Jeremy Webb was invited on a road trip to Goodwood motor circuit, riding the new Bobber Black and Speedmaster by the totally British firm, Triumph.
Given all the extensive topics covered by Luxurious Magazine, I found it a little confusing why articles on motorcycles were few and far between. In fact, I discovered the Editorial team tended to steer clear of them due to a distinct lack of knowledge! That’s all about to change as I’ve made it my mission to write about bikes that fit in with the ethos of the magazine.
When you think about iconic motorcycle brands, names like Harley Davison, Ducati, Vespa regularly pop up, coupled with the ever-present ‘shoe in’ – Triumph motorcycles. The moment I was offered the opportunity to ride a couple of Triumph’s models, I jumped at it. In my opinion, the Triumph brand with its extensive heritage and a historic cool factor is a perfect fit for the magazine.
There is nothing better than a road trip on a motorcycle, a chance to escape the city. Total freedom with life’s worries fading away every mile you ride. Experience wind in your face, the adrenaline rush of opening up the throttle. Biking is a lifestyle and there is no better way to experience it than on a Triumph.
We jumped on the bikes at beautiful Box Hill in Surrey, heading south to explore the stunning countryside of West Sussex.
My first ride was the Bonneville Speedmaster which starts at £11,650.00. It has a 1200cc High Torque engine which was very responsive. When opened up it pushed me along far quicker than I had expected. Always pleasant for bikers.
The engine is liquid cooled with parallel twin configuration and is combined with a very smooth six-speed gearbox. The sound from the engine is amazing and when you are in a convoy of five Triumph bikes, heads turn in every town you pass through.
I found the riding position ideal, with bars at the right height and reach. This allows an upright body, reducing strain on the back, Seating is very comfortable with excellent padding keeping the posterior from getting numb. The front-facing pegs mean your legs are rested with no strain at the knees.
Classic looks adorn the bike, but it is built with modern technologies throughout, like the headlight with LED but it could be straight from the 1950s.
Other modern enhancements are Ride-by-Wire, for improved throttle control and safety. This being paramount the Speedmaster has the latest ABS and Traction Control aiding the rider.