Triumph has quietly priced the Speed Triple R at $15,250, a $3,251 premium over the regular S3. That may sound like a lot of money for an R badge, but it’s actually a huge bargain. Why? Take into account the upgrades and you’re actually saving over three grand.

Update: while $15,250 is the base MSRP, only ABS models will be imported to the US, so you're looking at $15,999. A regular Speed Triple with ABS retails for $12,799.

Over the regular S3, the R comes with PVM Forged Aluminum Wheels ($2,980) that are 2kg lighter than standard, 43mm Ohlins NIX30 forks ($1,200 for the cartridge upgrade kit alone), Ohlins TTX36 shock ($1,400) and Brembo Monobloc brake calipers ($999). There’s also some carbon gewgaws and whatnot. Total value of the mechanical upgrades? $6,579. Those are all honest-to-god performance enhancers too, not bullshit components spec’d for bling.

$6,579 worth of faster for just $3,251? Sounds like a deal to us. We’re riding the Speed Triple R later this month.

Thanks for the tip, Aaron.

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