2022 Triumph Speed Twin - First Look

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

More power, upgraded riding modes, and better handling

Triumph continues trickling out new models with its latest announcement, the 2022 Triumph Speed Twin. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the engine upgrades added peak power, 3hp to be exact, but the bottom end also got some love. The midrange reaches 83 lb-ft of torque lower in the rev-range at 4,250 rpm. Additionally, the engine will now spin up quicker, thanks to a 17% reduction in inertia. To match the improved engine output, the Speed Twin’s electronics also received an upgrade in the form of improved riding modes.

The chassis received its own list of updates, which Triumph claims results in more precise, agile, and dynamic handling. A higher-spec 43mm Marzocchi upside-down cartridge fork takes care of the front suspension duties, while a pair of preload-adjustable shocks live out back. Braking was improved with a pair of Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers squeezing 320mm discs. Finally, the rubber meeting the road is in the form of Metzeler Racetec RR tires for sporty fun.

You know the drill: We’ll throw a leg over the 2022 Triumph Speed Twin as soon as we can and let you know how it works. Until then, sate your curiosity with the full Triumph press release below. (Ignore the 2021 reference, all U.S. models will be 2022 model year.)

Begin Press Release:

With the perfect combination of character, style and genuine sports performance, the new Speed Twin is significantly updated for 2021 with higher performance, better handling, enhanced technology and even more premium custom style and detailing.

Higher Performance – Significant Engine Update
– 3PS more peak power, now 100PS at 7,250rpm
– More mid-range power and torque
– Peak torque now lower down the rev range, with 112Nm at 4,250rpm
– More responsive with a 17% reduction in inertia
– Lower emissions and fully Euro 5 compliant
– High 10,000 mile / 16,000km first major service interval

Better Handling
– Even more precise, agile and dynamic modern roadster ride
– New higher specification Marzocchi USD forks with cartridge damping
– New higher specification Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers
– New higher specification Metzeler Racetec RR tyres
– New lightweight cast aluminium wheels
– Comfortable, engaged riding position for a confidence-inspiring, intuitive feel

Enhanced Technology
– Upgraded riding modes – Road, Rain and Sport
– High specification of standard equipment:

  • ABS and switchable traction control
  • LED lighting with DRL headlight (market specific)
  • Torque-assist clutch
  • Under-seat USB charging socket
  • Immobiliser

More Premium Style and Detailing
– New stylish 12-spoke wheels
– New brushed stainless-steel twin upswept silencers
– New anodised headlight and mudguard mounts
– New distinctive tank graphics
– Three contemporary colour schemes

50+ Custom Accessories
– Genuine Triumph accessories for added style, practicality and security

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 beautiful, modern custom style with category-defining premium finish and detailing.

An award-winning motorcycle, the Speed Twin has been a great success and a customer favourite. Recognised for having the power and torque of the Thruxton R in an even more accessible set up, the Speed Twin delivered the contemporary custom style and engaged ride of the Street Twin, with even more premium and beautiful details and touches.

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, style and genuine sport performance.

Higher Performance
Significantly updated for 2021, the Speed Twin’s characterful 1200cc High Power Bonneville twin engine now has even higher performance, as well as lower emissions, making it fully Euro 5 compliant. The engine now delivers 3PS more peak power with 100PS at 7,250rpm, plus more power in the mid-range than the previous generation.

Alongside the incredibly strong and linear power delivery, the 2021 Speed Twin 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% reduction in inertia obtained via a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator. These enable the engine to spin up faster than the previous generation, and rev harder for longer, with a red line now 500rpm higher than before. 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, that have been carefully crafted for a deep, throaty roar to match the Speed Twin’s legendary name. The innovative and uninterrupted exhaust header run cleverly conceals the catalyst box, delivering the characteristic clean-line “straight-run” design.

As with all of the models in Triumph’s Modern Classic range, the cost of ownership is kept low thanks to the high first major service interval of 10,000 miles / 16,000 kilometres.

Better Handling
Already acknowledged for its superb, sure-footed comfortable handling, the new generation Speed Twin benefits from a number of significant upgrades for an even more precise, agile and dynamic ride.

New for 2021, the Speed Twin comes equipped with higher specification upside down 43mm Marzocchi front forks with 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, both precisely tuned for even better handling and the perfect modern roadster ride.

Further enhancing the new generation Speed Twin, braking performance is improved with new higher specification Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake calipers and twin 320mm Brembo discs. Alongside the Nissin 2-piston floating rear caliper 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 as standard for the 2021 model, along with new cast aluminium wheels, 17” on both front and rear, with a lightweight 12-spoke design.

A beautifully balanced motorcycle, the Speed Twin brings an intuitive and confidence-inspiring ride. The ergonomics are perfectly proportioned with an accessible 809mm seat height, a slim stand over width, tapered handlebars and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position, which are 38mm further forward and 4mm lower than the Thruxton, providing the rider with a more relaxed riding position.

Enhanced Technology
The new generation Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology, 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, maximising rider confidence and safety. 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, and, where market legislation permits, the signature LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) is incorporated into the headlight.

The contemporary 3D clocks incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the scroll button mounted on the handlebar. This provides the rider will all of the key information, including gear position, two trip settings, fuel level and range-to-empty, as well an average and current fuel consumption, access to traction control settings and TPMS indicator if fitted as an accessory.

Other rider focused technology includes an under-seat USB charging socket, an accessory Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and an immobiliser with transponder integrated into the premium Triumph branded key.

More Premium Style and Detailing
Incorporating Triumph’s timeless DNA with a contemporary stripped-back custom style and poise, the new 2021 Speed Twin is even more beautiful and now comes with even more stylish details.

In addition to the new 12 spoke cast wheels and twin upswept sporty silencers with brushed stainless-steel headers, the Speed Twin is characterised by its signature-shaped 14.5L 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 premium touches and details 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 vibrant and lustrous Red Hopper scheme, the sophisticated Matt Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the timeless Jet Black.

The Genesis of a Motorcycle Icon
Changing the face of motorcycling, the original 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, with the world’s first successful parallel twin engine packaged into a game changing chassis, was a revelation to ride. Its smooth dynamic handling and superb responsive feel established Triumph as the number one motorcycle marque globally for performance and handling, setting the template for all that followed, and earning a global reputation for being the first real ‘riders bike’.

For 2021, the new Speed Twin sets the benchmark all over again for its balance of torque-rich performance, agile and dynamic handling, and stunning contemporary custom motorcycle design and character.

50+ Custom Accessories
The 2021 Speed Twin is the perfect platform for personalisation with over 50 custom accessories that riders can add to enhance the style, practicality and security of their bike. These range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, heated grips and many more.

All genuine Triumph accessories have been designed and developed alongside the bike itself, to the same exacting standards, to ensure perfect integration and excellent durability, and all come with the same two-year unlimited mileage warranty.


TypeLiquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity1200 cc
Bore97.6 mm
Stroke80 mm
Maximum Power100 PS / 98.6 bhp (73.6 kW) @ 7250 rpm
Maximum Torque112 Nm @ 4250 rpm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustBrushed stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers
Final DriveO ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate torque assist clutch
FrameTubular steel, with steel cradles
SwingarmTwin sided aluminium
Front WheelCast aluminium alloy 17” x 3.5”
Rear WheelCast aluminium alloy 17” x 5.0”
Front Tyre120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre160/60 ZR17
Front SuspensionØ 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, 120mm travel
Rear SuspensionTwin RSUs with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Front BrakesTwin Ø 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear BrakesSingle Ø 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
InstrumentsTwin dial analogue speedometer and tachometer with LCD multi-functional displays
Length2099 mm
Width (Handlebars)778 mm
Height Without Mirrors1097 mm
Seat Height809 mm
Wheelbase1413 mm
Trail91.5 mm
Wet weight216 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity14.5 litres
Fuel Consumption5.1 litres / 100 km
CO2 Figures116 g/km
StandardEURO 5
CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.
Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Jun 05, 2021

    I like the concept of this bike, but I tried the 1200 motor in its 'high-torque' version and did not like it, which I didn't expect to think having been an air-cooled 2004 Bonnie T100 owner. I haven't ridden the "high-power" version, but I can't imagine it's that much better. I have moved on to Triumph's triples and only cast a glance back at the twins for their nice retro style.

  • AM AM on Jun 06, 2021

    Bike is cool, but lacks performance in all ends. And then 475 lbs and $12,500.00.
    For that price it needs to lose at least 30 lbs. Tire has to be 180 in the back. Suspension HAS to be adjustable. Yamaha MT-09 SP is 10,999, 417 lbs and has full adjustable suspension. Sure it's not a 1200 but sure it will eat this in one bite too.

    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Jun 11, 2021

      If you’re comparing a Speed Twin to an MT-09, you’re not the intended demographic for this bike. They have the Street Triple for that market and it’s WAY better than the MT09.