First Look: 2022 Triumph Speed Twin Arrives

2022 Triumph Speed Twin ( Images: Triumph)

Triumph’s Speed Twin has been significantly updated for 2022 with higher performance, better handling, enhanced technology and updated custom styling and detailing. The Speed Twin’s 1200cc High Power Bonneville twin engine now has even higher performance, as well as lower emissions. The engine now delivers three more ponies of peak power with 99 hp at 7,250rpm, plus more power in the mid-range than the previous generation. 

Also new for 2022 is a higher specification upside down 43mm Marzocchi front fork with cartridge damping. These are matched to the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120mm rear wheel travel, both precisely tuned for better handling.

Braking

Braking performance is improved with new higher specification Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake calipers and twin 320mm Brembo discs. Alongside the Nissin 2-piston floating rear caliper with 220mm disc, and ABS fitted as standard, these deliver a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics, says Triumph. 

Ensuring incredible grip, precision and high-speed stability, new Metzeler Racetec RR tires are fitted as standard for the 2022 model, along with new cast aluminum wheels, 17” on both front and rear, with a lightweight 12-spoke design.

The Speed Twin offers an accessible 31.5 inch seat height, a slim stand over width, tapered handlebars and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position, which are 1.5 inches further forward and slightly lower than the Thruxton, providing the rider with a more relaxed riding position.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin Arrives

Tech

The new generation Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology, including a sophisticated ride-by-wire system that ensures precise throttle control and enables three riding modes: Rain, Road and Sport. These have been enhanced for 2022, adjusting both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The riding modes can be changed at the touch of a button while on the move, to respond to any change in riding conditions, maximizing rider confidence and safety. The rider can also choose to switch the traction control off independently through the instrument menu. The bike is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, and the signature always-on LED is incorporated into the headlight. 

Here are some of the key features we can look forward to:-

Engine

  • 3HP more peak power, now 99HP at 7,250rpm
  • More mid-range power and torque
  • Peak torque now lower down the rev range, with 83LB-FT at 4,250rpm
  • More responsive with a 17% reduction in inertia
  • Lower emissions
  • High 10,000 mile first major service interval

Handling

  • More precise, agile and dynamic modern roadster ride
  • New higher specification Marzocchi USD forks with cartridge damping
  • New higher specification Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers
  • New higher specification Metzeler Racetec RR tires 
  • New lightweight cast aluminum wheels
  • Comfortable, engaged riding position for a confidence-inspiring, intuitive feel

Electronics

  • Upgraded riding modes – Road, Rain and Sport
  • High specification of standard equipment:
  • ABS and switchable traction control
  • LED lighting with DRL headlight
  • Torque-assist clutch
  • Under-seat USB charging socket
  • Immobilizer

Styling

  • New 12-spoke wheels
  • New brushed stainless-steel twin upswept silencers
  • New anodized headlight and mudguard mounts
  • New distinctive tank graphics
  • Three contemporary color schemes 

MSRP is $12,500, arriving in August 2021 in dealerships.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin Specs

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
TypeLiquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity1200 cc
Bore97.6 mm
Stroke80 mm
Compression12.1:1
Maximum Power 98.6 bhp @ 7250 rpm
Maximum Torque83 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustBrushed stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers
Final DriveO ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate torque assist clutch
Gearbox6-speed
CHASSIS
FrameTubular steel, with steel cradles
SwingarmTwin sided aluminium
Front WheelCast aluminium alloy 17” x 3.5”
Rear WheelCast aluminium alloy 17” x 5.0”
Front Tyre120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre160/60 ZR17
Front SuspensionØ 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, 120mm travel
Rear SuspensionTwin RSUs with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Front BrakesTwin Ø 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear BrakesSingle Ø 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
InstrumentsTwin dial analogue speedometer and tachometer with LCD multi-functional displays
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS
Length2099 mm
Width (Handlebars)778 mm
Height Without Mirrors1097 mm
Seat Height809 mm
Wheelbase1413 mm
Rake22.3°
Trail91.5 mm
Wet weight476 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity3.8 gals
FUEL CONSUMPTION
Fuel ConsumptionApprox 44 mpg
CO2 Figures116 g/km
StandardEURO 5