A hallowed name from the days of the Triumph works in Meridien returns to the market next year, the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin. A refinement and improvement on the current range of Triumph’s Modern Classics range, the Speed Twin now comes with an uprated 1,200 cc ‘HP’ eight-valve engine with engine mapping taken from the sports-oriented Triumph Thruxton.
The liquid-cooled parallel-twin is good for 95 hp at 6,750 rpm and with a peak of 112 Nm of torque at 4,950 rpm. The Speed Twin has also gone on a weight loss regime, coming in at 10 kg lighter at 196 kg than the Thruxton’s 206 kg and a definite improvement over the 224 kg and 80 hp of the T120 Bonneville.
Not just a copy of the Thruxton with different body styling, the Speed Twin gets a low inertia crank for 2019 along with a high compression cylinder head, with an 11.0:1 ratio. Fed by multipoint sequential fuel injection, power for Hinckley’s latest twin gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and revised clutch for less lever effort.
Emphasising the sporty side of retro-style riding, the Speed Twin comes with radial-mounted four-piston Brembo calliper fitted to 41 mm diameter telescopic forks, rolling on 7-spoke aluminium alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli Rosso Corsa 3 tyres. ABS and traction control come as standard equipment and seat height is set at 807 mm.
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