On the outskirts of the English countryside, far from the docks and near the peaceful hovels, one hardly perceives the bustle of the city. We think of something else, of time, of taking it. But the philosophy is not exactly the same with Hinckley. There, in Leicestershire, a critter has recently fallen in love with one thing: the attack.
It is so. The big English roadster goes to a higher echelon. In its S version, the Speed Triple already says a lot. We therefore expect a clearly marked added value for its definition "premium". With nominative inspiration the very recent evolutions of the little sister 765 (800) Street Triple. The sportiest variation of which is called RS. History to stick to logic, the top of a Speed takes here an identical terminology. And this is how we say bye-bye to an acronym R that appeared 6 years ago.
Let’s put these family stories aside to see the potential of the new Speed Triple RS. And it begins with a cavalry of fine dignity. The large 3-cylinder has offered itself more than a hundred new parts to boost its enthusiasm. He wanted energy to spare, and he’s coming out. It rumbles, it sends, it wants to go hunting for the bulk of the gang. And with 150 horsepower, more engine speed and increased liveliness, the English block comes to join the fight with dignity..
For this RS version, Triumph has taken the good formula released at the beginning of the R: du Öhlins and carbon; and now enhanced electronics.
Let’s see the most delicious, the suspensions. The gear chosen is beautiful, efficient, and full of promise. For the fork, it will be a 43 mm diameter NIX30 model; the rear will exalt via the TTX36 mono-shock. Both are adjustable in preload, rebound and compression.
Then comes the time to indulge yourself with a diet, the ingredients of which are popular. On this RS, the front fender, the radiator scoops and the exhaust heat shields are made of carbon fiber. The equipment continues to really mark its difference from the Speed S thanks to the addition of an engine spoiler, a seat cowl, a pair of Arrow mufflers, specific brake and clutch levers and ‘a new comfort saddle. In addition to the qualitative gain, the benefit on the scale is notable: 3 kilos, which brings this Speed Triple RS down to 189 kilos dry.
Seduced, you will do like everyone else and you will approach the bike. We can already imagine filing the footrests and sending big watts out of bends. But the machine only obeys its master, and now it recognizes him. Electronically. A keyless starting system has taken place on board. You can leave the technical appendix in your pocket and take possession of the Speed. She obeyed by unlocking her steering and ignition.
You took your place on the handlebars. Good. And you can already enjoy the beautiful 5 ‘color TFT screen, just like on the standard Speed. Except that here, we are entitled to 3 additional types of display and a stopwatch. The engine has started, and so are you. Must go. And if the followers of trajectory and responsiveness will prefer this RS version, it is because it also embeds an IMU inertial unit. Not a Bosch like on the majority of equipped wheels, but a technology developed with Continental. The box continuously collects measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, bank angle and acceleration. The steering aids therefore react more finely, with ABS and traction control optimized for cornering: they provide better distribution of braking forces, slip rate and torque for optimum performance in a straight line and in curves. The pilot can also configure them as he wishes thanks to the Track piloting mode, only available on the RS. This is in addition to the Road, Rain, Sport and Rider that we already find on the S. From the latter, we also get the cruise control, backlit controls, the USB socket, the gearbox. optimized speeds, revised anti-dribble clutch, new wheels, heavy Brembo braking, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires.
Very few criticisms will be made around the 1050 Speed RS. There are trifles, but all in all very personal, like the non-return of the round optics and the regret of the lightened rims of the first R. And then, as the 765 Street Triple RS outputs more watts than the R, which outputs it -Even more watts than the S, it would have been nice a spoon of canassons and more here too, just to mark the name.
What about the shifter? So, it’s simple, there is an up / down model available but optional. On this point, the manufacturer could have made an effort and put it in series.
Deeply revised, the Speed has remained a Triple despite becoming RS. With its quirky double optics, its single-sided arm, its exhausts under the saddle and its thug profile, it defends its idea of design and grumbling. Curious or charmed, the English roadster knows how to provoke reactions. And now he will provoke new ones among streetfighters who flout his authority. In its beginnings as today, it remains "apart" bullies of the road. And that’s why we choose it. Get drunk, the Speed has a big urge to break !
The main characteristics of the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS:
– Upgraded 1,050cc three-cylinder engine with 105 new components
– Maximum power up by 10 hp reaching 150 hp @ 10,500 rpm
– Maximum torque increased to 117 Nm at 7,150 rpm
– New instrument panel with TFT 5 color display"
– New backlit controls with 5-position joystick
– New cruise control
– New more direct exhaust with two upward curved mufflers
– New improved gearbox
– New shiny alloy wheels
– Redesigned anti-dribbling clutch
– Disconnectable ABS and traction control
– USB power socket
– Bezels machined in the mass
– Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires
– Two-piece seat engraved with the Triumph logo
– Characteristic double cradle aluminum frame
– Aluminum bar end mirrors
– Five driving modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider and Track
– Dual front discs with one-piece Brembo radial-mount calipers
– Daytime running lights integrated into the headlights
– Lighter than the previous generation despite the addition of new technologies
– New ABS and traction control system optimized for cornering
– New inertial unit by Continental
– New keyless start including immobilizer and electronic steering lock
– Arrow sport silencer in titanium with carbon fiber end caps and heat shield
– Brembo MCS adjustable center and guard lever with matching clutch lever
– Inverted fork Öadjustable NIX30 hlins and TTX36 twin-tube monoshock
– New front fender and new carbon fiber radiator scoops
– Matching engine guard
– Passenger seat cowl with key release
– Matte aluminum rear buckle
– More comfortable rider seat made in 3D Net
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1050 SPEED TRIPLE R 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 5.20 l
about 240 km / h
The technical aspect
Triumph 1050 SPEED TRIPLE RS 2018
- Tank: 15.5 liters
- Width: 775 mm
- Height: 1,070 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,445 mm
- Dry weight: 189 kg
- Train before
- chain final
- Rear axle
(79 x 71.4 mm)
at 10,500 rpm
at 7,150 rpm