Speed Triple makes a triumphant return
IN 1994, Triumph released the Speed Triple 900. A bold, muscular icon of engineering, it instantly created a new class of motorcycle and paved the way for 21 years of hard-edged, nononsense British biking.
It fused elements of cafe racer culture with the naked aggression of the “streetfighter” scene.
The Speed Triple’s sleek, powerful shape and torque-rich inline triple motor captured the simple thrill of life on two wheels for a generation of riders.
Today the original Speed Triple is considered a classic, and sits alongside a range of newer Speed Triples that continued a tradition of raw power, naked excitement and brutal good looks.
Now, the heritage and passion of 21 years of the Speed Triple family is reflected in two special editions — the Speed 94 and the Speed 94 R.
With styling cues, paint schemes, decals and cosmetic additions designed to hark back to the original classic, the Speed 94 and Speed 94 R combine the handling prowess, performance refinements and convenience of the modern Speed Triple and Speed Triple R.
With an engine and chassis based on the current Speed Triple and Speed Triple R, the Speed 94 benefits from 21 years of development to deliver a combination of performance, handling and riding dynamics.
The heart of the Speed 94 is a torquey inline three-cylinder engine, but it has the latest technology upgrades in materials and design, which give its 1050cc motor 135 horsepower (about 100kW) and 111Nm of torque, with a broad power delivery specifically tuned to generate explosive low-down propulsion in any gear.
Alongside Triumph’s electronic fuel injection system and engine management, this guarantees plenty of thrust whenever and however the rider needs it.
Controlling the Speed 94’s performance is a chassis setup consisting of an aluminium trellis frame, a beefy singlesided swingarm, fully adjustable 43mm upside-down Showa forks and monoshock, and Brembo radial calipers equipped with Triumph’s antilock brake system.
From cutting through an urban jungle to carving lines along countryside roads, the Speed 94 always has the force and handling needed to stamp its authority on the ride.
The Speed 94 unveils a host of styling and design cues to echo the original 1994 Mk1 Speed Triple, while a high-spec R version takes the concept to the ultimate level of performance.
The 94 R features the same colours and styling as the Speed 94, and includes blackanodised, fully-adjustable Ohlins NIX 30 43mm forks, Ohlins TTX36 rear shocks and Brembo Monobloc radial calipers.
It comes with Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres.