2019 Triumph Speed Twin

Thruxton engine performance and handling with an upright riding position

2019 Triumph Speed Twin
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Big Ben, fish and chips, the Beatles, Windsor Castle, and…the Triumph Speed Twin. For motorcyclists—Brit-bike fans, in particular—the original Speed Twin is a two-wheel icon. Following its debut in 1938, the 500cc OHV powerplant became the first commercially successful British parallel twin and went on to set the bar for countless engines of that type to come. For 2019, Triumph has reintroduced the model name to its Modern Classics lineup with a new 1,200cc engine, updated electronics, and a chassis from the Thruxton. The attractively finned eight-valver benefits from the same state of tune as that of the Thruxton (low-inertia crankshaft, 11.0:1-compression pistons), but it features a new clutch assembly with reduced rotating mass, magnesium camshaft covers, and lighter side covers that shed more than 5 pounds from the engine alone.

In fact, Triumph claims the Speed Twin weighs 22 pounds less than a Thruxton. What’s more, the Speed Twin has three ride modes (Sport, Road, and Rain), each of which have different maps and levels of traction-control intervention; TC can also be turned off. All of the aforementioned is controlled by a single handlebar-mounted button.

Likes: Classic looks, analog gauges (inset LCD screens), three ride modes

Dislikes: Smallish fuel tank; traction control can be turned off, ABS can't

Verdict: A handsome, strong-performing, twin-cylinder tribute to a British legend

2019 Triumph Speed Twin Reviews And Comparisons

“Triumph didn’t simply pluck a landmark name from its history in the hopes that some of its luster would wear off on the modern incarnation. Instead, it followed Edward Turner’s original formula, reinterpreting it for the modern rider, who is won over by performance, timeless design, and ease of use.”

2019 Triumph Speed Twin Competition

Motorcycling’s classic-bike craze continues to gain steam, with manufacturers pulling from their respective scrapbooks to create new models. BMW’s R nineT boxer-twin platform, for example, has birthed several hot sellers, as has Ducati’s air-cooled V-twin. At the other end of the price spectrum, Royal Enfield offers the Continental GT and INT650.

2019 Triumph Speed Twin Specifications And Pricing

The 2019 Speed Twin is available in three colors: Jet Black, Korosi Red, or Silver Ice. Triumph’s 1,200cc Modern Classics lineup also includes the Bonneville T120, Bobber, Speedmaster, Thruxton, and Scrambler 1200. Brembo front and Nissin rear brakes are standard, as is ABS and Pirelli Diablo Rosso III rubber.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $12,100
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke 97.6mm x 80.0mm
Horsepower 96.0 hp @ 6,750 rpm
Torque 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 4,950 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.8 in.
Rake 22.8°
Trail 3.7 in.
Front Suspension 41mm; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal.
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 432 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Wet Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
2019 Triumph Speed Twin
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