The Triumph Speedmaster is a stylish cruiser packed with a long list of state of the art technologies. In terms of design, it successfully combines the classic lines of a hot rod with a tough of British style. Once on board you’ll get a spacious seat, an ergonomically designed handlebar and comfy foot pegs.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies an 865cc, air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin engine which transfers its power to the rear wheel through a five speed transmission. The engine is fueled by a 5.1 gallons fuel tank and cranks out a maximum power of 61 hp @ 6800 rpm and 72 Nm of torque at 3300 rpm.
As far as the ride quality is concerned, the Triumph Speedmaster comes with 41 mm forks that offer 120 mm of wheel travel and twin rear shocks with adjustable preload.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Triumph Speedmaster.
Long, low, blacked out and mean, the Speedmaster echoes the hot-rod cruiser theme but adds a very British spin with some classic Triumph parallel twin power.
Built to be an engaging entry level bike that’s also ideal for riders moving to their first big bike the Speedmaster has the zest and handling to keep experienced riders happy too.
Everything about it is laid back and easy. The low rider look is a classic one reflecting the style of homebuilt hot-rods on both sides of the Atlantic.
But the soul of any bike is its engine. And that’s where the Speedmaster stands out even more, with an air-cooled twin that is steeped in Triumph long and colourful heritage.
All this means you have a highly capable motorcycle that has a great feel and delivers satisfying performance every single day.
That’s what makes it such good value for money.
2014 Triumph Speedmaster Features and Benefits:
The look of the Speedmaster is dominated by the 19” cast aluminium front wheel with single disc brake and ‘skinny’ tyre, giving a classic chopped hot-rod look. Emphasising the Speedmaster’s resolutely dark attitude even further a whole host of components – from wheels to bars and headlights to foot controls – get the black treatment for 2014. Machined detailing on the engine barrel block and cylinder head cooling fins add a subtle counterpoint.
Triumph decided on a mix of blacked out and chrome components to give the Speedmaster a purposeful, moody look. Especially for the black-finish engine with its machined cooling fin edges, which now run the full length of the cylinders.
The retro theme continues with what look like twin carburettors and traditional air filter housing, all disguising the modern fuel injection system.
Wheels Tyres and Mudguards
Triumph added the skinny 19inch cast front wheel to complement the fat rear tyre on its 15inch rim and enhanced each by the cut down mudguards.
The output peaks at a muscular 61PS and there’s strong torque from low in the rev range, with a maximum of 53lb.ft at just 3300rpm. To you that means plenty of thrust at a flick of the wrist without needing to resort to the slick gear change.
The Speedmaster’s parallel twin is such a refreshing change with its roots in the very engines that brought us to the forefront of motorcycling during the 1950s and 1960s - the golden era of British twins.
Still very much a classic-looking Triumph engine, Triumph has built it using modern Triumph technology, cleverly hiding it behind that traditional exterior.
Triumph has also retained the air cooling to give you a bike that looks right but, although it seems to have twin carburettors, the Speedmaster is fuelled by a modern electronic fuel injection system for high efficiency, plenty of smooth and accessible power and exceptional fuel consumption.
The engine feels great thanks to the 270 degree crankshaft design which results in a lazy, uneven beat from the mellow exhaust note to match the easy pull of the motor. Triumph has made sure that vibration levels are just enough to let you know there’s an engine working hard beneath you but without intruding on your general ride or comfort.
And, inside the old-style cylinders Triumph has added double overhead camshafts, eight valves and a fully integrated crankshaft, clutch and gearbox. All with a comprehensive engine management system to handle the ignition as well as fuel injection.
The Speedmaster is laid-back and easy on the fuel too. It can manage 71.1mpg at a steady 56mph and even at 75mph you’ll be sipping fuel at 55.5mpg.
Holding everything together and keeping it in line is Triumph traditional-style tubular steel cradle frame with steel swingarm, using the engine as an essential component to give you exceptional rigidity for stable, sure-footed handling.
The suspension doesn’t suffer for the sake of the Speedmaster’s style.
Triumph fitted high quality KYB forks and shocks with a generous 120mm travel at the front and 96mm travel at the rear, enough to cope with poor conditioned back-roads as well as maintained highways.
The shocks are preload adjustable too, so you can find the perfect balance and stance whether you’re travelling light or fully loaded with a passenger and the accessory luggage.
Forming the backbone of the Speedmaster’s long, low style and at the same time providing it with exceptionally easy, well-balanced handling. Triumph has made a chassis for the most inexperienced riders can manage and seasoned ones can enjoy.
Triumph raked the forks out at an extreme 33.8 degrees in true hot-rod style and kept the trail figure long at 170.4mm. Triumph stretched the wheelbase out too at a lengthy 1606mm but because Triumph has kept the centre of gravity low and very carefully matched the geometry, the Speedmaster still steers with that easy, engaging feel that makes even tight, low speed corners a breeze. And stability at higher speeds of course is exceptionally good.
Triumph put a single 310mm disc at the front backed up by the 285mm rear disc to help maintain the bike’s lean look, but together they still provide plenty of power with good feedback to make sure the Speedmaster stops as well as it goes.
As a Speedmaster rider you adopt a relaxed position, feet well forward and hands wide apart on the pulled back bars. Sitting just 690mm from the ground the Speedmaster is very easy to manage even at walking pace. And it’s comfortable when the pace increases, so you can take in the scenery and just enjoy the ride.
It’s laid-back style suits a wide range of riders and is a great choice for anyone that finds other bikes too much of a stretch to the ground.
Warranty and Service:
Triumph confidence provides you with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Triumph and Genuine Accessories. Alongside the knowledge that Triumph give you a 12 month unlimited mileage warranty on replacement parts.
The Speedmaster carries 6,000 mile (10,000km) service intervals.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval|
|Fuel system||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel twin-walled headers, twin chromed silencers|
|Oil capacity||1.2US Gallon|
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Front Wheels||Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 2.5in|
|Rear Wheels||Cast aluminium alloy 5 spoke 15 x 4in|
|Front Suspension||KYB 41mm forks with black lower fork legs 120mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||KYB chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 96mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes front||Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers|
|Brakes rear||Single 285mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Instrument display and functions||Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer and trip information.|
|Height without mirror||1170mm|
|Tank capacity||5.1us gallon|
|Wet weight||250 kilo|
|Max power ec||61PS @ 6800|
|Max torque ec||72NM @ 3300|
|Fuel consumption urban||48.0us mpg|
|Fuel consumption 56mph/90kph||59.0us mpg|
|Colors||Jet Black, Matt Graphite|