2019 Triumph Speed Twin First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

The legendary Speed Twin is back, returning as the newest member of Triumph‘s 1200cc Bonneville lineup. The new 2019 Triumph Speed Twin slots into the line by combining the Thruxton‘s performance with the Bonneville T120‘s more comfortable riding position.

The original Speed Twin was introduced in 1938, helping establish the long tradition of British parallel-Twins, setting benchmarks with its lightweight chassis and an engine that out-powered the Singles of the era. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin seeks to recapture the original’s glory as a modern, high-performance roadster.

The new Triumph Speed Twin is powered by the high-power version of the 1200cc 8-valve parallel-Twin Bonneville engine with similar tuning as the Thruxton R. For the Speed Twin, Triumph added a new magnesium cam cover, new mass-optimized engine covers and revised the clutch assembly. The result is a claimed 5.5-pound weight savings compared to the Thruxton engine. Triumph claims a peak output of 96 hp at 6750 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque at 4950 rpm.

The ride-by-wire throttle offers three modes: Sport, Road and Rain. Each offers a dedicated throttle map and traction control settings.

The Triumph Speed Twin’s exhaust ends in twin upswept silencers with a satin black painted finish and stainless steel end caps.

The Speed Twin also inherits the Thruxton R’s frame, but the tapered handlebars and new upper yoke and risers produce a more upright riding position. The footpegs are also further forward than the more cafe-flavored Thruxton. The bench seat is more in line with the Bonneville, with a 31.8-inch reach to the ground.

The suspension is also similar to the Thruxton’s, with a 41mm cartridge forks and twin rear shocks, adjustable for spring preload, both offering 4.7 inches of travel. Brembo provides the four-piston calipers mated with twin 305mm front discs. Oddly, Triumph opted to go with Nissin for the two-piston caliper gripping the 220mm rear rotor. ABS comes as standard equipment. The 17-inch cast aluminum wheels (the first 1200cc Bonneville not to use wire spokes) come clad in Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tires.

The two circular instrument dials add to the retro look while incorporating small digital screens showing ride mode setting, gear position, fuel level and range and service indicator. The screens also show information for the optional tire pressure monitoring system and heated grips when fitted.

Other features include a sculpted 3.8-gallon fuel tank, USB charging socket, bar-end mirrors, brushed aluminum front and rear fenders and new sculpted side panels with the Speed Twin badging.

The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will be offered in three color options: Jet Black, Silver ice and Storm Grey or Korosi Red and Storm Grey. Expect to see the Speed Twin in North American dealerships in February, with pricing to be announced in January.

2019 Triumph Speed Twin Specifications

Engine TypeLiquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel-Twin
Bore/Stroke97.6 x 80 mm
Compression Ratio11.0:1
Maximum Power96 hp at 6750 rpm (claimed)
Maximum Torque83 lb-ft. at 4950 rpm (claimed)
Fuel systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustBrushed 2-into-2 exhaust system with twin silencers
Final driveChain
ClutchWet, multi-plate assist clutch
FrameTubular steel with aluminum cradle
SwingarmTwin-sided, aluminum
Front WheelCast aluminum alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.5 inches
Rear WheelCast aluminum alloy 7-spoke 17 x 5 inches
Front Tire120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire160/60 ZR17
Front Suspension41mm cartridge forks, 4.7 inches of travel
Rear SuspensionTwin shocks with adjustable preload, 4.7 inches of rear wheel travel
Front BrakeTwin 305mm discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Width (Handlebars)29.9 inches
Height Without Mirrors43.7 inches
Seat Height31.8 inches
Wheelbase56.3 inches
Trail3.68 inches
Dry Weight432 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Tank Capacity3.8 US gallons
Fuel Consumption59 mpg
CO2 Emissions109.0 g/km (claimed)
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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  • Martin collins Martin collins on Dec 06, 2018

    Yawn....yet another variation on the 'classic' theme from Triumph's 'we have no other ideas' department. What was their marketing line a year or so ago??...."go your own way". I already have.

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    • Martin collins Martin collins on Dec 11, 2018

      Haha I think you’re right about the t-shirt. I don’t know much about Atlas but will look it up. Must admit I WAS surprised when the Livewire broke cover.

  • Patriot159 Patriot159 on Dec 13, 2018

    If I were looking to get a classic looking sporty standard, this would be hard to pass up.