Tri­umph Boneville Speed­mas­ter

We ride Tri­umph’s new­est bike for In­dia

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Based on the Bon­neville Bob­ber and Bob­ber Black plat­forms, the Tri­umph Speed­mas­ter was first launched in 2003 as a ‘fac­tory cus­tom’ cruiser. Ever since the com­pany has con­tin­u­ously made in­ter­est­ing up­grades to the mo­tor­cy­cle at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. This is why 2018 is no dif­fer­ent. Be­cause it seems, the Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer has plenty more game, as it gears up to launch an­other new model in 2018. En­ter the all-new Speed­mas­ter.

At first glance, it’s im­pos­si­ble to not get nos­tal­gic and com­pare it to its pre­de­ces­sor. Need­less to say, the mo­tor­cy­cle main­tains the quin­tes­sen­tial Tri­umph sleek style and comes across as a proper no-non­sense cruiser. The front end boasts of 41mm car­tridge front forks, a short fender and chunky 130 sec­tion Avon Co­bra tyres shod on spoked wheels. The new Speed­mas­ter also gets a 310mm twin disc brake setup in the front. The sin­gle pod head­lamps not only am­ply por­trays the ‘cool fac­tor’ but are sharp as well. On top one gets the sin­gle pod in­stru­ment panel. The pod con­sists of an ana­logue speedo and the dig­i­tal dis­play can spoil you for choice with fea­tures like cruise con­trol in­di­ca­tor light, trac­tion con­trol dis­abled warn­ing light, day­time run­ning lights in­di­ca­tor, low fuel level in­di­ca­tor

light, and rider modes to name a few. Then there is a fuel gauge too. The new Speed­mas­ter gets cruiser-style beach bars which un­doubt­edly add to the rid­ing com­fort, and while do­ing so, look good too. The fuel tank is exquisitely fin­ished and can hold up to 12 litres of petrol. Un­like the Bob­ber, the Speed­mas­ter also gets a twin seat setup. An ev­i­dent dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is that, with the new Speed­mas­ter, one also has the op­tion of re­mov­ing the rear seat.

We love the fact that the rear sec­tion has the ‘hard tail’ look which has been re­tained from the Bob­ber. The monoshock though is brand new and read­ily takes on the ad­di­tional weight. The new mean ma­chine gets the same 1,200cc par­al­lel twin as seen on other Bon­neville mo­tor­cy­cles. How­ever in the new Speed­mas­ter, the mo­tor is tuned to of­fer 76bhp@6,100rpm and 106Nm@4,000rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels us­ing a 6-speed gear­box. The Speed­mas­ter also gets fea­tures like trac­tion con­trol, cruise con­trol, ABS and switch­able rid­ing modes.

As for the ride qual­ity, swing a leg over and the sheer com­fort in the rid­ing stance is ad­mirable. The beach bars, the for­ward pegs along with a low sad­dle height all col­lec­tively re­sult in a bril­liant ride. As you thumb the starter, the mas­sive 1,200cc wakes up with a growl from the twin ex­haust pipes—typ­i­cal of a cruiser.

The gear­box feels pre­cise as it slots through the box and at the same time ac­cel­er­a­tion is bril­liant. Not long be­fore the mo­tor­cy­cle opens up and you touch cruis­ing speeds, one im­me­di­ately feels at home with this cruiser.

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