Tri­umph de­vel­op­ment rider Felipe Lopeze

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Launch -

Hav­ing worked heav­ily on the RS since the start of the project Felipe is the man to ask about how this bike works and rides so well.

WHAT WAS THE MODEL’S FO­CUS?

The con­cept for the model came to re­al­ity three years ago. We wanted to build a bike with more torque and more power. Also, when you in­tro­duce more power it makes you ques­tion how suit­able the chas­sis will still be. We had to look into whether we needed to change the pack­age to suit the new bike’s in­creased out­put, but tests proved that we didn’t. And be­cause the han­dling of the bike was so fan­tas­tic, both and high and low speeds, we didn’t have to change a thing. I hon­estly don’t be­lieve there’s a ri­val on the mar­ket that can of­fer the han­dling pack­age we do, and that’s down to find­ing the best ge­om­e­try and lo­cat­ing the mass of the pack­age in the right place. We’re very happy with how we’ve moved the goal­posts.

WERE YOU PRES­SURED INTO ADDING MORE TECH?

Yes, I think so. The mar­ket moves on and peo­ple are al­ways proud to tell peo­ple that their bike has the best fea­tures. It also helps them feel more com­fort­able with their bikes if they know they have a top level tech­nol­ogy. We’ve added a lot of fea­tures to the Speed Triple pack­age, and we be­lieve it’s now at the pin­na­cle of tech­nol­ogy on the mar­ket. It was great to in­te­grate the TFT dash (from the Street Triple) on the bike, and all the other things like cruise con­trol and cor­ner­ing ABS. We be­lieve it now has ev­ery piece of tech needed.

COULD YOU HAVE DRAWN MORE POWER?

You can al­ways get more power. We could have matched our main ri­vals with 160bhp, but that would have meant com­pro­mise. The best thing about the Speed Triple is the way in which it makes its power and de­liv­ers it in a very us­able and sat­is­fy­ing way. We’re very happy with the power fig­ures we’ve achieved with the RS, but more so with how well the mo­tor de­liv­ers its per­for­mance to the rider. Fig­ures aren’t al­ways the best thing to go by; we care more about the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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