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2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS | Road Test Review

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS review
Completely redesigned for 2021, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS has more power, less weight, and premium components and electronics. (Photos by Kevin Wing)

Yes, this is a review of the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS, the legendary streetfighter from Hinckley that has been completely redesigned. More power, less weight, all the must-haves – you get the idea. For me, testing the Speed Triple was personal. But before I get into it, you should know the backstory. 

London, England, 1998. I can still fit everything I own into the trunk of a hatchback, and for the first time in my short life, I’m earning more money than I’m spending. When my employer relocates me to a new office in the financial district, my commute becomes a 45-minute crush on the Tube. With a modest pot of cash building in the bank, I decide now is the time to buy my first proper motorcycle. Lane splitting in Britain is legal, and I plan to join the multitude of well-healed professionals commuting through the traffic and into the city each morning. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The legendary streetfighter from Hinckley has been completely redesigned and the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS has more power, less weight, and premium parts.

It’s the same year Triumph gives its naked hooligan, the Speed Triple, an aggressive redesign. Introduced in 1994, the Speed Triple had already left its mark. The new styling for ’98 includes wider, higher bars and distinct double headlights under a minimal flyscreen, a design that Tom Cruise will come to immortalize in Mission Impossible II

The engine is now the 955cc Triple from the Daytona, producing a whopping 130 horsepower. I visit the Triumph dealership in Vauxhall so often the sales staff make fun of me and pretend to close the shop, telling me, “turn off the lights when your done sitting on it.” The Speed Triple’s price tag is hanging from the handlebar: £7,999 (around $13,000), which is about ten times more than I’ve ever spent on anything. 

Alas, saving for my first proper bike is competing with the fiscal demands of London’s nightlife, and ultimately, I scale down my plans. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R I buy leaves £2,500 for some decent gear, but as much as I love the Ninja, I lament the hooligan and tell myself there will always be a next time. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story

Fast forward to 2005. London is history, as is the Ninja. New York is now my home and the center of the universe. Business is going well, but occasional rental rides are not cutting the mustard from a thrill perspective. As if in answer to my thoughts, Triumph releases the fourth generation of the Speed Triple, with a larger 1,050cc inline-Triple and a new chassis. But it’s the massive dual underseat pipes, which help expose the single-sided swingarm, that catch my eye. 

I head down to the Triumph dealer in SoHo and climb aboard. It’s bigger than I remember, and meaner looking. I decide, right there and then, I’m going to buy it. But a test ride is “out of the question” until I get a New York driver’s license, as is insuring any bike I buy. I book the test, but somewhere along the way, a petite Italian also catches my eye, and suddenly I have a shared bank account and an eye-watering mortgage. My new fiancé doesn’t think a new motorcycle is a priority right now.  

Time marches on. With each generation, the Speed Triple gets better and better. And with each passing year, it seems farther out of reach. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS is one of the lightest hyper naked bikes on the market, making it extremely agile.

Now it’s 2021, and I’ve been living in Los Angeles for a few years. A few weeks after starting my new job at Rider, our EIC says he needs me to test the new Speed Triple 1200 RS. And just like that, I’m holding the keys – a keyless fob, actually – to a machine I’ve coveted for years. 

Revised from the ground up, the new Speed Triple certainly looks the part. The underseat pipes are gone, replaced with a superbike-style can, but the fox-eye headlights, which replaced the iconic round ones in 2011, are as menacing as ever. It feels more compact than I remember, with a narrower seat and gas tank. Our test bike’s color scheme is the Matte Silver Ice option. Sapphire Black is also available and both colors are understated, flying in the face of its many candy-colored rivals or even the garish colors offered on Speed Triples in the past, like Nuclear Red and Roulette Green. But it’s no sleeper. Huge Brembo brake calipers and Öhlins suspension are clear indicators of the power they’re tasked with harnessing. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
All of the 2021 Speed Triples are designated RS, and standard equipment includes fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and Brembo Stylema front brake calipers.

Triumph completely redesigned the Speed Triple’s engine, starting with an increase in displacement (1,160cc, up from 1,050) and a race-bred oversquare piston configuration. A bigger bore and a shorter stroke result in a higher redline, now 11,150 rpm. A new ignition system with twin-tip spark plugs improves combustion, and a new air intake and free-flowing exhaust system help squeeze every available horse from the Hinkley hooligan. On Jett Tuning’s rear-wheel dyno, the Speed Triple grunted out 165.5 horsepower at 10,800 rpm and 87 lb-ft of torque at 8,500 rpm, figures that are much higher than the previous model.     

Triumph’s engineers must have been busy because, despite the performance gains, the new engine weighs 15 pounds less than before and is Euro 5 compliant. Lighter moving parts have significantly reduced engine inertia, promising a very revvy engine. A lighter slip/assist clutch assembly has fewer plates but more friction per plate, and it’s linked to a new stacked 6-speed gearbox with an up/down quickshifter. An all-new cast-aluminum chassis is both stronger and lighter, further cutting the Speed Triple’s curb weight down to just 437 pounds.

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS review dyno horsepower torque
Dyno results for the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

Compared to the Speed Triple R we tested back in 2012, the 2021 RS makes 40 more horsepower and weighs 40 pounds less. Take a moment and let that sink in. 

The only Speed Triple 1200 available for 2021 is the RS model, and with that designation comes premium equipment. Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension includes an NIX30 inverted fork and a TTX36 twin-tube rear shock. Braking at the front wheel is supplied by twin Brembo Stylema radial monoblock 4-piston calipers clamping 320mm discs, and at the rear, a single Brembo 2-piston caliper. Tires are grippy Metzeler Racetec RR tires with just a hint of rain sipes. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story

Brembo Stylema calipers, coupled with Metzler Racetec RR tires make for truly impressive stopping power. 

After getting acquainted, I start to get a feel for the Speed Triple’s handling as I make my way out of the city. The ride is firm, as is the seat; not a stone, but not plush either. The quickshifter works beautifully, especially at the higher rev ranges, but I can’t find neutral to save my life. By the time I reach the back roads I feel acquainted enough to really open up the throttle as I exit a familiar, sweeping corner. Thump-in-the-chest acceleration follows as the engine spins up almost instantly. I know this road intimately, but suddenly it feels shorter and I’m up to the next corner before I know it. With a firm, progressive pull on the brake lever, the stopping power from the Stylema calipers feels like I just launched a parachute. I lose my flow through the corner because now I’m too slow. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
Out on the back roads, I finally get to open up the Speed Triple’s throttle, the engine response is immediate, and acceleration out of the corners is blisteringly quick.

A few miles later and I’m coming to grips with it. The Triumph is in Road mode and I see no reason to change that. The body position is spot-on for a naked, the sporty side of neutral, and despite the firm seat and significant bend at my knee, I’m not uncomfortable. The bars are wide but steering inputs are precise. Triumph has moved the footrests inboard slightly, and when I get confident enough to test the sticky Racetecs, I find plenty of grip and ground clearance. 

Now that my brain is properly calibrated, I come to appreciate the phenomenal brakes. I can be heavy on the rear with no issues, and the front brakes are immediate without being snappy. There is barely a whiff of dive in the fork. Our test bike came straight from a track test, and the suspension was carved-from-granite stiff. We turned the clickers on the Öhlins NIX30 to remove nearly all of the compression and rebound damping, and the ride was much improved. Taut and responsive, though as a 160-pound rider I’d like to go softer still. 

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS review

The Speed Triple is a breeze to ride, despite the race-bred engine. The performance is staggering, but not unwieldy. Thanks to the abundant torque it’s happy to tootle about in the higher gears. Throttle response is sharp but manageable, and when I’m a little heavy-handed, wheelie control kicks in and levels things out (you can turn it off and wheelie away if that’s your thing). The bike feels smaller than it is, and is eminently flickable, darting into corners on demand with eye-popping acceleration on exit. Sometimes the firm ride can be unsettling on less-than-perfect roads, but through a smooth series of corners it’s like magic.

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story
The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story

The cockpit is nicely understated, and the dash is clear and readable in bright daylight and in the dark. Snazzy graphics add a bit of flare. 

Triumph applied its standard minimalist approach to the cockpit. A low-reflection, 5-inch TFT display defaults to a view of the tach, gear position, and speed, and snazzy dash graphics rotate the default screen to the side when you access the menu. A new six-axis IMU sensor empowers a full suite of electronic rider aids, including multi-mode cornering ABS and traction control. There are five riding modes: Rain (power is restricted to 99 horsepower), Road, Sport, Track, and Custom. On the street, the Speed Triple is more than saucy enough in Road mode. All-round LED lights, backlit switchgear, keyless ignition, and cruise control are standard. 

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS exceeded my expectations. As I rode it more and more, I adapted to it, and I’d like to think it adapted to me. We got to know each other. I grew more confident in its handling and braking capabilities, which allowed me to explore more of its performance envelope. The mighty Triple rewarded me with one of the most thrilling riding experiences of my life. They say you should never meet your heroes, but in this case, there was no letdown. I still love the Speed Triple. And yes, it was worth the wait. 

The Triumph Speed Triple - A Love Story

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Specs 

Base Price: $18,300
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles 
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com

Engine

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,160cc 
Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 60.8mm 
Compression Ratio: 13.2:1
Valve Insp. Interval: 20,000 miles 
Fuel Delivery: Multipoint sequential EFI w/ throttle-by-wire
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 3.5 qt. cap.
Transmission: 6 speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain

Chassis

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar frame, bolt-on aluminum rear subframe & single-sided cast aluminum swingarm 
Wheelbase: 56.9 in
Rake/Trail: 23.9 degrees/4.1 in 
Seat Height: 32.7 in. 
Suspension, Front: 43mm USD fork, fully adj., 4.7 in. travel 
Rear: Single shock, fully adj., 4.7 in. travel 
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm floating discs w/ 4-piston radial monoblock calipers & ABS 
Rear: Single 220mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast aluminum, 6.00 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 190/55-ZR17
Wet Weight: 437 lbs.
Load Capacity: 430 lbs.
GVWR: 867 lbs. 

Performance

Horsepower: 165.5 @ 10,800 rpm (rear-wheel dyno)
Torque: 86.9 lb-ft @ 8,500 rpm (rear-wheel dyno)
Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 29 mpg
Estimated Range: 117 miles 

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2022 Triumph Speed Twin | First Look Review

2022 Triumph Speed Twin review Red Hopper
2022 Triumph Speed Twin in Red Hopper

Triumph’s entire lineup of Bonneville-based models has been updated for 2022, including the T120, T120 Black, T100, Street Twin, Streetmaster, Bobber, Street Scrambler, and Scrambler 1200. Last but not least, the Speed Twin has also gotten some useful upgrades.

Introduced for 2019, the Speed Twin offers engine performance and handling comparable to the Thruxton café racer but with an upright riding position, less weight, and a lower price. For 2022, the Speed Twin’s updated “High Power” version of Triumph’s liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel-twin makes 98.6 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank). Wet weight is 476 pounds, and pricing starts at $12,500.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin review Red Hopper
2022 Triumph Speed Twin in Red Hopper

Compared to the previous Speed Twin’s engine, the updated powerplant now meets Euro 5 emissions standards and offers more peak horsepower, more midrange horsepower and torque, a lower torque peak, and 17% less inertia for better response. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a 6-speed transmission, a torque-assist clutch, and chain final drive.

To improve handling, the Speed Twin gets a higher-spec Marzocchi USD cartridge fork, Brembo M50 monoblock calipers, lighter cast aluminum 12-spoke wheels, and Metzeler Racetec RR tires.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin review Matt Storm Grey
2022 Triumph Speed Twin in Matte Storm Grey

Three riding modes — Sport, Road, and Rain — have been revised, and they adjust throttle response and intervention from the switchable traction control. Other standard equipment includes ABS, LED lighting with a DRL, an underseat USB charging port, and an ignition immobilizer. Sorry folks, still no cruise control.

The Speed Twin’s styling has been refreshed with new brushed stainless-steel upswept silencers, new anodized headlight and mudguard mounts, and new tank graphics.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin review Jet Black
2022 Triumph Speed Twin in Jet Black

The 2022 Triumph Speed Twin is available in Red Hopper, Matte Storm Grey, and Jet Black, and it will be in dealerships in August.

2022 Triumph Speed Twin Specs

Base Price: $12,500
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, SOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80mm
Horsepower: 98.6 @ 7,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 83 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection & throttle-by-wire
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated torque-assist wet clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Tubular steel w/ aluminum cradles, cast aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 55.6 in.
Rake/Trail: 22.3 degrees/3.6 in.
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Suspension, Front: 43mm USD fork, no adj., 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, adj. for spring preload, 4.7 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ radial-mount opposed 4-piston monoblock calipers & ABS
Rear: Single 220mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.5 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast aluminum, 5.0 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 160/60-ZR17
Wet Weight: 476 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 3.8 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 41.8 mpg (EPA)

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2022 Triumph Street Scrambler | First Look Review

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm review
2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm Edition

From the 900cc Street Twin and Street Twin Gold Line to the 1,200cc T120, T120 Black, Streetmaster, Bobber and Scrambler 1200 (including the ultra-cool Steve McQueen Edition), Triumph has updated nearly every model in its Bonneville lineup for the 2022 model year.

Last but certainly not least is Triumph’s 900cc Street Scrambler (MSRP starts at $11,000; available in July) and new limited-edition Street Scrambler Sandstorm (MSRP $11,750; available in May).

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler review
2022 Triumph Street Scrambler in Urban Grey

As with other Bonneville models, the Street Scrambler’s liquid-cooled parallel-twin has been updated to meet Euro 5 emissions yet it still delivers 64 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm (claimed). Three riding modes (Road, Rain, and Off-Road), a torque-assist clutch, switchable ABS and switchable traction control are standard equipment.

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm review
2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm Edition

Styling updates include a new side panel with aluminum number board, a new heel guard, new brushed aluminum headlight brackets, new adventure-oriented seat material, new throttle body finishers and new paint schemes.

Street Scrambler models are equipped with a Brembo front brake, a cartridge fork, a 19-inch front wheel, Metzeler Tourance 90/10 adventure tires, an LED taillight and a USB charging port.

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm review
2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Sandstorm Edition

Limited to 775 units worldwide, the Scrambler Sandstorm Edition has a unique paint scheme, premium accessories (high front fender, tail tidy, sump guard, headlight grille and rubber knee pads on the tank) fitted as standard and a certificate of authenticity personalized with the bike’s VIN.

The 2022 Street Scrambler is available in three premium paint schemes: Jet Black, Urban Grey and two-tone Matte Khaki and Matte Ironstone with distinctive new tank graphics.

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler review
The 2022 Triumph Street Scrambler’s 900cc parallel twin makes 64 horsepower and 59 lb-ft of torque (claimed).

2022 Triumph Street Scrambler Specs

Base Price: $11,000 / $11,750 (Sandstorm Edition)
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, SOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 900cc
Bore x Stroke: 84.6 x 80mm
Horsepower: 64 @ 7,250 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 59 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm (claimed)
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection & throttle-by-wire
Transmission: 5-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Tubular steel w/ twin cradles, steel swingarm
Wheelbase: 56.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 25.6 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Suspension, Front: 41mm fork, non-adj., 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, adj. preload, 4.7 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Single 310mm disc w/ opposed 4-piston axial fixed caliper & switchable ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper & switchable ABS
Wheels, Front: Spoked aluminum, 2.5 x 19 in.
Rear: Spoked aluminum, 4.25 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 100/90-19 tube-type
Rear: 150/70-17 tube-type
Wet Weight: 492 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 3.2 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 54.7 mpg (claimed)

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2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport | Video Review

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport video review
The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is an affordable, well-round, street-focused adventure bike with a price that starts at $11,995. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

We test the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, a street-focused adventure bike with an MSRP of $11,995. It’s powered by the same liquid-cooled 888cc in-line triple as the Tiger 900 models, but it has been detuned to 82 horsepower at 8,400 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm at the rear wheel, as measured on Jett Tuning‘s dyno, which is about 10 horsepower lower.

To keep the price down, Triumph also reduced the number of ride modes to two (Road and Rain) and limited suspension adjustability to rear preload. But this is no bargain-bin special. It has Marzocchi suspension front and rear, and it has Brembo brakes, with Stylema front calipers and a radial front master cylinder. ABS is standard but not switchable, and traction control is also standard but is switchable.

Overall we found the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport to be a solid, all-around street bike that delivers good features and a great riding experience for the money. Check out our video review:

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2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport | Video Review

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport video review
The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is an affordable, well-round, street-focused adventure bike with a price that starts at $11,995. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

We test the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, a street-focused adventure bike with an MSRP of $11,995. It’s powered by the same liquid-cooled 888cc in-line triple as the Tiger 900 models, but it has been detuned to 82 horsepower at 8,400 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm at the rear wheel, as measured on Jett Tuning‘s dyno, which is about 10 horsepower lower.

To keep the price down, Triumph also reduced the number of ride modes to two (Road and Rain) and limited suspension adjustability to rear preload. But this is no bargain-bin special. It has Marzocchi suspension front and rear, and it has Brembo brakes, with Stylema front calipers and a radial front master cylinder. ABS is standard but not switchable, and traction control is also standard but is switchable.

Overall we found the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport to be a solid, all-around street bike that delivers good features and a great riding experience for the money. Check out our video review:

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2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport | Video Review

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport video review
The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is an affordable, well-round, street-focused adventure bike with a price that starts at $11,995. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

We test the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, a street-focused adventure bike with an MSRP of $11,995. It’s powered by the same liquid-cooled 888cc in-line triple as the Tiger 900 models, but it has been detuned to 82 horsepower at 8,400 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm at the rear wheel, as measured on Jett Tuning‘s dyno, which is about 10 horsepower lower.

To keep the price down, Triumph also reduced the number of ride modes to two (Road and Rain) and limited suspension adjustability to rear preload. But this is no bargain-bin special. It has Marzocchi suspension front and rear, and it has Brembo brakes, with Stylema front calipers and a radial front master cylinder. ABS is standard but not switchable, and traction control is also standard but is switchable.

Overall we found the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport to be a solid, all-around street bike that delivers good features and a great riding experience for the money. Check out our video review:

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2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC, XE and Steve McQueen Edition | First Look Review

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has already announced 2022 updates to most of the models on its Bonneville platform, including the T120, T120 Black, T100, Street Twin (and limited-edition Street Twin Gold Line), Streetmaster and Bobber. Rounding out the 2022 Bonneville lineup are updated versions of the the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE, as well as a limited edition Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition.

All of the 2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 models are powered by a high-power version of Triumph’s liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel-twin that’s been updated to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations, which includes a revised exhaust system that offers improved heat distribution. The twin has a dedicated Scrambler tune that makes 89 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 81 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm (claimed).

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

We’ve had a blast hooning around on Scrambler 1200s, which occupy a unique niche with full-on adventure/dual-sport capability in a retro-styled package with state-of-the-art technology. With a 21-inch front wheel, side-laced tubeless wheels and nearly 10 inches of suspension travel, the Scrambler 1200 can take serious off-road abuse and comes back asking for more.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Top-spec kit returns, including fully adjustable suspension with a Showa 47mm USD fork and Öhlins shock, twin Brembo M50 radial monoblock front calipers, a full-color TFT display, keyless ignition, cruise control, a USB charging port, all-LED lighting and advanced rider-aid electronics with five riding modes. The off-road-focused XE model adds a 6th Off-Road Pro mode and cornering-optimized ABS and traction control.

With its seamless fuel tank with brushed aluminum Monza cap, iconic silhouette with a sculpted bench seat and signature high-level twin exhaust, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 brings legendary desert sleds of the past into the modern era.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Limited to 1,000 in individually numbered units worldwide, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition honors the King of Cool with unique Steve McQueen branding on the tank and handlebar clamp, an exclusive Competition Green custom paint scheme, premium Scrambler accessories fitted as standard and a certificate of authenticity with signatures from Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor, and Chad McQueen.

Triumph TR6 from "The Great Escape"
Triumph TR6 from “The Great Escape”

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Specs

Base Price: $14,000 (XC) / $15,400 (XE) / $16,400 (Steve McQueen Edition)
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, SOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80mm
Horsepower: 89 @ 7,250 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 81 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (claimed)
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection & throttle-by-wire
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Frame: Tubular steel w/ aluminum cradles, cast aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 61.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 26.9 degrees/5.1 in.
Seat Height: 33.1 in. (XC) / 34.2 in. (XE)
Suspension, Front: 47mm USD fork, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers, radial-pump master cylinder, switchable ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper, switchable ABS
Wheels, Front: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 2.15 x 21 in.
Rear: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 4.25 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 90/90-21
Rear: 150/70-17
Dry Weight: 425 lbs. (XC) / 456 lbs. (XE, Steve McQueen Edition) (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gals.

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2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC, XE and Steve McQueen Edition | First Look Review

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has already announced 2022 updates to most of the models on its Bonneville platform, including the T120, T120 Black, T100, Street Twin (and limited-edition Street Twin Gold Line), Streetmaster and Bobber. Rounding out the 2022 Bonneville lineup are updated versions of the the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE, as well as a limited edition Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition.

All of the 2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 models are powered by a high-power version of Triumph’s liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel-twin that’s been updated to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations, which includes a revised exhaust system that offers improved heat distribution. The twin has a dedicated Scrambler tune that makes 89 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 81 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm (claimed).

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

We’ve had a blast hooning around on Scrambler 1200s, which occupy a unique niche with full-on adventure/dual-sport capability in a retro-styled package with state-of-the-art technology. With a 21-inch front wheel, side-laced tubeless wheels and nearly 10 inches of suspension travel, the Scrambler 1200 can take serious off-road abuse and comes back asking for more.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Top-spec kit returns, including fully adjustable suspension with a Showa 47mm USD fork and Öhlins shock, twin Brembo M50 radial monoblock front calipers, a full-color TFT display, keyless ignition, cruise control, a USB charging port, all-LED lighting and advanced rider-aid electronics with five riding modes. The off-road-focused XE model adds a 6th Off-Road Pro mode and cornering-optimized ABS and traction control.

With its seamless fuel tank with brushed aluminum Monza cap, iconic silhouette with a sculpted bench seat and signature high-level twin exhaust, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 brings legendary desert sleds of the past into the modern era.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Limited to 1,000 in individually numbered units worldwide, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition honors the King of Cool with unique Steve McQueen branding on the tank and handlebar clamp, an exclusive Competition Green custom paint scheme, premium Scrambler accessories fitted as standard and a certificate of authenticity with signatures from Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor, and Chad McQueen.

Triumph TR6 from "The Great Escape"
Triumph TR6 from “The Great Escape”

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Specs

Base Price: $14,000 (XC) / $15,400 (XE) / $16,400 (Steve McQueen Edition)
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, SOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80mm
Horsepower: 89 @ 7,250 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 81 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (claimed)
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection & throttle-by-wire
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Frame: Tubular steel w/ aluminum cradles, cast aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 61.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 26.9 degrees/5.1 in.
Seat Height: 33.1 in. (XC) / 34.2 in. (XE)
Suspension, Front: 47mm USD fork, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers, radial-pump master cylinder, switchable ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper, switchable ABS
Wheels, Front: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 2.15 x 21 in.
Rear: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 4.25 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 90/90-21
Rear: 150/70-17
Dry Weight: 425 lbs. (XC) / 456 lbs. (XE, Steve McQueen Edition) (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gals.

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2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC, XE and Steve McQueen Edition | First Look Review

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has already announced 2022 updates to most of the models on its Bonneville platform, including the T120, T120 Black, T100, Street Twin (and limited-edition Street Twin Gold Line), Streetmaster and Bobber. Rounding out the 2022 Bonneville lineup are updated versions of the the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE, as well as a limited edition Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition.

All of the 2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 models are powered by a high-power version of Triumph’s liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel-twin that’s been updated to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations, which includes a revised exhaust system that offers improved heat distribution. The twin has a dedicated Scrambler tune that makes 89 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 81 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm (claimed).

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

We’ve had a blast hooning around on Scrambler 1200s, which occupy a unique niche with full-on adventure/dual-sport capability in a retro-styled package with state-of-the-art technology. With a 21-inch front wheel, side-laced tubeless wheels and nearly 10 inches of suspension travel, the Scrambler 1200 can take serious off-road abuse and comes back asking for more.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Top-spec kit returns, including fully adjustable suspension with a Showa 47mm USD fork and Öhlins shock, twin Brembo M50 radial monoblock front calipers, a full-color TFT display, keyless ignition, cruise control, a USB charging port, all-LED lighting and advanced rider-aid electronics with five riding modes. The off-road-focused XE model adds a 6th Off-Road Pro mode and cornering-optimized ABS and traction control.

With its seamless fuel tank with brushed aluminum Monza cap, iconic silhouette with a sculpted bench seat and signature high-level twin exhaust, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 brings legendary desert sleds of the past into the modern era.

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

Limited to 1,000 in individually numbered units worldwide, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition honors the King of Cool with unique Steve McQueen branding on the tank and handlebar clamp, an exclusive Competition Green custom paint scheme, premium Scrambler accessories fitted as standard and a certificate of authenticity with signatures from Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor, and Chad McQueen.

Triumph TR6 from "The Great Escape"
Triumph TR6 from “The Great Escape”

2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Specs

Base Price: $14,000 (XC) / $15,400 (XE) / $16,400 (Steve McQueen Edition)
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, SOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80mm
Horsepower: 89 @ 7,250 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 81 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (claimed)
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection & throttle-by-wire
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Frame: Tubular steel w/ aluminum cradles, cast aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 61.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 26.9 degrees/5.1 in.
Seat Height: 33.1 in. (XC) / 34.2 in. (XE)
Suspension, Front: 47mm USD fork, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, fully adj., 9.8 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers, radial-pump master cylinder, switchable ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper, switchable ABS
Wheels, Front: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 2.15 x 21 in.
Rear: Tubeless spoked aluminum, 4.25 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 90/90-21
Rear: 150/70-17
Dry Weight: 425 lbs. (XC) / 456 lbs. (XE, Steve McQueen Edition) (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gals.

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2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport | First Look Review

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Triumph has announced the 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, a new road-oriented Adventure-Touring model, based on the latest Tiger 900 platform. At $11,995, the 850 Sport is the most affordably priced Tiger in the lineup and will replace the current base model Tiger 900. 

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport fills an essential role within the greater Tiger 900 family, as it hopes to attract riders through its more manageable power delivery and lower peak performance numbers, as well as its road-focused suspension and wheel setup. 

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Although this new model carries an 850 designation, it is essentially, a re-tuned base model 2020 Triumph Tiger 900. As such, all components and geometry figures remain the same between the two motorcycles. Outside of the engine tuning, two distinct liveries are available, “Graphite & Caspian Blue” and “Graphite and Diablo Red,” exclusive to this model.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Triumph sees the BMW 750 GS as the 850 Sport’s direct competitor and has also employed a similar branding strategy as the Bavarians. Although the BMW 750 GS features a 750 designation, it utilizes a re-tuned version of the 853cc parallel-twin engine and the same chassis found in the BMW 850 GS. The 750 designation also implies a lower level of performance. The BMW 750 GS’s component choices are touring focused, while the 850 GS uses an ADV biased suspension and wheel setup, clearly stating their intended use. Similarly, Triumph leans on the expanded Tiger 900 lineup to satiate those with greater off-road or touring aspirations.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Powering the 850 Sport is the exciting 888cc in-line triple-cylinder engine, featuring the T-plane crank design and 1-3-2 firing order, which is said to improve tractability at lower rpms. The crucial difference between the 850 and 900 variants is its model-specific fuel tuning, which reduces claimed peak horsepower to 84 at 8,500 rpm and peak torque to 60.5 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. This dedicated tune promotes a more progressive power delivery, and importantly, reaches its peak performance figures noticeably lower in the rpm range. By comparison, Tiger 900 models claim to produce 93.9 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 64 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 rpm.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Two selectable ride modes are available, Road and Rain, which alter throttle response and traction control intervention levels. Traction control is switchable by exploring the full-color 5-inch TFT instrument panel, while ABS settings cannot be modified. To maintain a lower price, the 850 Sport does not use an IMU, unlike its mid and top-tier Tiger brethren.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Returning to the fold is the same tubular steel chassis, modular aluminum subframe and cast aluminum swingarm seen across the entire Tiger 900 range. The non-adjustable 45mm Marzocchi USD fork with 7.09-inches of travel and Marzocchi shock with 6.7-inches of travel and preload adjustment only, are employed once more. Triumph has only released a claimed dry weight of 423 pounds and defines its dry weight measurement as a motorcycle without fluids or battery. For reference, our 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro test bike tipped our shop scale at 476 pounds wet.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

The 850 Sport offers a neutral rider triangle that welcomes commuting, touring and more. In its lowest position, the 850 Sport’s seat height measures at 31.88 inches. However, it can be raised as much as 0.79 inches to a maximum height of 32.67 inches to aid taller riders. There are other helpful standard features, such as: an adjustable windscreen, adjustable levers, a 12V charging port and LED lighting all-around.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Braking components remain a highpoint, with superbike-ready 4-piston Brembo Stylema calipers and 320mm floating rotors in the front. Meanwhile, a 1-piston Brembo caliper and 255mm disc take care of braking duties in the rear.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Cast alloy 19 and 17-inch wheels drive the road-focused message home, and one notable change for the 850 Sport is the inclusion of Michelin Anakee Adventure tires. 

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

Numerous factory accessories are already offered, with various Givi Trekker luggage options, a low seat, heated grips, hand guards and several forms of engine or case protectors.

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport First Look Review

The 2020 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is expected to arrive in dealers in January 2021. We’ll have a full test as soon as we can get our mitts on one. 

2020 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport Specs:

Price: $11,995
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 888cc
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.9mm
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically-actuated wet assist-and-slipper clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 61.25 in. 
Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/5.24 in.
Seat Height: 31.9/32.7 in. 
Claimed Dry Weight: 423 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.28 gals.

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