All Tests – Triumph Speed ​​Triple 2011 Test: the King is back! – A slightly revised Triple 1050 cc …

Triumph Speed ​​Triple 2011 test: the King is back !

All Tests - Triumph Speed ​​Triple 2011 Test: the King is back! - A slightly revised Triple 1050 cc ...

As soon as it was unveiled at the Cologne Motor Show, as soon as it was tested in Spain: Triumph invited the international press to a first take-over of its latest Speed ​​Triple, on track and on the road. And the novelty 2011 did not disappoint us: try !

A slightly revised Triple 1050 cc…

Barely straddled, the 2011 Speed ​​Triple signals regulars that they are on a brand new model. The feet touch the ground more easily, the handlebars are much closer to the rider than on the previous versions, the tank seems wider and its shapes are more contemporary.

However, when starting the engine, Triumph fans feel at home: the hoarse sound of the pots, the whistling of the mill, the clutch lever – adjustable like the brake lever – not too hard and progressive … easily takes off in the pit lane.

The first accelerations are always impressive. From idle, the 3-cylinder tows without grumbling. Better yet, it purrs! The gearbox isn’t the softest, but it doesn’t matter: we could do almost anything on 3rd gear.

In town, for example, we can stall in 3rd at 50km / h without any problem: the engine then runs at 3000 rpm, right where it really starts to wake up. Lower down, everything is smoothness and control: rolling on a stream of gas is very easy and the 1050 accepts sudden turns of the right grip very well..

Paradoxically, some test models fitted with Arrows pots were nicer when decelerating! The noise emanating from the two tall pots – rid of their baffles, as long as it is done – is phenomenal. On the track it’s a real treat … but on the motorway, we will avoid !

In terms of look, the titanium pots with carbon tips are a real success. Too bad, however, that they do not grip the rear of the motorcycle as much as the original pots.

Special mention to the low pot, unfortunately not approved for road use and absent from the Triumph France accessories catalog. In addition to improving the soundtrack of the Speed ​​Triple one step further, it gives it a radically sporty line and allows the bike to be relieved of 70% of the weight of the original components..

Triumph had the rich idea of ​​taking, with its twenty Speed ​​Triple 2011, a 2010 model. A very fair-play attitude which made it possible to discover that in the small game of covers, the "old" Triple still knew how to defend himself. ! Taking into account the methods used and the size differences – even Cx! -, we can even conclude to a perfect equality.

The Hinckley engine therefore continues to deliver its powerful times "on all floors" and the Triple always responds from 5000 to 9000 rev / min. No need to climb higher, even on the non-clamped version: the most efficient on the circuit is to navigate between 6000 and 8000 rpm.

On the road, however, driving on this speed range forced to endure unpleasant vibrations in the handlebars. On the sixth report, it is from 110 km / h (approximately 4250 rpm) that we feel the first inconveniences. All the more reason not to take the monotonous motorway and not drive too fast on the secondary network … Practical, no ?!

Although this is not its primary vocation, Speed ​​still lives up to its name: MNC reached 210 km / h at the end of the "not at all straight" line of Ascari since it has two breaks! At this speed of course, we regret the lack of series of a screen … even if some accessorized motorcycles have revealed its ineffectiveness, from an aerodynamic point of view at least, because aesthetically its presence is more justifiable..

At the end of the line "not straight", the brakes are taken without hesitation: the Brembo offer a good attack, but it is the ease with which you can adjust the braking that appeals above all. Enduring, they held up perfectly, even if Ascari is not strictly speaking a braking circuit..

During the last session of the day (25 minutes long instead of 15 previously, yum!), The front brakes of the Triumph proved to be flawless. Suffice to say that on the road, they will be regardless of the pace !

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