Triumph is absolutely stacked now, and the brand had just unveiled its much-awaited Speed Triple RR, a super naked with a lot of style and a hefty amount of substance. We initially thought that it would be something of a sportbike with its clip-on handlebars and windshield, but it turns out the bike is so much better than that, straddling the line between a full-blown sportbike, and a super naked.
Similar in style to the Triumph Thruxton RS but with the modernity of the Street Triple RS, the Speed Triple RR takes everything a step further equipping it with some of the best and most advanced componentry available.
Just looking at the bike makes us want it more. The striking round headlight is the centerpiece of the entire design. It’s a classy yet aggressive design that blends the heritage of the Thruxton RS with new-school cuts and creases. It’s an LED headlight that is retro-inspired but is the perfect expression of what Triumph is all about. Two colors are available for this model, namely the Red Hopper/Storm Grey and Crystal White/Storm Grey.
Equipped with a full Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable, semi-active suspension, the Speed Triple features some of the most advanced damping techs in the lineup. The system is a step above the Speed Triple RS, which has an NIX30 inverted fork and TTX36 twin-tube mono-shock for the rear. Triumph is also slapping on a pair of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3s on the RR.
Bringing the bike to a stop is a pair of Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers with 320mm discs on either side, while the rear wheel houses a 220 mm disc with a two-piston Brembo caliper.
Ergonomics are committed, but not that committed, or at least it can be. The clip-ons are approachable and the footpegs remain comfortably positioned, allowing the rider to adopt a bent-over but not too aggressive riding stance that allows for a relatively comfortable perch atop the Speed Triple RR.
Moving over to the engine, the bike features Triumph’s tried and tested 1,160cc inline-three motor that pushes out 177 hp and 124.7 Nm of torque. We’re huge fans of the Triumph brand of triples. Even in the Trident 660, the motor returns smooth and powerful performance, but with about double the displacement, that’s just a recipe for fun. The Speed Triple RR is also equipped with a 6-speed gearbox along with an assisted slipper clutch.
ABS, traction control, and a bi-directional quickshifter are also available, and Triumph was also nice enough to give the bike cruise control as well as a 5-inch full-color TFT display that also features My Triumph compatibility for smartphone pairing.
Triumph Philippines has yet to mark the RR’s local availability. In other territories, the bike retails for over a million Philippine Pesos. It’s likely that the bike’s price will fly over the price tag of the Speed Triple RS, and it should be well worth the extra coin that you need to fork over.