Triumph Motorcycles has unveiled the 2021 iteration of the Speed Twin. The Speed Twin is considered to be a rather special motorcycle because it combines the thrust of the Thruxton R and the minimal retro styling of the Street Twin. A Gentleman’s Superbike, if you will. The previous iteration of the motorcycle managed to impress motorcyclists around the world owing to its potent engine, sporty handling and not to forget, the dapper clothes. The 2021 avatar of the same aims in the same direction but as Triumph claims, the Speed Twin has become better in every aspect there is.
Triumph Motorcycles has announced three colours for the 2021 Speed Twin – Red Hopper, Matte Storm Grey, and Jet Black.
While the overall silhouette remains the same, there are some aesthetic tweaks here and there to mark the update. Styling upgrades are minimal, and the 2021 model packs new anodised headlight mounts, new mudguard mounts, 12-spoke alloy wheels, and new graphics. That’s it. But the Speed Twin will still manage to grab your eyeballs, all thanks to the retro elements splattered all around, perfectly fused with modern bits. Design elements such as a rounded fuel tank with Monza cap, bench seat, and bar-end mirrors have been retained from the old model.
Engine and performance
The general consensus regarding a motorcycle’s transtition to BS6/Euro5 era is that it is bound to lose some performance in order to meet the stricter emission norms. Luckily, that isn’t the case here as the Speed Twin makes more power than before and Triumph also claims that the tweaked engine should be more responsive than before as well.
Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the Euro5/BS6-compliant 1,200cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor produces 98.6bhp at 7,250rpm as against 96bhp on the old motorcycle. The peak torque, on the other hand, remains at 112Nm although it now comes at 4,250rpm as against 4,950rpm on the old model.
Specs and features
Improved hardware includes 43mm USD Marzocchi forks with 120mm travel up front and twin RSUs with adjustable preload and 120mm wheel travel at the rear. Braking comes from 320mm dual disc with Brembo M50 four-piston callipers up front and a 220mm disc with Nissin two-piston calliper at the rear.
It gets dual-channel ABS as standard. The motorcycle will also be able to make use of Beeline navigation system which Triumph recently unveiled designed specifically for its modern classic range.
The 2021 Speed Twin offers personalisation with over 50 custom accessories that range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, heated grips and more.