Triumph’s naked bruiser has come a long way in the last two decades but its core attributes of aggressive naked style, fierce acceleration and sweet handling are still very much in place. This latest Speed Triple R is the best yet: neatly styled, immaculately detailed and bursting with more performance than ever while also introducing a new level of electronic sophistication.
It also makes a very useable everyday streetbike although it’s a little unwieldy at slow speed and the familiar high-level exhaust system is starting to look – though not sound – a bit dated. There are faster, lighter rivals, some with semi-active suspension. Triumph’s updated icon fights back with good looks, reasonable comfort, respectable fuel range and a competitive price. And with the trademark three-cylinder character that makes every Speed Triple ride an event.
Price tag of our bike: £11,900 (Speed Triple S: £10,500)
Photography by Alessio Barbanti