CarandBike reports that Triumph’s entry-level cruiser offering, the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster will be showcased at the India Bike Week on November 24.
As per the media site, the launch of the bike is likely in early 2018, around March. 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 lighting system. For laidback ergonomics, the cruiser employs beach bars and forward-set footpegs. The instrumentation is a single-pod analogue unit with multifunctional digital inset.
The motorcycle employs the same 1200cc SOHC parallel twin engine with liquid cooling as the Bobber. 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. Electronics package include ABS with switchable traction control; ride-by-wire with two riding modes- road and rain; and cruise control.
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.
Expect Triumph to display the motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo in the country as well. The bike is likely to command a premium of INR 1 lakh over the Bobber. The Bobber costs INR 9.32 lakhs, ex-showroom, pan-India.