Bright yellow paint, Öhlins suspension and a screaming, howling 133bhp triple. How can we not like the Triumph Speed 94 R!
The original Triumph Speed Triple 900 was launched way back in 1994 and, two decades on, it’s still going strong. “21 years of hard-edged, no-nonsense British biking,” is how Triumph describe the Speed Triple and that’s not too far off the mark, really. To celebrate 21 years of this machine, Triumph have now launched two special editions – the Speed 94 and the Speed 94 R, both of which feature styling cues taken from the 1994 original.
Available in “Racing Yellow” and “Menacing Jet Black,” the Speed 94 features black exhaust silencer wraps, black filler cap, colour-matched fly screen, seat cowl and belly pan, yellow pin-striping (on the “Racing Yellow” colour option only), subframe painted in Graphite (to match the frame and the side panels, colour-balanced to match the look of the first Speed Triple), a commemorative Speed Triple 94 tank-mounted plaque and Speed Triple logos in the original 1994 typeface. An aluminium trellis frame, beefy single-sided swingarm, fully adjustable 43mm upside-down Showa forks and monoshock, and Brembo radial calipers with ABS complete the package.
In addition to the Speed 94’s paint options and styling cues, the Triumph Speed 94 R has a bit more – 43mm fully-adjustable Öhlins NIX30 USD forks, Öhlins TTX36 rear shock, Brembo Monobloc radial calipers, and Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres. With 133bhp and 111Nm of torque from its 1050cc three-cylinder engine, the Speed 94 R is, we’re sure, as entertaining to ride as ever. “Broad power delivery specifically tuned to generate explosive low-down propulsion in any gear,” is how Triumph describe the bike. Sounds good to us, even if we do think that the Speed 94 might find it difficult to keep up with newer machines like the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100.
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