Triumph has resurrected a legendary name from its history with the announcement of an all-new model in its Modern Classics lineup: the 2019 Speed Twin. Introduced in 1938, the original Speed Twin set standards for power and handling, and it was produced until the mid 1960s.
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Like its ancestor, the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin is powered by a parallel twin, though the modern version has liquid cooling, more than twice the displacement at 1,200cc and a “high power” Thruxton tune that’s good for 96 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque (claimed).
The newest member of the Bonneville family borrows its chassis from the Thruxton R, and Triumph says it weighs 432 pounds dry—22 pounds less than the Thruxton and 60 pounds less than the T120. A new magnesium cam cover, mass-optimized engine covers and a revised clutch assembly save 5.5 pounds versus the Thruxton’s engine.
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The Speed Twin is equipped with dual Brembo disc brakes up front, a single Nissin disc brake out back, a nonadjustable cartridge fork, preload-adjustable twin shocks and 17-inch cast aluminum wheels shod with Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tires. Standard electronics include ABS, switchable traction control and throttle-by-wire with three riding modes (Sport, Road and Rain), and the headlight, taillight and turn signals are LED.
An upright, tapered aluminum handlebar, midmount footpegs and a bench seat with a 31.8-inch rider’s section should offer a neutral, comfortable riding position. The 6-speed transmission has a torque-assist clutch and final drive is via chain. Styling and details are top-notch, from the analog speedometer and tachometer with digital menus to the 3.8-gallon sculpted fuel tank with Monza-style filler cap.
The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will be available in North America in February, with pricing announced in January. Available colors are: Silver Ice and Storm Grey, with hand-painted Graphite coach line and white stripe; Korosi Red and Storm Grey, with hand-painted Graphite coach line and white stripe; and Jet Black.
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