Published on June 6th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin


2021 Triumph Speed Twin Revealed

Needless to say, this beautiful two-wheeler is coming to our shores soon

The Triumph Speed Twin has been given a rather substantial update for the model year 2021. Launched globally three years ago as part of the company’s Modern Classic range, the bike now boasts a more premium look, a more powerful engine and revamped electronics.

Bolstering the Speed Twin’s already stunning appearance are new 12-spoke cast wheels, twin upswept sporty silencers, brushed aluminium front and rear mudguards, brushed aluminium side panel finishers and heel guards, as well as new anodised headlamp mounts. There are three colours to choose from: Red Hopper, Matt Storm Grey and Jet Black.

The Speed Twin continues to be powered by a 1200 cc parallel-twin engine but thanks to a number of mechanical upgrades, Triumph has managed to increase the power output from 97 PS to 100 PS at 7,250 rpm while making sure the engine meets the stringent Euro 5 emission standards. Peak torque of 112 Nm now comes 500 rpm lower down the rev range. Triumph claims that a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator has reduced the inertia by 17%, thus making the engine more responsive.

Another key area that has been improved is the chassis, where new upside down 43 mm Marzocchi front forks and adjustable twin rear shocks provide the Speed Twin with “even better handling”. Braking power, meanwhile, is provided by twin 320mm Brembo discs with new Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers at the front.

As for electronics, the 2021 Speed Twin is equipped with three riding modes (Rain, Road and Sport), ABS, and switchable traction control. LED daytime running light, LED rear indicators, a USB charging socket and an immobiliser are included as well.

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Launched in 2018, the Triumph Speed Twin set the benchmark for how a Modern Classic performance roadster should ride and feel. Thanks to its class-leading handling, thrilling and responsive engine, advanced rider technology and beautiful, modern custom style with category-defining premium finish and detailing, it quickly became an award-winning performance icon.

Endowed with the power and torque of the Triumph Thruxton R in a more accessible set up, the Speed Twin delivered the contemporary custom style and engaged ride of the Street Twin but with even more premium and beautiful details. For 2021, this iconic roadster brings an evolution in every dimension, from power and performance, to handling, technology and style – making it the perfect combination of character, aesthetic appeal and genuine sport performance.

Higher Performance

Significantly updated, the 2021 Triumph Speed Twin’s characterful 1200cc High Power Bonneville twin engine has even higher performance but with lower emissions, making it fully Euro 5 compliant. It delivers 3PS more peak power, now 100PS at 7,250rpm, plus more power in the mid-range than its predecessor. Alongside the incredibly strong and linear power delivery, there is also a fuller torque curve with peak torque of 112Nm arriving more than 500rpm lower down the rev range.

The responsiveness of the engine has also been enhanced, thanks to a 17% reduction in inertia as a result of using a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator. These enable the engine to spin up faster and rev harder for longer, with peak revs now 500rpm higher than before. In addition, new high compression pistons, revised ports and a new cam profile complete the list of performance enhancements.

The distinctive sound of the High Power Bonneville twin is amplified by the new brushed stainless steel megaphone twin upswept sports silencers, which were carefully crafted for a deep, throaty roar to match the Speed Twin’s legendary name. The innovative and uninterrupted exhaust header run cleverly conceals the catalyst box, delivering the characteristic clean-line “straight-run” design.

As with all of the models in Triumph’s Modern Classic range, the cost of ownership is kept low thanks to the high first major service interval of 16,000 km.

Better Handling

Already acknowledged for its superb, sure-footed comfortable handling, the 2021 Triumph Speed Twin benefits from a number of significant upgrades for an even more precise, agile and dynamic ride.

New suspension hardware consists of upside down 43mm Marzocchi front forks with cartridge damping that brings a more confidence-inspiring and comfortable ride with 120mm of wheel travel. These are perfectly matched to the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120mm of rear wheel travel, both precisely tuned for even better handling and to deliver the perfect modern roadster ride.

The dynamic package is further enhanced by improved braking performance. New higher specification Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake calipers grab twin 320mm Brembo discs and are matched to a Nissin 2-piston floating rear caliper with 220mm disc. With ABS fitted as standard, these deliver a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics.

Ensuring incredible grip, precision and high-speed stability, new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres are fitted as standard along with new cast aluminium wheels, 17” on both front and rear, featuring a lightweight 12-spoke design.

Ergonomically, the Speed Twin offers an intuitive and confidence-inspiring ride. The seat height is an accessible 809mm while a slim stand over width, tapered handlebars and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position that is 38mm further forward and 4mm lower than the Thruxton, provides the rider with a more relaxed riding position.

Enhanced Technology

Befitting its modern classic performance roadster classification, the new 2021 Triumph Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology, including a sophisticated ride-by-wire system that ensures precise throttle control and offers three riding modes: Rain, Road and Sport. These have been enhanced to allow for adjustment of both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The riding modes can be changed at the touch of a button while on the move and riders can also choose to switch the traction control off independently through the instrument menu.

To make it stand out of the road, the Speed Twin is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, and, where market legislation permits, the signature LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) that is incorporated into the headlight.

Providing the rider with an information rich display, contemporary 3D clocks incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the scroll button mounted on the handlebar. Key information displayed includes gear position, two trip settings, fuel level and range-to-empty, as well an average and current fuel consumption, access to traction control settings and TPMS indicator if the latter is fitted as an accessory.

Other rider focused technology includes an under-seat USB charging socket, an accessory Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and an immobiliser with transponder integrated into the premium Triumph branded key.

More Premium Style and Detailing

Incorporating Triumph’s timeless DNA with a contemporary stripped-back custom style and poise, the new 2021 Triumph Speed Twin is even more beautiful than its predecessor and comes with new stylish details.

In addition to the new 12-spoke cast wheels and twin upswept sporty silencers, the Speed Twin is characterised by its signature-shaped 14.5L tank with knee indents, beautiful bar end mirrors, sculpted side panels and stylish bench seat. Premium details and finishes are harmonised across the bike, including brushed aluminium front and rear mudguards with new mounts, plus brushed aluminium side panel finishers and heel guards. Additional premium touches and details include new anodised headlamp mounts to compliment the painted headlamp bowl, classic Monza fuel cap and clear anodised aluminium swingarm.

For 2021, the Speed Twin is available in three paint schemes: the new vibrant and lustrous Red Hopper scheme, the sophisticated Matt Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the timeless Jet Black.

50+ Custom Accessories

The 2021 Speed Twin is the perfect platform for personalisation with over 50 custom accessories that riders can add to enhance the style, practicality and security of their bike. These range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, heated grips and many more.

All genuine Triumph accessories have been designed and developed alongside the bike itself, to the same exacting standards, to ensure perfect integration and excellent durability, and all come with the same two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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