Speed, speed, speed. That’s what’s in Triumph’s triple. Triple the Triumph, triple the success. With three cylinders of power and great frame to maintain control at high speeds, it’s no wonder that this series of motorcycle has made a name for itself in the world of superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters.
History of Victory
Triumph Engineering was founded in 1885, lasted through two world wars, the great depression, and multiple booms and busts of the economy; but, eventually, poor finances got the best of the company and forced it into receivership in 1983 after 98 years in business.
That same year, the defunct Triumph Engineering was purchased by John Bloor and molded into Triumph Motorcycles, which would go on to become the largest motorcycle manufacturer in all of the U.K.
Designed for Speed
When it came to competition, the Speed Triple’s reputation preceded it. It was a bike that needed no introduction. Instead, its specifications spoke for themselves.
Ever since the inception of the Speed Triple in 1994, power has been the number one priority. The 1994 model sported a four-stroke, transverse three-cylinder, DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder and a displacement of 749cc.
A Long and Wild Timeline
The Triumph Speed Triple has undergone thirty different generations of production, changing significantly from one to the next. It would be impossible to discuss them all in one short article, so let’s focus our attention on what they were, where they went, and where they are now.
- Triumph Speed Triple (1994-1996)
This model’s immediate claim to fame should rightfully be attributed to its incredible specifications: an 11:1 compression ratio, 84 horsepower at 9,900 rpm, and either 49 or 66 foot-pounds of torque, depending on the engine purchased.
- Triumph Speed Triple (2000-2001)
This particular model saw the beginning of the marked transition from the classic-style silhouette to the modern “racer’s cool” cruising cosmetics. Horsepower and torque were also increased to 110 and 70 (with the option for 95), respectively.
- Triumph Speed Triple (2017-present)
Triumph markets the newest addition to the Speed Triple family as exactly what it is: the most powerful generational model that the series has ever seen. The newest models have 148 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 86 foot-pounds of torque wrapped up in a 1050cc engine.
The Triumph Speed Triple in the News
The Triumph Speed Triple is lucky enough to be a series of living classics. While many other classics were posthumously awarded the rank of “classic” after their production ceased, that’s simply not the case for the Speed Triple, meaning that Triumph is frequently publishing more and more news of its success on its website.
Celebrities love Triumph. Both Tom Cruise and Michael Fassbender have openly endorsed Triumph Speed Triples in the past and plenty of other celebrities have marveled over other Triumph models.
If the celebrities are doing it, you can guarantee that the fans are, too. Actually, in this case, the fans were doing it long before the celebrities. Here’s a page intended for owners of Triumph Speed Triples with almost 3,000 likes.
The Triumph Speed Triple – Speed Made Real
The Triumph Speed Triple is one of the fortunate few superbikes, motorcycles, or scooters to ever stay in production while being considered a classic. Even if you refuse to consider anything made after 1999 a classic, you have to admit: the modern Triple is one beast of a machine.