Triumph has revealed its second generation of the new Speed Twin, with the 2022 model aiming to set a new benchmark in the modern classic category when it comes to handling.
An evolution over the 2018 model, the 2022 Speed Twin sees many of the same advancements we’ve seen in the rest of the Triumph modern classic range. That means Euro5 compliance, more power and updated styling. But there’s a little more to it than that.
Styling upgrades centre around new lightweight 12 spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Metzeler Racetec RR tyres and a new brushed stainless steel exhaust system. The bikes will be available in three colours, red, matte black and jet black, with red and matte black being premium options.
In the engine, not only has Triumph ticked the all-important Euro5 box, the engine has seen a number of internal changes to gain 3ps more power taking the bike to 100PS of peak power. This is backed by 112Nm of grunt and a richer mid-range.
At the head of the updates for 2022 is a reduction of 17% of rotating inertia in the crankshaft.
This helps enable the engine to spin up faster than the previous generation, and rev harder for longer, with redline now 500rpm higher than before. In addition, new high compression pistons, revised ports and a new cam profile complete the list of performance enhancements for the 2022 model.
Controlling the engine is an updated electronics package, with refined rider modes (Road, Rain and Sport) adjusting both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The traction control can also be switched off completely.
The bike is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, and Triumph’s signature LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) is incorporated into the headlight.
The contemporary 3D clocks incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the scroll button mounted on the handlebar. This provides the rider will all of the key information, including gear position, two trip settings, fuel level and range-to-empty, as well an average and current fuel consumption, access to traction control settings and TPMS indicator if fitted as an accessory.
Other rider-focused technology includes an under-seat USB charging socket, an accessory Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and an immobiliser with transponder integrated into the premium Triumph branded key.
The distinctive sound of the Bonneville Twin is amplified by the stylish new brushed stainless steel megaphone twin upswept exhaust. Triumph has been careful to ensure that the exhaust brings out a deep, throaty roar to match the Speed Twin’s legendary name – which we reckon they’ve achieved nicely.
Triumph haven’t forgotten about the chassis with new brakes and suspension coming in for 2022.
In the stopping department, dual Brembo M50 calipers clamp onto 320mm discs up front while out the back is a Nissin 2-piston floating rear caliper with 220mm disc. ABS is, of course, fitted as standard with Triumph stating that the new braking combo delivers a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics.
When it comes to the suspension, the Speed Twin now comes equipped with higher specification upside down 43mm Marzocchi front forks with cartridge damping. These are tuned to complement the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120mm rear wheel travel, both precisely tuned for even better handling.
However, all these additions come at a cost, with Triumph noting the bike has actually gained just shy 2kg of weight with a dry weight of 198kg compared to 196kg of the previous bike.
Triumph Motorcycles New Zealand expects the new Speed Twin to arrive in August, with pricing also expected to rise slightly compared to the current model and to be confirmed closer to launch.
Triumph Speed Twin Specs
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Type: Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity: 1200 cc
Bore X Stroke 97.6 mm x 80 mm
Maximum Power: 100 PS / 98.6 bhp (73.6 kW) @ 7250 rpm
Maximum Torque: 112 Nm @ 4250 rpm
Fuel System: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust: Brushed stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate torque assist clutch
Frame:Tubular steel, with steel cradles
Swingarm: Twin-sided aluminium
Front Wheel: Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 3.5”
Rear Wheel: Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 5.0”
Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre: 160/60 ZR17
Front Suspension: Ø 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, 120mm travel
Rear Suspension: Twin RSUs with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Front Brakes: Twin Ø 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes: Single Ø 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Instruments: Twin dial analogue speedometer and tachometer with LCD multi-functional displays
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS
Length: 2099 mm
Width (Handlebars): 778 mm
Height Without Mirrors: 1097 mm
Seat Height: 809 mm
Wheelbase: 1413 mm
Trail: 91.5 mm
Wet weight: 216 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 litres
Fuel Consumption: 5.1 litres / 100 km