2016 Triumph Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R Announced + Video

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Triumph announced new updates to its Speed Triple line for 2016. The base model will now go by the designation Speed Triple S and come with new Ride-by-Wire power modes and traction control. It’ll be joined by the Speed Triple R which adds higher-spec Öhlins suspension, carbon fiber components and other premium features.

The 2016 Speed Triples remain powered by a 1050cc Triple but Triumph says the engine has 104 new developments including a new combustion chamber, cylinder head, machined crank, and piston design. Triumph claims the updates improve peak power and overall torque while improving fuel efficiency by 10% and meeting Euro4 specifications. Triumph also added a slip assist clutch, a smaller, more efficient radiator and a new exhaust which Triumph claims increases flow rate by 70%.

A new ECU and new Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies gives the Speed Triple five selectable power modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a rider-configurable mode. The Speed Triples also receive a rider-selectable traction control system which works in conjunction with the power modes.

The S model receives fully-adjustable front and suspension while the R offers a more premium NIX30 upside-down fork and from TTX36 RSU rear shock from Öhlins. Both models come standard with Brembo monobloc calipers and rider-selectable ABS.

Visually, the new Speed Triples don’t differ too much from the previous models. The new radiators are narrower and covered by a redesigned shroud. Up front, the headlights have a new rounder design than the angular ones on recent models though traditionalists will probably still prefer the classic circular shape. The tail section was also restyled to look more like the Daytona 675R. Other styling features include bar-end mirrors and a fly screen. The Speed Triple R adds a belly pan, carbon fiber front fender and fuel tank infill panels, and billet-machined triple clamps, risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel finisher.

The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple S will be offered in Diablo Red or Phantom Black color schemes. The Speed Triple R comes in Crystal White or Matt Graphite, both with red-painted subframes, wheel pinstriping, radiator cowls and red seat stitching.

Triumph hasn’t announced U.S. prices yet, so we’ll have to wait to see how they compare to the 2015 Speed Triple’s $12,799 price or the 2015 Speed Triple R’s $14,999.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple S

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R


Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Alexander Pityuk Alexander Pityuk on Nov 11, 2015

    If only that exhaust can could be a bit smaller.

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    • Allworld Allworld on Nov 11, 2015

      I agree the can is more than big, it's too big. Luckily there are after market companies that will give us options. Something that emphasizes the 3 cylinder engine configuration would be nice.
      I do like the position, under the seat, I think it gives the bike more of a visual balance. I would like to see a clear view of the rear. What would be nice is if Triumph could morph this bike into a version that competes with the BMW S1000XR.

  • 'Mike Smith 'Mike Smith on Nov 15, 2015

    I see it still has the 1994 Ducati 916 immitation under the seat mufflers. Why won't this configuration die? My '09 R1 has them and they roast you. Horrible and no longer in style. Great job Triumph.