New Tri­umph

New retro Street Twin street­fighter spied test­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Richard New­land DEPUTY EDI­TOR

Tri­umph are plan­ning to un­leash this street fighter ver­sion of the Thrux­ton R with the same grunty, 1200cc par­al­lel twin at its heart. This cool and ca­pa­ble-look­ing ma­chine is ex­pected to carry the leg­endary Speed Twin name that the firm re-reg­is­tered some time ago. And it will build on the blaz­ing suc­cess of the fir­mõs two new Thrux­tons, T120 Bon­nevilles, Bob­ber and five-strong fam­ily of T100-en­gined bikes.

Es­sen­tially a street-fighter ver­sion of the Thrux­ton R, the new Speed Twin is a clever cross­over of styles, blend­ing the now leg­endary bug-eye twin round head­lamps and up­right rid­ing po­si­tion from the first-gen­er­a­tion Street Triple, with the highly pol­ished Thrux­ton chas­sis and en­gine.


Al­though the T100 and T120 en­gines are vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able Ð espe­cially as this bike is us­ing the pri­mary cover from a T100 Black Ð the trans­mis­sion cover is clearly a T120 item. The most telling give­away is barely vis­i­ble, but nestling just be­hind the rid­erõs right thigh you can just make out the un­mis­tak­able form of the T120ÕS throt­tle bod­ies, which mas­quer­ade as old­school car­bu­ret­tors.

With a sin­gle large head­lamp, this new model would look a lot less re­mark­able, but by us­ing the Street Tripleõs bug eyes, Tri­umph have added a hint of con­tem­po­rary styling to what is an oth­er­wise heav­ily retro of­fer­ing.

Itõs clearly a well-used test bike, and could even be a reused and adapt- ed Thrux­ton/bonneville de­vel­op­ment bike. This fairly early-stage test mule is rolling on com­pletely mis­matched wheels; a cast item taken from the Street Triple at the front and a Thrux­ton laced rim on the rear Ð run­ning Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso tyres. The most likely rea­son for this is that Tri­umph are in­tend­ing to use cast wheels on the new model. Not only would they bet­ter suit the more ag­gres­sive stance of this bike, but they would also dif­fer­en­ti­ate the model fur­ther from the T120 Bon­nevilles, which use an 18in laced front rim.

Crude so­lu­tions

The other hint that this is an early bike is the lack of be­spoke parts Ð Tri­umph have gone to great lengths to give each new model it­er­a­tion its own styling parts Ð and the crude so­lu­tions to many of the en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenges, sug­gest­ing this bike is some way off go­ing into pro­duc­tion. A rough triple clamp holds an ex­tremely crude sheet of plate bolted be­tween the top and bot­tom yokes, onto which the head­lamps and clocks are bolted. On top of that is a Jenga-like stack of plates to al­low the fat, flat bar to be mounted at var­i­ous heights and fore/aft po­si­tions as the testers evaluate the best rider tri­an­gle of seat-bars-pegs. The very ear­li­est we might see it at the end of 2017.

This street fight­ing road­ster will ap­peal to many

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