Triumph Speed Twin India Launch is a more powerful Bonneville which should serve its purpose and get new customers and old customers upgrading to the showrooms
The announcement of the new Speed Twin from the house of Triumph has resurrected the brand’s most iconic model which was originally introduced in 1938. Featuring the first parallel-twin engine configuration, the Speed Twin back then went on to earn the coveted tag of real “Rider’s Bike” before its production finally its production stopped in 1966.
Now in its new avatar, Speed Twin uses the 1200cc, parallel-twin engine with an output of 97bhp @6,750 rpm and [email protected],950 rpm. The motor is an updated version of the similar
capacity engine used by the Triumph in its Thruxton model. Triumph has used magnesium cam cover in the engine and revised the clutch assembly for eking out better performance on new Speed Twin.
Compared to Thruxton, the seating position is more upright in Speed Twin which also features a revised chassis framework and suspension system.
On Speed Twin, the KYB units handle the suspension duties both in the front and at the rear. Up front, the system uses 41 mm forks while at the rear, preload adjustable twin-shock absorbers have been used. The specifications of the braking system are equally impressive.
Speed Twin features 305mm twin-disc setup with Brembo calipers in the front (fixed four-piston) while at the back, 220mm discs with Nissan calipers provide the necessary stopping power. Adding to the sporty credentials of the bike are the 17” wheels shod with Pirelli tires. What’s more, the owners of Speed Twin will get a choice of three riding modes – rain, sport, and road, besides getting the facility of a switchable traction control system.
The prices of the new Speed Twin haven’t been announced yet. Triumph has planned to launch six new models in India in 2019 and we guesstimate the new Speed Twin to get market launch in the middle of 2019.