The Speed Triple’s 1050cc inline-three cylinder produces 133bhp at 9400rpm and 111Nm at 7750rpm. While these figures are less than the Speed Triple’s segment competitors, for not even a single moment I felt the need for more. This British motorcycle is civilised, but only when you’re below 4000rpm, making it a super friendly city motorcycle. Post that, the surge in power left me with a grin that I carried throughout the ride. Twist the throttle and chances are you’ll reach some illegal speeds in the blink of an eye. This is when the front suddenly feels light, the numbers on the speedo starts to increase rapidly and the loud bass from the dual exhaust sounds incredible. Redlining the Speed Triple feels addictive, thanks to the sound and the flashing blue shift lights. This engine feels refined and is mated to a six-speed gearbox that offers precise shifts. But I wish the Speed Triple came with a lighter clutch. It would’ve made a big difference in city commute.
The moment I sat on the Speed Triple I figured this bike was little different from the others. It only looks big in size. Behind those wide handlebars, I felt at home and not like someone struggling to mount a litre-class bike. And that’s what I like the most about the Speed Triple - its ability to make a rider feel comfortable and at ease in the first instance itself. The wide handlebar, slightly rear set footpegs and more than enough knee grabbing area on the fuel tank makes the Speed Triple fairly comfortable. There’s a bit of sporty stance but not enough to compromise on riding comfort. But for long distance, the Speed Triple gets little uncomfortable. The seat height too is a tad on the higher side (825mm). The 6’2’’ me didn’t face any problem but it’ll bother anyone who is short.
The suspension setup on the Speed is on the firmer side but it’s not a back breaker. It absorbs small potholes, bumps with ease but when it comes to big ones, standing up and riding is the best way to save your back. Accessible low-end power and upright position, makes it a very friendly bike to ride in the city. In the corners, it isn’t sharp as its competitors but I did have some fun. It doesn’t feel scary, has the room to push your limits and at the same time feels confident. It doesn’t turn as quick as the Z1000 but is good enough to enjoy the twisties. The Speed Triple is equipped with ABS as standard and they perform brilliantly.