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New Triumph Speed Triple S & RS are ‘the greatest ever made’

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Triumph unveil their new Speed Triple S and RS models.

It’s been teased for months and, whilst no prices have been announced, we now know everything there is to know about the new Speed Triples released today.

The British manufacturer are calling them the ‘Greatest Speed Triples Ever Made’ and are mightily proud of their heritage, referring to the original ‘factory street-fighter’ as legendary.

Engine upgrades over the outgoing model are plenty; there are 105 new engine parts bringing the 1050 cc triple engine upto 150 PS and 117Nm of torque. Triumph also say that the engine revs harder and spins up faster than ever before.

There’s higher spec suspension thrown into the mix too, helping that sharper, twin-spar aluminium frame to be more focused and far more agile.

It’s with new tech that the new machines have had the most attention placed however. Somehow we’re still in a world where a 5″ full-colour TFT screen is an impressive new thing, but the switchable rider modes, dynamic display and ‘innovative LED illuminated switchcubes’ (nope, us neither!) all add up to a major new upgrade.

The Speed Triple RS gets a new inertia measurement unit (IMU), advanced cruise control and DRL headlights plus keyless ignition as standard, as well as carbon fibre bodywork, matt aluminium rear subframe and an Arrow sports exhaust.

Here’s the full overview courtesy of Triumph’s press department…

Still the perfect balance. Still the original hooligan.

The most powerful and responsive Speed Triple ever, and the best sounding

  • A major development to the 1050 cc Triple engine, with 105 new engine parts
  • More power (150 PS) and more torque (117 Nm)
  • More Triumph Triple character by revving harder and spinning up faster
  • New freer-flowing silencer for improved exhaust sound
  • Arrow sports silencers fitted as standard on the Speed Triple RS

The smartest and most technologically advanced Speed Triple ever

  • 5″ full-colour TFT instruments with up to five rider modes
  • Innovative LED illuminated switchcubes
  • New optimised cornering ABS and traction control on the Speed Triple RS supported by a new inertial measurement unit
  • High level of specification including cruise control and DRL headlights, plus on the Speed Triple RS only, keyless ignition as standard

Lighter and the best-handling Speed Triple ever

  • Sharper, more focussed and more agile
  • Distinctive twin spar aluminium frame and single-sided swing-arm
  • High specification suspension, Brembo brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres
  • Improved rider comfort
  • All the iconic Speed Triple attitude with a high level of specification and finish
  • Higher quality finish and detailing: new high-gloss wheels and restyled silencers
  • Contemporary new colours and decals
  • Lightweight carbon fibre bodywork and matt aluminium rear subframe on the Speed Triple RS

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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