The first streetfighter bikes were home brewed, they came out of the back streets, stripped down, deconstructed - the complete opposite of ‘pretty’ factory bikes. The very first Speed Triple grew up at the factory in the same way as those raw, unfaired machines. Dominating the scene ever since, it’s still the coolest kid on the block. Its wide ranging ability ensures outstanding performance in almost every situation, from urban commuting to hard-edged sports riding.
The Speed Triple mixes a monstrously powerful three-cylinder core with a top quality chassis and aggressive, stripped down stance. The gnarly character of the inline triple is intrinsic to the Speed Triple’s brutish charm. Its primal 1,050 cc, DOHC, fuel injected, three-cylinder engine pumps out a great surge of bottom-end torque, followed by a massive mid-range punch and impressive level of overall power. Delivering that power to the rear wheel is a slick shifting six-speed gearbox. Crisp-edged engine cases and covers enhance the engine’s look. Peak power is 131 bhp at 9,250 rpm while peak torque of 77 ft. lbs. arrives at 7,550 rpm.
A rigid aluminum frame contains the engine and provides massive strength with steering geometry that gives fast-steering neutrality plus great stability. The fully adjustable 43 mm upside down forks and rear monoshock add superb levels of quality and control. Likewise, the pair of radial four-piston brake calipers and 320 mm floating discs offers cutting-edge stopping power and feel. The five-spoke wheels add style and substance, as does the evocative single-sided swingarm. Twin high-level oval section exhaust pipes enhance the engine’s distinctive and addictive induction roar.
Since its original introduction in 1994 the Speed Triple has become a true two-wheeled icon. Delivering undiluted attitude and a unique presence on the road, it’s motorcycling in the most direct, rawest form available, and all the better for it.
Test ride it by visiting your local dealer.