Triumph will offer a new cruiser for 2018 in the form of the Bonneville Speedmaster. This motorcycle, another factory custom improving on the previous Speedmaster model, was designed with American touring sensibilities in mind. While it shares a platform (and throttle-by-wire electronics suite) with the new Bonneville Bobber, the differences transform the Speedmaster into a cruiser more suitable for the open road.
To start, the Bonneville Speedmaster has more fuel capacity than the Bobber for longer distances, as well as the ability to bring along a pillion passenger. Forward foot pegs make the riding position more laid-back in typical cruiser fashion, paired with swept-back beach handlebars. Style-wise, the Speedmaster shines brighter with more chrome, a more traditional headlamp nacelle, and brandishes a tank that’s in-line with the classic Bonneville look.
Built around the Bobber, the new Speedmaster is powered by the same liquid-cooled 1200cc HT parallel twin with a high-torque tune. It makes 77.5 PS at 6,100 rpm and 106 Nm at 4,000 rpm; that’s 10% more torque than the current Bonneville T120 and 25% more peak power than the 2015 Speedmaster.
Suspension is taken care of 41 mm front forks and a preload-adjustable rear mono shock, both care of KYB. Like the 2018 Bobber Black, twin 310 mm discs with Brembo 2-piston calipers stop the front while a single 255 mm disc with a Nissan single-piston caliper slows the rear. ABS comes standard. The Speedmaster also shares fat 16-inch tires on classic wire spokes with the Bobber Black.
While the Speedmaster dons the Bobber’s hardtail-looking rear for nostalgic purposes, the Bobber’s floating seat has been swapped out in favor of a frame-mounted fender — to accommodate a pillion passenger with a grab rail. The two-up seat can be switched out for a solo saddle.
The new Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a seat height of 705 mm (27.8 in) and its fuel capacity measures at 12L (3L more than the Bobber); the motorcycle weighs dry at 245.5 kg. Triumph has pledged no less than 130 custom accessories for the Speedmaster including Vance & Hines exhausts, saddle bags, panniers, a rear mudguard finisher, and a touring screen. The cruiser will come in the following colors: Jet Black, Cranberry Red, and a combination of Fusion White and Phantom Black. Pricing has yet to be announced.