2020 Triumph Speed Twin

Timeless design and modern performance.

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Upswept silencers crank out a Thruxton-like tune, but with a claimed, massive 22-pound weight savings in comparison to the Thruxton, the Speed Twin is a standard motorcycle that can be leveraged around turns in upright riding comfort without removing Thruxton-like character. On our in-house dyno, the 1,200cc parallel twin delivered a grunty 79.6 pound-feet of torque at a low 3,500 rpm. Combine this performance with Triumph’s high standards of fit and finish and you have yourself a pretty package of a modern retro standard. At home on the daily ride or flogging down highways the Speed Twin is an expected next step up from a Street Twin, or for a rider looking for a classically styled motorcycle with a measured 91.4 hp of twin oomph.

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2020 Triumph Speed Twin Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

When test rider Seth Richards put the 2019 machine through its paces in Spain he claimed: “The 2019 Speed Twin does justice to its famous name by exemplifying the same virtues. It’s an ode to greatness, a tribute to an enduring legacy, an homage to a genteel revolution of two vertical cylinders working in perfect harmony. The 2019 Speed Twin is a motorcycle built for today to be enjoyed for years to come. A revolution? Perhaps not. But a revelation? That it very well may be.”

On Cycle World’s in-house rear-wheel dyno, we documented the 2020 Speed Twin’s power figures to be 91.4 hp at 6,700 rpm and 79.6 pound-feet at 3,500 rpm.

If you are interested in classically styled literbikes, the primary competition would be the BMW R nineT Pure and  Honda CB1000R, but if you are just looking for any standard with a lot of character, look to the Ducati Monster 1200, KTM 1290 Super Duke, and the Yamaha MT-10 as well.

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Triumph Speed Twin Updates For 2020

No major updates for 2020. The Speed Twin is available in Jet Black, Korosi Red and Storm Grey, and Silver Ice and Storm Grey.

2020 Triumph Speed Twin Claimed Specifications

Price: $12,200
Engine: Liquid-cooled SOHC parallel twin
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80.0mm
Horsepower: 97.0 hp @ 6,750 rpm
Torque: 82.6 lb.-ft. @ 4,950 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 31.8 in.
Rake: 22.8°
Trail: 3.7 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm cartridge fork; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire: 160/60ZR-17
Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.8 gal.
Dry Weight: 432 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Wet Weight: 476 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 91.4 hp @ 6,700 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 79.6 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm


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