Triumph released a new video teasing some sort of match-up between four-time World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty and two-time Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson. Left unsaid but clearly hinted at in the video is a revised Speed Triple. (UPDATE: New CARB filings confirm a new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS.)

From what we can see, the bike looks similar to the current Speed Triple, including the headlight and fly screen design and frame. The video does however show enough detail to show some changes to the Speed Triple.

The first, most obvious clue is the TFT screen shown at the 15-second mark. The 2018 Speed Triple R and Speed Triple S currently use an analog speedometer and an LCD display but the video clearly highlights a new digital color screen that displays vehicle speed, engine speed, gear indicator, fuel level, fuel economy, estimated range, temperature and time.

The digital tach appears to redline at 11,000 rpm, compared to 10,000 rpm on the current Speed Triple’s analog dial, which suggests some changes to the engine.

Other visual differences we noticed include new five-spoke wheels, a new front fender, revised handlebar switches and a different exhaust.

The left switchgear shows a few extra buttons compared to the controls on the current Speed Triple.

What remains to be seen is whether this new bike represents a complete refresh of the Speed Triple line or if it’s a new variant joining the existing R and S models. Most of the changes we’ve found are notable but relatively minor and the bike shown in the video looks very similar to the current models, so it’s possible Triumph is teasing a new RS version to go along with the existing R and S models, bringing the Speed Triple in line with the Street Triple lineup. Triumph has already announced the Speed Triple R and S for the 2018 model year, but we can report that neither model has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board yet. It’s possible Triumph was waiting to reveal a new variant before getting the model family certified.

We’ll find out soon enough, as Triumph will reveal more information on Jan. 29. Check back here on for more details as it becomes available.


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  • Born to Ride

    The 20 second mark shows the least obscured image of the bike. Looks like the same frame, the bolt pattern on the right side of the engine looks the same as it has always looked, the slab sided M4 brembo calipers remain instead of upgrading to the M50s, new(lighter looking) rear wheel, and if that is the R model then it appears they ditched the ohlins forks. I’m predicting that it will be a retuned version of their current bike with the STRS dash and electronics, forged wheels on the R, and Showa BPF with ohlins shock like the STRS. Hope I’m wrong and they bring a punched out 1200cc version with 90ft-lbs from 3k to 10k in that table top torque delivery the big triple is famous for!

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    • Mad4TheCrest

      A friend was part of a focus group where that 1200cc beast you mention was discussed. This may not be it, but I think it’s coming if the marketing bean counters greenlight it.

      • Born to Ride

        Given that they just spent a good amount of money refining the gearbox and internal efficiency of the 1050, I don’t see them swapping engines in the near future. However, if all those engine/gearbox improvements were to lay the foundation for the addition of a stroker crank…. A guy can dream…

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    I have a feeling I will need to have one. Dammit to hell.

    • Born to Ride

      If they bring forth a ~1200cc torque monster, I *might* could see justifying having one. I don’t think I’d take the current 1050 engined bike over the new Honda CB1000r.

      • JMDGT

        The 1050 is plenty of engine for me. I’d really like to own both. The Pikes Peak is still on the radar. I want everything.

        • Born to Ride

          The 1050 felt surprisingly tame to me. Never came close to the punch of my Ducatis. But my sprint was geared taller than a Speedie, so that was undoubtedly a factor.

          • jeff benson

            The Sprint has a different map than the ST. Triumph will remap it for you if you like.

          • Born to Ride

            Interesting, I wonder how much of a difference it makes. If you look at Dyno charts on the two bikes they produce pretty identical pulls.

          • jeff benson

            Might not be worth the bother. I have a 1050 Tiger and I’ve never felt deprived.

  • Huff955

    BNG….ugh… how many years must we wait?

  • mikstr

    always had a soft spot for the ST; a revised version with a 1200cc engine and elimination of the underseat exhaust would be worthwhile upgrades…

    • Born to Ride

      I like the underseat exhaust from an aesthetic point of view. It balances the bulkiness of the front end and exposes the sexy single sided swing arm. But the 20+ lb weight reduction by switching to a side mount exhaust is undeniable. I would probably split the difference and buy an aftermarket CF system that has a single underseat can if I were to buy one.

  • Krylov

    The rev counter on the tft-screen shows a red line limit of 11.000/min, whereas the 2016 Nn01 Speed Triple R model has one at 10.000/min. Earlier spyshots of this new model showed a different colored cylinder head, so eventually some work on the valve train was done to increase power.
    The new five spoke wheels, if of the same making as those lightweight cast aluminium items in the 765 Street Triple (the front wheels might be even identical) might help improve the handling (still a drawback of the 2016 R model) due to less weigth and a reduced moment of inertia.
    To still come even close to the Aprilia RSV4 Tuono, the KTM 1290 Superduke or the BMW S1000R a cornering ABS would be mandatory.

    • denchung

      I think the front wheels are the same as the Street Triple, at least from what we can see.

  • Ricky Lepre

    Waiting,waiting,waiting! Don’t they know that some of us Ol guys are getting older.
    We don’t have forever!One of the best bikes ever made since its inception.

  • Don Silvernail

    I’m not sure I want a bigger motor with more power. The wind blast north of 110 – 120mph is pretty fierce. Pretty soon you’re wishing for some kind of windscreen to take the pressure off your neck. Now you’ve lost the whole naked bike mojo.

    • Born to Ride

      The beauty of a bigger engine is more power everywhere in the rev band. This bike is legendary for giving you seamless torque across its entire rev range, not just in the top end at extralegal speeds.

      • Max Wellian

        Yeah, but was it really lacking power before?
        I’d prefer they fix the ergos. Doesn’t fit my body well and just feels huge compared to the 765.

        • Born to Ride

          It’s not that the 1050 was lacking power, it just didn’t give the same sense of thrust that you get from a Ducati twin. But I agee that a diet would serve the speedie far better than performance boost.

        • Born to Ride

          Others might argue that the 765 feels tiny. Though I’m not one of them.

  • jeff benson

    More power for the ST? Well that’ll certainly increase front tire replacement intervals.

  • denchung

    UPDATE: New CARB filings confirm the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS:

    Engine displacement remains 1050cc, but there is evidence of engine updates.