stroke, transverse three cylinder. DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke
electronic fuel injection
via electronic engine management system / electric
131 hp @ 9250rpm
77 ft-lb @t 7550rpm
6 Speed / chain
Tubular, fabricated aluminum alloy perimeter
45mm upside down forks with dual
rate springs and adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
2x 320mm discs 4 piston calipers
Single 220mm disc 2 piston caliper
Triumph is known for producing successful
Urban Sports equipped with three-cylinder engines and a lot of attitude and
the 2008 Speed Triple tops it all with the help of some nice finishing
touches like a new LED rear light, a redesigned radiator, black anodized
front forks, and new tapered anodized aluminum handlebars. Not quite stylish
just very efficient, the Brembo radial front brakes are also new on the
bike, as well as the rear sub-frame.
had a wonderful
time on the new Speed Triple and I would have never given it away. This ride
really meant something because it opened my eyes towards stripped down
machines that my comfort-oriented brain doesn’t tend to appreciate very
The first few miles I couldn’t erase the smile from my face and at the end
of my three days of test riding the Speed Triple, it became practically a
reflex. It was the single obvious result of the blast offered by this bike
and it could be noticed from a block away.
No other roadster or sport-touring motorcycle accommodated me the way this
Triumph did. The seat is very comfortable and even though at first I thought
it is just a sweet oneself, the 600 miles I’ve rode on it proved contrary.
Things wouldn’t have been the same without the natural riding position
offered by the handlebars which are, of course, carefully positioned in
order to be at easy reach and so offer a relaxed riding feel.
Speed Triple’s 1050cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder produces a
claimed 131bhp at 9,250rpm, and 77ft.lbf at 7,550rpm. I noticed that it
pulls awesome from down low, delivers strong, linear power all through the
rev range and still retains the strong feel while riding at around 135mph.
The bike can easily go higher and reach a TopSpeed of approximately 160mph,
but being a roadster, I preferred keeping things easy on the top end in
I enjoyed taking corners on this Triumph as it has a low center of gravity
and a perfectly balanced chassis which keeps it nice and steady while your
eyes follow the exit from the curve. It can be easily maneuvered through
city traffic and tight corners at slow speeds won’t become your everyday
The clutch engages smoothly and you won’t have any problems with quick
departures. But while trying to maintain the adrenaline rush you may happen
to miss a gear or two. That only happens when you think you’ve sorted things
out and try to see what it can do best. If you’ll exploit it as it was
designed and tuned to, the Speed Triple will carry you for many years onto
those long journeys on country side roads, highways, and, why not, crowded
For 2008 the brakes are new and after reading this test ride you won’t be
surprised to hear that Brembo radial front calipers are mounted on the bike.
These units do their job spotless and there is no ABS version available
because people at
Triumph seem to know best what they are doing. Firmly pulling the front
brakes won’t introduce you to a wheelie, but if you are familiar with Urban
Sport, you can easily go your own way and through a wheelie.
With the 2008 Speed Triple, Triumph takes further the
powerful legacy of both this very successful model and the three-cylinder
engine that starts controversy for some, and makes other’s hearts beat
faster and harder.
By having the horses of a modern day 600cc supersport motorcycle and
streetfighter looks, the Triumph Speed Triple proves balancing muscle and
style with accuracy.
The Speed Triple’s 1050cc, three cylinder engine, with its unmistakable
character and sound, pumps out a great surge of bottom-end torque, massive
mid-range punch and an impressive level of overall power. Peak power is 131bhp
at 9250rpm while peak torque of 77ft.lbf arrives at 7550rpm. Triumph’s Keihin
ECU offers sophisticated mapping for quicker starting, cleaner running and fuel
5-spoke alloy wheels add to the Speed Triple’s streetfighter attitude.
The fully adjustable 43mm upside down forks and rear monoshock add superb levels
of quality and control, while the new black anodized finished to the front forks
amplify the Speed Triple’s rebellious look.
High-spec, twin Brembo radial front caliper four pad, four piston units, with a
radial master cylinder, supply outstanding braking performance.
The Speed Triple’s rear-end has sharp, minimalist styling and features a new
rear sub-frame, polished stainless steel heat shields and repositioned ball
burnished aluminum rear foot rests to give the passenger rider more leg room. It
also sports a new, clear-lens LED rear light.
Magura tapered, anodized aluminum handlebars are a sharp addition to the Street
Triple’s minimalist styling.
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