Probably the world's most celebrated naked streetfighter. Now in minifig scale.
About this creation
1050ccm producing 132 HP @ 9100 RPM.
Mere digits, but they convey most of what the Triumph Speed Triple is about. That is -- raw power. And real British pride.
As one of the world's most celebrated naked / streetfighter motorcycles, the Speed Triple has long been a respected feature and a contemporary fashion icon of sorts in Triumph's line-up. With this one, the idea is brilliantly simple: you either adore it or you're driven away by its design. As you could expect, it has long been one of my most favourite bikes. Ever.
Its most distinct features, as re-designed and introduced back in 2005, are undoubtedly the bike's ever-present double round headlamps and the beefy upward-bent cut-off exhaust tailpipes (reference pic). Those were also the pillars on which I've tried to base my MOC of this wonderful motorcycle. Underneath that muscular body is a unique "heart" that pumps out of 3 chambers instead of 4, which is the norm in inline motorcycle engines. The inline-three-engine, which has become a trademark of norm-defying Triumph engineering down the years, lends the bike an unmistakable sound coming out of those chunky pipes - and a top-notch performance to go along with that.
Clean white is a rare colour as far as motorcycle patterns are concerned and one of the few colours in which the Speed Triple has made multiple appearances over the years. Obviously, Triumph thought that this bike was bold enough to sport the "clean 'n mean' look. And sales figures have proven that their presumption was spot on.
Don't be deceived, this one is not a "girly-bike" by a long shot. In fact, its aggressive nature, especially in the low range, turns this one into quite a monster - but it is still a rather tamable monster and one that can provide you with a fun, exciting and unbelievably agile ride. Judging by this bike's heavy looks, you probably wouldn't believe it, but it scales in at just below 190kgs, which is quite impressive. Seems like Anne here has managed to get a firm grip on those 190 kilos - and Joe the Biker has finally found a kindred soul to roam the roads with!
This pic also features my other Triumph minifig-scale bike, the Daytona 675.
Quoting Fred Ottens
Fantastic, you always make good use of the robot-arms etc.....
Thanks much Fred, always appreciated when it comes from you :) Glad you enjoyed this one! As to the robot arms, it's the first time I've used those in any MOC and it was a solution which just came to me all of a sudden and proved extremely effective. Only after I'd mounted the pipes on the bike, I noticed that the technique was the same which Pirate MOCcers use for depicting shooting cannons... pretty funny, I guess :)
Thanks for all the nice comments guys, means a lot to me :)
Quoting Rolands Kirpis
Interesting use of parts.
Yeah, well that is pretty much a necessity in motorcycle building, especially in this scale. As you promptly observed, that's the only way to get the bike's dimensions and features right while keeping it true to scale. I must admit though that I quite enjoy the "weird" usage of parts & pieces - and they hold together quite nicely in this model. Unless, you push and pull it, in which case some would surely come off.