Bikes 5 Oct 2017

Bike: 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Latest generation Bonneville range expands for new model year.

With the introduction of the new Bonneville generation – specifically the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville Bobber – the range of choice for riders has never been better.

The new 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster builds on the authentic Triumph classic custom heritage with all of the classic DNA from the Bonneville family and the Bobber’s unique attitude, but now more practical and versatile than ever. The new Speedmaster brings another dimension – a Bonneville with more classic British custom laid back style and an even higher level of specification.

The Speedmaster features the iconic character and design DNA of the Bonneville with a sculpted Bonneville tank, machined engine fins, carb-styled twin throttle bodies, a ‘clean line’ header pipe run, finned exhaust clamps and rubber fork gaiters.

The signature features of the Bonneville Bobber and elegant hard tail look have also been incorporated, including the minimal bodywork, single clock, classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, heritage-inspired battery box, and central mudguard ridges.

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A whole host of additional elegant design touches have been considered for an authentic classic custom attitude and laid back riding style, like the classic ‘nacelle’ headlight detailing, swept back beach bars, forward pegs, fixed rear mudguard and 16-inch wire spoked wheels.

The Bonneville Speedmaster also has a larger 12-litre fuel tank for increased range and comes with easily interchangeable twin and single seat set ups for added versatility. Constructed in a deep, sculpted foam for maximum rider and passenger comfort, both seats have been finished with a premium contrast piping.

Three classic colour options – Jet Black, Cranberry Red Fusion White and Phantom Black with a twin hand painted coach line – are available for the Bonneville Speedmaster, all of which compliment the beautiful real metal finish, polished detailing and elegant badging.

The Bonneville Speedmaster’s comfortable riding ergonomics deliver Triumph’s signature neutral and intuitive handling with swept back beach bars, forward pegs and confidence-inspiring high specification brakes. It has 310mm twin disc front brakes with two twin piston Brembo calipers, paired with a 255mm single disc rear brake with single piston Nissin caliper.

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For unrivalled rider and pillion comfort, the Bonneville Speedmaster is fitted with a deep foam comfort seat and removable pillion seat pad, together with high specification adjustable suspension for the smoothest ride. There are 41mm cartridge front forks with 90mm travel and a hidden monoshock RSU with linkage, 73mm rear wheel travel and stepped pre-load adjuster. Completing the authentic hard-tail look is the Speedmaster’s inspired black powder-coated ‘cage’ swinging arm with paddock stand bobbin mounts.

The new Bonneville Speedmaster takes Triumph’s critically acclaimed 1200cc High Torque parallel-twin engine and adds the even higher torque engine tune of the Bobber. Delivering category-leading peak torque of 106Nm at 4000rpm – a massive 42 percent more peak torque than the 2015 Triumph Speedmaster and up to 10 percent more than the current generation Bonneville T120.

Smooth, linear power is delivered low down in the rev range through the slick six-speed gearbox with peak power output at 77PS, 25 percent up on the 2015 Speedmaster and 10 percent up on the Bonneville T120.

Unique to the Bonneville Speedmaster is the distinctive raw exhaust note, evolved from the Bonneville T120 but now an even deeper and richer sound. The bright chromed stainless steel exhaust is twin skinned for a seamless hidden cat box run and finished with unique bright chrome silencers. It also has a twin air box with twin filter design, packaged for optimised volume.

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Featuring a five-inch full-LED headlight with distinctive daytime running light pattern and full LED lighting throughout (rear light, indicators and number plate light), the Bonneville Speedmaster has modern capability, durability and style.

The new ride-by-wire throttle enables two riding modes (Road and Rain), plus it has the latest generation ABS and switchable traction control. The torque-assist clutch, which helps prevent rider fatigue by reducing pull effort at the lever, along with the new single button cruise control, improve ride-ability and comfort. There is also a feature packed, yet stylishly minimal, single clock with analogue speedometer and LCD display, controlled by easy to reach fingertip controls.

As with all Triumphs in the Modern Classics range, the new Bonneville Speedmaster is liquid-cooled, reducing emissions and offering a high first major service interval of 16,000 kilometres. For added piece of mind, it also features the latest immobiliser with the transponder fitted into the premium Triumph-badged key.

With over 130 custom accessories available through Triumph’s online configurator, riders can take their Bonneville Speedmaster to an even higher level of specification and capability with official accessories, swing-arm bags and panniers, highway pegs, engine bars and an adjustable touring screen. For those wanting to set up their Speedmaster in the single seat configuration, there is also a grab rail removal kit and rear mudguard finisher.

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Triumph has also designed two inspiration kits to show off the Speedmaster’s breadth of character and to inspire riders who want something even more unique. Offering even more touring capability, the ‘Highway’ kit includes a full waxed cotton and leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider pillion seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger back rest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

The ‘Maverick’ kit gives the Speedmaster an even more stripped back, mean attitude with a brown quilted single seat set up, flatter raked out handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhausts and other blacked out details, including exhaust headers, oil filler cap, and a grab rail removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish and minimal rear end.

Adding to the hugely popular Bonneville clothing collection, a dedicated range of Bonneville Speedmaster clothing will be available in Triumph dealerships globally, timed to match the bike’s availability. The new Speedmaster range includes four stylish t-shirts, a casual quilted jacket, a monochrome checked riding shirt, and a trendy grey hoodie.

With pricing and availability still to be announced, further information on Triumph Motorcycles Australia is available through www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au.

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