SUPER NAKED SUPERSTAR
Speed Triple 1050 still smashes it
What we said then
“By moving the weight bias towards the front, the bike is much more agile than the outgoing model. It doesn’t have that long length wheelbase sensation anymore.
“As you would expect, the 1050cc engine is beautifully tractable. Instead, where the new Speed Triple feels different, in terms of performance, is it hangs onto its power and torque a lot further up the rev range. Add to this the stupendous Brembo front brake system and Metzeler Racetec K3 tyres as standard and you’ve a bike that’s capable of giving anybody a smile at a track day.” MCN launch report | October 20, 2010
But what is it like now?
Triumph’s Speed Triple has always been a dependable performer, whether that be the ’94 original, ‘98’s T509 or 2005’s stonking 1050 – and the same is clearly true of this stock 2011 model as I ride away from dealer Wheels of Peterborough (01733 358555) who have it up for sale at a tempting £5995.
I’ve ridden and tested them all, right back to that original, but this 2011 version still surprises with its ability, class – and how much of a move on it was from its round-eyed predecessor. Controversially at the time, Triumph switched from the Speedie’s trademark circular twin beams in this incarnation to more angular, futuristic-looking ones. Completely familiar now, at the time it distracted from the significant changes elsewhere – considerably improved handling, extra power (5bhp) and a more integrated, classy design hoiking it straight back to being one of the best super nakeds anywhere. It’s slimmer, more manageable, the rider feels more ‘in’ the machine, the steering is much more intuitive and engaging and the performance thicker and more flexible than ever. As an engaging, fun road bike they don’t come much better and this example, in virtually standard trim, complete with newish Dunlop Sportsmax tyres, makes a tempting proposition despite being succeeded by the all-new 2016 version.
Common faults explored
Not much goes wrong with Speedies and quality was much improved from 2011, too, so there’s little to fear here. This example had only just come in and hadn’t yet been through Wheels’ workshop, but apart from the clutch being a little out of adjustment and it doing with a decent polish, you’d hardly tell. It has 9000+ miles on its clocks but could easily pass for half that: the engine, discs and wheels are amazingly clean; there’s no scuffs, scratches or damage and just a little bit of road grime around the shock and headers. Apart from that, it’s excellent.
Surprisingly, for a five-year-old Speedie, this example’s virtually completely standard. The big Triumph is usually a magnet for both official and aftermarket accessories, some of which are more appealing than others depending on your taste, so it’s a serious consideration when buying used. This example, though, has just the official Triumph flyscreen and belly pan making it a tempting ‘blank canvas’, especially considering its price, if buying used.
The 2011 Speedie may no longer be the fastest, most powerful or sophisticated of super nakeds, those mantles have passed to bikes like BMW’S S1000R and Aprilia’s Tuono V4, but it remains one of the best for its blend of style, real world performance, character and value. And now, superseded by itself in 2016 to satisfy Euro4, it’s a more affordable used buy than ever. A slick, stylish super naked for under six grand? Sorted.
The Speed Triple is a great value super naked Accessories Speedies are rarely so standard – stock except for flyscreen and bellypan Engine Development of 2005 1050 triple got 5bhp extra and is solid and durable