After years of trusty service it’s the Speedmaster’s turn to get a major upgrade and the new model looks like it was worth the wait.
In 2018 the all-new Triumph Speedmaster arrives with the water-cooled 1197cc Bonneville 1200HT engine.The 270-degree crank, liquid-cooled, six-speed, vertical twin produces 76 horsepower at 6100 rpm, and 78 ft/lbs of torque at 4000 rpm.
Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm front fork with 90mm of travel, and a hidden monoshock that provides 73mm of rear-wheel travel and has preload adjustment.The “cage” style swingarm adds to the hard-tail look.
Triumph didn’t lax on electronics. The new ride-by-wire throttle enables two riding modes – Road and Rain – and the Speedmaster has a one-level switchable traction control system.
Stopping the Triumph Bonnneville Speedmaster are dual 310mm disc brakes up front squeezed by twin-piston Brembo calipers, and a single 255mm disc out back squeezed by a single-piston Nissin Caliper.
Triumph’s latest ABS comes as standard. It’s not switchable.
Cruise control is also standard. Triumph’s system is simple: one press to turn on; one to set speed; one to shut off. No speed variance while riding.
LED headlights are the trend in motorcycling, and the Bonneville Speedmaster has them.It features a 5” full-LED headlight with daytime running light pattern and full LED lighting throughout (rear light, indicators and number plate light).
The Speedmaster features a new gauge layout which retains minimalist styling. The layout features a single clock with analog speedometer and LCD display.
To reduce clutch effort, the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster arrives with a Torque Assist Clutch.
The Triumph Speedmaster is fitted with fat 16-inch tires and spoked wheels.These are the same that are offered on the also new Bobber Black.
Fuel-tank capacity grows to 12.2 litres.Triumph claims a range of 287 klms.
Two “inspiration” kits are available, including the Highway kit for touring (full soft luggage) and the Maverick kit for urban styling (single seat, raked handlebar).Over 130 accessories are also available.