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Triumph gives more zoom to the Speed Twin

This British bruiser combines speed with old-school charm

The 2021 Speed Twin has more oomph in the engine department. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

Earlier this year, Triumph released a suite of worthwhile updates to its best-selling Bonneville line but made no mention of the Speed Twin. Being the sporty, retro-style bike of the Triumph family, the Speed Twin is meant for enthusiasts who want a classically styled machine that can hang with middleweight sport nakeds. It was first launched in 2018 and has earned accolades abroad for its old-school look and competitive performance.

Brushed stainless-steel silencers give a throaty roar. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

For 2021, the bike gets a significant update with improvements to its engine and suspension. Now Euro 5-compliant, the 1,200cc High Power Bonneville parallel-twin engine gets a slight boost of 3hp for a peak output of 99hp at 7,250rpm. More importantly, it benefits from a fuller torque curve, with the peak torque figure of 112Nm now arriving at 4,250rpm—500rpm lower than the previous model.

A new, lightweight crankshaft and alternator result in a 17% reduction in inertia, enabling the engine to rev faster and for longer, with a redline that is also 500rpm higher than before. New high-compression pistons, revised ports, and an updated cam profile complete the list of engine enhancements.

The '3D' clocks combine classic styling with modern functionality. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

The Speed Twin is now equipped with new, brushed stainless-steel twin megaphone silencers for a deep and throaty roar. The exhaust header has also been designed to conceal the catalyst box for a clean, straight-run design. The cost of ownership is also kept low with its first major service interval set at 16,000km.

Premium detailing includes anodized headlamp mounts. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

Handling is significantly improved as well, thanks to 43mm Marzocchi USD fork with cartridge damping and twin rear suspension with adjustable preload. Both front and rear suspension units provide 120mm of wheel travel.

New-design, 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels with a lightweight, 12-spoke style are shod with high-performance Metzeler Racetec RR tires. Stopping power is now provided by high-spec Brembo four-piston M50 radial monobloc front calipers and twin 320mm discs. The rear brake setup is a Nissin two-piston floating rear caliper with a 220mm disc. ABS is standard.

The sculpted tank holds 14.5L. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

The Speed Twin’s ergonomics are designed for hours of enthusiastic riding and, as such, feature a low, 809mm seat height, slim standover width, and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position. The ride-by-wire fueling system provides Rain, Road and Sport riding modes—all of which have been recalibrated for improved throttle response and traction control.

The Speed Twin’s premium detailing includes bar-end mirrors, sculpted side panels and bench seat, and brushed-aluminum mudguards. The headlamp mounts are anodized to complement the painted headlamp cowl, while a classic Monza-style fuel cap and a clear anodized aluminum swingarm complete the aesthetic harmony.

You'll never get bored with this view. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

The 2021 Speed Twin will be available in three paint schemes with the following prices:

  • Red Hopper – P1,015,000
  • Matt Storm Gray – P1,015,000
  • Jet Black – P1,005,000

It is slated to arrive this August.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.