TRIUMPH speed triple: 15th anniversary special edition

The Triumph Speed Triple is a series of motorcycles produced by Triumph Motorcycles. The 1994 Hinckley Triumph was one of the first streetfighter style production motorcycles, a look typified by a modern sport bike or race replica motorcycle without the aerodynamic plastic fairing. The trend began when bikers who, having crashed their race replicas, put the bikes back on the road sans fairing, and has since developed into a popular design.

The initial model was first released to the public in 1994, and in a nod to the 1938 Speed Twin, was called the Speed Triple. The original Speed Twin was powered by a 498 cc vertical twin cylinder engine, and was considered a high performance machine in its day. The Speed Triple was based on the Triumph Triple series of modular engines, which also powered the standard Trident, Daytona sport bike, and the Thunderbird retro bike.

This engine came in two displacements as a triple: 750 cc for some European markets, and 885 cc for all other markets, making a claimed 98 hp and 59 ft-lbs. The Speed Triple originally was equipped only with the 885 cc engine, but just before significant changes to the bike were made in 1997, a very few 750 machines were produced using leftover Euro specification engines.


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