Return of the ‘Junior Cruiser’ teased by Triumph.
The Triumph Speedmaster has been described as many things – MCN like to refer to it as a ‘kind of cruiser’ and Motorcyclist Magazine wrote about the 2012 model as a perfect example of a bike for beginners because it’s neither ‘daunting nor difficult to ride’.
So, when Triumph tease the new Bonneville-based baby cruiser in the same way as they did their 2017 Bonneville Bobber, well… You can pretty much guess what to expect. And that has us salivating at the potential.
Back in 2012, the previous model was treated as something of an oddity in the landscape. Believe it or not, people still didn’t really see the whole ‘new wave custom’ development happening online and in the trendier cities across the world as anything much to get excited about – the ‘small cruiser’ from Triumph was regarded as little more than a curiosity.
In the office of our former employer it was all regarded as ‘hipster bollocks’. In fact, our editor there once wrote a whole editorial article about it.
But now, the landscape has been radically altered.
You only need to look at Ducati’s success with the Scrambler, BMW’s runaway rNineT sales and Triumph’s own success with the Bonneville Bobber to see that ‘retro’ bikes with easy to handle – and easy to maintain – attributes are the big winners within a manufacturer’s line-up.
Which makes a reformatted and repositioned bike such as the new Triumph Speedmaster an extremely intriguing and exciting proposition.
So if Triumph are about to release a ‘cruiser’ that handles as well as the Bonneville Bobber and looks as great as the rest of the Bonneville range?
Well, chalk us up to the ranks of the ‘arty tattoos, rolled-up jeans and open-faced lid’ brigade that doesn’t exist.