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2008 Triumph Speed Triple

2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Significantly Updated for 2008:

  • High-spec Brembo front brake calipers and radial master cylinder
  • Restyled alloy multi-spoke wheels
  • Black anodised 43mm Showa upside down front forks
  • Tapered, anodised aluminium Magura handlebars
  • New rear sub-frame and redesigned bodywork
  • Redesigned radiator shrouds
  • Repositioned aluminium pillion footrests

The Speed Triple, with its mix of a monstrously powerful three-cylinder engine, a top quality chassis and an aggressive, stripped down stance, enters its fourteenth year as part of Triumph’s Urban Sports range. This year it brings with it a host of styling refinements to refresh this iconic motorcycle, helping ensure its status as the definitive factory streetfighter.

Starting from the front of the bike, a redesigned radiator shroud gives the bike a more integrated appearance, while the new tapered anodised aluminium handlebars and the black anodised front forks enhance the aesthetics. The brakes have been upgraded to high-spec twin Brembo radial front caliper four pad, four piston units with a radial master cylinder for outstanding braking performance. The alloy multi-spoke wheels have been completely restyled too.      

The rear-end of the Speed Triple takes on a completely new design, with a brand new sub-frame, polished stainless steel heat shields and new ball burnished aluminium pillion footrests to give the pillion rider more leg room. The clear-lensed LED rear light is taken from the award-winning Daytona 675 and, thanks to the rear-end redesign, the bike looks great from the back, which fellow riders can admire as you leave them behind…
The 1,050cc, DOHC, fuel-injected, three-cylinder engine that powers the Speed Triple remains unchanged for 2008, and for good reason - the gnarly character of the inline triple is intrinsic to the Speed Triple’s brutish charm. The engine pumps out a great surge of bottom-end torque, followed by a massive mid-range punch and an impressive level of overall power, all of which is delivered to the rear wheel via a slick shifting six-speed gearbox. Peak power is 132PS (131bhp) at 9,250rpm while peak torque of 105Nm (77ft.lbf) arrives at 7,500rpm. Triumph’s second generation Keihin Engine Control Unit offers sophisticated mapping for quicker starting, cleaner running and fuel economic engine.  

A rigid aluminium frame contains the engine and provides massive strength with steering geometry that gives fast-steering neutrality plus great stability. The fully adjustable 43mm upside down forks and rear monoshock – specifically developed for the Speed Triple – add superb levels of quality and control. The evocative single-sided swingarm adds style and substance while the twin-level oval section exhaust pipes enhance the engine’s distinctive and addictive induction roar.

The Triumph Accessory range for the Speed Triple includes the popular Arrow 3 – into - 1 full race system (for circuit use only), as well as a host of other factory-approved parts. The list includes fat handlebars, high performance silencers (for circuit use only), belly pan, rear hugger and a wealth of carbon fibre goodies and other cosmetic additions, such as the anodised radiator cowl and heel guards.

Three colour options are available for 2008; Jet Black, Fusion White and Blazing Orange.

Delivering undiluted attitude and a unique presence on the road, the Speed Triple has always been synonymous with motorcycling in its most direct, rawest form available, and all the better for it.

Colour Options:         
Jet Black
Fusion White
Blazing Orange

Triumph Accessories

Fly Screen Kit
Fly Screen Kit - Carbon Fibre
Belly Pan Kit - Colour Coordinated
Seat Cowl Kit - Colour Coordinated
Seat Cowl Kit - Carbon Fibre
Radiator Cowls - Carbon Fibre
Radiator Cowls - Colour Coordinated
Radiator Cowls - Anodised Black
Radiator Cowls - Anodised Gold
Bar End Mirror – Anodised Clear
Bar End Mirror – Anodised Black
Silencer Heatshields - Carbon Fibre
Heel Guards - Anodised Black
Heel Guards - Carbon Fibre
Rear Hugger Kit - Textured Black
Rear Hugger Kit - Carbon Fibre
Hose Guide Kit - Carbon Fibre
Front Mudguard - Carbon Fibre
Cush Drive Cover - Carbon Fibre
Sprocket Cover - Carbon Fibre
Upper Chain Guard - Carbon Fibre
Lower Chain Guard - Carbon Fibre
Knee Panels - Carbon Fibre
Tank Pad - Carbon Fibre
Oversized Handlebar - Gold
Oversized Handlebar - Black
Riser Kit
Arrow 3 - into - 1 Race Exhaust System
Arrow Slip-On Silencers, Pair
Frame Finisher - Footrest Mountings
Frame Finisher - Silencer Mountings
Frame Protectors - Carbon Effect
Anodised Axle Nut Covers - Black
Anodised Brake Reservoir - Front
Anodised Brake Reservoir - Rear
Grab Rail Kit
Gel Seat
Magnetic Tank Bag 10-16l
Magnetic Tank Bag 20-30l
Tail Pack
Dust Cover
All Weather Cover
Alarm Immobiliser
Chain and Sprocket Kit
Service Manual
98 PS Restrictor

Speed Triple Specification:




Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder






79 x 71.4mm

Compression Ratio



Fuel System


Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection



3 into 1 into 2 stainless steel, twin high level silencer catalyst in secondaries.



Digital–inductive type via electronic engine management system


Primary Drive


Gear, back lash eliminator

Final Drive


X ring chain



Wet, multi-plate




Throttle body diameter



Gear Ratios


1st      2.733:1    (15/41)
2nd     1.947:1    (19/37)
3rd     1.545:1    (22/34)
4th     1.292:1    (24/31)
5th     1.154:1    (26/30)
6th     1.074:1   (27/29)

Final drive ratio


2.333:1             (18/42)

Oil Capacity


3.5L (0.9 US gals)




Aluminium beam perimeter



Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster



Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5in



Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 5.5in



120/70 ZR 17



180/55 ZR 17



Showa 43mm upside down forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping. 120mm travel 



Showa Monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound and compression damping. 141mm travel



Twin 320mm floating discs, Twin Brembo 4 Piston 4 pad radial calipers. Radial master cylinder



Single 220mm disc, Single Nissin 2 piston sliding caliper

Instrument display/functions


LCD multi-function speedometer, trip computer, analogue tachometer and programmable gear change lights.




2,115mm (83.3in)

Width (Handlebars)


780mm (30.7in)



1,250mm (49.2in)

Seat Height


815mm (32.1in)



1,429mm (56.2in)



23.5º / 84mm

Weight (Dry)


189kg (416lbs)

Fuel Tank Capacity


18 litres (4.0 gal)



Maximum Power


132PS (131bhp/97kW) at 9,250rpm

Maximum Torque


105Nm (77ft.lbf) at 7,500rpm