2012 Triumph Speed Triple R – Expensive, But WorthyTriumph | February 16, 2012
If you are a bike aficionado or even if you are familiar with the nomenclature of bikes you would know that the addition of consonant “R” in the name indicates the race versions. Any bike having R in its name is the race tuned version of its normal version. But while that addition of R in the names of bike has always appealed the hardcore bike fanatics, it also causes some compromises in the bike. In general the compromises that comes with the letter R results in fastidious engine performance, a rigid ride and an ominously sunnier wallet. But the question here is, is it worth buying? And we would say, totally, as a matter of fact almost every time.
The Speed Triple model from Triumph Motorcycles characterizes their homecoming to magnificence. In words of Simon Warburton, the Triumph Project Manager, “The Speed Triple is Triumph.” The aim of the new 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R is well understood to the English maker-to develop definitive Speed Triple. Incorporating high end features the Triumph further strengthens the plea of the marque and their Speed Triple.
The first thing that the hardcore bikers will be interested in is the amount of power Speed Triple R generates more than standard model. But unfortunately you won’t get anything that’ll get your adrenaline pumping, bet we aren’t even disappointed with that, and it is because the 1050 cc inline 3-cylinder engine of Speed Triple is one of the finest engines in its class. Even the torque here is pretty incredible and it becomes pretty apparent with the first ride of the bike.
Now that the power and torque are pretty similar, one must be wondering what the R is doing here. And to that we’ll say, except those everywhere else. Triumph has given the 2012 Speed Triple R brand new elastic bits on the rear and front end. And if you’ve guessed it, then you’re right, it’s Ohlins. Only the name of the Swedish suspension maker is enough to raise the thrill, isn’t it? The front fork here is NIX30 large piston cartridge and has been leapt only a tad firmer than the stock element having a 9.5 N/millimeter spring against a 9.0 N/millimeter. The goodness upfront is being complemented by a TTX36 piggyback shock with a 100 N/millimeter spring rate above the standard 95 N/millimeter.
To make it even better and to up the ante even more, Triumph further provided a set of counterfeit PVM wheels, which were exclusively, fabricated for 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R. these exclusively built wheels are lean everywhere it matters and sheds around 3.7 lbs. from the total countering bulk of the Speed Triple R. This results in reduction of 25 % and 16 % in the total inertia of rear and front wheel respectively.
The lovely black PVM front wheel of the Speed Triple R have been attached to a 320 millimeter floating rotors, which we saw in the standard Speed Triple, but for the R the Brembo monoblock have been replaced by radial mounted typical units. The rear end has the same Nissin dual-piston caliper embracing a 255 millimeter disc that we saw in the non-R version. The US model gets ABS as standard feature and can be incorporated through the in-dash menu. Completing Speed Triple Rs’ round bits are pair of Pirelli’s bizarre Supercorsa SP tires.
In order to smoothen the transmission, Triumph has retooled both shafts, 10 of the 12 gears, the shift fork and drum. A lot of gear tolerances have also been tightened up, even the shaft spline friction has been cut down and in order to provide even better engagement they have increased the gear dogs from 4 to 5. The 6th gear now has been cut down to a 3.4 % lower ratio. All these changes in the gearbox will take place into the standard model next year.
The front tank cover from the normal Speed Triple has been replaced by the autoclave fashioned radiator shrouds, mudguard side pods and carbon fiber parts. The carbon fibre parts have been developed in the same factory where the Lamborghini bodies’ parts have been developed and are immensely polished and cuts the down overall weight of the Speed Triple R by about 4.4 lbs. the cosmetic changes in the bike gets completed by a red wheel stripes and red sub frame.
The 2012 Triumph Speed Triple was displayed at the Circuito de Jerez MotoGP Track, which was quite a surprising move for us, because not often does it happens that a manufacturer picks a track for unveiling a bike that’s not meant for it. But with Triumph is showed that they are confident and the bike just might deserve one more R in its name.
Hop on to the 32.5-in high seat of 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R and you will get a comfy seating position. If you haven’t seen the black handlebars or Ohlins NIX30 forks inflated with an R you might not find any difference between in race version and normal version of the bike. The overall layout is pretty spacious and incredibly comfy levelheadedly placed foot pegs and wide bars.
The reduction in weight becomes pretty apparent right from the first corner the bike touches. The Speed Triple R feels much more flick able and light than the normal model, and at the same time it’s incredibly fast and it’s pretty quick to change direction. This is where the lower inertia of lighter PVM wheels and lighter PVM wheels shine. In corners the Triple R felt around 15 lbs. to 20 lbs. light. It’s really surprising to see how big difference the lighter wheels can make.
We had our test 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R set between the Track and Sport suspension settings which are given in the manual of Speed Triple R. The feel from the NIX30 fork at the front was absolutely remarkable, almost clairvoyant.
- MSRP: $15,999
- Engine: DOHC Inline-Triple
- Engine Displacement: 1050cc
- Bore x Stroke: 79 mm x 71.4 mm
- Fuel System: Multipoint Sequential Fuel-Injection
- Drive: Chain
- Transmission: 6-Speed
- Frame: Aluminum Beam Twin-Spar
- Trail/Rake: 90.9 mm/22.8 degrees
- Swingarm: Single-Sided Aluminum w/Eccentric Adjuster
- Front Suspension: 43 mm Ohlins NIX30 Fork w/Adaptable Rebound, Compression Damping
- Rear Suspension: Single Ohlins TTX36 w/Adjustable Rebound & Compression Damping
- Front Tire: 120/70-ZR-17 Pirelli Supercorsa SP
- Rear Tire: 190/55-ZR-17 Pirelli Supercorsa SP
- Front Brakes: Radial-mount Brembo Monoblock Calipers/ Dual 320 mm Discs w
- Rear Brakes: Nissin 2-piston Caliper/ Single 225 mm Disc w
- Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
- Seat Height: 32.5 in.
- Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gallons
- Curb Weight (Claimed): 466.4 lbs.
- Colors: Phantom Black and Crystal White
On the rear end the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R was pretty comfortable on the track, and we are confident that it will be the same on the track. The 2012 Speed Triple R might have been ideal for streets and track with its premium part, but still it is a tad rowdy at heart. The Speed Triple R’s R-spec treatment has resulted in a wide assortment of parts that provides an absolutely amazing naked bike. The Speed Triple R’s forged PVM wheels give the feel of 15 lbs. lighter. And in addition to that the Pirelli Supercorsa SP tires and Ohlins suspension keeps it glued to the track. The TTX36 was steady and implanted all through the ride, regardless of the number of times we changed our body position and the application of throttle. The combination of Ohlins was also pretty smooth.
Overall the blend of rock solid Ohlins suspension, sham PVM wheels, Supercorsa SP rubber an Brembo calipers certainly enhances the Triumph to R rank. Though, the good news here is that all the negatives that in general comes with the R are not in the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R. Priced at $15,999 the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R certainly will be a bit heavy on your budget, but take our word, it’s absolutely worth buying.