Dear Triumph: Build this!

six-monkees-daytona-1050-530x384This comes to me via the Kneeslider. It’s a Triumph Speed Triple, modified by a German outfit called Six Monkeys. Yes, that’s a Daytona 675 fairing. It’s also got some other tricked out bits.

It’s also a very cool Speed Triple conversion, and I’d bet it’s fun as hell to ride.

The question I have is, why isn’t Triumph building one of these. I mean, the Daytona is a nice Supersport, but a fully faired…let’s call it a Daytona 1050…would be a sharp motorcycle.

And, after all, some of prefer our bikes to have a fairing and a bit of wind protection.

2011 Triumph Speed Triple

2011 Triumph Speed Triple
2011 Triumph Speed Triple

Via Hell For Leather, the details of the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple have leaked the night before its official unveiling.

The look of the Speed Triple is all new, most notably with the headlights changing from the traditional round headlamps to an excitingly chunky and angular shape. In addition, an entirely new aluminum frame holds it all together. the riding position has also been shifted slightly forward. There’s also the new 43mm USD forks, which are now fully adjustable.  Triumph claims the improvements to the frame and ergonomics improve the bike’s handling.

Many of the improvements, however, are under the hood, not out in plain sight. Among them is a weight loss of 5 lbs, bringing the weight weight down to 417lbs.  At the same time, the engine’s output has been increased from 128HP to 134HP at 9,400RPM, while torque has been boosted from 76 ft-lbs to 82 ft-lbs at 7,750RPM.

Finally, for the first time, ABS brakes are available on the Speed Triple as an option–although if you choose them, that kind of throws out the 5 lb weight reduction.

No word yet on pricing, but given Triumph’s commitment to value, something close to the current year’s price range of $8,899-$9,599 seems likely.

2011 Triumph Tiger 800

2011 Triumph Tiger 800
2011 Triumph Tiger 800

Via Motorcycle Daily, it appears that Triumph is finally unveiling their new adventurer tourer.  It’s an 800cc triple version of the Tiger. As noted previously, it will come in two versions, one with a 17″ front wheel for mainly on-road use, and one with a 21″ front wheel designed for better off-road performance. They’ll probably have quite different tires as well, with the off-road focused version perhaps coming with stock knobbys.

Essentially, Triumph has taken their existing 675cc triple and bored it out for the new bikes, to give it a displacement similar to–and probably power superior to–the BMW F800-series bikes.

In addition to the new Tigers, Triumph also released detail images–though nothing that shows the whole bike–of accessories for the 2011 Speed Triple.  From the looks of those photos, the Speed Triple has been completely redesigned, as well, giving it a more modern, updated taste of styling–insofar as a naked bike can be said to be styled, at any rate.

Triumph has been doing better financially than many other manufacturers, which I suspect stems from the value pricing of their products.  These two new Tiger models are only the beginning of the expansion of Triumph’s lineup, as they expect to launch four additional models by the 2012 model year.

Good for them.

It seems I’ve been doing a lot of Triumph cheerleading lately, huh?