2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
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It’s A New Bonneville Generation

Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber was a calculated risk that paid off big-time. Springboarding off that success, the factory doubled down with a blackout/custom version of the popular Bobber, and it added to the lineup with the all-new Bonneville Speedmaster. The Speedmaster still serves as the custom-cruiser of the Bonnevilles, but it drops the old swingarm frame in favor of the faux-hardtail Bobber bones. Riding modes, ABS, traction control, cruise control and two-up seating join the 1,200 cc Bonnie engine to make the Speedmaster a much more capable machine for longer trips and interstate work. Yeah, let’s face it shall we? The Bobber is a great little barhopper, but little else, and this new setup expands the lineup into more practical territory.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.

 

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Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of the cruiser motorcycles of 2018 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. Basically defining the concept of motorcycling, cruisers keep us wandering off with just a twist of the throttle to the unknown.

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

It’s A New Bonneville Generation

Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber was a calculated risk that paid off big-time. Springboarding off that success, the factory doubled down with a blackout/custom version of the popular Bobber, and it added to the lineup with the all-new Bonneville Speedmaster. The Speedmaster still serves as the custom-cruiser of the Bonnevilles, but it drops the old swingarm frame in favor of the faux-hardtail Bobber bones. Riding modes, ABS, traction control, cruise control and two-up seating join the 1,200 cc Bonnie engine to make the Speedmaster a much more capable machine for longer trips and interstate work. Yeah, let’s face it shall we? The Bobber is a great little barhopper, but little else, and this new setup expands the lineup into more practical territory.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.

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Images: The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster - in the details and accessories.

Images: The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster - in the details and accessories.

High resolution images for your eyes only.

Triumph has finally revealed its newest addition to the Bonneville family, the Speedmaster. This new British icon is set to bring back the long, low, blacked out silhouette of the American hot-rod culture and give it the British attitude with the category-leading, high-torque Bonneville 1200cc twin plant.

Borrowing cues from the Bonneville Bobber, Triumph’s most successful model in its 115-year history, the Speedmaster builds on the brand’s rich lineage of classic custom models to give us a motorcycle that is now more practical and versatile than ever.

Here are high-resolution images of the bike in flesh revealing the attention-to-detail components this Speedmaster flaunts.Although it’s been reborn from the Bobber, Triumph has made sure the Speedmaster gets an authentic styling and a personal character that is far from the Bobber.

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The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster breaks cover.

The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster breaks cover.

A British icon, re-imagined.

Over the past fifteen months, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them; and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves into uncharted territory.

Adding one final puzzle to their Bonneville range, the Brits have revealed another retro silhouette for us to drool over. Christened as the Bonneville Speedmaster, this new British icon is set to bring back the long, low, blacked out silhouette of the American hot-rod culture and give it the British attitude with the category-leading, high-torque Bonneville 1200cc twin plant.

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Triumph is bringing back the Speedmaster under the Bonneville heritage.

Triumph is bringing back the Speedmaster under the Bonneville heritage.

The new British Icon will land on 03.Oct.2017

Over the past fifteen months, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them; and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves into uncharted territory.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait for EICMA or the biennial INTERMOT for us to find out because the British brand has just teased the new Bonneville Speedmaster. Scheduled to be unveiled on the 3rd of October 2017, the Speedmaster will be making a comeback after it was struck off the shelves in 2014.

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2016 - 2017 Triumph America / America LT / Speedmaster

2016 - 2017 Triumph America / America LT / Speedmaster

Triumph returns in 2017 with three bikes in the America/Speedmaster family: the America, the America LT and the Speedmaster. All three models come with that bullet-proof 865 cc engine found in the Bonneville T100 and Thruxton.

Hanging onto its retro look but with modern tech where it counts, the America, its touring sibling, the America LT, and its black-and-bling stablemate, the Speedmaster, are nimble with not a lot of power, but still fun to ride. Triumph says of their Bonneville-based cruisers, "The heart and soul of British engineering reinvented with a splash of Stateside style." I have to agree.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph America, America LT and Speedmaster.

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2015 Triumph Speedmaster

2015 Triumph Speedmaster

Looking to give the U.S.-styled performance cruisers a run for their money, Triumph offers the Speedmaster for 2015 as an entry-level ride in the big-bike cruiser field. The bike, though, has plenty of snappy acceleration and handling to keep experienced riders happy. With a rider triangle that let’s you adopt that easy-cruising posture, the Speedmaster is comfortable for your trip, but your passenger may have a different experience. A quick peruse through the accessories catalog maybe be in order if you plan to take a friend.

(Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Triumph Speedmaster.}

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2014 Triumph Speedmaster

2014 Triumph Speedmaster

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.

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2012 Triumph Speedmaster

2012 Triumph Speedmaster

Compact yet strong and fun to ride, the Triumph Speedmaster is a small cruiser designed to deliver sporty performances without sacrificing comfort.

The Speedmaster features a pretty dynamic look and you’ll especially like its 19 inch cast aluminum front wheel wrapped in a “skinny” tire which gives the whole bike a chopped hot rod look. Needless to say, that the bike features a low slung profile with a low 27.1 inch seat height which offers a laid back riding position. The finishing touch is given by the blacked-out engine cases, a carefully crafted teardrop tank, minimalist fenders, a 15" cast rear wheel and a compact headlight.

The motorcycle is propelled by an 865cc parallel-twin engine with 270-degree firing order and twin slash-cut pipes. The fuel-injected unit delivers a maximum output of 60bhp and 53 lb-ft. of torque at 3300 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Triumph Speedmaster.

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2013 Triumph Speedmaster

2013 Triumph Speedmaster

The Triumph Speedmaster is one of the classiest bikes in Triumph’s lineup. Featuring a mean-looking design and a strong powerplant, the Speedmaster is ready to reward you with a rush of adrenaline every time you jump on the saddle.

The aggressive design of the bike is underlined by its low slung profile, slash cut pipes, short guards, black engine cases and cast wheels. To offer an even better riding position, the 2013 model received a 690mm seat height, while the handlebar is wider, higher and more pulled back than the previous model, offering a totally different riding experience.

The 2013 Triumph Speedmaster is powered by Triumph’s distinctive parallel-twin, air-cooled, DOHC, 865cc engine which cranks out a maximum power of 60 bhp @ 6800rpm and 72Nm of torque @ 3300rpm.

The 2013 Triumph Speedmaster is offered with a starting price of $8299.

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2011 Triumph Speedmaster

2011 Triumph Speedmaster

The Triumph Speedmaster enters the 2011 model year featuring a new 19" cast aluminum front wheel with single disc brake and ‘skinny’ tire, a few updated design elements, and improved ergonomics. The 865cc parallel twin engine delivers 61 HP and 72Nm of torque.

You will easily notice blacked out engine cases, a carefully crafted teardrop tank, minimalist mudguards, a 15" cast rear wheel with high profile tire and a new front headlight design.

The 2011 Speedmaster will be available in two color options: classic metallic Phantom Black and Cranberry Red. The saddlebags, screens and alternative seats can be customized depending customer’s preference.

A new low 690mm seat height next to new and wider handlebars that deliver a new riding position that feels substantially different to the previous model and which will appeal to a wide variety of riders. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Triumph Speedmaster

2010 Triumph Speedmaster

After the Bonneville engine’s fuel injection upgrade, virtually all classic/custom motorcycles in the Triumph lineup have been revised in that concern. This implied the Speedmaster too, but what’s really the strong point of this motorcycle is attitude, so the only thing that the new model year brings is more grunt to back those bad boy looks up.

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2008 Triumph Speedmaster

2008 Triumph Speedmaster

By simply saying Triumph you think at something special, but when the designation Speedmaster is read, interest immediately strikes. And with its hot-rod apparel, unique engine and chassis, this middleweight cruiser doesn’t disappoint.

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2007 Triumph Speedmaster

2007 Triumph Speedmaster

Dark, brooding lines and a pared-down hot-rod essence make the Speedmaster a standout middleweight cruiser from every angle.

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2006 Triumph Speedmaster

2006 Triumph Speedmaster

Dark, brooding lines and a stripped-down hot-rod essence make the Speedmaster a standout middleweight cruiser. But more can sometimes be more. And while the lean Speedmaster retains its low-slung and nimble street prowler chassis it now has more low-down torque thanks to its new 865cc, air-cooled, twin cylinder engine. And due to the 270 degree firing-interval each power pulse from each piston is delivered in a seamless, languid flow that hooks the fat 170-section rear tyre to the road.

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