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2018 Triumph Speedmaster and Bobber Black: Reaction

Published: 04 October 2017

Updated: 04 October 2017

Last night Triumph took the wraps off the new Speedmaster, which features the same 1200cc T120 high-torque as used in the Hinckley firm's popular Bobber. The new model is also built around the same chassis as the Bobber, but has a style and purpose all of its own.

Triumph also took the covers off the new Bobber Black, which features a smaller 16inch front wheel compared to the 19 inch item of the standard Bobber, and lots of black parts to make it look mean and moody.

MCN was present at the launch of the new model, along with members of the public, and we took the chance to ask those in attendance what they though of the new bikes. 

"It’s very nice but I probably wouldn’t buy one myself. I’d go for more up-to-dat stuff but it’s a lovely thing and it’s really interesting. I prefer the Bobber - I’d buy one of those." Simon Lockey

"Love the retro look and the old school front with the small wheels. It’s a beautiful bike." Mark Athey

"Really nice, I’ve got a soft spot for the Bobber Black. I like bikes, any bike. Every bike has a different riding mode does’t, you just cruise round on these and you can appreciate it I love all the add ons so you can make it your own bike." Phil Green

"To be honest, when the invite came out I was hoping it was gunna be a Daytona and I was a bit disappointed when I read in MCN that it was going to be a Bobber-based Speedmaster. Not that I don’t like all the retro bikes, but there’s been so many of them." 
The Missenden Flyer, YouTube motovlogger

"I absolutely love it. I still haven’t ridden it out on the road. I will do, but I just love it. There’s so much style and so much substance. I prefer it to the Speedmaster but they’re both lovely. Blacked out bikes are just f*cking cool, let’s face it."
Mark Richardson, drummer with Skunk Anansi

Thanks to @officialtriumph for letting me ride this bute out at the launch tonight. #bobberblack #triumph #bobber

A post shared by Mark Richardson (@markskunkanansie) on Oct 3, 2017 at 3:44pm PDT

"I hate to say it but I couldn’t see them when they were presented! But I can say with certainty that the 1200cc engine is an engine that seems to get better the worse the traffic and the road is. Absolutely stunning." Mark Wilsmore, Ace Cafe owner

2018 Triumph Speedmaster

Engine: 1200cc parallel-twin
Power: 76bhp @ 6100rpm
Torque: 78ftlb @ 4000rpm
Frame: Tubular steel
Seat height: 705mm
Suspension: F: 41mm KYB fork R: preload-adj KYB monoshock
Brakes: F: twin 310mm discs, Brembo 2-piston calipers, R: 255mm disc, 1-piston Nissin
Tank: 12 litres
Weight: 245.5kg

2018 Triumph Bobber Black

Engine: 1200cc liquid-cooled 8v parallel-twin
Power: 76bhp @ 6100rpm
Torque: 78ftlb @ 4000rpm
Frame: Tubular steel twin cradle
Seat height: 690mm
Suspension: F: 47mm non-adj Showa fork, R: non-adj KYB monoshock
Brakes: F: twin 310mm discs, Brembo 2-piston calipers, R: single 255mm disc, single-piston Nissin caliper
Tank: 9.1 litres
Weight: 237.5kg


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