Triumph has unveiled its new Speed Triple 1200 RR, a modern café racer based on the naked Speed Triple 1200 RS, after a relatively brief pre-launch campaign. The 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR, the ultimate advancement of the Speed Triple platform, was announced in early 2021. The new RR is powered by the same 177-horsepower 1,160 cc inline-Triple engine as the 2021 Speed Triple 1200 RS, as well as the same aluminum twin-spar frame. The 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is equipped with a single round headlight and a partial fairing. It’s the first 1000 cc Triumph sportbike to gain a fairing ever since Triumph Daytona 955i, which was phased out in 2006. Triumph did much more than simply add a partial fairing to the RS. While not a fully-faired sportbike, the RR is a significantly more track-oriented motorcycle than the RS. Triumph’s latest version on the Speed Triple platform combines retro-modern aesthetics with cutting-edge technologies. Going full café, the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR’s beauty is indeed physically attractive. Let’s take a closer look at this eye-catching motorcycle.
2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Quick Facts
The main changes between the 2022 Speed Triple 1200 RR and 2021 Speed Triple 1200 RS are ergonomic and cosmetic; however, the suspension has also been changed. Triumph changed the RS into the RR by adding clip-on handlebars, moving the footpads further back and higher up, addition of Öhlins electronic suspension and a new front fairing. According to an article by Chris Northover, riding on the motorbike reveals a sportier, more assertive riding position, not quite as extreme as a full-fledged sportbike, but somewhere between the Daytona and Speed Triple RS. That being said, let’s dive into the specifics that distinguish the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR.
1. Performance: Suspension
The new fully adjustable semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension with OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface) technology is big news in terms of performance for the new RR. Even when riding, the front and rear suspensions are easily adjustable, and the semi-autonomous function continually changes rebound and compression damping to meet riding style.
2. Café-style Fairing
The Speed Triple line has previously been known as a naked upright, although this does not apply to the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR. The RR deviates from the norm by being a faired sportbike with a clip-on. It’s a true café racer. The fairing is somewhat slanted downward, which contributes to the more aggressive appearance. The fairing features the RR’s single round headlight, which recalls the Speed Triple’s twin circular lights rather than the angled bug-eye headlights on current models. The clip-on handlebars of the RR are five inches lower and two inches forward, which, when combined with the new footpeg position, presage aggressive race-bred ergonomics. The footpegs were also pushed up and back somewhat, resulting in a more aggressive riding position than the fully-naked design.
3. Speed Triple 1200 RR Tires
Even though the engine remains intact, the RR receives higher-spec tires. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires will be mounted on the RR’s cast-aluminum wheels, with Diablo Supercorsa SC2 V3 rubber available as an alternative for even stronger performance. This technique will aid in harnessing the DOHC triple’s 177 horsepower at 10,750 rpm. The V3s include a revised tread design and a new racing compound created in the WorldSBK for the tire’s shoulder to increase reactivity to lateral forces and wear uniformity.
4. Carbon Fiber Detailing
The RR’s enhanced package includes carbon fiber. A premium touch is provided by a carbon fiber front fender, side panels fender, and carbon infill panels around the fairing, tank, and cockpit. The RR’s nose-down fairing, carbon fiber details, and flawless paint alter the Speed Triple’s appearance toward fairing-clad sports bikes while maintaining the British marque’s air of class and style.
5. Color Schemes
The 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is painted with premium candy paint. This new model is available in two standard color combinations: Red Hopper and Storm Gray or Crystal White and Storm Gray with gold embellishments. Both color schemes include a color-coded belly pan and pillion seat cowl.
6. Ride Quality & Brakes
The naked bike’s Brembo Stylema brake calipers and MCS levers are retained in the new RR. The Brembo Stylema offers great stopping power that is easy to control at the lever. The ability to modify the span and ratio-adjustable Brembo MCS master cylinder helps the rider tune in their chosen feel.
7. Engine & Transmission
Triumph claims a peak power of 177 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 92 foot-pounds of torque at 9000 rpm from the same liquid-cooled 1160cc Inline-Three engine found in the RS. The engine is connected to a 6-speed transmission and a cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch. Triumph’s participation in championships has resulted in a rapid shifter as standard. The Triumph Shift assist regulates ignition, fuel, and throttle angle during upshifts to ease gear strain. The technology modulates throttle blips to smooth the transition into the lower gear.
2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Specs
- Engine: 1,160 cc, liquid-cooled triple
- Transmission, final drive: Six-speed, chain
- Claimed horsepower: 177 hp @ 10,750 rpm
- Claimed torque: 92 ft-lbs @ 9,000 rpm
- Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
- Front suspension: Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi 43 mm fork with preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustment; 4.7 inches of travel
- Rear suspension: Öhlins S-EC 2.0 OBTi shock with preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustment; 4.7 inches of travel
- Front brake: Dual Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers, 320 mm discs, ABS
- Rear brake: Brembo twin-piston caliper, 220 mm disc, ABS
- Rake, trail: 23.9 degrees, 4.1 inches
- Wheelbase: 56.9 inches
- Seat height: 32.7 inches
- Fuel capacity: 4.1 gallons
- Tires: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3, 120/70ZR17 front, 190/55ZR17 rear
- Claimed weight: 439 pounds (wet)
- Base Price: $20,950
Triumph’s first RR isn’t a full-fledged hyper-sports machine, but it’s a great road sportbike. The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is a hugely proficient sportbike that’s capable on the track yet confidently centered on the road. It’s a stylish, appealing, and compelling motorbike, a well-executed version of the café racer. The model will be available in showrooms in January 2022. If the Speed Triple 1200 RR rides as well as it looks, it may be the ideal road bike.