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- Nov 24, 2017
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Triumph Motorcycles made a splash at the India Bike Week 2017 in Goa last week by taking the wraps off it’s latest Bobber-based cruiser, the Speedmaster, for the first time in India. If reports are to be believed, the company is gearing up to launch it in the country by April 2018. The retro cruiser was first unveiled at the company's headquarters in Hinckley, UK, last month.
Although the Speedmaster is based on the Bobber’s underpinnings, its design gets a host of changes make it look like a proper cruiser. The handlebars have been swept back, while the footpegs have been moved forward, which makes for a more laid-back and comfortable riding posture. And unlike the single-seat Bobber, this bike gets a longer split-saddle to accommodate a pillion as well. Up front, the Speedmaster gets LED headlamps with DRLs. However, the single-pod instrumentation with its analogue speedometer and multifunction LCD panel have been carried over from the Bobber, albeit with minor aesthetic changes.
The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster packs the same engine that we’ve seen on the Bonneville T120 and the Bobber. This 1200cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine in its HT (or High Torque) configuration makes 77PS of power at 6100rpm and 106Nm of torque at 4000rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The Speedmaster also gets a ride-by-wire throttle for enhanced response, two riding modes - Road and Rain, and switchable traction control as well as cruise control.
Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm telescopic front fork with 90mm of travel. At the rear, it retains the Bobber’s ‘swing-cage’ setup connected to an adjustable monoshock with 73mm of wheel travel. In terms of braking, the Speedmaster employs twin 310mm discs at the front with Brembo twin-piston calipers and a 255mm disc at the rear with a Nissin single-piston caliper. The bike gets ABS as standard. It also features 16-inch spoke wheels, a 12-litre of a fuel tank and tips the scales at a dry weight of 245.5kg.
Triumph offers two customisation kits for the Bonneville Speedmaster - Maverick and Highway. In the Maverick kit, you get flatter handlebars, a single seat, and Vance & Hines exhaust pipes finished in black. The smaller elements are also blacked out here. The Highway kit features an adjustable windscreen, split seats with a backrest for the pillion, a small luggage carrier and panniers on either side. The chrome bits seen on the standard variant are carried over as well.