Triumph has revived one its most famous name plates after unveiling a new classic derivative, the Speed Twin, for 2019.
Designed by legendary engineer Edward Turner, the original 5T Speed Twin of 1937 was a 500cc twin that was regarded as one of the most revolutionary machines of the time. The name has been retired since 1966, by which time the Bonneville had taken over as the flagship model.
Now Triumph has dug deep into the parts bin and the Speed Twin is back. The latest addition to their extensive Modern Classics range uses the 1200cc parallel twin motor from the Thruxton, but with a more contemporary style and upright riding style, a lathe 900cc Street Twin.
Detail changes to the Thruxton engine (which will no doubt make their way to the sportier bike over time) are a new magnesium cam cover, revised clutch assembly and engine covers, which add up to save 2.5kg. With 17” aluminium wheels replacing the Thruxton’s spoked items, the Speed Twin is a full 10kg lighter than the bike upon which it is based. The frame too, is a modified version of that used on the Thruxton.
Like the smaller Street Twin, the Speed Twin has a very accessible 807mm seat height – which alone should make it a popular machine with new and shorter riders. The tried and tested 97bhp engine is well known for its torque and smooth power characteristics. It also comes packed full of electronic aids, including three riding modes and switchable traction control.
Overall the finishes on the Speed Twin are much in line with what we’ve come to expect from Triumph these days, with lots of neat touches such as the brushed aluminium mudguards, exhaust headers and throttle body covers. Three colour choices will be available, with a plain black being offered alongside two tone silver over grey and silver over red combos.
Over 80 accessories from luggage options to performance exhausts will also be available, and Triumph says that prices will be announced next month, and that the bike will go on sale in the spring.