Triumph New Zealand has just released two new models for 2018, the Bonneville Bobber Black and the Bonneville Speedmaster.
Both machines share the high torque 1200cc engine of the T120 Bonneville, though the engines on board the newer machines have seen some significant changes resulting in increased power and torque and reduced fuel consumption figures.
The 8-valve, liquid-cooled, SOHC parallel twin puts down 106Nm of torque at 4000rpm and 76hp (77ps) at 6100rpm which is an improvement for both models over the T120 for the Bobber and the 900cc Speedmaster.
There is more commonality between the two machines, each boasting serious whoa to match the go with 310mm twin disc stoppers up front and a single disc at the rear enhanced with ABS and two rider mode traction control system.
Shared tech between the two models includes the one touch cruise control and the LED lighting package which includes tail lights, indicators and daytime running lights encompassing a signature Triumph triangle design.
Taking aim firmly at Indian and Harley-Davidson, the Triumph twins are sending a clear message that Brit steel is more than ready to take on American Iron and the registration stats look to agree. In 2017, the market for +600cc bikes was down by 4% and yet Triumph’s figures show the brand up by 4% with 15% market share.
With the T120 being the most popular model in terms of sales, the arrival of the Bobber Black and Speedmaster should see those figures grow further and faster. Given that Triumph is also looking to introduce upgraded versions of the Tiger 800, 1200 and the Speed Triple this year alone, we may be seeing the start of another British invasion.
The Bobber Black and Speedmaster bikes bring with them a host of custom accessories. In the case of the Bobber Black, there are over 120 of these, including a bespoke collection of clothing to match the Jet or Matt black bike.
For the Speedmaster – which comes in either Jet black, Cranberry red or Fusion white and Phantom black paintwork – there is also a wealth of accessories.
Pricing for the Bobber Black and the Speedmaster has been set at $22,490.