Triumph is either really trying hard at leaking information about the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple and its other motorcycles ahead of their unveiling, or there is an intern in the UK right now whose job is about to go under the axe. Either way, the keen eyes at Visordown have spotted the fact that Triumph has outed the new Speed Triple in its online accessories catalog. While not showing the whole bike yet, we do see that the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple gets a much needed face lift, along with a substantially lighter frame. Could this be the street naked of 2011? We’re starting to think so.
We got a chance to briefly swing a leg over a Triumph Speed Triple last year, and were immediately impressed with the bike’s power, silky smooth transmission, and unique three-cylinder exhaust note. A little on the hefty side, and with a face only a mother could love, we passed on putting a Speed Triple in the A&R garage. However it looks like Triumph have heard our criticism (or more likely the criticism of many others), and addressed the only real faults you can find in the tenacious triple.
Deduced from these pictures and Triumph’s CARB filings with the good State of California, a new cast aluminum frame enters the mix for 2011, and is said to drop the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple’s weight by nearly 40lbs. While many parts get some reworking, we think the Speed Triple’s new headlights will go a long way with motorcycle fans. While some will swear by the retro bug-eyed look of the 2010 model, which dates all the way back to 1997, the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple looks modern and fresh, will still retaining that original streetfighter sex appeal.
Under the hood the 1050cc three cylinder motor remains, which may upset some people who were hoping for a 1200cc lump. We found the 1050cc triple to be more than enough power for slogging through the streets of San Francisco though, but if higher emission ratings equal more power, then the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple could be in for a performance boost as well. This is a seriously fun motorcycle, and with these updates, we’re honestly looking forward to riding the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple when it hits the states early next year.