A Triumph Trifecta: The Treble Charger

October 27 2011

Wrapping up Triumph’s 2012 trifecta is an upgraded version of its iconic Speed Triple, which sports ‘R’ badging, Triumph’s indication that it’s a performance enhanced model.

Front and centre features of the new 2012 Speed Triple R are its high-end suspension and advanced brakes. The standard Speed Triple’s front and rear suspension have been swapped in favour of Öhlins components, a NIX30 43 mm fork at the front and a TTX36 shock at the rear. The performance of the higher-spec suspension is augmented by the use of lightweight, five-spoke PVM forged aluminium

Picture of the Triumph Street Triple R

wheels, said to be 3.7 pounds lighter than the standard Speed Triple rims.

Stopping duties for the Speed Triple R have been assigned to a set of Brembo four-piston radial monoblock callipers, which are claimed to provide a five percent increase in braking power. Further increasing the new bike’s safety is an optional, and switchable, ABS package.

Two paint choices, Phantom Black and Crystal White, complete the ‘R’ package and are complemented by the bike’s red coloured subframe and the distinctive gold of its Öhlins fork. Full details of Triumph’s 2012 line-up will be revealed at EICMA on November 8, 2011.

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