Triumph Speed Twin a poor-man's Thruxton

Triumph Speed Twin a poor-man’s Thruxton

Triumph has unveiled their Speed Twin which is a poor-man’s Thruxton with the same engine tuning, but not quite the braking or handling spec of the sporty Thruxton R.

It also doesn’t have the dropped bars, but a more relaxed riding position like the T120.

Unlike the spy shots we saw last month, the Speed Twin comes with Kayaba conventional forks and shocks, not upside down forks and Ohlins piggyback suspension.Triumph Speed Twin a poor-man's Thruxton

Triumph Motorcycles Australia say the bikes are arriving in dealerships in January.

Price has now been announced as $18,000 for black and an extra $550 for two-tone (+ORC).

That’s more than the T120 at $17,200, but less than the Thruxton at $18,700 and well under the Ohlins-clad Thruxton R at $21,100.Triumph Speed Twin a poor-man's Thruxton

The Speed Twin is basically a dual-seat Thruxton with straight bars, brushed metal and black dual exhausts, and seven-spoke mag wheels instead of wired-wheels.

It will come in three colour options: Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Korosi Red/Storm Grey, and Jet Black.


The unveiling of the Speed Twin lifts the number of 900 and 1200 Bonneville models to 12.

It follows the recent release of the Scrambler 1200 in XC and XE versions, T120 Ace and Diamond and updates to the Street Twin and Street Scrambler.

Triumph Speed Twin tech specsTriumph Speed Twin a poor-man's Thruxton

Type Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel-twin
Capacity 1200 cc
Bore 97.6 mm
Stroke 80 mm
Compression 11.0 :1
Max Power EC 97PS / 96bhp (72kW) @ 6,750rpm
Max Torque EC 112Nm @ 4,950 rpm
System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Brushed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin brushed silencers
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Gearbox 6-speed
Frame Tubular steel with aluminium cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminium
Front Wheel Cast aluminium alloy, 17 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium alloy, 17 x 5.0 in
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre 160/60 ZR17
Front Suspension 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel
Rear Suspension Twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Front Brakes Twin 305mm discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Instrument Display and Functions LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, trip computer, scroll and mode buttons on handlebars, heated grip ready, fuel consumption display, traction control status and throttle mode display. TPMS ready.
Width Handlebars 760 mm
Height Without Mirror 1110 mm
Seat Height 807 mm
Wheelbase 1430 mm
Rake 22.8 º
Trail 93.5 mm
Dry Weight 196 kg
Tank Capacity 14.5 L
Fuel Consumption 4.8 l/100km (59 MPG)
CO2 Figures EURO 4 Standard: 109g/km
  1. Shocking review… I own both and my daily rider is the ST every time. Quicker and more balanced which makes it an easier ride

  2. Poor man’s Thruxton? Wow…………..Retrospective comments that ‘that’s not what I meant’ doesn’t really cut it Mark, poor headline imho.

    2020 UK Bike of the year, won by a mile.

    Without doubt the best bike (of all types) I have owned in 20 years.

  3. Are the wheels interchangeable with the Thruxton?
    The Thruxton with those rims would be a great sport bike

  4. Sorry, I should have been more precise. I didn’t agree that it is a “poor”mans thruxton. I see it as an imorovement over even the thruxton r. If i were riding an hour to and from work each day I would go for another thruxton but for longer rides this appears more suited and a lot of fun for those shorter commutes. Any idea yet as to pricing in Australia?

  5. I disagree. I have owned a thruxton and the riding position is just not for me anymore. The T120 is a nice bike but just too retro more my taste. This has hit the sweet spot in between for me. Looks cool, has great handling according to all the reviews I’ve seen to date and a better riding position for the over 50’s like myself.

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