Mo­tor­cy­cle re­view:

Built on the Bob­ber, Tri­umph’s new bike prom­ises old looks with new gad­getry

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - NEWS - DAVID BOOTH Mo­tor Mouth

New Tri­umph Speed­mas­ter builds on his­tory.

COVEN­TRY, Eng­land – More tra­di­tional styling and more clas­sic DNA: If there’s one les­son that Tri­umph has learned from the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of its Bob­ber — the fastest sell­ing new model in Tri­umph’s sto­ried 115-year his­tory — it’s that yes­ter­year sells.

Hence the Speed­mas­ter, a mar­riage of tra­di­tional Bon­neville vi­su­als with the kinda-like-a-hard­tail chas­sis of the Bob­ber. Mar­ry­ing a tra­di­tional Bon­nie tank to the Bob­ber’s High Torque en­gine and monoshock frame, the Speed­mas­ter throws in swept-back, “Beach” han­dle­bars, a more com­fort­able seat (for two, no less) and calls the re­sult a tourer.

In­deed, one of the “in­spi­ra­tion” kits Tri­umph is of­fer­ing for the Speed­mas­ter — the High­way — of­fers an ad­justable wind­shield and soft pan­niers that look like they could have been lifted from a clas­sic JC Whit­ney cat­a­logue. Ditto for the Mav­er­ick kit, which strips the Speed­mas­ter to the bone.

But the Speed­mas­ter is far higher tech than Tri­umphs of yore. Fuel in­jec­tion, throt­tle-by­wire and a torque-as­sist clutch (mak­ing clutch pull lighter than its 1200-cc would nor­mally al­low) all make the grade, as does a switch- able trac­tion con­trol sys­tem, an­tilock brakes and LED light­ing. Twin front Brembo discs and a 41-mm car­tridge fork, along with a monoshock sus­pen­sion, en­sure that the Speed­mas­ter is ca­pa­ble of two-up tour­ing.

Look for Speed­mas­ters in your lo­cal Tri­umph deal­er­ship in the spring.


2018 Tri­umph Speed­mas­ter.

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