2012 Triumph Speed Review


This sport motorcycle that was introduced in 1994 is still going strong on the market. The 2012 Triumph Speed Triple is still a force to be reckoned with. For those concerned with looking good, a comfortable ride, and great handling this is exactly what you are looking for. Its high-end performance can only be matched by its incredible style.

This stunning bike has very chiseled features and looks as impressive as it handles. The 2012 Triumph Speed Triple has been engineered with a 1050cc, four-stroke, horizontally in-line DOHC. It is fuel injected and fully electric. An inverted fork with adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping handle the front suspension while the back suspension system is mirrored with a single sided swing arm with an adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping shock absorber in the rear. In making improvements to the 2012 Speed the seat has been lowered, it is six pounds lighter, and the rear travel has been shortened. The changes made from the 2011 model along with a short 56.5 inch wheelbase, 22.8, and 90.0mm trail has given this motorcycle impeccable steering and is a very serious competitor in the class. This bike is fully capable of handling the demands of the off road conditions as well as being able to handle with precision on paved roads.

As if the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple wasn’t enough they also decided to introduce the Triumph Speed Triple R this year. This model has a newly designed gearbox and gears for more power and strength. This model is slightly wider and half an inch longer to add more stability to the increased power and agility. This model uses advanced technology for the brakes, suspension system, and the fuel injection. No matter your preference, you can’t lose with the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple.

New For 2012

  • Overall weight has been decreased by six pounds. This slight reduction helps with performance and handling of the bike.
  • Motor was redesigned for the 2012 models. The slight modifications have allowed the 2012 Triumph to have increased power, instant throttle, and increased overall efficiency.
  • Seat was lowered to help balance the center of gravity and give the riders a lower feeling. Seat was lowered by .10 inches but riders will feel much lower giving them a riding experience that is enjoyable.
  • To increase control and overall stability of the bike and handling, the rear travel has been lowered by .20 inches

2012 Triumph Speed Specs

  • Model: 2012 Triumph Speed Triple
  • Engine Type: 1050cc four-stroke, horizontally in-line, three-cylinder, fuel-injected
  • Bore and Stroke: 79.0mm x 71.4 mm
  • Compression ratio: 1.21:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 34 miles per gallon (MPG)
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork with adjustable pre-load
  • Suspension (Rear): Single swing arm with adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load shock absorbers
  • Wheelbase: 56.5 inches
  • Rake: 22.8 degrees
  • Trail: 3.23 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 471 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70ZR-17
  • Tires (Rear): 190/55ZR-17


  • A variety of foot pegs that are available in different shapes and styles. The materials that are used are designed to increase rider comfort thus allowing one to be able to ride for as long as they like.
  • Custom weather proof stretch cover that is made of highly durable material which protects bike from bad weather. Ideal for use when parking the bike outdoors. Cover has a soft inner liner to provide additional protection to the exterior of the bike.
  • Mirrors of different sizes and shapes are available to help customize your ride with your own unique sense of style.
  • Rims that come in a variety of colors and styles to help give a custom look to your bike.
  • Windscreens that come in a variety of heights and sizes. These are designed to add an additional level of wind protection. Also helps to keep dirt and debris away from the riders face.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Triumph Speed

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  • 2012 BMW F 800 R
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