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Triumph unveils the Speed Triple 1200 RR

The Brits get very racy on two wheels

The 1200 RR is a sexy alternative to the bug-eyed RS. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

Triumph has been on a roll lately with launch after launch of all-new models (like the Trident) and revitalized platforms (like the Bonneville). The latest entry is the Speed Triple 1200 RR, a semi-faired version of the Speed Triple RS and whose single round headlamp and bubble windscreen evoke the retro-tastic allure of vintage race bikes. There’s some resemblance to MV Agusta’s gorgeous Superveloce, but the RR keeps its 176hp triple-cylinder engine exposed.

This bike is just gorgeous from any angle. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

The riding position is aggressive with low-mounted, clip-on handlebars and set-back foot pegs. Compared to the naked RS, the RR’s handlebars are 135mm lower and 50mm further forward, so you had better start strengthening your core muscles. Its 830mm seat height might be of some concern to short-inseam riders, too.

Meant for track days and canyon-carving, the bike gets an electronically adjustable, semi-active suspension by Öhlins, along with 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP-V3 tires. The suspension is fully adjustable on the fly. A Brembo Stylema braking system is fitted using twin 320mm front discs and a single 220mm rear disc.

Top-shelf suspension, tires and brakes make this a track monster. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

The cockpit utilizes a full-color, five-inch TFT display, and the electronics are top-shelf (up/down quickshifter, lean-sensitive cornering ABS and traction control, five riding modes including “Track,” front-wheel-lift control, and keyless ignition). The display includes a lap timer for track use, while the My Triumph connectivity system lets you control your phone, music, navigation and even GoPro.

Electronically adjustable suspension is probably worth a Vespa or two already. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

Carbon fiber is generously used throughout the body, including the tank, the fairing, the cockpit infills, the side panels, and the front mudguard. The wheels are lightweight cast-aluminum, while the color-keyed belly pan and seat cowl (along with hidden cables and hoses) all contribute to a clean and cohesive look.

Prospective owners can also spec their bikes with cool accessories like scrolling LED indicators, a tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips, a security system, and even a GPS tracker.

Full-color TFT display still has a traditional touch with its analog layout. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

Given Triumph Motorcycles Philippines’ rapid growth in the local big-bike market, it’s safe to say that the 1200 RR will be well received here. The target date for local introduction is early 2022.

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.