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MCN overall verdict rating is 4.5

Considering the price you get a lot of bike for your money. This ‘junior cruiser’ doesn’t feel like a lesser bike; it’s not underpowered, doesn’t feel budget, is cool and still has big bike appeal. So good and such value for money I’d question why you’d want anything bigger unless you’re a dedicated big custom fan.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4.5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 60bhp Bonneville parallel twin engine may not sound too exciting, but backed up by 53ftlb of torque it isn’t to be sniffed at, with enough punch to show similar size custom bikes a clean pair of heels. Cleverly styled fuel injection units look like carbs and provide near faultless fuelling.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The odd combination of 19 inch front and 16 inch rear wheels, with non-adjustable front forks, twin shocks on the rear and a total weight of 250kg is never going to be the perfect recipe for sweet handling, but the Speedmaster isn’t half bad. The problem comes when you hit any imperfections in the road as the twin shocks on the rear really struggle, jolting your spine continuously. Ride the Speedmaster two up and you’ll soon have a very unhappy pillion.

 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

As you might expect from a relatively small capacity custom it’s rather basic, but it is also honest and reliable. The twin rear shocks have pre-load adjustment and there’s a rev counter incorporated into the fuel tank, which is a nice touch and unusual for a custom.

Triumph Speedmaster (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,199
Dealer used prices
£5,520 (2011) - £6,830 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,970 (2011) - £6,150 (2014)
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Engine size 865 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4.5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4.5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

There’s no real reason to question the reliability of the Bonneville derived fuel injected motor - it’s not stressed in the Speedmaster and should plod along forever. In places the quality of the components are indicative of being built to achieve the Triumphs low on sale price. The wheels appear a little budget and the finish around the headstock isn’t top class, but you have to appreciate it’s under £7000.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

As stated, it’s a hell of a lot of bike for the money. The Speedmaster is a competitively priced, cool motorcycle from a cool brand. No reliability issues to worry about and big custom feel without the overbearing heft of a bigger capacity cruiser, yet still being more than quick enough.

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 53 ft-lb
Weight 250 kg
Seat height 690 mm
Fuel capacity 19.3 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 865 cc
Engine specification 8v (90mmx 68) 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment 41mm non adjustment
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shock, pre load only
Front brakes 310mm single disc
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90x19
Rear tyre size 170/80x15

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • 95% there

    MickHardbeard

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The only things I want to change on my bike are the indicators too big and the huge great big rear light. Would be nice if you could get a twin headlamp setup.

    10 December 2013

  • The bike has Character

    jon bromfield

    Average rating rating is 4

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    The bikes slow and heavy, the rear suspension is rock hard. It has poor ground clearance but I love it to bits. Why might you ask? I bought the bike to save my licence and health. It has worked a treat. Instead of riding balls out just looking for the next braking point I now watch the world go by and just tootle along at 55-60mph. The bike is so relaxed to ride fuelling is spot on. Its comfortable, handles well for what it is. doesnt vibrate, sounds terrific with race cans. stops reasonably well, looks brilliant and above all it has character by the bucket loads. If like me you get frustrated when your out on your sports bike with cyclists, cars, Trucks always in the way on your favourite stretch of road buy a speedmaster and chill

    30 October 2013

  • Pride and joy

    robertjmorgan

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've bought my Triumph Speedmaster, March 1st. I traded my Suzuki GSX750F and said goodbye to sports bikes. All I can say is that this bike is a dream. It looks great, handles well and is not only easy to ride but it's a joy to ride. Not only is it British but it's good value for money too. I'm really happy.

    25 March 2012

  • Great bike

    Smokey3214

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I'm probably safe in assuming I've owned more bikes than anyone else commenting and it's a dynamite bike. I moved up to it after riding a Vulcan 1600 for about 8 years. I can't think of anything about it I don't prefer over the Vulcan and I liked the Vulcan. It's true, it's not a noisemaker like a Harley but I'm a grownup so I don't need to make noise to draw attention to myself. Triumph has come from out of the blue to make the best bikes in a broad range of categories.

    17 January 2012

  • One cool bike

    Parmenides

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Superb bike.. it has looks.. it is easy to ride.. and the exhaust sound is glorious. Taking it past 90 can take planning, but it is no fun trying push it, the bike feels better when it is understressed. It is more than quick enough to get you out of trouble though. It is solid enough for commuting, and I have enough confidence in it to take it through winter. Polish the chrome, and find a way of lubing the chain, and it is the only bike you will ever want.

    21 December 2011

  • Fun and practical

    BigCarlG

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Weird that this review in particular has hit a seam of Triumph hatred... I'll try to add some balance as an owner of a Speedmaster. Frankly my experience matches the review pretty well, I use the bike everyday for both work and pleasure and it does both extremely effectively. It's happy nipping about in city traffic and will make short work of the bits of motorway I need to deal with. And being mid-sized means the fuel consumption doesn't wipe me out! For me moving from a v to a parallel twin has meant a slight change in focus and riding style, so if you are completely wedded to just one engine layout it may not be for you. Conversely, if you like the cruiser/custom riding position and grew up wanting a Triumph, as I did, then aesthetically this bike is perfect! I agree that the standard cans are too quiet though.

    12 December 2011

  • Clueless? Your Customers Must Be!

    Ricklehurst

    Average rating rating is 1

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    So you sell these, for a living, but honestly they're the best thing since automatic bobbin winding? Wow! There's a surprise!

    03 December 2011

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tamlin23

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Clueless

The quote of 'it does what it says on the tin' was cringeworthy, as was the poor writing, but the score is justified.

 

The speedmaster was great on carbs and likely even better with injection.  The standard cans are muffled and wet, but change them for the TOR exhausts or such like and this bike sounds amazing.

 

This bike does not excel at any one thing, but manages to do it all well and so be a very enjoyable and rewarding bike to ride.

 

As for MCN being biased toward Triumph BS!  Triumphs are consitantly some of the best bikes I get (trader),  and I am always glad when they come in, I know they shall be good and that they shall sell!

24 November 2011 17:17

Ricklehurst

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Ricklehurstsays

Worst MCN Review Ever?

Wouldn't normally bother posting just to moan, but the content of this review is surely as flawed as most of the spelling.  With the job market the way it is, surely MCN don't have to stoop to these journalistic depths.

Using the cliche '..does what it says on the tin' should be a sackable offence in itself!

Anyone actually notice that these things sound like a (muffled) sewing machine, have possibly the most ironic name of any motorcycle, & even if they'd been produced 40 years ago still wouldn't have turned heads?

Four & a half stars though huh?  I can only surmise that they let you keep the bike & you're trying to flog it for the best possible price!

23 November 2011 23:08

charlesq_70

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charlesq_70says

Get a Kawasaki

The America and Speedmaster are both very pretty bikes but they just don't feel like a cruiser should. They're standards dressed up as cruisers. They go well enough and stop and handle better than most other bikes in this class, but if you want to get anywhere near the heft and low down grunt of a proper cruiser then a V-Star 950 or, even better, a Vulcan 900 is what you want. In fact Triumph have tried so hard to make the new Speedmaster look like the Vulcan 900 Custom it's embarrassing. If you just want the look and the Triumph badge, then fine. But the Japanese V-twin cruisers have the sound, feel and tractability that cruisers are all about. And even mentioning the Triumph in the same breath as a Harley is daft. I don't see how anyone who'd ridden both a Speedmaster and a Sportster could think they were comparing like with like.

22 November 2011 19:31

TopCat77

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BORING !!!

If MCN had it their way, no one on Earth would ride anything other than a Triumph.

Having ridden a number of Triumph lately in search of a new bike; I think its time I found an impartial publication to read.

22 November 2011 16:55

crustybiker

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crustybikersays

?????

anything is better than that triumph crap:tongue:

22 November 2011 05:10

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