Stylish new Tri­umph Speed Twin un­leashed with 96bhp

Iconic 1930s road­ster in­spires new Bon­neville-based per­for­mance retro


This is Tri­umph’s lat­est and greatest retro, the Speed Twin. It’s a hopped-up, tuned and up­rated ver­sion of the Bon­neville T120 in­spired by the orig­i­nal 1937 Speed Twin, the firm’s very first per­for­mance par­al­lel twin.

To cre­ate it, the Hinck­ley firm have blended the best bits of their retro range, re­sult­ing in a ma­chine with the styling of the new Street Twins but with the per­for­mance of the Thrux­ton R and the com­fort of the Bon­neville T120.

Can you han­dle it?

A prime con­cern when de­vel­op­ing the new Speed Twin was nail­ing its han­dling. The aim was to give a clas­sic-look­ing bike the dy­namic man­ners of a mod­ern ma­chine. To achieve that Tri­umph have give the Speed Twin a new frame based on that of the sporty Thrux­ton R paired with car­tridge forks and pre-load ad­justable twin shocks. It has also light­weight, 17in, cast alu­minium wheels shod with Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tyres and non-ra­dial, twin Brembo fourpis­ton calipers up front.

But un­like the Thrux­ton, the Speed Twin has a more com­fort­able, up­right rid­ing po­si­tion with flat bars on a new up­per yoke. What’s more, de­spite its ag­gres­sive nose-down, bum-up style, the Speed Twin’s bench seat is only 807mm tall so it should be easy to man­age.

To match all that Tri­umph have given the Speed Twin an up­dated ver­sion of their 1200cc high power en­gine, as well.

Once again the start­ing point was the Thrux­ton R, but Tri­umph took that pow­er­plant and added a mag­ne­sium cam cover, re­vised clutch and new side cases, re­sult­ing in a 2.5kg weight sav­ing over the Thrux­ton en­gine. In fact, all of the weight sav­ings over the whole bike make the Speed Twin 10kg lighter than the Thrux­ton.

Plenty of po­tency

It’s lost none of its po­tency though. With 96bhp and 82.6ftlb of torque it’s nearly 50% more pow­er­ful than the 900cc Street Twin and, with all the Thrux­ton’s elec­tron­ics, it also has three rid­ing modes, switch­able trac­tion con­trol and ABS. There’s no word on pric­ing or avail­abil­ity yet, but we ex­pect it to cost about £10,000.

Retro-style twin di­als are car­ried over from Thrux­ton 1200 Name re­vives that of orig­i­nal 1937 per­for­mance twin

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