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Triumph goes cruising with the new Bonneville Speedmaster

Triumph goes cruising with the...
The 2018 Speedmaster is heavily based on the Bonneville Bobber
The 2018 Speedmaster is heavily based on the Bonneville Bobber
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The current Speedmaster is built around Triumph 's air-cooled 865-cc twin engine from the previous Bonneville generation and is still available as a 2017 model
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The current Speedmaster is built around Triumph 's air-cooled 865-cc twin engine from the previous Bonneville generation and is still available as a 2017 model
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is complemented with a long range of official accessories
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is complemented with a long range of official accessories
The 2018 Speedmaster is heavily based on the Bonneville Bobber
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The 2018 Speedmaster is heavily based on the Bonneville Bobber
The leather saddle of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster sits the rider at a height of 705 mm  (27.8 in) from the ground
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The leather saddle of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster sits the rider at a height of 705 mm  (27.8 in) from the ground
The brushed and unpolished left engine cover of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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The brushed and unpolished left engine cover of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
Triumph paid extra care to classic-looking details of the 2018 Bonneville Speedmaster, like the injection bodies that are masqueraded as old carburetors and the battery casing
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Triumph paid extra care to classic-looking details of the 2018 Bonneville Speedmaster, like the injection bodies that are masqueraded as old carburetors and the battery casing
The hand-striped two-tone fuel tank of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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The hand-striped two-tone fuel tank of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's tail light
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's tail light
The ignitions sits at the right side of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's engine, below the injection body
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The ignitions sits at the right side of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's engine, below the injection body
Right-side engine cover of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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Right-side engine cover of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The lockable fuel cap of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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The lockable fuel cap of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's single clock displays speedometer, odometer with two trip meters, gear position, fuel gauge, range to empty, service, clock, average and current fuel consumption, traction control status, and is also heated grip-ready
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's single clock displays speedometer, odometer with two trip meters, gear position, fuel gauge, range to empty, service, clock, average and current fuel consumption, traction control status, and is also heated grip-ready
The lower right button activates the cruise control on the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster with a single touch
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The lower right button activates the cruise control on the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster with a single touch
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's LED headlight incorporates daytime running lights
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster's LED headlight incorporates daytime running lights
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster uses the same KYB forks as the Bobber
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster uses the same KYB forks as the Bobber
The two-piston Brembo caliper of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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The two-piston Brembo caliper of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The classic-looking nacelle of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster hides a modern LED headlight
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The classic-looking nacelle of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster hides a modern LED headlight
One of the two slash-cut exhaust cans of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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One of the two slash-cut exhaust cans of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Cranberry Red color
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Cranberry Red color
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Fusion White and Phantom Black color
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Fusion White and Phantom Black color
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Jet Black color
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Jet Black color
The low-hung silhouette of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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The low-hung silhouette of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster can be outfitted with a wide variety of official touring gear
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster can be outfitted with a wide variety of official touring gear
Rear view of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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Rear view of the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster from above
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The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster from above
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The ever-growing range of Bonneville modern classics has received a new member for 2018. The latest Speedmaster is a cruiser variant built on the Bobber platform, offering laid back ergonomics, touring capabilities and a beefed-up version of Triumph's latest liquid-cooled 1,200 cc twin High Torque engine.

The Speedmaster has been part of the Bonneville range since 2002, starting out as a cruiser version of the first-generation roadster. It received a larger 865-cc inline twin engine in 2005 and fuel injection three years later.

Now Triumph has introduced its successor, building it around the new liquid-cooled twin engine and basing it on the Bobber, which itself is a modified variant of the latest T120 roadster. As such, the new Speedmaster gets the torquier version of the 1,200-cc High Torque engine, which delivers 77 hp (57.4 kW) at 6,100 rpm – a fraction less and lower in the rev range than the 80 hp (59.7 kW) at 6,550 rpm of the T120.

On the other hand, the 2018 version of the twin motor in Bobber and Speedmaster guise sports more midrange torque, punching out 106 Nm (78.2 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm and, most importantly, some 10 percent more at 4,500 rpm compared to the T120 roadster.

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is complemented with a long range of official accessories
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is complemented with a long range of official accessories

The Speedmaster is heavily based on the Bonneville Bobber, featuring the same shorter KYB 41 mm cartridge front forks, which offer 90 mm (3.5 in) of wheel travel instead of the T120's 120 mm (4.7 in). The front system is also equipped with the two-piston Brembo calipers of the Bobber, acting on 310-mm steel discs – whereas the T120 series uses Nissin units.

The meticulous classic styling hides a series of modern electronic amenities, including ride-by-wire throttle, two selectable riding modes (Road and Rain), ABS braking, switchable traction control and LED headlighting. The engine is equipped with a torque assist clutch for lighter action and a cruise control system. All listed as standard equipment.

The riding position is characterized by a low set height of 705 mm (27.8 in), forward-positioned foot pegs and swept back handlebars. The Speedmaster is designed as a more touring-efficient version of the Bobber and to this end the fuel tank's capacity has grown to 12 l (3.2 gal) from the Bobber's 9 l (2.4 gal).

The Speedmaster will be offered in two solid colors (red and black) and a two-tone black and white variant, complemented with a long series of official accessories. It is expected to hit the markets in the first trimester of 2018 at a price that hasn't yet been disclosed.

Source: Triumph

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2 comments
Jason Catterall
I've been waiting for this for 3 years now, and I must say, what a spectacular letdown. This has none of the graceful lines of the previous Speedmaster.
possum1
No, no, no ! Take a great bike and beat it with an ugly stick to pick up some hipster sales. HD do hard tails well, everyone else should stay away. Give me a twin shock Bonnie every day over this abomination.
Maybe I'm becoming a grumpy old man like my kids claim !