Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR
Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is a long way of saying modern cafe-racer styling on a high-output sport bike. Triumph’s Speed Triple RS has been out for a while now, and we’re very happy the RR variant has dropped.
Like the Speed Triple RS, the 1200 RR has a 1160cc inline three cylinder engine with an output of 177 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque. At 439lbs, the Speed Triple RR is even within two pounds of the RS’s total weight. So why are we so excited about the new RR?
Chassis and Body
When Triumph teased the new Speed Triple we saw the silhouette of a much more attractive body to surround what was already a phenomenal motorcycle mechanically. The existing Speed Triple RS has an unusual protruding headlight cluster that doesn’t quite cut it for us. However, we can’t argue with a classic round headlight and cafe style fairing.
Aside from the styling improvements, the 1200 RR also has upgraded Ohlins electronically adjustable semi-active suspension. Though the RS also has Ohlins components, these are a step above. In fact, Triumph claims the new Speed Triple has the most advanced suspension available from Ohlins.
The Speed Triple 1200 RR has a more aggressive riding stance than the RS thanks in part to a pair of clip-on handlebars. The Triumph’s bodywork makes use of carbon on the tank, side panels, fairing and even the mudguard. Triumph will finish the RR in either Red Hopper or Storm Grey paint colors. The bike’s belly pan is color matched, as well as a seat cowl that can be removed for a passenger.
Behind the front fairing sits a 5″ TFT with My Triumph Connectivity that allows you to take phone calls, access music and route navigation. Track tuned cornering ABS drives a pair of 320mm Brembo brakes and Stylema calipers with an adjustable lever. The Speed Triple makes contact with the road using a sticky pair of Pirelli Supercorsa SP V3 tires.
Other Tech features include an up/down quick shifter, switchable cornering traction control, wheelie control, a lap timer and 5 riding modes. The riding modes are road, rain, sport, track and custom. The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR will be available starting in January of 2022, at a starting MSRP of $20,950. That is quite a premium, even compared to the $18,500 Speed Triple RS. Then again, Triumph builds beautiful bikes and quality comes at a price.