When the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR entered my derby in Toronto, it was love at first sight. From the strong definition of her overdressed frame to hand-sewn black leather Seat and wasp tail, the Speed Triple 1200 RR has a flattering elegance – a refined machine built with strength and technology to support its bold looks. I got dressed impatiently and threw a leg over the bike Live performance.
Traffic in downtown Toronto comes with many challenges. The area apparently contains an unplanned network of one-way and two-way streets, shared by a network of trams and bike lanes and intersected by pedestrian crossings. But despite the chaos, navigating these busy urban roads on the smart and sporty Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR was painless. At the rider’s command, the bike provided instant and continuous power over obstacles. Using Triumph’s Quickshifter, I maneuvered through traffic at variable speeds with ease.
When it comes to power and performance, Triumph delivers the goods with this bike. Triumph Speed 1200 RR It is powered by a 12-valve, liquid-cooled, DOHC 1,160 cc, three-cylinder engine that generates responsive 177 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque. The engine has a low-inertia design that is very different from its competitors: while a little vibration is typical, the Speed Triple 1200 RR delivers a smooth ride via its six-speed transmission and electronic throttle.
These improvements combine with a stainless-steel three-in-one head system, a lower primary muffler, and a side-mounted secondary muffler to create the bike’s choppy but smooth acoustic signature. It was a perfect soundtrack to my trip through the concrete jungle of Toronto.
The chassis of the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR consists of a double-mast aluminum frame, bolt-on subframe, and a single-sided swing arm. It’s equipped with an Öhlins 43mm adjustable front fork and a monoshock at the rear; Both use the Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi electronic compression system and rebound damping.
This high-tech suspension has excelled in areas like Queen Street West, where potholes predominate. Twin Brembo disc brakes at the front, and a single disc in the rear provide ample stopping power. Even better, the adjustable front braking system allows riders to adjust the feel of the lever to their preference.
Real sports work environment and handling
Rider’s ergonomics was unthinkable with the Speed Triple 1200 RR. I’m six feet tall and weigh 205 pounds, and I was comfortable on the bike. It provides a more relaxed driving position which creates a painless triangle ratio for the cyclist; It is perfect for the streets and roads that I seek. When pausing at traffic lights or passing through intermittent traffic, the heat radiation emitted by the engine was virtually non-existent.
But when you want to get a little more aggressive, the bike is happy to accommodate you thanks to clip-on handlebars and a well-metered footpeg distance. My body wasn’t complaining after a day of dynamic riding.
The Speed Triple 1200 RR comes with high-performance Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires; With a lightweight die-cast aluminum chassis and an improved center of gravity, it achieves a new standard in triple-speed with precision handling and agility. While I didn’t get the chance to test the bike on the track, the grip and stability in turns around town and on the highway were commendable.
After filling out the downtown matrix, I merged into Don Valley Parkway, Toronto’s local highway, and rode along the freshwater shoreline of Lake Ontario. The Speed Triple 1200 RR was dynamic and lively — and stupidly fast. On a traffic-free highway, I may or may not have realized the bike’s top speed of 165 mph.
At high speeds on the straights, and with my weight pushed behind the aerodynamics, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR ate miles with impressive stability. However, the front aerodynamic screen creates a very small protected area. This is where the size is likely to be a flaw – I almost had to stick my chin in the fuel tank to keep it from getting swayed by the wind.
Designed for less effort, more fun
Performance-enhancing technologies are a prerequisite for such a powerful beast, and the Speed Triple 1200 RR provides the ideal offering of driver assistance technology. The improved cornering control system and the cornering traction control system are state-of-the-art, working in all driving conditions. In addition, front wheel lift management operates through traction control to help maintain front wheel contact with the ground. These systems are made even more accessible thanks to the input from the inertial measurement unit, which provides important data when the bike is leaning through a corner.
The 5-inch color TFT screen handles all the hardware and riding electronics. Five driving modes are included in the Speed Triple 1200 RR with three pre-programmed modes for Road, Sport and Rain. The fourth mode is programmable, and the fifth is for driving on a track.
Amidst all the gadgetry, some of the simplest concepts, like neutral and standing equilibrium, shouldn’t be taken for granted. I found myself fighting with some motorcycles about these minor tasks, but the Speed Triple 1200 RR presented no problems. Despite the lack of featherweight, the bike is light enough—with a full tank (3.4 US gallons), the Speed Triple 1200 RR weighs 438 pounds and can deliver 37.3 mpg.
The competition to create the perfect motorcycle is fierce. Designers, engineers and mechanics all work in alignment to push the boundaries of motorcycle dynamics and display. If there’s a secret algorithm for getting the perfect ratio of beauty, sophistication, attitude and performance, Triumph has revealed it with the Speed Triple 1200 RR.
After my ride, I have to give kudos to Triumph for creating one of the most aesthetically pleasing production bikes for the first time in the past decade. The Speed Triple 1200 RR is among many production bikes in its price range, and it truly stands in a class of its own.
[From $20,950; triumphmotorcycles.com]
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of James Bond
Do you want to have a really special bike? Consider a limited edition Speed Triple 1200 RR. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of James Bond and the partnership between two famous British brands (Triumph and 007), Triumph is releasing a limited edition of 60 motorcycles, dubbed Triple Speed 1200 RR Bond Edition. The bike comes in a custom color scheme of Granite and Storm Gray with carbon fiber and hand-painted gold accents. Each scooter is individually numbered and includes a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity (by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor). Prices start at $24995.
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