7 GREAT SPEED TRIPLES
As MCN tests the new Speed Triple, Phil West meets the ancestors
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2007)
Definitive Speed Triple was the most aggressive-looking yet and the first model not to be a naked version of a sportster as Triumph quietly dropped the big Daytona. While retaining the twin beams and single-sided swinger the new Speedie also debuted a cool-looking underseat exhaust and radial front brake calipers. It was also stumpier, sharper and punchier thanks to the new 128bhp, 1050cc motor. Plus it still had those all-important (for some, anyway) bug-eyed headlights. What you’ll pay today £3500-£4500 But should you? Raw, charismatic, exciting and British. What’s not to like?
Triumph Speed Triple T309 (1994-1997)
A defrocked Daytona 900 inspired, according to folklore, when a Triumph worker crashed one of the modular sportsters. True or not, it was a surprise hit popularised further by a one-make racing series. Robust and reliable, characterful and cool, it’s the most indemand of all early Hinckley bikes. What you’ll pay today £2500 for a rough ’un to £4000 for a goodie But should you? It’s a true classic.
Triumph Speed Triple T509 (1997-1998)
All-new model was based on the new T595 Daytona sportster and the first Speed Triple to get the bug-eyed twin headlamps and single-sided swingarm. An instant hit, the new Speedie became the catalyst for the growth in popularity of the whole super-naked category. What you’ll pay today Rough examples from £1300, clean originals up to £2500 But should you? These originals are handsome, pure, raw and can be cheap.
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 R (2012-2015)
Triumph enjoyed success with premium R versions of bikes like the Daytona 675 and Street Triple, so an R version was launched to allow Triumph to more closely rival machines like Aprilia’s Tuono and Ducati’s Streetfighter. For £2500 extra over the standard bike of the same era (see below) the bike had …hlins suspension front and rear, upgraded Brembo brakes, a smattering of carbon and lightweight forged aluminium wheels. What you’ll pay today £8800-£11,500 But should you? Flashy extras bring a new dimension to already hugely popular bike.
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2008-2010)
A subtle evolution of the 2005 model rather than a completely new bike and intended to correct the few faults of the original 1050. The previously ridiculously short pillion seat was extended; Nissin brake calipers were swapped for Italian Brembos and new wheels had a more stylish, curved spoke design. What you’ll pay today £4500-£6000 But should you? If foxeye headlamps are not for you, this is the best Speedie.
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015)
New chassis, cycle parts, uprated engine and more but the Speed Triple spirit remained. Some purists, however, chose to focus on the headlights Ð the previous twin round beams were replaced by a pair of more angular, sharper-looking items. New frame gave sharper handling and power went up to 135bhp. What you’ll pay today £4600-£11,000 But should you? Arguably still the best all-round super-naked out there.