Triumph has no shortage of sexy retro models in its lineup and for 2019 it is adding another model from its past, the Bonneville Speed Twin. The first Speed Twin was produced in 1938 and was made for about 30 years.
As the name suggest, the newest Speed Twin will be powered by a parallel twin engine. To be exact, Triumph’s updated 1200cc liquid cooled parallel twin that makes a claimed 96 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque. Updates over the SOHC version found in the T120 are a low-inertia crank and high-compression head developed from the Thruxton R’s engine. Triumph also added a new cam cover made of magnesium, and an updated clutch assembly that shaves over 5 pounds off the engine compared to the Thruxton R. The frame was developed off of the Thruxton R but is 22 pounds lighter.
Dual Brembo front disc brakes and a single Nissin disc brake in the rear provide the stopping power. The front fork is a nonadjustable cartridge assembly. Twin shocks that are preload-adjustable and 17-inch aluminum wheels round out the suspension. Standard safety features include ABS, traction control, select-able riding modes, and LED headlight, taillight, and turn signals.
The riding position for the 2019 Speed Twin should be neutral for most riders. The handlebars are upright, tapered, and aluminum. A bench seat and mid-mount foot pegs make for comfortable ergonomics. Expect the 2019 Speed Twin to show up at he beginning of the year and pricing will be announced in January.