The 2021 Triumph Speed Twin was launched in the international market on June 1. The motorcycle will not be up for grabs in India till at least September this year but however, Triumph dealerships across India have started to accept bookings for the Speed Twin at an amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000.
The 2021 Triumph Speed Twin should launch in India by July with an approximate price hike of Rs 50,000 on the Rs 9.46 lakh price tag of the previous version. Justification for the price hike is better performance and handling, updated technology and more premium styling compared to its predecessor first launched in 2018.
The concept of the modern Triumph Speed Twin is based on the parallel-twin motorcycle designed by Edward Turner and launched in 1938. The motorcycle, with its smooth ride quality, dynamic handling and thrilling responsiveness, was taken up as a template for many bikes that followed into production. The modern Speed Twin introduced by Triumph in 2018 also had its design based on the same roadster DNA and immediately won over customers with its engine performance, ride quality, looks and styling.
The Triumph Speed Twin is a perfect blend of retro classic looks and sports grade performance. The styling of this motorcycle, that evolved to become quite iconic, has been updated with a host of performance and aesthetic changes. The updated 1,200-cc parallel-twin engine, besides now being compliant with Euro 5 norms, also produces approximately 3 hp more. Configured to deliver more power in the mid and top range, the engine produces a maximum of 99 hp at 7,250 rpm. Similarly, the distribution of torque also has been re-configured to ensure delivery of a peak torque of 112 Nm at 4,250 rpm.
The handling of the Triumph Speed Twin is enhanced by best-in-class suspension and braking equipment. Suspension duties are taken care of by 43-mm Marzocchi USD front forks with cartridge damping and twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload with 120-mm travel at both ends. The braking system employs Brembo 4-piston N50 radial monobloc calipers with twin 320-mm floating Brembo discs at the front and Nissin 2-piston floating caliper with a 220-mm disc at the rear. The lightweight cast aluminium wheels are wrapped with Metzeler Racetec RR tyres giving the motorcycle good grip, precision and stability.
The Triumph Speed Twin features a dedicated frame, a tapered handlebar and comfortably placed footpegs, all of which enable the rider to sit comfortably upright and contribute to the roadster ergonomics of the motorcycle. The bench-type seat offering a low seat height of 809 mm is also claimed to have enhanced pillion comfort. The ride-by-wire technology and the Torque Assist Clutch also increase the power delivery characteristics on the Speed Twin. Giving the twin its legendary British roar are the new brushed stainless-steel twin upswept silencers.
Other features on the new Triumph Speed Twin include 3 riding modes with dedicated throttle maps, ABS, switchable traction control, LED lighting clusters with an LED DRL incorporated into the halogen headlamp, underseat USB charging socket and a transponder-controlled Immobilizer as standard. Customers may also opt for heated grips and a Tyre Pressure Management System (TPMS) offered as accessory fitments apart from other accessories such as a tank bag, adjustable levers, sump guard, disc lock and alarm, among others.
The retro-styled classic roadster comes with premium design and detailing. It features a mix between analogue and digital on its dash keeping true to its classic style. Customers can choose from 3 colour options of the Triumph Speed Twin — a lustrous “Red Hopper” paint scheme, the sophisticated matte “Storm Grey” with subtle yellow accents and the timeless “Jet Black”. With a claimed first major service interval of 16,000 km, the motorcycle might go easy on the pocket of customers as well.
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Story: Cherry Mathew Roy