SPEED­MAS­TER IS BACK

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Us­ing the hugely pop­u­lar Bon­neville Bob­ber as its base, the new Speed­mas­ter is a su­perb rein­ven­tion of what used to be a pretty dull bike.

The high-torque 1200cc par­al­leltwin T120 en­gine drives the party, while the ad­di­tion of a new rear sub­frame of­fers a pil­lion op­tion for the first time on the Bob­ber plat­form – as well as the abil­ity to carry lug­gage. It gets a lovely set of Amer­i­can board­tracker style ‘beach bars’ to hold on to, which sweep grace­fully back from the mounts, and the seat is deeper, softer, and set 15mm higher, at 705mm. Mean­while, the footrests are for­ward-mounted for im­proved dis­tance com­fort.

More prac­ti­cal­ity

The fuel tank has grown to a more use­ful 12 litres for greater range be­tween fill-ups, and it gets the DRLen­abled LED head­lamp as stan­dard, nestling in a cute na­celle rem­i­nis­cent of the styling from the 1950 and 60s.

Also fit­ted is the new sin­gle-but­ton three-touch cruise con­trol, plus ABS and trac­tion con­trol. It shares the Bob­ber Black’s 16in front rim and 310mm twin disc front brakes with two twin-pis­ton Brembo calipers, while the rear shock has been heav­ily re­designed to cope with the ad­di­tional bike weight, plus lug­gage and a pil­lion, and also now has preload ad­justa­bil­ity.

Bon­neville Bob­ber spawns re­turn for Speed­mas­ter cus­tom cruiser

Swept-back bars for the cool new Speed­mas­ter Dash is pared back to the ba­sics Rear shock is preload ad­justable

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