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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.