Launched in 2018, Triumph’s Speed Twin set a benchmark for how its Modern Classic performance roadster should ride and feel thanks to its handling and responsive engine, rider technology, custom style and detailing.
According to an announcement from Triumph, the Speed Twin has been a great success and a customer favorite. Recognized for having the power and torque of the Thruxton R in an even more accessible set up, the Speed Twin delivered contemporary custom style, with even more details and touches.
New for 2022, the Speed Twin brings an evolution in every dimension, from power and performance, to handling, technology and style – making it the perfect combination of character, style and genuine sport performance.
With an MSRP of $12,500, the Speed Twin will be available for dealerships in August. Below are the official details from the announcement.
Significantly updated for 2022, the Speed Twin’s 1200cc High Power Bonneville twin engine now has even higher performance, as well as lower emissions. The engine now delivers 3 HP more peak power with 99 HP at 7,250 RPM, plus more power in the mid-range than the previous generation.
Alongside the incredibly strong and linear power delivery, the 2022 Speed Twin also has a fuller torque curve, with peak torque of 83 LB-FT arriving more than 500 RPM lower down the rev range compared to the previous generation.
The responsiveness of the Speed Twin engine has also been enhanced, thanks to a 17% reduction in inertia obtained via a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator. These enable the engine to spin up faster than the previous generation, and rev harder for longer, with a red line now 500 RPM higher than before. In addition, new high compression pistons, revised ports and a new cam profile complete the list of performance enhancements.
The distinctive sound of the Bonneville Twin is amplified by the new brushed stainless steel megaphone twin upswept sports silencers, that have been carefully crafted for a deep, throaty roar to match the Speed Twin’s legendary name. The innovative and uninterrupted exhaust header run cleverly conceals the catalyst box, delivering the characteristic clean-line “straight-run” design.
As with all of the models in Triumph’s Modern Classic range, the cost of ownership is kept low thanks to the first major service interval only after a full 10,000 miles.
Already acknowledged for its superb, sure-footed and comfortable handling, the new generation Speed Twin benefits from a number of significant upgrades for an even more precise, agile, and dynamic ride.
New for 2022, the Speed Twin comes equipped with higher specification upside down 43 mm Marzocchi front forks with cartridge damping, bringing a more confidence-inspiring and comfortable ride with 120 mm wheel travel. These are perfectly matched to the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120 mm rear wheel travel, both precisely tuned for even better handling and the perfect modern roadster ride.
Further enhancing the new generation Speed Twin, braking performance is improved with new higher specification Brembo four-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake calipers and twin 320 mm Brembo discs. Alongside the Nissin two-piston floating rear caliper with 220 mm disc, and ABS fitted as standard, these deliver a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics.
Ensuring incredible grip, precision and high-speed stability, new Metzeler Racetec RR tires are fitted as standard for the 2022 model, along with new cast aluminum wheels, 17 inches on both front and rear, with a lightweight 12-spoke design.
A beautifully balanced motorcycle, the Speed Twin brings an intuitive and confidence-inspiring ride. The ergonomics are perfectly proportioned with an accessible 31.5 inch seat height, a slim stand over width, tapered handlebars and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position, which are 1.5 inches further forward and slightly lower than the Thruxton, providing the rider with a more relaxed riding position.
The new generation Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology, including a sophisticated ride-by-wire system that ensures precise throttle control and enables three riding modes: Rain, Road and Sport. These have been enhanced for 2022, adjusting both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The riding modes can be changed at the touch of a button while on the move, to respond to any change in riding conditions, maximizing rider confidence and safety. The rider can also choose to switch the traction control off independently through the instrument menu.
The bike is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, and the signature always-on LED 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 Tire Pressure Monitoring System and an immobilizer with transponder integrated into the premium Triumph branded key.
Premium Style, Detailing
Incorporating Triumph’s timeless DNA with a contemporary stripped-back custom style and poise, the new 2022 Speed Twin is even more beautiful and now comes with even more stylish details.
In addition to the new 12 spoke cast wheels and twin upswept sporty silencers with brushed stainless-steel headers, the Speed Twin is characterized by its signature-shaped 3.8 gallon tank with knee indents, beautiful bar end mirrors, sculpted side panels and stylish bench seat.
Premium details and finishes are harmonized across the bike, including brushed aluminum front and rear mudguards with new mounts, plus brushed aluminum side panel finishers and heel guards. Additional premium touches and details can be found in the new anodized headlamp mounts to compliment the painted headlamp bowl, classic Monza fuel cap and clear anodized aluminum swing arm.
For 2022, the Speed Twin is available in three paint schemes: the new vibrant and lustrous Red Hopper scheme, the sophisticated Matte Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the timeless Jet Black.
The Genesis of a Motorcycle Icon
Changing the face of motorcycling, the original 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, with the world’s first successful parallel twin engine packaged into a game changing chassis, was a revelation to ride. Its smooth dynamic handling and superb responsive feel established Triumph as the number one motorcycle marque globally for performance and handling, setting the template for all that followed, and earning a global reputation for being the first real ‘riders bike’.
For 2022, the new Speed Twin sets the benchmark all over again for its balance of torque-rich performance, agile and dynamic handling, and stunning contemporary custom motorcycle design and character.
The 2022 Speed Twin is the perfect platform for personalization with over 50 custom accessories that riders can add to enhance the style, practicality and security of their bike. These range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, heated grips and many more.
All genuine Triumph accessories have been designed and developed alongside the bike itself, to the same exacting standards, to ensure perfect integration and excellent durability, and all come with the same two-year unlimited mileage warranty.