Triumph is still reeling from the successful launch of their all-new Scrambler 1200 that happened in October 2018. But when the initial adulation died down, many wondered what Triumph would do next to top it. Were they going to offer a more performance-oriented and spirited ride? The short answer to this question is yes. The way they achieved this, however, is very interesting. Triumph resurrected a legendary name from its archives and revamped it. Finally last month, they introduced the latest addition to their lineup. Ladies and gentleman, let’s have a round of applause for the love child of the Bonneville T120 and Thruxton 1200, the 2019 Speed Twin.
A Brief Overview
The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin offers a mix of classic style and modern performance. Back in the late thirties, the Triumph introduced the very first Speed Twin onto the market. It was considered to be revolutionary back then. After all, it had the very first successful parallel twin engine in the world. This innovative engine helped set the standards for handling and power in the motorcycle industry. It was so successful, the Speed Twin was produced until the mid-1960s. Like the original, the 2019 Speed Twin is powered by a parallel twin. The difference between the new model and its ancestor is, the latest version is much more modern and was inspired by familiar sources, the Thruxton 1200 and the Bonneville T120.
Looks do matter
Like the T120, the Speed Twin has a wide reach handlebar and flat saddle. It gets its backward-positioned foot pegs and upswept exhaust tip from the Thruxton. Furthermore, at a little over 56 inches tall, it’s wheelbase is nicely positioned right smack dab in the middle of the Bonneville’s 57 inches and the Thruxton at a little over 55. The combination of features inspired by both models creates a nicely balanced profile that’s more versatile than the Thruxton and more dynamic than the T120.
Things get really exciting when you look at the numbers. Similar to both the Thruxton and the Bonneville, the Speed Twin has a 1200 cc, 270-degree parallel twin engine. Its power, however, is much closer to the Thruxton. It has an output of 96 horsepower and 82.6 pound-feet of torque.
In terms of weight, the Speed Twin comes out on top. At a mere 434 pounds, the Twin is 22 pounds lighter than the Thruxton and sixty pounds lighter than the Bonneville. This creates a very interesting power-to-weight ratio and gives the Twin the most intriguing on-road behavior of the three. The weight difference is a result of, among other things, aluminum being integrated into the frame. While both chassis and frame for the Thruxton and the T120 are 100% steel, the Speed Twin has a steel frame with an aluminum cradle. It also has a pair of 17 inch cast aluminum wheels. This type of chassis is fairly standard, which some may have an issue with. But, this lack of complication is actually a good thing. It helps to keep the final price of the Twin in a more affordable range.
Braking the Rules
The brakes for Triumph’s new baby are pretty decent. The front of the bike has Brembo 4-piston calipers paired with a 305mm disc. The back has a two-piston Nissin caliper and uses a 220mm disc. The suspension for all three models is the same, adjustable twin shocks at the back and 41mm cartridge forks at the front.
Price and Availability
If you are interested in getting your hands on the perfect combination of power and style, you will be happy to learn that pricing for this model starts at around $12,000. This price is right in the middle of both its inspirations. That is, it’s a little bit more than the Bonneville T20 and a little bit less than Thruxton 1200. Furthermore, it’s important to note that this new bike only comes in one trim level. However, there are a ton of options and accessories that you can make use of to add your own personalized touch. Finally, in terms of availability, North Americans can hit the streets with this bike starting next month.
The bottom line
Based on what we’ve seen, the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin is the perfect balance of the Thruxton’s performance and the relaxed geometry of the Bonneville. To make things even better, you get all this for a reasonably low price. This is one bike that definitely gives more bang for the buck.