While the battle of the supersports motorcycles has taken the peak output past the 200 bhp mark, their naked counterparts are nudging 180bhp. But it seems like British motorcycle marque, Triumph Motorcycles, is hardly bothered to be a part of these output wars its competitors BMW, Aprilia and KTM are engaged in. The Triumph Speed Triple is due for an update and the Hinckley based two-wheeler maker is modernizing its litre-class naked roadster for 2016.
The year 2016 will witness a major overhaul for the Triumph Speed Triple. While Triumph has remained tight lipped about the changes, reports suggest that the new Speed Triple motorcycle will receive a mechanical upgrade in the form of emissions and technology updates in 2016. Reports suggest that the new Speed Triple is expected to receive traction control, multiple engine modes and an electronic throttle for 2016 – changes that were seen on the Tiger 800 this year. Power figures are likely to be bumped up for 2016. The 1050cc Liquid-cooled, in-line 3-cylinder engine is expected to deliver 140 hp of power. However, we would seriously want Triumph to go the extra mile and add a few more horses to help this iconic model join its peers such as the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono V4 and KTM 1290 Superduke in the 180 hp battle.
Standard equipment on the 2016 Speed Triple would comprise of Showa forks, Brembo brakes and three riding modes whereas the R badge strapped premium model would benefit from Ohlins suspension and five riding modes.
Once the benchmark for naked roadsters, the Triumph Speed Triple has of late lagged behind the competition. Big performance output numbers are the a magnet for motorcycle buyers these days and the British marque really need to pull something out its hat if does not want to be relegated far behind from its counterparts. Would a 150bhp Speed Triple still be your motorcycle of choice? Why? Why Not? So share your views with us.
Source: Folks at Visor Down