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Triumph updates Speed Triple for 2016

2016 Triumph Speed Triple S and R

The Triumph Speed Triple comes in S and R designations for 2016 with more grunt, more eletronics and some minor cosmetic updates in an attempt to resurrect the supremacy of its street fighting man.

The Speed Triple was launched in 1992 and became an instant hit, but these days it has a lot of hi-tech and high-powered opposition from the likes of BMW, Ducati, KTM, MV Agusta and the Japanese.

In response, Triumph has made a claimed 104 “new developments” in the 1050cc triple that provide more power and torque while improving economy by 10%. They’ve also made the radiator smaller and changed the exhaust.2016 Triumph Speed Triple S and R

Specific figures will be released when the bikes make their public debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next week.

To keep pace with the hi-tech street fighters in the marketplace, Triumph has also thrown a raft of electrics at the bike including fly-by-wire throttle, five selectable engine maps (Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a Rider Configurable), a slipper clutch, and switchable ABS and traction control.

The S and R models come with Brembo Monobloc calipers, while the R stands out with billet bits and pieces, and fully adjustable Ohlins suspension.2016 Triumph Speed Triple S and R

The minor styling updates include slight changes to the bodywork, tailpiece and headlights that are re-alligned.

The Speed Triple S comes in Diablo Red or Phantom Black while the R comes in Crystal White; Matt Graphite; or Red with painted sub-frame, wheel pinstripes, radiator cowls with red seat stitching detail.