Marketed as the most powerful Speed Triple ever, the RS leaves little to the imagination.

Words: Allan Lane//Images: Allan Lane

The first time that the Triumph Speed Triple caught my attention was in the year 2000. I was watching Mission Impossible 2, and just as the final action segment of the movie began, the bad guys give chase to Tom Cruise as he escapes from their semi-underground bunker/lair. His vehicle of choice, a 2000 Triumph Speed Triple. Defying all laws of physics and reality, it made for great action sequences and the manner of which John Woo directed the scenes shined a detailed spotlight on the Speed Triple, strictly for its aesthetic style.

Fast forward almost 20 years to the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS 1050. Marketed as the most powerful Speed Triple ever, the RS leaves little to the imagination. Upon approach, the RS looks like its waiting and ready for a bare-knuckle street fight. Stripped down to the necessities, the RS is essentially a motor, frame, wheels, and controls… If it’s not needed, it’s not equipped with it. But what is bolted to the RS only accentuates its aggressive stance and purposeful presence. From the aerodynamic yet minimalistic headlight and under exhaust header cowling, the selected bits of carbon fiber to the reshaped fuel tank and high swept dual Arrow Exhaust pipes, the RS means business. Less is truly more.

However, its what you don’t see on the surface that helps to raise the RS to one of the most user-friendly and functionally fun motorcycles in production…

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