The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is very much the modern age cafe racer
Here we have the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR, the official unveil of which has expanded the Speed Triple range to 2 models, including the RS.
The first thing that catches one’s attention is the cafe racer style semi-fairing that is mounted to the bike and it houses a single circular LED headlight, for a more retro look.
Having new carbon fibre detailing on the fairing, cockpit and the tank, the RR’s side panels and front mudguard are made completely from the lightweight material.
There are only 2 colourways on offer with the Speed Triple 1200 RR and they are Red Hopper and Storm Grey and Crystal White and Storm Grey. Both options get colour coded belly pan and seat cowl, while the White shade gets gold detailing too.
If you think that these are the only differences between the Speed Triple 1200 RS and RR, you would be very wrong, as the British firm has revised several other components to create the cafe racer.
Yes, the frame is the same as the RS, but the ergonomics are different. There are new clip-on handlebars that are 135 mm lower and 50 mm forward than the naked Speed. In addition, the foot pegs are higher.
But, there is more. As standard, there are new electronically adjustable (through the 5-inch TFT instrument cluster), semi-active suspension from Ohlins as well.
Further, the performance motorcycle also comes with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres (unique to the RR) that are wrapped around 17-inch cast aluminium wheels. The brakes are Brembo units.
Triumph must have thought that these changes are enough to differentiate between the 2 Speed Triple’s and thus did not play around with the 1160cc engine that still produces 180 PS and 125 Nm of torque. The stacked 6-speed gearbox, slip and assist clutch, and the up and down quickshifter are the same too.
In terms of features the modern cafe racer comes as standard with My Triumph connectivity, backlit switch cubes, cornering ABS, switchable cornering traction control, front wheel lift detection system, 5 ride modes, cruise control, full-LED lights and a keyless system.
During the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR unveil, the on-road price of the model in the UK was revealed. The motorcycle costs between £17,950 (Rs. 18.22 lakhs) and £18,200 (Rs. 18.47 lakhs) in the island nation.
Of course, like any Triumph model, there are accessories on offer (30 of them to be precise) and the service intervals are long – 16,000 kilometres or 12 months. Warranty-wise, the bike is covered for 2 years (unlimited mileage).