Is this the most dashing Triumph motorcycle yet? We certainly think so. Well, in recent times, at least. FYI, that isn’t taking away from the mesmerizing looks of the Speed Triple 1200 RS. However, the freshly unveiled Speed Triple 1200 RR is in a league of its own. The semi-fairing along with that perfect blend of modern and classic styling all-around makes for a good looking motorcycle. Although it is based on its aforementioned hyper naked cousin, there are a few changes that set it apart.
For starters, it gets a slightly more high-end Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable semi-active suspension. Then there are those subtle changes to the design – chief among which is the cockpit fairing right up front along with a round LED headlamp. Apart from that, Triumph has equipped Speed Triple 1200 RR with clip-on handlebars and positioned the footpegs for a more aggressive riding stance. The weight has increased but by only a hardly noticeable one kilogram. Triumph’s latest is shod in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres.
But, there is a lot the RR shares with its fairer (or lack of it) cousin. For example, the 1160cc, three-cylinder engine that churns out 178 bhp and 125 Nm of torque remain the same. It’s still paired to the six-speed gearbox with the quick-shifter as standard fitment. It also gets five riding modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Track and Rider-configurable. The five-inch TFT display up, too, is the same as the 1200 RS, and again, gets the My Triumph connectivity system fitted as standard. Essentially, the engine and chassis remain the same between the RR and RS.
So, here’s the important question – will we get one? Our fingers are crossed already if I can be honest. Right now, we do have the Speed Triple 1200 RS in the country and we’re yet to ride it. That being said, we’re pretty damn sure it’s a very special piece of machinery. Our thinking is simply this – why keep the family apart? Triumph, please can we complete the Speed Triple family in India with the latest RR.