Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster launch on February 27
The Speedmaster adds some touring cred to the Bonneville platform
The wait is over. Triumph will be launching the latest motorcycle to be spawned off its Bonneville platform, the Speedmaster, in India on February 27. The Bonneville Speedmaster is the most touring-focused motorcycle in the Bonneville range – it takes on more traditional American cruisers, but does so with a quintessential British touch.
The Speedmaster is based on the same platform as the Bonneville Bobber, which is a tweaked version of the T120’s platform. So it gets the same frame, with the swinging cage rear with a concealed monoshock to create a gorgeous hardtail look. It even shares its engine with the Bobber – the 1200 HT that puts out 76bhp and 106Nm and is more than what the T120 gets. However, it isn’t identical to the Bobber. The suspension has been uprated with cartridge damped KYB forks in the front, and a preload-adjustable monoshock in the rear. The brakes have also been improved, with a twin 310mm disc set up with Brembo calipers up front and a single 255mm disc on the back wheel. These changes have been done to account for the additional weight of a pillion rider, or luggage that might be carried on longer trips. Unlike the Bobber, the Speedmaster also gets a 16-inch front wheel instead of a 19-incher.
The Speedmaster also gets a few additional features to make it more touring friendly. The most obvious one, is the addition of a pillion seat. It also gets a larger 12-litre fuel tank and gets altered ergonomics – you sit further behind, and the footpegs are moved forward. Even the handlebar is swept backwards and not flat like on the Bobber. The Speedmaster also gets cruise control to make long highway stints more effortless.
The Speedmaster is expected to be a little more expensive than the Bobber and we estimate that it will be launched at Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom), though we will have to wait and see what Triumph launches it at. We have ridden the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster, you can read our review here. Triumph has also confirmed that new Tiger 1200 and Tiger 800 will be launched in India within the next two months.