Triumph Speed Triple 1160

  • A new Triumph Speed Triple 1160 is rumoured.

  • The new bike will challenge the streetfighter segment.

  • The larger capacity is also in preparation for Euro5.

Triumph is on the roll with a whole line of new models. Now, we hear rumours of a new Triumph Speed Triple 1160.

It was the Speed Triple which began the factory-built streetfighter and hooligan bike segment, and the current Speed Triple 1050 is the best handling streetfighter, hands down. However, her rivals have taken the capacity war up the scale. Think Aprilia Tuono 1100 V4, BMW S 1000 R, Ducati Monster 1200, upcoming Ducati Streetfighter V4, KTM 1290 Super Duke R. So, it’s only natural that the Speed Triple goes big-bo’-hospowah’.

But Triumph always build bikes that are sensible and well-rounded, hence 1160cc, instead of going completely bonkers like 1300cc. Well, they’ve got the new 2500cc Rocket 3 for that, anyway.

To arrive at 1160cc, the current bore will be increased by 4mm to 83mm while retaining the 71.4mm stroke. The current 1050cc engine produces 148 hp, hence the upgrade should see 160 to 170 hp.

The capacity hike is also likely to counter any loss of performance resulting from Euro5 compliance.

We can should be other upgrades/revisions, as well. First revision ought to be the frame which has stayed the same since 2011 (that shows you how far forward Triumph’s chassis designers er… design their stuff). We’re confident that the new frame will retain the Speed Triple’s nimble and confidence-inspiring handling whatever comes out.

Electronics will be upgraded, of course. One could look forward to IMU-assisted lean angle sensitive traction control and ABS. Also, an instrument console with GoPro controls and navigation similar to the one on the Scrambler 1200 XC/XE will definitely be there.

Apart from that, there ought to be different variants such as the Street Triple 765, although we wouldn’t know if they’re going to be two or three versions.

Anyway, we’re looking forward to seeing the new bike at EICMA 2019.


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