    Like Emmet, i would like them to ditch the underseat exhaust for something like the Low Mount ARROW. Stock one makes tail section look FAT.

    90* Valve Stems? Nice.

    Why is the top clamp on the forks so skinny?

    Plastics on the side of the cylinder head? What for? For the sake of adding weight? or Worse, what are they hiding back there?

    Wheels: Growing on me…i think?…not that the old flowery looking ones were any better.

    What was wrong with the old fuel tank? Change for the sake of change?

    Liter,faster,stronger overall? GREAT.
    Impressed? NOT A CHANCE. Still waiting for a revolution not an evolution of the current one (New Engine, Frame, Swinger, etc).

    • Johndo

      For that 1050 dinosaur, its been what everyone’s been drooling about in the last years, why change something that is already so awesome?

  • pat

    We are talking about an entirely new frame, new swingarm, new bodyparts, new everything here. It IS an entirely new bike!
    And why completely change a package, that has proven so well in the past??

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    I kind of like the lights. Just shows Triumph is keeping up with the times. The big news, really, is the ABS option; you’d think all these British bikes would have ABS (haha, get it? It rains a lot in England ::rim shot::)

  • george_fla

    WTF happened to clean lines in motorcycle design? Almost every naked that has come out over the last few years has looked like some middle school industrial arts class reject took dads hacksaw to it. The B-king,Zed-1,Speed Triple,Monster,Streetfighter,etc….all look like they started life with a fairing then had it cut to bits leaving pieces on hap hazardly. The tail section shortened to look like a grasshoppers ass waiting for a mate. And a disproportionete(sp?) engine to frame ratio that looks like a backwoods rube shoe horned Aunt Bessy’s Dart slant six between the spars. Bring back form and function as a couple instead of divorcees.

  • The Lawyer

    Where are the Ohlins they have been promising? No deal until they get Ohlins or WPs.

  • ForgottenOne

    I like it! It’s a shame it is way to small for me though, the last one I rode (a 2009) looked like a unicycle under me. The only ones that ever fit me good was the original T3 series.

    I can understand the exhaust, why try to stuff a whole system under the engine that will meet epa regs when the first thing most people do is ditch it for a shorty anyway. The headlights? I like them too! It is nice to see something more modern the the bates style ones they have been running for over a decade I just wish they were a little lower. They can be easily changed for anything else you want and I hope people do so I can find a cheap set on ebay for my Rocket!

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