Review: 2019 Triumph Speed Twin

Review: 2019 Triumph Speed Twin
2019-10-10 01:44

The Speed Twin name itself isn’t new. In the late 1930s, the manufacturer introduced the original Speed Twin featuring what Triumph claims was the first successful parallel-twin engine. The Second World War put Triumph’s activities on pause and production of the Speed Twin only resumed in 1947 and ran until 1966, when it was finally put to rest. Fast-forward to 2018 and the Speed Twin made a spectacular comeback.
Triumph unveiled the Speed Twin in early December last year as the lovechild of the Thruxton and the Bonneville. The idea behind its design was to take the elements that make both models so great and combine them into a sort of hybrid. Of course, most of the time when you hear all those fancy words and raving, it can easily be dismissed as marketing fluff. I mean, most of the parts used on the Speed Twin are existing Triumph bits and pieces. The result could have been a watered-down Triumph with no real identity. Boy was I caught off guard.

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