Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster vs Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom - spec comparison

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

Triumph launched its latest modern classic cruiser, the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. One of its direct rival in the segment is the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster press range
The Speedmaster is available with Highway and Maverick Inspiration Kits.

The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster retains the retro look of the Bobber, while offering better practicality in the form of pillion seat and a bigger 12-litre fuel tank. The bike also gets fatter front wheel, and more powerful brakes than the Bobber. The Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom on the other hand, has a characteristic American cruiser design. The cruiser also gets custom-style paint with a racing stripe on the fuel tank.

SpecificationsTriumph Bonneville SpeedmasterHarley-Davidson 1200 Custom
Engine1,200 cc SOHC parallel twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection1,202 cc Evolution V-twin with air cooling and fuel injection
Peak Power77 PS at 6,100 rpmNA
Maximum Torque106 Nm at 4,000 rpm97 Nm at 4,250 rpm
Transmission6-speed with torque-assist clutch5-speed
Front Suspension41 mm KYB fork with cartridge dampingTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionKYB link-type monoshock with pre-load adjusterTwin shock absorbers
Front Brake310 mm twin discs with ABSDisc with ABS
Rear Brake255 mm disc with ABSDisc with ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity12 litres17 litres
Weight245.5 kg, dry255 kg, dry
Wheelbase1,510 mm1,530 mm
Front Tyre130/90 B16130/90B16 73H
Rear Tyre150/80 R16150/80B16 77H
PriceINR 11,11,500, ex-showroom, pan-India.INR 9,79,000 MSRP

The Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom, despite its relatively less sophisticated engine makes only 9 Nm less than the Speedmaster. However, the power difference is unknown as Harley-Davidson does not reveal the power figures for any of their bikes. Conventional cycle parts and lack of electronics apart from ABS justify its INR 1,32,500 cheaper cost over the Speedmaster. The bike also gets a considerably bigger fuel tank, which will result in better riding range.

2018 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom press right side
Harley has designed 1200 Custom's closed loop exhaust system to meet future world wide emission standards.

The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster gets standard cruise control, switchable traction control, and two riding modes: road and rain, thanks to the ride-by-wire throttle. ABS is also standard in the bike. While the cruiser features chain drive, the 1200 custom comes with a belt drive, which is relatively quitter. Both the brands offer a host of accessories to further enhance and customise one’s ride.

Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster - Image Gallery

2018 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom - Image Gallery

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