First Look: 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

Published: January 26, 2021

Hinckley firm gives long-running supernaked, Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS, a new engine and full revamp for 2021

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

The Speed Triple is one of Hinckley Triumph’s longest running models – the first version appeared in 1994 – and it’s also one of the firm’s best. Back when it was launched, high-performance naked machines were almost unheard of, but as time went by, the rest of the market woke up to the appeal of a big, powerful engine in a supersports-level chassis, with upright handlebars and minimal bodywork.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
2021 Speed Triple 1200 RS

The original 885cc triple has been updated regularly in the past twenty-seven years, and now we have a completely new version – the Speed Triple 1200, first launched in this top-end RS variant. At the heart of the matter is a completely new three-cylinder motor, with 1,160cc capacity (up from the 1,050cc of the current version), that puts out a meaty 178bhp, with 92ft lb of torque.

The firm’s also shaved a load of weight off the Speed Triple (the old one was a bit fat in the current market), cutting 10kg for a 198kg wet weight. The chassis all-new too, with more centralised mass, but sticks with the trademark single-sided swingarm first seen on the T509 in 1997.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
It has an all-new Chassis and lighter weight than previously

The engine is now 7kg lighter, showing how much the old design was holding the Triple back. Triumph says every part has been redesigned, and it’s also more compact than the old motor, despite the increased capacity.

Bore and stroke are now 90×60.8mm, compression is 13.2:1 and it sticks with the DOHC four-valve head architecture. There’s ride-by-wire throttle control to work with the latest electronic rider aids of course, plus cruise control, and there’s a six-speed stacked gearbox with standard up/down quickshifter.

On the chassis front, the frame is a new lighter cast aluminium unit but keeps the tubular design cues that the Speed Triple has had since 1997. Suspension is by Öhlins, with fully adjustable 43mm NIX30 USD front forks and a fully adjustable TTX36 rear shock. No electronic semi-active option as yet – but we’d imagine that might appear in the future.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

The Speed Triple has always had great brakes, and that continues here, with Brembo’s excellent Stylema calipers up front, biting on 320mm discs, plus a Brembo adjustable ratio radial master cylinder. Nice.

Rider aids is one area where the old Triple was a bit slow to pick up, but this new model has the lot, all controlled via a new five inch TFT LCD colour dashboard. There’s a six-axis IMU unit which assists the Continental cornering ABS system, plus lean-sensitive traction control and smart wheelie control. There are five customisable riding modes which includes a new enhanced ‘Track’ mode.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
LED Dash

The equipment list is impressive too, with all-LED lighting, full keyless ignition (including the fuel cap), backlit switchgear, and a light lithium racing battery that saves 2.3kg over a lead unit.

The new Speed Triple 1200RS will cost £15,100, and will be in dealers next month. We can’t wait for a spin on it…


Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Capacity 1160 cc
Bore 90.0 mm
Stroke 60.8 mm
Compression 13.2:1
Maximum Power 180 PS / 177.5 bhp (132.4 kW) @ 10,750 rpm

115.6 PS (85 kW) @ 8,000 rpm (Belgium only)

Maximum Torque 125 Nm (92 lbft) @ 9,000 rpm

118 Nm @ 6,750 rpm (Belgium only)

Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer
Final Drive X-ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Gearbox 6 speed
Frame Aluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe
Swingarm Aluminium, single-sided
Front Wheel Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.50 in
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium, 17 x 6.00 in
Front Tyre Metzeler Racetec RR K3 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre Metzeler Racetec RR K3 190/55 ZR17
Front Suspension Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel.
Rear Suspension Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm rear wheel travel.
Front Brakes Twin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable.
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc.  Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir.
Instruments Full-colour 5″ TFT instruments
Length 2090 mm (82.3 in)
Width (Handlebars) 792 mm (31.2 in)
Height Without Mirrors 1089 mm (42.9 in)
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in)
Wheelbase 1445 mm (56.9 in)
Rake 23.9 °
Trail 104.7 mm (4.1 in)
Wet weight 198kg (437 lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres (4.1 US gal)

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