Triumph Motorcycles UK has unveiled the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in the country at its Visitor Experience, Cafe and Store inauguration. It shares its platform with the Bonneville Bobber.
The motorcycle is essentially a touring-friendly, more practical take on the Bonneville Bobber. The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster employs the same tubular steel cradle frame as the Bobber. But, Triumph has designed the rear subframe to accommodate a pillion seat and a grab rail as well. The rider’s seat is also more comfortable than its single-seater counterpart. The bike comes with a full LED headlight with classic 'nacelle' detailing. For laidback ergonomics, the cruiser employs beach bars and forward-set footpegs. The instrumentation is a single-pod analogue unit with multifunctional digital inset. Electronics package include ABS with switchable traction control; ride-by-wire with two riding modes- road and rain; and cruise control.
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Coming to the heart of the matter, the Speedmaster employs the same 1200cc SOHC parallel twin engine with liquid cooling. It generates 77 PS of power at 6,100 rpm and 106 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine mates with a 6-speed transmission with assist clutch. The bike gets a three-litre bigger fuel tank than the Bobber, at 12 litres.
For suspension, the motorcycle employs 41 mm KYB front fork with cartridge damping, and a rear KYB monoshock. The bike gets better brakes than the Bobber, thanks to the dual front 310 mm discs with Brembo two-piston callipers. The rear uses a single 255 mm disc with Nissin single piston calliper.
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The front and rear spoke wheels are 16-inch units. They are shod with Avon Cobra tyres measuring 130/90 B16 at the front and 150/80 R16 at the rear. As per European regulations, the claimed fuel efficiency stands at 24.3 kmpl. Prices are yet to be announced.