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?

Performance Bikes (UK) - - CONTENTS - CHRIS NEW­BIG­GING

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

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