Mas­ter­ing Speed

Tri­umph Mo­tor­cy­cles re­cently un­veiled their lat­est cruiser, the Speed­mas­ter, and the Bob­ber Black in the UK and we were there to take a close look.

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RE­VEALED IN THE UK, THE LAT­EST BON­NEVILLE vari­ant is based on the Bob­ber but fea­tures high-end cy­cle parts, in­clud­ing new sus­pen­sion and brakes. Along with the new Speed­mas­ter, Tri­umph also show­cased the Bob­ber Black which, as the name sug­gests, gets an all-black treat­ment on the ex­haust and en­gine, along with a twin-disc front brake and smaller 16-inch wheels with a wider tyre.

The Speed­mas­ter bor­rows in­spi­ra­tion from the clas­sic Amer­i­can cruis­ers of the 1960s and aims to give the Bri­tish brand ac­cess to new cus­tomers who fancy cruiser styling and re­laxed rid­ing po­si­tion at com­par­a­tively en­trylevel pric­ing. It gets a hard-tail-style chas­sis and swingarm which fur­ther en­hance its retro styling like the Bob­ber, but gets pulled-back ‘beach’ han­dle­bars and a low sad­dle height which add to its cruiser ap­peal. More­over, the Speed­mas­ter is a two-seater where the rear seat can be re­moved if one wants to con­vert the bike into a sin­gle-seater.

Pow­ered by the Bob­ber’s 1,200-cc, twin-cylin­der, liq­uid-cooled en­gine that pro­duces 77 PS and 106 Nm, the Speed­mas­ter prom­ises to of­fer strong mid-range per­for­mance with im­proved torque flow. Also new are the 310-mm twin disc brakes with Brembo calipers up-front along with 41-mm forks (90 mm travel) and an ad­justable monoshock at the back.

Be­ing po­si­tioned as a cruiser, the Speed­mas­ter gets a larger 12-litre fuel tank which im­proves the range, so that one makes fewer fuel stops while tour­ing. Elec­tron­ics in­clude cruise con­trol, ABS, trac­tion con­trol and pre-set ride modes. The in­stru­ment con­sole looks sim­i­lar to the one seen on other bikes from the Bon­neville fam­ily.

Both the 2018 Tri­umph Bon­neville Speed­mas­ter and Bob­ber Black are ex­pected to be launched in In­dia next year, and pos­si­bly show­cased at the 2018 Auto Expo. As of now, the Tri­umph Bon­neville range con­sists of the T120, T100, Street Twin, Thrux­ton R, the re­cently launched Scram­bler, and, of course, the Bob­ber.

Along with these two mo­tor­cy­cles, Tri­umph have also an­nounced the new Tri­umph Fac­tory Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence, which gives the brand and other motorcycle en­thu­si­asts a chance to wit­ness the in­ner work­ings of the Tri­umph fac­tory and see how the iconic Bri­tish bike-mak­ers build mod­ern-day Tri­umph mo­tor­cy­cles. We will bring you a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence in the next is­sue, so don’t for­get to pick up the De­cem­ber is­sue.

Luke Evans with the Speed­mas­ter

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