Then & Now: Triumph Speed Triple vs. Trident T160

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By John L. Stein, Photography by Kevin Wing

Those curves look like they could have been plotted with a straightedge. The Triumph's oversquare 1050cc triple knows no boundaries. Horsepower builds all the way to redline and torque output is a steady 70 lb.-ft. from just off idle all the way to 9250 rpm.

Hinckley's big street brawler puts you in an upright and aggressive position which is great for ripping around town, but brutal on the freeway. That seat is big, soft and comfy, but exhaust heat can be problematic and 32.7 inches is too far from the pavement for anyone shorter than about 5-foot-10.

Triumph Speed Triple | Price $11,299
Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-triple Frame: Aluminum twin-spar Rake/trail: 23.5º/3.3 in.
Valve train: DOHC, 12v Front suspension: 43mm Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Seat height: 32.7 in.
Displacement: 1050cc Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 71.4mm Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs Fuel capacity: 4.3 gal.
Compression: 12.0:1 Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc Weight (tank full/empty): 493/464 lbs.
Fuel system: EFI Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier Colors: Blazing Orange, Jet Black, Fusion White, Matte Black
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Measured horsepower: 117.7 bhp @ 9250 rpm
Measured torque: 70.7 lb.-ft. @ 7250 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.00 sec. @ 125.5 mph
Top-gear roll-on: 3.14 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 36/31/34 mpg
By John L. Stein
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