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The new Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS is radicalized with 180 hp and black leg cycle part, for 18,400 euros
The new Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS is radicalized with 180 hp and black leg cycle part, for 18,400 euros

This 2021 one of the most iconic motorcycles on the market is renewed. The Triumph Speed ​​Triple opens a new generation with the arrival (for now) of the Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS, the most performing model of the new family of naked sports Hinckley.

With a more modern aesthetic but faithful to its principles, a first-class cycle part and, above all, a much more powerful engine, the new Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS enters the naked sports war with its own recipe and a lot of British flavor.

Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS: modern icon

It seems incredible, but aesthetically the new Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS it evolves in a subtle and continuous way in equal measure. It really is a motorcycle that changes completely, but remains true to the unmistakable style of Hinckley naked

The double headlight could not be missing, although it has been varied to give it a more aggressive and moderate appearance. A sophisticated look that is reinforced by the incorporation of full LED lighting, including self-canceling LED indicators as standard.

The bodywork has been transformed with a much more muscular appearance but with nods to minimalism. The central part is more compact and the lines have been simplified. Small side covers are included next to the tank protections and a well-sharpened keel at the bottom.

In the rear is where we find many changes, with a tail reduced to the minimum expression to which the cover for the passenger seat feels great. The rider is even more compact and the license plate holder is longer to finish behind the rear wheel. The front fender is carbon fiber serial.

The truth is that the aesthetics do not change much, it is an evolution with respect to the concept that we already knew. The most notable modification is that the pair of superior leaks is abandoned to resume the single exit on the right side of the first model. Euro5 stuff and bigger and bigger exhausts.

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If on the outside the changes do not seem surprising enough, the mechanical section is a breaking point. The architecture is the same, but its figures lead it directly to get into the fight for the maxinaked high-performance sports shoes.

The engine is a brand new power unit. It maintains its three-cylinder in-line scheme but that's where the similarities remain. The displacement rises to 1,160 cubic centimeters and, beware, because its figures soar up to 180 hp and 125 Nm of torque with considerably fuller curves.

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Assumes a 30 hp and 8 Nm increase compared to the previous engine, but with an increase in the weight / power ratio that rises by 26% compared to the model that was presented in 2018. At this point, it has managed to double the ratio released by the first Speed ​​Triple of 1994.

The crankshaft is 12% lighter for a much more lively engine character and the ignition system is also new with double plug. But above all the character of the propeller changes with different internal dimensions (90 x 60, 8 mm) shortening his career and allowing it to rotate higher and with greater ease. The maximum power is at 10,750 rpm, watch out, with the redline at 11,150, 650 rpm higher than before.

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The changes continue with intake bodies and an exhaust line with a single side outlet with exhaust valve. The British firm assures that the sound is more visceral and incredible than ever, and we are looking forward to seeing it in person.

Inside the engine covers there are also changes with the inclusion of a assisted and slipper clutch system which is associated with a completely revised gearbox, supposedly with a smoother and more precise operation.

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In general figures, curb weight is 198 kg, which means that they are 10 kg less than the outgoing model and 7 of them trimmed in the engine. To achieve this, among other things, a lithium-ion battery has been used that is 60% lighter than that used by the previous model. This is further complemented by a more compact tank and seat assembly, a 13mm wider handlebar and a higher ground clearance.

The seat height is 830 mm and the British have worked to make it more comfortable. The perlines and the composition of the cushion have been revised to adopt a more natural position and better integrated with the bike.

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In addition to a completely revised tubular steel frame that is narrower and more rigid with a single-sided swingarm, also new, the cycle part is complemented by a black leg set: inverted front fork. Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable and a rear monoshock Öhlins TTX36 fully dimmable too.

Meanwhile the brake system has been equipped with a pair of 320 mm front discs bitten by monobloc radial calipers. Brembo Stylema, commanded by an MCS radial pump from the same manufacturer to guarantee its effectiveness.

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The contact with the asphalt is carried out by sticky tires Metzeler Racetec RR K3 Standard in sizes 120 / 70-17 and 190 / 55-17. If we want to ride with her on the track, the brand recommends using the Pirelli Supercorsa SC2.

In the technological section we have a completely digital and unpublished dashboard. Its size is 5 inches and it has different displays to give priority to the most important information for each type of use.

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The Speed ​​Triple RS comes well loaded with gadgets with a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, a three-axis inertial measurement platform, traction control with cornering function with four levels (and disconnectable), antiwheelie, five driving modes, ABS with cornering assistance (two levels: Road and Track) and combined braking or cruise control.

Through the frame we have access to totally new electronics that include Bluetooth connectivity with the My Triumph app, GoPro connectivity and call / music management. The keyless system Keyless start and backlit cones are standard while heated grips and tire pressure monitoring are optional.

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The Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS will be marketed in two colors: Sapphire Black with red accents and Matt Silver Ice with black accents. Both are really attractive especially for the care that the brand has put to details such as keeping the wiring hidden.

And the price? Well, the new Triumph Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS will arrive in dealerships next spring at a price of 18,400 euros, a notable increase compared to the 16,400 euros of the previous generation and very close to the 19,999 euros of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R which it equals in power and well above the 15,750 euros of the new BMW S 1000 R.

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