Triumph has made quite a few updates to its popular Bonneville models. While the super cool Street Twin gets nothing more than some nice touch-ups and a limited edition model, the Bonneville T100 and the larger Bonneville T120 pack slightly more complete upgrades. The last of the popular Bonnies to get new tracks is the Speedmaster and the new Bobber.
Americanized Triumph Bonnie members get new gear and finally perform the same Bobber engine tune. Therefore, on the Speedmaster, there is a slight decrease in performance; the 1,200cc high torque twin parallel, 8-valve, liquid-cooled engine now produces 78 hp at 6,100 rpm and 106 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is 1.5PS and 1Nm less than before. Fortunately, these were the same Bonnie Bobber engine output numbers, and there is no change to that. Nevertheless, this new Bobber melody has a smoother torque curve with over 100Nm between 3000rpm and 5000rpm.
Hardware updates for both bikes include the same Showa 47mm cartridge fork and a Brembo dual-piston front floating caliper. The Speedmaster gets more comfortable seats with thicker padding. And in case you want a clean solo look, removing the passenger seat and chrome grab bar isn’t such a difficult task.
However, if you want a truly solo experience, it doesn’t get classier than the Bonnie Bobber. The immediate change you’ll notice is the new 16-inch front wheel. Triumph customers preferred it over the old 19in, but we think the thinner, fatter tire gave the Bobber a kind of hot rodder vibe.
Nonetheless, the Bobber also gained versatility with a larger 12-liter fuel tank now plying the trade. That means you can finally take it for a highway run without stopping too many times to refuel.
What hasn’t changed?
There are no styling updates to the Speedmaster except for new color options – Red Hopper, Fusion White / Sapphire Black, and Jet Black. This relaxed Bonneville cruiser still delivers a touching and easy highway driving experience with tons of chrome in sight.
On the Bobber, Triumph kept quintessential bobber elements like the oblique cut exhausts and the floating solo saddle, which still manage to weaken us in the knees. The low solo seat can be adjusted forward or backward to suit the height of the rider, with aftermarket Triumph footrest kits also available to adjust the rider’s triangle to suit. Finally, he gets three new colors: Matte Storm Gray / Matte Ironstone, Cordovan Red and Jet Black.
The traditional double-cradle frame of these Bonneville, with their swing-cage rear suspension, doesn’t change a thing. The bikes still maintain that faux hardtail look with the monoshock neatly tucked away under the saddle.
What is the price? Who are his rivals?
Triumph India has announced that it will be phasing out 2021 Bonneville launches. The Speedmaster, although already on sale, is expected to arrive after the Street Twin and other traditional Bonnies, possibly in June. The Bonnie Bobber will make a reappearance in India, likely the same month.
The prices of the two motorcycles are likely to increase from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. Expect the Speedmaster to sell for Rs 11.55 lakh and the Bobber at Rs 10.50 lakh (both prices, ex -showroom India). While there aren’t many cruisers left on the market at this price point, the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight is a direct rival to the Bobber.
The Triumph Americana Bonnies have always been the center of attention no matter where they land. Their beauty and attention to detail are unmatched in this segment of motorcycles. And there’s no neglecting the raw sex appeal of the Bobber.