2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster | First Look Review

2018 Triumph Speedmaster
For 2018, Triumph’s Speedmaster cruiser has been updated to the new Bonneville platform and is a fraternal twin of the popular Bobber.

Triumph’s Speedmaster cruiser is one of the last models in the Bonneville family to be upgraded to the new platform. As with other Bonnevilles, the 2018 Speedmaster features a heavily revised and liquid-cooled parallel twin, fresh technology, a new chassis and more classic styling.

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has laidback seating with a pullback handlebar and midmount pegs.

The Speedmaster is a fraternal twin of the Bonneville Bobber that debuted for 2017. It gets the same High Torque version of the liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel twin with a 270-degree firing interval, aggressive tuning and raw exhaust note, and they share the distinctive “cage” swingarm that gives both bikes an old-school hardtail look.

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
Like the Bobber, the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a cage-style swingarm that gives it a hardtail look.

Like all of the new Bonnevilles, the Speedmaster blends state-of-the-art technology and components, including throttle-by-wire, riding modes (Road and Rain), switchable traction control, cruise control, assist-and-slipper clutch, ABS and Brembo front brakes, with traditional styling. It’s a laidback cruiser with pullback handlebars, slightly forward-mounted pegs and 16-inch spoked wheels shod with chunky Avon Cobra tires. From the silencers to the engine and tank badges, the Speedmaster has a mix of chrome and brushed finishes that impart a custom sensibility to the bike. The passenger seat and chrome grab rail are easily removable for a solo look, and the rider’s seat height is a low 27.7 inches.

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster gets the High Torque version of the liquid-cooled, 1,200cc parallel twin with the Bobber tune.

The engine, which has a 6-speed transmission and chain final drive, is held within a tubular steel twin cradle frame. KYB suspension includes a non-adjustable cartridge fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock. Dual 310mm front discs are squeezed by 2-piston Brembo calipers and a single 255mm rear disc is squeezed by a 1-piston Nissin caliper, and ABS is standard equipment.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Cranberry Red

A full line of accessories will be available, including “inspiration kits” such as Highway (windshield, luggage, comfort seat, passenger backrest, luggage rack and highway bars) and Maverick (blacked-out components, brown quilted solo seat, Vance & Hines exhaust).

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster in Fusion White and Phantom Black

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster will be available in Jet Black, Cranberry Red and two-tone Fusion White and Phantom Black with twin coach lines. Pricing and availability are TBD.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a single analog speedometer has an inset multifunction LCD.
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a removable passenger seat and grab rail.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I must say, Triumph is slaying it right now. However, they’re starting to venture into an unfortunate place where they keep bringing forth “new” bikes that aren’t new at all.

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