2011 Triumph Speed Triple – Johnny 5 Lives!

10/05/2010 @ 3:20 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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As children of the 1980′s, we grew up with movies that promised us a future where tracked military robots would learn what it means to love and be human in a humorous yet adventurous manner. While we doubt we’ll see Johnny 5 unveiled at the Intermot show in Germany this week, Triumph is trying fulfill this need of ours as best they can. Officially showing its 2011 Triumph Speed Triple (photos of the bike leaked ahead of Intermot when it was shown on the Triumph’s accessories page), the British company has completely re-worked its larger streetfighter offering, and is slowly winning our hearts.

The biggest improvement for the new Speed Triple is the bike’s all-new aluminum frame. Initially reported to drop the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple’s weight by 40lbs, the bike tips the scales at 471lbs with a full-tank of gas, which is only several pounds lighter than the 2010 model’s curb weight, but that doesn’t mean Triumph has been lax in its revisions. More details and photos after the jump.

For the true Triumph fans, modest weight savings won’t be a deal-breaker, although the Speed Triple could use a more stringent diet. Still the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple’s revised 1050cc motor should make up for things, with its 135 horsepower figure (up 7hp from the 2010 model). Torque has also been increased from 76 lbs•ft to 82 lbs•ft, making the three-cylinder bike just that much more fun to rip-around town in. Additionally riders will enjoy Triumph’s optional ABS package, which will fit anti-lock brakes to the road-oriented streetfighter for those “oh sh!t moments”.

With a new riding geometry and new Showa 43mm fully-adjustable forks, the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple gets a more aggressive handling characteristic, and caters to rider preference more adequately. The seat height has been lowered to 32 inches, which should please shorter riders, and triumph also boasts nearly a pound has been lost from each wheel, which should mean for quicker turn-ins from the reduced rotating mass. Helping things slow-down are 320mm radially Brembo calipers up-front, per usual.

Triumph is saying that the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple will be available in December 2010 at all Triumph dealers in Europe, it’s not clear at this time if US dealers will receive the bike under a similar time frame.

Source: Triumph

Comment:

  1. motojc says:

    sweet!! come here for christmas please!!

  2. RGR says:

    Man am I glad to finally see these pictures and some specs. The new bike is nice but not improved enough to make me want to sell my ’07. The new headlights look okay from the front but the assembly looks like an afterthought from the side. I’m not very fond of the piece of plastic at the front of the tank either. I noticed the bike has a 190 rear, I wonder if this will be standard for the production model?

    Looks like I’ll still be waiting for the “Super” Speed Triple to come out…my baby is safe!

  3. Sean says:

    Not bad, I like it more than I thought I would. Painted front cowl is the way to go, and arrows of course.

  4. Otter says:

    Awesome picture!

  5. Shaitan says:

    Schweeet! Definitely like it better with the flyscreen. Can’t wait to see when it, and the new Triumph adventure bikes hit the streets.

  6. Seth says:

    I like it BECAUSE it’s a Speed Triple but I really wish they didn’t go so overboard with the “updated look”. This is what can drive me nuts about the Motorcycle Manufacturer – Motorcycle Press relationship. The last couple years the press has been really knocking the fact that triumph hasn’t made any radical styling updates to the S3. My .02 is that one of the things I really like about the S3 is that it has a timeless look, I mean really how can you update the look of a bike that is really just a tank, a frame and engine. The bug eye headlights were, to me, the s3′s signature and should not have been messed with. So I think Triumph may have gone a little crazy with trying to shut up the Moto Journalist by overstyling the new s3. I think it’s BS that in comparos they would give a negative mark to the S3′s “dated styling”. Maybe I’ll come around to the new look though, Triumph has done so much right I aint mad at ‘em:)

  7. rliddell says:

    My initial response was set back by it’s goofyness. Then I thought, thats what the speed triple is all about. Perfect.

  8. irksome says:

    RGR: The wider tire is due to an inch wider rim. I wonder how that and the new head geometry will effect handling. Sounds like they made it twitchier.

    I’m still madly in love with my ’98, smaller motor and all. Losing the bug-eyes is a mistake; they’re the primary styling cue. Then again, I’m none too fond of the stubby rear section and the up-swept pipes either. 12 years down the road my bike still gets a variety of comments from riders as well as non, mostly favorable. It always has been a matter of taste but these changes make the bike more in line with other manufactuers, to Triumph’s detriment, imho.

    My bike has been a solid performer and stone reliable since day one. At 52, I’ll be looking for a cruiser soon; the new Thunderbird might do the trick. But not for a few more years. I ain’t dead yet.

  9. irksome says:

    RGR: The wider tire is due to an inch wider rim. I wonder how that and the new head geometry will effect handling. Sounds like they made it twitchier.

    I’m still madly in love with my ’98, smaller motor and all. Losing the bug-eyes is a mistake; they’re the primary styling cue. Then again, I’m none too fond of the stubby rear section and the up-swept pipes either. 12 years down the road my bike still gets a variety of comments from riders as well as non, mostly favorable. It always has been a matter of taste but these changes make the bike more in line with other manufacturers, to Triumph’s detriment, imho.

    My bike has been a solid performer and stone reliable since day one. At 52, I’ll be looking for a cruiser soon; the new Thunderbird might do the trick. But not for a few more years. I ain’t dead yet.

  10. irksome says:

    Pardon my stutter…

  11. RGR says:

    Irksome, thanks for the feedback. Maybe they’re going to the 190 to help stabilize the bike’s short wheelbase a bit. I agree with you and Seth about losing the bug-eyes being a mistake. I wish they would have kept them, but powder-coated them black.

    By the way, you don’t need to become a Cruiser Loser just because you get old. Lots of really sweet standards coming out with amazing performance and handling…and comfort. If I get to the point where I don’t want a bike for the fun quotient, I’ll just stop riding and buy a friggin’ car.

  12. MisterGone says:

    Well now the uk site has the specs up and it looks like the 2011 weights in at 481lb wet compared to the 2010 277lb wet, how is it gaining weight with a new lighter frame and .5 liters less gas? I’m really hoping someone screwed up the stats, this isn’t making any sense at all.

  13. Johndo says:

    The more I look at it, the more I find it’s lines to be a bit feminine, don’t know why but it makes me think of the Suzuki Gladius, aint an ugly bike, but isnt a bike with high levels of testosterone for sure (at least in it’s looks) like the previous version was. Im sure with time I’ll get used to the akwardness of those eyes, but I would certainly never buy one, I’d shop for a 2010 way before looking at these.

  14. irksome says:

    RGR: … ‘scuse me, did you just call me OLD?

  15. Tim says:

    “No sir, I don’t like it…”
    -Horse

  16. Keith says:

    Y’know, I read all these people complaining about how a moorcycle looks. Makes me wonder what kind of freaks all y’all are! Sheesh only thing I’ve EVER seen of a moorcycle whne I’m riding is maybe the top of the tank, the tach/speedometer, top of the head light(s) and MAYBE the mirrors. How it rides is all that matters anything else is just a bonus. sheesh…get out and ride don’t sit there checking how well you waxed the thing, you kids these days have yoru priorites all fracked up.
    p.s. billet rules chrome drools.