The punchy inline-three engines in Triumph’s Street and Speed Triples make for some of the most exhilarating motorcycles on earth, with gobs of usable low and mid-end torque. Though, as much fun as they are to ride, the naked bikes’ bug-eyed headlight arrangements has always rubbed a lot of riders the wrong way — with even the newer, better-looking iterations of the “Striples” still leaving a bit to be desired aesthetically. The Hinckley marque has now managed to remedy this situation with the new Speed Triple 1200 RR, which sees Triumph take its most powerful and fastest-accelerating Speed Triple ever and treat it to a sportier riding position, upgraded running gear, and a new suite of bodywork.
Powered by a 1,160cc triple that’s good for 177hp and 92ft-lbs of torque, the Speed Triple 1200 RR features a cast aluminum frame that’s been paired with new Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable, semi-active suspension front and aft. New clip-ons, a 32.5″ seat height, and new rear-sets result in a markedly more aggressive riding position, while a new half-fairing — a modern take on a traditional cafe racer item with carbon fiber winglets — offers improved aerodynamics. Other standard fare includes Brembo brakes, a sport exhaust, a single-sided swing-arm, a TFT display, and 17″ cast-aluminum wheels, though the company is also offering more than 30 factory upgrades and accessories. Scheduled to hit dealerships in January, the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR starts at $20,950.