Triumph releases bobber-inspired Bonnie; beefs up the Bobber for 2018

CAPTION: The new Speedmaster is clearly a Bobber/Bonnie cross, and comes with a bunch of customisation options.

Bigger engine, bigger brakes and hot styling for new Triumph Speedmaster

 THE RUNAWAY sales success of the Triumph Bobber has spawned a bobber-styled Bonneville.

Triumph has today released pics and specs — but not yet prices or release dates — of its new Speedmaster, sporting the big 1200cc motor, a hard-tail ‘bobber’ look and a bunch of custom options to morph the beast into a highway tourer or an urban brawler.

Buyers will get to choose between single seat or two-up, although the pillion perch only looks fit for a quick squirt to the cafe.

Triumph’s announcement promises a “distinctive rich and raw exhaust note” which will hopefully match the aggressive styling. (The T120 Bonneville we tested recently sounded over-muffled.)

The Speedmaster’s 1200cc engine produces a healthy peak torque of 106Nm at 4,000rpm and peak power output of 77PS (call it 76 horsepower) at 6,100rpm.

Tech-wizardy includes ABS brakes, cruise control and traction control, while braking boasts twin-310mm front discs with twin-piston Brembos.

Judging from the pics though, the biggest selling point will be the styling. It looks hot.

(Triumph also released details of the 2018 Black Bobber, with a smaller-and-fatter front wheel and even more black paint. See below for pics and details.)

 

CAPTION: You’ll be happy there’s a spot for the missus …

CAPTION: … but she’ll wish you’d bought the T120.

CAPTION: Triumph sure knows how to make ’em pretty. Slash pipes look cool. Hopefully they’ll bark as good as they sparkle.

 

SPEEDMASTER

 

Standard Equipment

All-LED Lighting with Full LED Headlight with DRL*

 

All new, distinctive and elegant, full LED 5-inch multi-function headlight with beautiful Triumph maker’s mark triangle branding. Main and dipped beam, and front position light, plus Triumph’s signature style LED daytime running light.

Compact and elegant, with a distinctive light pattern, the LED rear light, LED indicators and LED number plate light are power efficient and durable.

 

Single Button Cruise Control Easy to use, single button function cruise control with one press for on, one press to set the speed, and one press to cancel. Easily accessible button mounted into the left hand switch cube.

 

Ride-by-Wire For a crisper, more precise and more accurate throttle response,
with improved on/off throttle transition. Enabling different throttle maps, linked to two different riding modes.
Riding Modes Linked to the ride-by-wire system, there are Road and Rain riding modes, selectable via the new switch gear, for maximum, control and safety in different riding conditions, both delivering full power.

 

ABS The contemporary safety standard, with minimal visual impact, the ABS is responsive yet unobtrusive.

 

Switchable Traction Control Contemporary switchable traction control, maximising rider safety and control.

 

Torque Assist Clutch Reducing clutch lever effort, the Torque Assist Clutch improves long distance rideability and reduces rider fatigue.

 

Immobiliser State-of-the-art immobiliser system as standard, with a transponder incorporated into the Triumph branded key.

Bobber gets fat front update

Meanwhile, the Bobber has come in for an update with a chunkier stance and a darker look.

The front wheel has shrunk in diameter, from 19 inches down to 16, and the tyre’s got fatter. Front forks are now a beefy 46mm, up from 41. Triumph says the Bobber is it’s fastest-selling model of all time.

CAPTION: Triumph was so keen to demonstrate the darkness of the Bobber Black, that they didn’t turn on all the lights at the press shoot.

BOBBER BLACK

Standard Equipment

All-LED Lighting with Full LED Headlight with DRL*

 

All new, distinctive and elegant, full LED 5 inch multi-function headlight with beautiful Triumph maker’s mark triangle branding. Main and dipped beam, and front position light, plus Triumph’s signature style LED daytime running light.

Compact and elegant, with a distinctive light pattern, the LED rear light, LED indicators and LED number plate light are power efficient and durable.

 

Single Button Cruise Control Easy to use, single button function cruise control with one press for on, one press to set the speed, and one press to cancel. Easily accessible button mounted into the left hand switch cube.

 

Ride-by-Wire For a crisper, more precise and more accurate throttle response,
with improved on/off throttle transition. Enabling different throttle maps, linked to two different riding modes.
Riding Modes Linked to the ride-by-wire system, there are Road and Rain riding modes, selectable via the new switch gear, for maximum, control and safety in different riding conditions, both delivering full power.

 

ABS The contemporary safety standard, with minimal visual impact, the ABS is responsive yet unobtrusive.

 

Switchable Traction Control Contemporary switchable traction control, maximising rider safety and control.

 

Torque Assist Clutch Reducing clutch lever effort, the Torque Assist Clutch improves long distance rideability and reduces rider fatigue.

 

Immobiliser State-of-the-art immobiliser system as standard, with a transponder incorporated into the Triumph branded key.

 

 

1 Comment on "Triumph releases bobber-inspired Bonnie; beefs up the Bobber for 2018"

  1. Triumph have really lifted the bar with their new models – including the Bobber, Bonneville T120 and now the new Speedmaster. Well done Triumph – great to see new innovation applied to a great heritage.

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