SPEED TRIPLE S
The Speed Triple RS is the best naked Triumph have built. But it’s also the most expensive. The S model is £1900 cheaper, but with less tech. So, is it worth the saving or a cut too far?
Is Triumph’s more affordable big naked just as good as the all-singing RS?
THE SPEED TRIPLE got very serious when they introduced the R model in 2012: what was a good road-going supernaked stepped up its game to become a surprisingly effective track tool. Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Supercorsas as standard (and later proper electronics) turned a grunty roadster into the bike coming around the outside on a trackday.
The 2018 RS model is even more potent: with cornering ABS, over 140bhp at the rear wheel, and IMU-based electronics, it looks set to continue being second only on circuit to Aprilia’s Tuono: little more than an upright superbike. Not bad for a bike that’s visibly and technically a direct descendant of the 1997 T595 Daytona.
The price you pay for this potency