Dark, brooding lines and a pared-down hot-rod essence make the Speedmaster a standout middleweight cruiser from every angle.
The heart and soul of any motorcycle is its engine, and the Speedmaster’s 865 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, air-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine uses a 270-degree crank firing interval, giving a throbbing beat and smooth, torque-laden power delivery. Both cylinders vent through a pair of deep-chromed slash-cut silencers while the satin black engine finish adds a crisp, understated edge to the handsome lines of what is a very distinctive and evocative power plant.
The riding position supports and "cups" the rider into the gunslinger seat ready to launch at the horizon. Upper fork shrouds add even more style, while high risers mount the flat "drag" handlebars on the slab-style top yoke and match the chromed forward set footpegs.
The Speedmaster wears a pair of cast wheels, with a crisp look all of their own; the 18-inch front wears a 110/80 tire, the 15-inch rear a 170/80. The twin shocks and wide-style telescopic forks straighten the curves and iron out the bumps, giving a planted and supple ride. Twin 310 mm front discs – gripped by twin-piston calipers – haul the Speedmaster up extremely hard.
If the Speedmaster’s bare bones want a little more flesh on them, the ever-expanding Triumph accessory range features an array of bolt-ons specifically designed to lend even more appeal and individuality.
With its punchy engine, mean looks and souped-up chassis the Speedmaster is the very essence of an old-school street rod, packing performance and style into one very individual motorcycle.
Why not go along to your Triumph dealer for a test ride?