Triumph sport bikes always present enjoyable riding experiences. By no means do the Triumph models own the market, and they aren""t typically the most sought-after makes and models. However, in 2005, Triumph offered a new dual-sport bike to the mix, preparing to phase out the Speed Four in favor of the new Triumph Daytona 675. To keep the rider favorite alive, Triumph presented the Speed Triple 1050 – a direct competitor to popular models such as the Yamaha FZ1 and the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO.
The 2006 Triumph Speed 1050 is appropriately named, as it is built for speed and performance. The body styling is a response to the growing popularity of the naked look – sport bikes without excessive front fairing. Onlookers can simply admire all of the muscle that offers the supreme performance. One of the most enjoyable aspects of any Triumph sport bike is the balance and smooth engine performance. The balance of the Triumph three-cylinder serves as a paradigm to other manufacturers looking for engineering influence. When rolling on the throttle, which is juiced by a precision EFI system, the power is immediately evident.
The 2006 Speed Triple 1050 offers every potential riding experience sport riders will want to enjoy. It flies in wide-open stretches, climbs hills like it""s laughing at the challenge, and handles like the bike is on steel rails. For those who like to get their knees dirty when cornering, the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 offers enough capability and action to keep protective gear manufacturers in business. From a standstill, the Triumph Speed will be intimidating to many riders, even those with experience. When rolling hard on the throttle, the first goal will be to keep the front end down – after that, the only thing left to do is work through the six gears as rapidly as possible. The top speed is limited to an exhilarating 141mph on this machine – a speed that is wisely utilized on the track, rather than on the streets.
As noteworthy as the performance of the 2006 Triumph Speed 1050 is, there is another aspect of the bike that steals the show: the aesthetics. This is easily one of the best-looking motorcycles to ever come off of the Triumph line. The naked look, coupled with the single rear swing arm, makes for eye candy that will keep a motorcycle enthusiast gazing and inspecting for an extended period of time. While many manufacturers kept small amounts of fairing on their naked bikes, Triumph offers nothing more than a front fender. The headlight assembly is more reminiscent of a beefy cruiser than its sport siblings. The forward design of the speedometer gauge has been seen in several Triumph models, and it is as simplistic and attractive as it is functional.
In terms of detracting features, the only drawback of the 2006 Speed Triple 1050 is the transmission. Triumph has all but perfected the majority of their models operating on a five-speed gearbox, but the six-speed could use a little work. Many riders have reported that the hard shifting levels out considerably after pushing through the break-in period.
The 2006 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is too much bike for a beginner, or even a novice rider. Instead, this bike is best fit for those who understand its capability. For those who do, a test ride is recommended, regardless of whether it""s a purchase option or simply a desire to momentarily enjoy one of Triumph""s finest offerings.