Triumph Motorcycles has been on the aggressive front lately. The company introduced a number of new motorcycles in this fiscal from two new Street Triple motorcycles to the newest Bonneville Speedmaster. Not only in terms of launches but, the company has also been rapidly expanding its reach in the Indian motorcycle market with new dealerships and that clearly shows how serious the British motorcycle maker is when it comes to the Indian market.
Its latest launch, the Speedmaster more or less comes as an extension of the Bonneville Bobber which was launched in India some time back. The bike though has been fairly appreciated by the international media for its fantastic looks and appeal, failed to pick up sales in the Indian market due to the absence of rear seat and demanding riding position. And hence, the company decided to work out on the Bobber, changed its frame and ergonomics, and swapped other older bits like handlebar, seats, and headlights with more of cruiser-ish elements making it more comfortable, and classic. The bike sits in a segment where Harley-Davidson has been ruling ever since, and the new Speedmaster competes against the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom and the Indian Scout Sixty.
In terms of looks, the Speedmaster surely fetches the crown but Indian Scout Sixty is not far behind as it is a charmer, on the other hand, the Harley Custom 1200 can defiantly use an update, at least in terms of looks and design as it feels dated. The Speedmaster runs on the same engine as seen on the Bobber, it is a 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine that delivers 76bhp of maximum power and 106Nm of torque. This unit comes mated to a 6-speed constant mesh transmission. The Scout Sixty also features a liquid-cooled engine like the Speedmaster which is a 999cc V-Twin engine that delivers 78bhp of maximum power backed up by 88.8Nm. The engine works in conjunction with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox. The power figures are neck to neck with the Speedmaster while the torque is clearly on a lower side. Talking about the Harley Custom 1200, the bike gets a 1202cc Evolution engine which is an air-cooled unit. This engine produces close to 97Nm of peak torque at 4250rpm. Like the Scout Sixty, Custom 1200 too gets a 5-speed transmission.
Talking about the feature list, the Speedmaster comes equipped with a slew of features such as LED lights, twin riding modes, ride-by-wire technology, cruise control, ABS and traction control. All this tech officially makes the Speedmaster the most loaded bike in the list as its competitors only offer ABS and LED lights (on Custom 1200) in terms of features.
The Speedmaster also comes with a multi-function LCD screen that displays a plethora of information in the form of odometer, trip meter, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, a distance-to-empty indicator, a service indicator, a clock, current and average fuel consumption, display and traction control settings. Also, like other motorcycles from Triumph, it gets information toggle switch on the handlebar that allows the rider to go through all the details on a push of a button. The Sportster 1200 Custom also packs a handlebar-mounted instrument cluster which features a speedometer, an odometer, a clock, dual trip meters, a low fuel and oil pressure indicator, an engine diagnostic readout, and LED indicator lights. But the missing fuel gauge really lets down the bike, especially when the bike of the present era offers a huge list of features. The Scout Sixty, on the other hand, packs a neat and classic round instrument cluster displaying all the necessary information including current speed, trip reading, current time, and much more.
The 1200 Custom packs a 17-liter fuel tank which is largest when compared to other bikes in the list, The Speedmaster and Scout Sixty packs 12-litre and 12.5-litre of fuel tanks respectively. This additional fuel carrying capacity should ideally give the Harley an edge in terms of long distance riding. And in terms of overall weight, the Speedmaster weighs close to 245.5kg (dry), the Scout Sixty weighs exactly similar at 244kg, while 1200 Custom is the heaviest of the lot weighing close to 255kg.
The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is placed between the rest two at Rs 11.11 lakh, the Indian Scout Sixty is costliest of the lot at Rs 11.99 lakh. And the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom is the most affordable of all at Rs 9.75 lakh. All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.