Triumph unveils Bonneville Speedmaster and opens new factory visitor centre

Editor@Throttle|Updated: October 5, 2017 8:46

The Speedmaster is not a new name for Triumph. The first Speedmaster made its debut in 2002 and was based on the Bonneville America, which was a longer, lower and more cruiser-like Bonneville.  The original Speedmaster was designed as a factory custom machine and the new one retains that identity, but the motorcycle itself is a quantum leap forward. Triumph says the Speedmaster is aimed at riders who like the Bonneville T120, but who want more laidback style and some more touring capability. Another group of interested customers could be fans of the Bobber, but those who need a twin seat setup.


It uses the same hidden rear monoshock as the Bobber, which gives the rear a much cleaner look and helps it stand out from the Bonneville T120 which uses dual rear shocks. The Speedmaster gets a twin seat layout, but the rear seat and chrome grab rails can be easily removed to give the bike a more Bobber-like look. The Speedmaster’s 12-litre fuel tank is smaller than the T120’s 14.5-litre tank but is definitely more practical than the 9.1-litre tank in the Bobber. With 16-inch wheels on both ends, the Speedmaster uses the same wheel and tyre size as the new Bobber Black; that means a fat 130/90-section front tyre and a 150/80-section at the rear by Avon. Fork size remains 41mm, but gets an open cartridge design.



From November 1, 2017, Triumph enthusiasts from around the world have the opportunity to tour a factory visitor centre located at the company’s headquarters in Leicestershire, UK. The centre will allow visitors to see a collection of rare and distinctive exhibits “centred around the design, engineering and manufacture of Triumph’s most iconic models” as the company puts it, all at no cost. And visitors can even book a 90-minute tour of the factory to see how these motorcycles are put together for a fee of 15 GBP.

Some of the exhibits on display at the visitor centre will include famous movie bikes such as the painstakingly restored Bonneville used by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, as well as Tom Cruise’s Speed Triple from the heart-pounding chase sequence in Mission Impossible 2. Apart from this, also open to visitors is the very first Triumph No1 built in 1902 as well as the prototype of the race engine the company has built to power the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.


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