Triumph, the largest motorcycle manufacturing company in Britain, will launch its Speed Twin bike in India today. The new bike is based on the Triumph Thruxton R and is a more reasonably priced alternative than the latter. The Speed Twin retro-styled classic bike is expected to command an ex-showroom price of INR10 lakh.
The 2019 Speed Twin is hauled by a liquid-cooled 1,200cc motor which produces 97PS maximum power and 112Nm peak torque. It’s the same engine that powers the Thruxton but is lighter by 2.5kg because of the new clutch assembly and the magnesium cam covers. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission system with a slipper-assisted clutch.
The Triumph Speed Twin is housed in an aluminium cradle with a new tubular steel frame and twin-sided aluminium swingarm. The bike is mounted on 41mm cartridge damping front forks with 120mm travel and preload adjustable twin rear shock absorbers. The bike has disc brakes on both wheels and antilock braking system (ABS) as standard.
Compared to other motorcycles in Triumph’s retro-classic Bonneville range, the Speed Twin has the most modern looks. While the bike has the right dose of retro-inspired design elements that include the round headlight, it incorporates modern styling with bold graphics and the side panels. There’s also LED taillights and turn indicators. The Speed Twin retains the twin pod analogue instrument console with two digital insets from the Thruxton.
The riding position on the Speed Twin is more straight compared to the aggressive stance of the Thruxton R, courtesy the one-piece flat handlebar retained from the Speed Triple, instead of clip-on handlebars. Also, the rearset and foot pegs are 4mm lower and 38mm forward than the Thruxton R. The seat height of the Speed Twin is lower at 807mm but it gets thicker and more comfortable foam than the Thruxton R.
The Speed Twin, in its price segment, will face competition from the MT-09 and the Ducati Monster 821.