2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted

After remaining much the same for the fast few years, Triumph’s flagship motorcycle, the Speed Triple is getting an update for 2016. New spy shots reveal both the standard Speed Triple and the higher specification Speed Triple R undergoing further testing before their official unveiling in November this year.

While still a popular choice, the Speed Triple is under increasing competition from other literbike nakeds such as the new Aprilia Tuono and BMW S1000R. While this updated Speed Triple and Speed Triple R won’t be a radical overhaul, it will get some new technology to keep up with rivals, including traction control, multiple engine modes and for the R version the possibility of active suspension and cornering ABS.

Visually again it’s a case of evolution over revolution, with those controversial headlights being reshaped slightly to a more rounded shape. Other minor amendments include redesigned front cowl, indicators and header pipes. The end of the mufflers also have a new shape.

Overall engine power is expected to remain the same, though with the adjustments being incorporated, power may become more broadly available over the engines range.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted

 

Riding at 150mph (241 kph) Without a Helmet

Now, we most certainly don’t condone this behavior. Going at such speeds on public roads is irresponsible and we’re also not really comfortable with anyone doing so without a helmet. But it does provide for interesting footage of what your face looks like at such silly speeds. Fortunately for the rider, no bees/rocks/birds were present during the run.