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Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR: Faired fun with a familiar package

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  • Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR: Faired fun with a familiar package

    One look at their lineup and everyone can tell that Triumph knows how to make modern classics. From the Bonneville to the Thruxton TFC, they have been making modern motorcycles with an ode to the past for a while now. That is exactly the formula that has led to the new Speed Triple 1200 RR.

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    The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is a semi-faired sportsbike based on the recently launched Speed Triple 1200 RS. But instead of the usual bug-eyes of the RS, the RR gets a slick top-fairing with a single round headlamp along with signature-Triumph DRLs. As you can tell from the pictures, the Speed Triple 1200 RR, despite drawing inspiration from sportbikes of yesteryears, features a more modern and angular fairing.



    The innards of the RR are mostly similar to the RS. It is powered by the 1,160cc triple that makes 178 bhp of power. The engine is wrapped in the same aluminium twin-spar frame the motorcycle is built around. Only adding the fairing would have been half the job and a disrespect to the term RR. As a result, Triumph has replaced the RS' flat handlebar with clip-ons that sit below the top yoke. This makes for a more aggressive riding stance being further helped by the footpegs that have been moved slightly rearwards.



    The braking hardware of the Speed Triple 1200 RR is similar to that of the RS. Brembo Stylema callipers with twin 320mm discs up front. Similar to the RS, the RR also gets lean-sensitive ABS with combined braking. The suspension though has undergone some changes. While the RS featured adjustable Öhlins, the RR gets electronic semi-active ones. What this entails is that the suspension settings undergo changes depending on the riding mode selected and therefore, make for a softer ride on the road when compared to the RS.



    The Speed Triple RR also gets the same 6-axis IMU from the RS that controls the ABS along with traction control and wheelie control. These parameters can be tailored to fit one's riding style or the riding conditions. Another change comes in the form of the tyres- RS' Metzeler Racetec RR K3s have been replaced with Pirelli Supercorsa SP V3.

    Finally, the RR's console and switchgear are also similar to the RS- that means a 5" full-colour TFT, backlit switchgear, keyless ignition, cruise control, self-cancelling indicators and so on. The price in India is an unknown variable at the moment but we are expecting a moderate premium over the RS which may end up being a rather good deal.

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      • #4
        Triumph has replaced the RS' flat handlebar with a clip-on that sits below the top yoke. Nice built!

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