Two new heritage models from Triumph

The Bobber Black and Speedmaster enter the Bonneville range for 2018.

One of the first manufacturers to start pulling the covers off new 2018 bikes, Triumph has revealed the new Bonneville Bobber Black and Bonneville Speedmaster at a launch event at its factory in Hinckley.


The Bonneville Bobber Black puts a darker stamp on the existing Bobber, but also adds performance updates, enabling Triumph to call this a whole new model. As many components as possible have been blacked out, from exhausts and wheel hubs to the gear lever and headlight rim. Performance-wise, the new model gets a 16in fat front wheel (as opposed to the 19in on the standard Bobber), chunkier Showa cartridge forks (47mm versus 41mm), twin brake discs at the front with Brembo calipers, a higher spec LED headlight and single button cruise control as standard. The updates mean that the Bobber Black is 9.5kg heavier than the standard bike at 237.5kg. The 1200cc High Torque parallel twin engine remains unchanged, with the peak power at 76bhp and torque at 106Nm.

The Bonneville Speedmaster is a comfy cruiser option for those who don’t want to go all the way down the Bobber road. It features the same 1200cc High Torque parallel twin engine (76bhp/106Nm) and even the same tune as the Bobber, but in a much more easy-going package, with the swept-back beach bars and feet-forward setup, together with the two seat arrangement. Two riding modes (Road and Rain – both giving full power), cruise control and a 12-litre tank add to its touring ability, and Triumph claims 172 miles from a tankful. Compared to the 2015 Speedmaster, this is a giant leap forward with 42% more peak torque and 25% more peak power. Like the Bobber Black it gets 16in wheels and twin disc brakes at the front, but retains the slimmer 41mm KYB forks from the standard Bobber. The dry weight of the new Speedmaster is 245.5kg. There’s a host of accessories available including screens, exhausts, luggage and more.

Essentially, both new models are about adding choice for customers already into the Bonneville range rather than revolutionising the line-up.


Prices and availability will be announced at a later date.

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