Triumph have revealed the latest machine to carry its liquid-cooled, high torque 1200cc Parallel Twin, the 2018 Bonneville Speedmaster.
The new Speedmaster makes 42% more torque than the previous model according to Triumph and 10% more than the current T120 Bonneville. The six-speed machine delivers 78 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm and 75 horsepower. The exhaust is changed from the T120 for a deeper note as well.
Triumph aimed to blend elements of the Bonneville and Bonneville Bobber in the Speedmaster. As such there’s a Bonnie-style fuel tank, engine fins, “carb-styled” throttle bodies, finned exhaust clamps and rubber fork gaiters. Design cues taken from the Bobber include its hard-tail look, which is achieved using a black powder-coated “cage” swingarm. There’s a hidden RSU link-type shock out back for a smoother rider however, which has a stepped preload adjuster and 2.8-inches travel. A 41mm cartridge fork with 3.5-inches travel handles front suspension duties.
The Speedmaster comes equipped with a 310mm twin disc, twin-piston Brembo caliper set-up at the front and a 225mm single disc, single-piston Nissin caliper arrangement out back.
In addition to blending elements of its current models, Triumph also wanted to embody what it’s calling a “British custom attitude” in the Speedmaster. The round nacelle headlight, swept back bars, forward mount pegs, fixed rear mudguard, 16-inch wire spoke wheels, single clock and minimal body work are all geared toward this end.
Riders will get interchangeable single and double seats with the Speedmaster, and color options include Jet Black, Cranberry Red or Fusion White/Phantom Black.
Even though nostalgia is rich on the Speedmaster, there’s plenty of contemporary touches as well. It’s got LED lighting throughout, ride-by-wire throttle, Road and Rain riding modes, ABS and switchable traction control. There’s a torque assist clutch and single button cruise control, too.
Triumph is also offering two customization kits with the Speedmaster. The first is a Highway kit which includes full waxed cotton soft luggage, touring screen, wider pillion seat and upgraded chrome elements. There’s also a Maverick kit that strips the machine down more with a single seat, blacked-out Vance & Hines exhausts and raked handlebars.
If a full kit isn’t appealing, Triumph will make more than 130 accessories available for a truly personalized machine.
Up until now the new liquid-cooled Bonneville engines have been finding homes in the brand’s modern classics line. The Bonneville Speedmaster marks the first foray into the cruiser segment. Expect to see the machine hit dealers early next year and stay tuned for pricing details.