Triumph redefines iconic Speed Twin for 2021

TRIUMPH has significantly updated its Speed Twin for 2021 with higher performance, better handling, enhanced technology and even more premium custom style and detailing.

Launched in 2018, the Speed Twin set the benchmark for how a modern classic performance roadster should ride and feel, thanks to its class-leading handling, thrilling and responsive engine, advanced rider technology and modern custom style.

An award-winning motorcycle, the Speed Twin has been a great success and a customer favourite, and is recognised for having the power and torque of the Thruxton R in an even more accessible set up.

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And now for 2021, the Speed Twin brings an evolution in every dimension, from power and performance, to handling, technology and style – making it the perfect combination of character and genuine sport performance.

The Speed Twin’s 1200cc high power Bonneville twin engine now has improved performance, as well as lower emissions, with peak power of 73.5kW (100PS), plus more get up and go in the mid-range.

Alongside the incredibly strong and linear power delivery, it also has a fuller torque curve, with peak torque of 112Nm arriving more than 500rpm lower down the rev range compared to the previous generation.

The responsiveness of the Speed Twin engine has also been enhanced, thanks to a 17 per cent reduction in inertia, obtained via a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator. These enable the engine to spin up faster, and rev harder for longer.

In addition, new high compression pistons, revised ports and a new cam profile complete the list of performance enhancements. The distinctive sound of the Bonneville Twin is amplified by the new brushed stainless steel megaphone twin upswept sports silencers.

Already acknowledged for its superb, sure-footed and comfortable handling, the new model benefits from a number of upgrades for a more precise, agile and dynamic ride, including higher spec upside down 43mm Marzocchi front forks.

These feature cartridge damping, bringing a more confidence-inspiring and comfortable ride with 120mm wheel travel. These are perfectly matched to the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120mm rear wheel travel.

2021 Triumph Speed Twin
2021 Triumph Speed Twin

Both are precisely tuned for even better handling and the perfect modern roadster ride. Braking performance is improved with new Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake callipers and twin 320mm Brembo discs.

Alongside the Nissin 2-piston floating rear calliper with 220mm disc, and ABS fitted as standard, these deliver a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics.

Ensuring incredible grip, precision and high-speed stability, new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres are fitted on the 2021 model, along with new cast aluminium wheels, 17-inch on both front and rear, with a lightweight 12-spoke design.

The new generation Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology too, including a sophisticated ride-by-wire system that ensures precise throttle control and enables three riding modes Rain, Road and Sport.

These have been enhanced for 2021, adjusting both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The riding modes can be changed at the touch of a button while on the move, to respond to any change in riding conditions.

The rider can also choose to switch the traction control off independently through the instrument menu. The bike is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, an under-seat USB charging socket, and tyre pressure monitoring.

An immobiliser with transponder is integrated into the premium Triumph branded key. The Speed Twin is also characterised by its signature-shaped 14.5-litre tank with knee indents, beautiful bar end mirrors, sculpted side panels and stylish bench seat.

Premium details and finishes are harmonised across the bike, including brushed aluminium front and rear mudguards with new mounts, plus brushed aluminium side panel finishers and heel guards.

Additional detail can be found in the new anodised headlamp mounts to compliment the painted headlamp bowl, classic Monza fuel cap and clear anodised aluminium swingarm.

For 2021, the Speed Twin is available in three paint schemes; the new Red Hopper scheme, the sophisticated Matt Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the timeless Jet Black. There are also more than 50 custom accessories available.

These range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, and heated grips. For further information, contact your local Triumph Motorcycles dealer.

2021 Triumph Speed Twin
2021 Triumph Speed Twin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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