First Ride: 2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph's factory streetfighter still hits hard

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro

Tech Spec

An old favorite gets a new saddle, stronger brakes and slightly updated styling.


Aprilia Tuono, Benelli TNT Caf Racer, Ducati Monster S4R, KTM Super Duke and MV Agusta Brutale, to name just the European contenders.

Price $10,299
Engine type l-c inline-triple
Valve train DOHC, 12v
Displacement 1050cc
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 71.4mm
Compression 12.0:1
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 131.0 bhp @ 9250 rpm
Claimed torque 77.4 lb.-ft. @ 7550 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension 45mm Showa inverted fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single Showa shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston radial calipers, 320mm disc
Rear brake Single Nissin two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70-17 Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier
Rear tire 180/55-17 Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier
Rake/trail 23.5/3.3 in.
Seat height 32.1 in.
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed dry weight 417 lbs.
Colors Jet Black, Fusion White, Blazing Orange
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Triumph Motorcycles of America Ltd.
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr.
Newnan, GA 30265

We loved last year's Speedy Trip, and this one's even better.

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