Speed Triple makes a tri­umphant re­turn

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

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.

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