Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

The Porsche 959

The Porsche 959 was the first of the modern supercars. It was originally conceived for the borderline insane world of Group B racing, but the class was cancelled by the FIA before the twin-turbocharged 959 could be homologated. That said, it’s likely that Group B had evolved beyond the scope of the original 959 design brief by the mid-80s – favoring very small, lightweight cars with horsepower figures that seem like a typo at first glance.

When it was first released, the Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced road-going supercar ever built. It featured a dynamic computer controlled all-wheel drive system (Porsche-Steuer Kupplung), digital tyre pressure monitoring, automatic ride-height adjustable suspension, and an aluminium and Aramid/Kevlar composite body with a Nomex floor.

While Group B racing wasn’t on the cards for the 959, the Paris Dakar was. Racing driver Jacky Ickx encouraged Porsche to enter the desert race, and the company modified three 911s into 4×4 953s – taking victory in the 1984 event. They returned a year later with three Porsche 959s but suffered disappointment and none completed the race. A year later in 1986 it was a different story, and all three Porsche 959s crossed the finish line in a popular 1, 2, 3 finish.

Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

This series of plain body posters by London-based digital production studio INK are designed to showcase the Paris-Dakar version of the 959 in the purist way possible – with no livery or sponsorship.

There are three posters in total, showing the side, front, and rear respectively, allowing you to buy just one or to get all three and install them side by side as a feature.

Each poster is printed on high quality paper at A2 size, that’s 16.5″ x 23.4″, and they ship rolled in a cardboard tube (with no frame). If you’d like to see more or buy your own you can click the link below to visit the store listing.

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review


2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review

Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles.

Triumph claims 77 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. This power and torque is spread on smooth with a near flawless ride-by-wire system which only seems to have slight abruptness at low rpm during on/off throttle inputs. The 270-degree crank helps emit a low exhaust note that sounds even more appealing as the revs climb. Couple that charming engine with a smooth, positively actuating transmission, and you have a solid base for any kind of motorcycle you want to build around it. The torque-assist clutch also allows for a light lever pull which was never found to be tiring when putting around town or while lane-sharing.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Speedmaster shares suspension components with the original Bobber, now tweaked for the potential of two-up riding. The 41mm KYB cartridge-style fork has been outfitted with stiffer dual-rate springs, while the rear mono-shock also includes a heavier spring and adjustable preload. Although we didn’t have a chance to test the motorcycle with a passenger, I thoroughly enjoyed the stiffer fork, and the motorcycle seemed very well balanced throughout the ride. Bumps, abrupt changes in line selection, and freeway riding were all soaked up with ease and stability.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

With a 130 front and 150 rear tire, and a heavier overall weight when compared to the Bobber Black, it would be easy to think the Speedmaster’s handling could be negatively affected. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Speedmaster feels amazingly light yet stable when being flicked back and forth considering its specs. Its sporting character is mostly limited by cornering clearance, which will leave you scraping pegs corner after corner.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

At our first roundabout, I found myself dragging the pegs and concurrently shattering a reflector next to the painted lines on the road.

The dual 310mm front rotors slowed by Brembo twin-piston calipers provide excellent stopping power. Hard braking is confidence inspiring with the well-damped fork. Out back, the Speedmaster uses a 255mm single rotor and single-pot Nissin caliper. ABS is standard and is unable to be disengaged.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Hi-viz yellow extended mudguard not U.S. Spec.

Styling is unmistakably Triumph. Pricing starts at $13,150 for Jet Black, while Cranberry Red will cost an additional $250. All models come with 32-spoke wire wheels adding to the classic appeal. The model we tested retails at $13,650, with the Fusion White/Phantom Black colorway adding $500 to MSRP. The white and black on the tank are separated by a hand-painted gold coach line which lends a premium quality to the Speedmaster.

Inside Triumph: Top 10 Tidbits Learned Behind The Factory Doors

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of the Bonneville line combines just the right amount of modernity with retro styling, and the Speedmaster is no different.

While the visual impression is classic British custom, the technology is modern, all while being cleverly tucked away and masked. Some of my complaints with bikes such as the new Kawasaki Z900RS are that they are too much a mashup of futuristic styling and classic components. I prefer the mostly classic look with slight nuances of modern tech as seen on most of Triumph’s modern classics range.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

All lighting on the Speedmaster is LED, including the daytime running light which lets you know this isn’t a bike from the ’60s. Other than that, you may be hard-pressed to notice the modern accoutrements.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Speedmaster uses a single-clock instrument to house all of the information needed, such as a fuel gauge, trip meters, odometer, average and current gas mileage, while using an analog speedometer. The tech doesn’t stop there. The ride-by-wire controls bring two engine maps: Road and Rain, both of which offer full horsepower, with the latter offering smoother power delivery. Traction control is switchable on or off via the information screen. The Speedmaster also comes standard with cruise control actuated by a single button on the left control module. One press to turn it on, one press to set, and one press for off. Easy as it comes. There is also an immobilizer in the key in case someone happens to knick your precious Trumpet.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

To make your Speedmaster yours, Triumph offers an accessory catalog that is ever-expanding as the Bonneville line-up grows. Don’t have the time to pick out each individual part? Triumph has put together two “inspiration packages” which give the Speedmaster more touring capability or attitude.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Highway kit, aimed to enhance the bike’s touring capability, will retail for $2,225 and includes a waxed cotton & leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider passenger seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger backrest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The inspiration kit that inspired me though, was the Maverick – which is meant to give the Speedmaster a more stripped-back aggressive styling closer to that of the Bobber Black. The Maverick kit includes a brown quilted single seat set-up, flat handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhaust and other details, including a blacked-out oil filler cap, and a grabrail-removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish, minimal rear end.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is a solid British cruiser built on a proven chassis around an exciting engine. While a little extra finesse is needed in corners to counteract the minimal cornering clearance, the Speedmaster is just as easily and confidently ridden aggressively as it is adept at cruising down the highway.

All Things Triumph On Motorcycle.com

Interested in the Bobber but want the versatility of two-up riding? The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster might be the goldilocks option for you.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
+ Highs

  • Strong front brake
  • Well balanced suspension
  • Both of those combined with the 1200cc HT engine make the Speedmaster fun to ride fast
– Sighs

  • Peg feelers feel the ground all too often
  • Swept back “Beach Bars” put wrists at an awkward angle some may find uncomfortable
  • Slight abruptness from RbW throttle at low rpm

In Gear

Helmet: Bell Star Race Starting at $699.99
Jacket: Dainese Heston $679.95 (No longer in production)
Gloves: Alpinestars Robinson Glove $89.95
Boots: Red Wing Iron Ranger $319.99

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Specifications
Price $13,150 for Jet Black / $13,400 for Cranberry Red / $13,650 for Fusion White and Phantom Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled SOHC Parallel twin cylinder; Four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 97.6mm x 80mm
Capacity 1200cc
Power (claimed) 77 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque (claimed) 78.2 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive X-ring Chain
Front Suspension 41mm non-adjustable KYB Cartridge fork; 3.5-in travel
Rear Suspension KYB Mono-shock with linkage and preload adjustment; 2.9-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm discs with two-piston axial mounted Brembo calipers; ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc with single-piston axial mounted Nissin caliper; ABS
Wheels and Tires Wire spoked steel rims; Front: 2.5”x16” Rear: 3.5”x16” Avon Cobra
Front: 130/90 B16  Rear: 150/80 R16
Saddle height 27.8 inches
Rake 25.3-degrees
Trail 3.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.4 inches
Dry Weight 541 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review


2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review

Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles.

Triumph claims 77 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. This power and torque is spread on smooth with a near flawless ride-by-wire system which only seems to have slight abruptness at low rpm during on/off throttle inputs. The 270-degree crank helps emit a low exhaust note that sounds even more appealing as the revs climb. Couple that charming engine with a smooth, positively actuating transmission, and you have a solid base for any kind of motorcycle you want to build around it. The torque-assist clutch also allows for a light lever pull which was never found to be tiring when putting around town or while lane-sharing.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Speedmaster shares suspension components with the original Bobber, now tweaked for the potential of two-up riding. The 41mm KYB cartridge-style fork has been outfitted with stiffer dual-rate springs, while the rear mono-shock also includes a heavier spring and adjustable preload. Although we didn’t have a chance to test the motorcycle with a passenger, I thoroughly enjoyed the stiffer fork, and the motorcycle seemed very well balanced throughout the ride. Bumps, abrupt changes in line selection, and freeway riding were all soaked up with ease and stability.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

With a 130 front and 150 rear tire, and a heavier overall weight when compared to the Bobber Black, it would be easy to think the Speedmaster’s handling could be negatively affected. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Speedmaster feels amazingly light yet stable when being flicked back and forth considering its specs. Its sporting character is mostly limited by cornering clearance, which will leave you scraping pegs corner after corner.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

At our first roundabout, I found myself dragging the pegs and concurrently shattering a reflector next to the painted lines on the road.

The dual 310mm front rotors slowed by Brembo twin-piston calipers provide excellent stopping power. Hard braking is confidence inspiring with the well-damped fork. Out back, the Speedmaster uses a 255mm single rotor and single-pot Nissin caliper. ABS is standard and is unable to be disengaged.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Hi-viz yellow extended mudguard not U.S. Spec.

Styling is unmistakably Triumph. Pricing starts at $13,150 for Jet Black, while Cranberry Red will cost an additional $250. All models come with 32-spoke wire wheels adding to the classic appeal. The model we tested retails at $13,650, with the Fusion White/Phantom Black colorway adding $500 to MSRP. The white and black on the tank are separated by a hand-painted gold coach line which lends a premium quality to the Speedmaster.

Inside Triumph: Top 10 Tidbits Learned Behind The Factory Doors

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of the Bonneville line combines just the right amount of modernity with retro styling, and the Speedmaster is no different.

While the visual impression is classic British custom, the technology is modern, all while being cleverly tucked away and masked. Some of my complaints with bikes such as the new Kawasaki Z900RS are that they are too much a mashup of futuristic styling and classic components. I prefer the mostly classic look with slight nuances of modern tech as seen on most of Triumph’s modern classics range.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

All lighting on the Speedmaster is LED, including the daytime running light which lets you know this isn’t a bike from the ’60s. Other than that, you may be hard-pressed to notice the modern accoutrements.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Speedmaster uses a single-clock instrument to house all of the information needed, such as a fuel gauge, trip meters, odometer, average and current gas mileage, while using an analog speedometer. The tech doesn’t stop there. The ride-by-wire controls bring two engine maps: Road and Rain, both of which offer full horsepower, with the latter offering smoother power delivery. Traction control is switchable on or off via the information screen. The Speedmaster also comes standard with cruise control actuated by a single button on the left control module. One press to turn it on, one press to set, and one press for off. Easy as it comes. There is also an immobilizer in the key in case someone happens to knick your precious Trumpet.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

To make your Speedmaster yours, Triumph offers an accessory catalog that is ever-expanding as the Bonneville line-up grows. Don’t have the time to pick out each individual part? Triumph has put together two “inspiration packages” which give the Speedmaster more touring capability or attitude.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Highway kit, aimed to enhance the bike’s touring capability, will retail for $2,225 and includes a waxed cotton & leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider passenger seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger backrest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The inspiration kit that inspired me though, was the Maverick – which is meant to give the Speedmaster a more stripped-back aggressive styling closer to that of the Bobber Black. The Maverick kit includes a brown quilted single seat set-up, flat handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhaust and other details, including a blacked-out oil filler cap, and a grabrail-removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish, minimal rear end.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is a solid British cruiser built on a proven chassis around an exciting engine. While a little extra finesse is needed in corners to counteract the minimal cornering clearance, the Speedmaster is just as easily and confidently ridden aggressively as it is adept at cruising down the highway.

All Things Triumph On Motorcycle.com

Interested in the Bobber but want the versatility of two-up riding? The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster might be the goldilocks option for you.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
+ Highs

  • Strong front brake
  • Well balanced suspension
  • Both of those combined with the 1200cc HT engine make the Speedmaster fun to ride fast
– Sighs

  • Peg feelers feel the ground all too often
  • Swept back “Beach Bars” put wrists at an awkward angle some may find uncomfortable
  • Slight abruptness from RbW throttle at low rpm

In Gear

Helmet: Bell Star Race Starting at $699.99
Jacket: Dainese Heston $679.95 (No longer in production)
Gloves: Alpinestars Robinson Glove $89.95
Boots: Red Wing Iron Ranger $319.99

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Specifications
Price $13,150 for Jet Black / $13,400 for Cranberry Red / $13,650 for Fusion White and Phantom Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled SOHC Parallel twin cylinder; Four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 97.6mm x 80mm
Capacity 1200cc
Power (claimed) 77 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque (claimed) 78.2 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive X-ring Chain
Front Suspension 41mm non-adjustable KYB Cartridge fork; 3.5-in travel
Rear Suspension KYB Mono-shock with linkage and preload adjustment; 2.9-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm discs with two-piston axial mounted Brembo calipers; ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc with single-piston axial mounted Nissin caliper; ABS
Wheels and Tires Wire spoked steel rims; Front: 2.5”x16” Rear: 3.5”x16” Avon Cobra
Front: 130/90 B16  Rear: 150/80 R16
Saddle height 27.8 inches
Rake 25.3-degrees
Trail 3.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.4 inches
Dry Weight 541 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review


2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review

Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles.

Triumph claims 77 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. This power and torque is spread on smooth with a near flawless ride-by-wire system which only seems to have slight abruptness at low rpm during on/off throttle inputs. The 270-degree crank helps emit a low exhaust note that sounds even more appealing as the revs climb. Couple that charming engine with a smooth, positively actuating transmission, and you have a solid base for any kind of motorcycle you want to build around it. The torque-assist clutch also allows for a light lever pull which was never found to be tiring when putting around town or while lane-sharing.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Speedmaster shares suspension components with the original Bobber, now tweaked for the potential of two-up riding. The 41mm KYB cartridge-style fork has been outfitted with stiffer dual-rate springs, while the rear mono-shock also includes a heavier spring and adjustable preload. Although we didn’t have a chance to test the motorcycle with a passenger, I thoroughly enjoyed the stiffer fork, and the motorcycle seemed very well balanced throughout the ride. Bumps, abrupt changes in line selection, and freeway riding were all soaked up with ease and stability.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

With a 130 front and 150 rear tire, and a heavier overall weight when compared to the Bobber Black, it would be easy to think the Speedmaster’s handling could be negatively affected. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Speedmaster feels amazingly light yet stable when being flicked back and forth considering its specs. Its sporting character is mostly limited by cornering clearance, which will leave you scraping pegs corner after corner.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

At our first roundabout, I found myself dragging the pegs and concurrently shattering a reflector next to the painted lines on the road.

The dual 310mm front rotors slowed by Brembo twin-piston calipers provide excellent stopping power. Hard braking is confidence inspiring with the well-damped fork. Out back, the Speedmaster uses a 255mm single rotor and single-pot Nissin caliper. ABS is standard and is unable to be disengaged.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Hi-viz yellow extended mudguard not U.S. Spec.

Styling is unmistakably Triumph. Pricing starts at $13,150 for Jet Black, while Cranberry Red will cost an additional $250. All models come with 32-spoke wire wheels adding to the classic appeal. The model we tested retails at $13,650, with the Fusion White/Phantom Black colorway adding $500 to MSRP. The white and black on the tank are separated by a hand-painted gold coach line which lends a premium quality to the Speedmaster.

Inside Triumph: Top 10 Tidbits Learned Behind The Factory Doors

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of the Bonneville line combines just the right amount of modernity with retro styling, and the Speedmaster is no different.

While the visual impression is classic British custom, the technology is modern, all while being cleverly tucked away and masked. Some of my complaints with bikes such as the new Kawasaki Z900RS are that they are too much a mashup of futuristic styling and classic components. I prefer the mostly classic look with slight nuances of modern tech as seen on most of Triumph’s modern classics range.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

All lighting on the Speedmaster is LED, including the daytime running light which lets you know this isn’t a bike from the ’60s. Other than that, you may be hard-pressed to notice the modern accoutrements.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Speedmaster uses a single-clock instrument to house all of the information needed, such as a fuel gauge, trip meters, odometer, average and current gas mileage, while using an analog speedometer. The tech doesn’t stop there. The ride-by-wire controls bring two engine maps: Road and Rain, both of which offer full horsepower, with the latter offering smoother power delivery. Traction control is switchable on or off via the information screen. The Speedmaster also comes standard with cruise control actuated by a single button on the left control module. One press to turn it on, one press to set, and one press for off. Easy as it comes. There is also an immobilizer in the key in case someone happens to knick your precious Trumpet.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

To make your Speedmaster yours, Triumph offers an accessory catalog that is ever-expanding as the Bonneville line-up grows. Don’t have the time to pick out each individual part? Triumph has put together two “inspiration packages” which give the Speedmaster more touring capability or attitude.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Highway kit, aimed to enhance the bike’s touring capability, will retail for $2,225 and includes a waxed cotton & leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider passenger seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger backrest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The inspiration kit that inspired me though, was the Maverick – which is meant to give the Speedmaster a more stripped-back aggressive styling closer to that of the Bobber Black. The Maverick kit includes a brown quilted single seat set-up, flat handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhaust and other details, including a blacked-out oil filler cap, and a grabrail-removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish, minimal rear end.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is a solid British cruiser built on a proven chassis around an exciting engine. While a little extra finesse is needed in corners to counteract the minimal cornering clearance, the Speedmaster is just as easily and confidently ridden aggressively as it is adept at cruising down the highway.

All Things Triumph On Motorcycle.com

Interested in the Bobber but want the versatility of two-up riding? The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster might be the goldilocks option for you.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
+ Highs

  • Strong front brake
  • Well balanced suspension
  • Both of those combined with the 1200cc HT engine make the Speedmaster fun to ride fast
– Sighs

  • Peg feelers feel the ground all too often
  • Swept back “Beach Bars” put wrists at an awkward angle some may find uncomfortable
  • Slight abruptness from RbW throttle at low rpm

In Gear

Helmet: Bell Star Race Starting at $699.99
Jacket: Dainese Heston $679.95 (No longer in production)
Gloves: Alpinestars Robinson Glove $89.95
Boots: Red Wing Iron Ranger $319.99

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Specifications
Price $13,150 for Jet Black / $13,400 for Cranberry Red / $13,650 for Fusion White and Phantom Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled SOHC Parallel twin cylinder; Four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 97.6mm x 80mm
Capacity 1200cc
Power (claimed) 77 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque (claimed) 78.2 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive X-ring Chain
Front Suspension 41mm non-adjustable KYB Cartridge fork; 3.5-in travel
Rear Suspension KYB Mono-shock with linkage and preload adjustment; 2.9-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm discs with two-piston axial mounted Brembo calipers; ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc with single-piston axial mounted Nissin caliper; ABS
Wheels and Tires Wire spoked steel rims; Front: 2.5”x16” Rear: 3.5”x16” Avon Cobra
Front: 130/90 B16  Rear: 150/80 R16
Saddle height 27.8 inches
Rake 25.3-degrees
Trail 3.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.4 inches
Dry Weight 541 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review


2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review

Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles.

Triumph claims 77 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. This power and torque is spread on smooth with a near flawless ride-by-wire system which only seems to have slight abruptness at low rpm during on/off throttle inputs. The 270-degree crank helps emit a low exhaust note that sounds even more appealing as the revs climb. Couple that charming engine with a smooth, positively actuating transmission, and you have a solid base for any kind of motorcycle you want to build around it. The torque-assist clutch also allows for a light lever pull which was never found to be tiring when putting around town or while lane-sharing.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Speedmaster shares suspension components with the original Bobber, now tweaked for the potential of two-up riding. The 41mm KYB cartridge-style fork has been outfitted with stiffer dual-rate springs, while the rear mono-shock also includes a heavier spring and adjustable preload. Although we didn’t have a chance to test the motorcycle with a passenger, I thoroughly enjoyed the stiffer fork, and the motorcycle seemed very well balanced throughout the ride. Bumps, abrupt changes in line selection, and freeway riding were all soaked up with ease and stability.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

With a 130 front and 150 rear tire, and a heavier overall weight when compared to the Bobber Black, it would be easy to think the Speedmaster’s handling could be negatively affected. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Speedmaster feels amazingly light yet stable when being flicked back and forth considering its specs. Its sporting character is mostly limited by cornering clearance, which will leave you scraping pegs corner after corner.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

At our first roundabout, I found myself dragging the pegs and concurrently shattering a reflector next to the painted lines on the road.

The dual 310mm front rotors slowed by Brembo twin-piston calipers provide excellent stopping power. Hard braking is confidence inspiring with the well-damped fork. Out back, the Speedmaster uses a 255mm single rotor and single-pot Nissin caliper. ABS is standard and is unable to be disengaged.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Hi-viz yellow extended mudguard not U.S. Spec.

Styling is unmistakably Triumph. Pricing starts at $13,150 for Jet Black, while Cranberry Red will cost an additional $250. All models come with 32-spoke wire wheels adding to the classic appeal. The model we tested retails at $13,650, with the Fusion White/Phantom Black colorway adding $500 to MSRP. The white and black on the tank are separated by a hand-painted gold coach line which lends a premium quality to the Speedmaster.

Inside Triumph: Top 10 Tidbits Learned Behind The Factory Doors

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of the Bonneville line combines just the right amount of modernity with retro styling, and the Speedmaster is no different.

While the visual impression is classic British custom, the technology is modern, all while being cleverly tucked away and masked. Some of my complaints with bikes such as the new Kawasaki Z900RS are that they are too much a mashup of futuristic styling and classic components. I prefer the mostly classic look with slight nuances of modern tech as seen on most of Triumph’s modern classics range.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

All lighting on the Speedmaster is LED, including the daytime running light which lets you know this isn’t a bike from the ’60s. Other than that, you may be hard-pressed to notice the modern accoutrements.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Speedmaster uses a single-clock instrument to house all of the information needed, such as a fuel gauge, trip meters, odometer, average and current gas mileage, while using an analog speedometer. The tech doesn’t stop there. The ride-by-wire controls bring two engine maps: Road and Rain, both of which offer full horsepower, with the latter offering smoother power delivery. Traction control is switchable on or off via the information screen. The Speedmaster also comes standard with cruise control actuated by a single button on the left control module. One press to turn it on, one press to set, and one press for off. Easy as it comes. There is also an immobilizer in the key in case someone happens to knick your precious Trumpet.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

To make your Speedmaster yours, Triumph offers an accessory catalog that is ever-expanding as the Bonneville line-up grows. Don’t have the time to pick out each individual part? Triumph has put together two “inspiration packages” which give the Speedmaster more touring capability or attitude.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Highway kit, aimed to enhance the bike’s touring capability, will retail for $2,225 and includes a waxed cotton & leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider passenger seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger backrest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The inspiration kit that inspired me though, was the Maverick – which is meant to give the Speedmaster a more stripped-back aggressive styling closer to that of the Bobber Black. The Maverick kit includes a brown quilted single seat set-up, flat handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhaust and other details, including a blacked-out oil filler cap, and a grabrail-removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish, minimal rear end.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is a solid British cruiser built on a proven chassis around an exciting engine. While a little extra finesse is needed in corners to counteract the minimal cornering clearance, the Speedmaster is just as easily and confidently ridden aggressively as it is adept at cruising down the highway.

All Things Triumph On Motorcycle.com

Interested in the Bobber but want the versatility of two-up riding? The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster might be the goldilocks option for you.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
+ Highs

  • Strong front brake
  • Well balanced suspension
  • Both of those combined with the 1200cc HT engine make the Speedmaster fun to ride fast
– Sighs

  • Peg feelers feel the ground all too often
  • Swept back “Beach Bars” put wrists at an awkward angle some may find uncomfortable
  • Slight abruptness from RbW throttle at low rpm

In Gear

Helmet: Bell Star Race Starting at $699.99
Jacket: Dainese Heston $679.95 (No longer in production)
Gloves: Alpinestars Robinson Glove $89.95
Boots: Red Wing Iron Ranger $319.99

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Specifications
Price $13,150 for Jet Black / $13,400 for Cranberry Red / $13,650 for Fusion White and Phantom Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled SOHC Parallel twin cylinder; Four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 97.6mm x 80mm
Capacity 1200cc
Power (claimed) 77 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque (claimed) 78.2 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive X-ring Chain
Front Suspension 41mm non-adjustable KYB Cartridge fork; 3.5-in travel
Rear Suspension KYB Mono-shock with linkage and preload adjustment; 2.9-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm discs with two-piston axial mounted Brembo calipers; ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc with single-piston axial mounted Nissin caliper; ABS
Wheels and Tires Wire spoked steel rims; Front: 2.5”x16” Rear: 3.5”x16” Avon Cobra
Front: 130/90 B16  Rear: 150/80 R16
Saddle height 27.8 inches
Rake 25.3-degrees
Trail 3.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.4 inches
Dry Weight 541 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review


2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Editor Score: 85.5%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review

Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles.

Triumph claims 77 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. This power and torque is spread on smooth with a near flawless ride-by-wire system which only seems to have slight abruptness at low rpm during on/off throttle inputs. The 270-degree crank helps emit a low exhaust note that sounds even more appealing as the revs climb. Couple that charming engine with a smooth, positively actuating transmission, and you have a solid base for any kind of motorcycle you want to build around it. The torque-assist clutch also allows for a light lever pull which was never found to be tiring when putting around town or while lane-sharing.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Speedmaster shares suspension components with the original Bobber, now tweaked for the potential of two-up riding. The 41mm KYB cartridge-style fork has been outfitted with stiffer dual-rate springs, while the rear mono-shock also includes a heavier spring and adjustable preload. Although we didn’t have a chance to test the motorcycle with a passenger, I thoroughly enjoyed the stiffer fork, and the motorcycle seemed very well balanced throughout the ride. Bumps, abrupt changes in line selection, and freeway riding were all soaked up with ease and stability.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

With a 130 front and 150 rear tire, and a heavier overall weight when compared to the Bobber Black, it would be easy to think the Speedmaster’s handling could be negatively affected. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Speedmaster feels amazingly light yet stable when being flicked back and forth considering its specs. Its sporting character is mostly limited by cornering clearance, which will leave you scraping pegs corner after corner.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

At our first roundabout, I found myself dragging the pegs and concurrently shattering a reflector next to the painted lines on the road.

The dual 310mm front rotors slowed by Brembo twin-piston calipers provide excellent stopping power. Hard braking is confidence inspiring with the well-damped fork. Out back, the Speedmaster uses a 255mm single rotor and single-pot Nissin caliper. ABS is standard and is unable to be disengaged.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Hi-viz yellow extended mudguard not U.S. Spec.

Styling is unmistakably Triumph. Pricing starts at $13,150 for Jet Black, while Cranberry Red will cost an additional $250. All models come with 32-spoke wire wheels adding to the classic appeal. The model we tested retails at $13,650, with the Fusion White/Phantom Black colorway adding $500 to MSRP. The white and black on the tank are separated by a hand-painted gold coach line which lends a premium quality to the Speedmaster.

Inside Triumph: Top 10 Tidbits Learned Behind The Factory Doors

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of the Bonneville line combines just the right amount of modernity with retro styling, and the Speedmaster is no different.

While the visual impression is classic British custom, the technology is modern, all while being cleverly tucked away and masked. Some of my complaints with bikes such as the new Kawasaki Z900RS are that they are too much a mashup of futuristic styling and classic components. I prefer the mostly classic look with slight nuances of modern tech as seen on most of Triumph’s modern classics range.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

All lighting on the Speedmaster is LED, including the daytime running light which lets you know this isn’t a bike from the ’60s. Other than that, you may be hard-pressed to notice the modern accoutrements.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Speedmaster uses a single-clock instrument to house all of the information needed, such as a fuel gauge, trip meters, odometer, average and current gas mileage, while using an analog speedometer. The tech doesn’t stop there. The ride-by-wire controls bring two engine maps: Road and Rain, both of which offer full horsepower, with the latter offering smoother power delivery. Traction control is switchable on or off via the information screen. The Speedmaster also comes standard with cruise control actuated by a single button on the left control module. One press to turn it on, one press to set, and one press for off. Easy as it comes. There is also an immobilizer in the key in case someone happens to knick your precious Trumpet.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

To make your Speedmaster yours, Triumph offers an accessory catalog that is ever-expanding as the Bonneville line-up grows. Don’t have the time to pick out each individual part? Triumph has put together two “inspiration packages” which give the Speedmaster more touring capability or attitude.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Highway kit, aimed to enhance the bike’s touring capability, will retail for $2,225 and includes a waxed cotton & leather pannier set, adjustable touring screen, comfort rider seat, matching wider passenger seat, and a host of chrome features including engine bars, passenger backrest, luggage rack and a polished machined oil filler cap.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The inspiration kit that inspired me though, was the Maverick – which is meant to give the Speedmaster a more stripped-back aggressive styling closer to that of the Bobber Black. The Maverick kit includes a brown quilted single seat set-up, flat handlebars, black Vance & Hines exhaust and other details, including a blacked-out oil filler cap, and a grabrail-removal kit and rear mudguard finisher for a stylish, minimal rear end.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is a solid British cruiser built on a proven chassis around an exciting engine. While a little extra finesse is needed in corners to counteract the minimal cornering clearance, the Speedmaster is just as easily and confidently ridden aggressively as it is adept at cruising down the highway.

All Things Triumph On Motorcycle.com

Interested in the Bobber but want the versatility of two-up riding? The 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster might be the goldilocks option for you.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
+ Highs

  • Strong front brake
  • Well balanced suspension
  • Both of those combined with the 1200cc HT engine make the Speedmaster fun to ride fast
– Sighs

  • Peg feelers feel the ground all too often
  • Swept back “Beach Bars” put wrists at an awkward angle some may find uncomfortable
  • Slight abruptness from RbW throttle at low rpm

In Gear

Helmet: Bell Star Race Starting at $699.99
Jacket: Dainese Heston $679.95 (No longer in production)
Gloves: Alpinestars Robinson Glove $89.95
Boots: Red Wing Iron Ranger $319.99

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Specifications
Price $13,150 for Jet Black / $13,400 for Cranberry Red / $13,650 for Fusion White and Phantom Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled SOHC Parallel twin cylinder; Four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 97.6mm x 80mm
Capacity 1200cc
Power (claimed) 77 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque (claimed) 78.2 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive X-ring Chain
Front Suspension 41mm non-adjustable KYB Cartridge fork; 3.5-in travel
Rear Suspension KYB Mono-shock with linkage and preload adjustment; 2.9-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm discs with two-piston axial mounted Brembo calipers; ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc with single-piston axial mounted Nissin caliper; ABS
Wheels and Tires Wire spoked steel rims; Front: 2.5”x16” Rear: 3.5”x16” Avon Cobra
Front: 130/90 B16  Rear: 150/80 R16
Saddle height 27.8 inches
Rake 25.3-degrees
Trail 3.6 inches
Wheelbase 59.4 inches
Dry Weight 541 lbs (claimed)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

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Zero Electric Motorcycle Range

When it comes to a (relatively) affordable mass-produced electric motorcycle, Santa Cruz, California’s Zero is the most prevalent manufacturer of e-bikes. Sure, Italy’s Energica has a high-end line of electrics and KTM and BMW are bringing to market electric dirtbikes (the Freeride E-XC) and scooters (the C Evolution), respectively, but we’re still waiting on Harley’s LiveWire and an Indian version of the Brammo/Victory Empulse platform. Then there’s the ultra e-bike, Lightning’s LS 218, which is offered in small-scale production, as well as the RedShift dirtbike from Alta Motors.

All Things Electric On Motorcycle.com

That leaves Zero as the major player among e-bikes. We’ve reviewed many Zero models over the company’s first decade in existence, but what’s the current (heh, heh) state of the art when it comes to electric motorcycle range?

Zero S with the ZF13 battery will get you 161 miles around town.

Zero’s first model, the S supermoto, offered a paltry 60 mph of top speed and a claimed (and probably exaggerated) 50 miles of city range – barely enough to make it an effective around-town playbike, more of a scooter, really. But the dudes in Zero’s battery department have been hard at work the last decade delivering a practical product to consumers ready to plunk down $8,495 to $16,495 for a new FX, FXS, S, DS, SR or DSR. Now, Zero claims you can go well over 200 miles on a single charge when used in urban riding… if you have the cash.

2010 Electric Motorcycle Shootout

Zero’s first production “street” motorcycle, the 2009 S, was limited to 60 mph and could, in theory, coax 60 miles at a steady 25 mph out of its 4 kWh battery. In reality it was probably less.

An electric vehicle is basically a giant battery you drive or ride around on, and different riders have different range and speed requirements. Zero caters to its customers by offering multiple battery options for each model. The lightest, lowest-priced models (both priced at $8,495), the dirt-oriented FX and supermoto FXS come standard with a single 3.6 kWh battery that should go 50 miles at lower (around 30 mph) city speeds or 20 miles at a steady 70 mph. But the bikes have a modular design – paying an extra $2,000 gets you an additional 3.6 kWh battery that slots in next to the first one. (No, it’s not that convenient to pull them out so you can charge them in your apartment or at work.)

This bumps power to 46 hp (from 27), adds 42 pounds to the FX/FXS’ 251-pound claimed weight and doubles the range, to 100 city and 50 highway. If you’re wondering, the ranges are based on the EPA’s EDDS test cycle for electric vehicles, and are pretty accurate.

All Things Zero Motorcycles On Motorcycle.com

If you want to go further (and faster), the standard-styled S and dual-sport DS offer two basic battery options. The first is a 7.2 kWh pack that offers less range than the 7.2 kWh you’d get out of an FX or FXS (due to the S’ greater power output and weight), but also lighter weight, better handling and a tasty $10,995 price tag. Sure, you’ll only go 89 miles around town and 45 miles at 70 mph, but for most commuters, that’s all they need. Opt for the $13,995 13 kWh pack and you can go 161 miles at low speeds and 81 miles at 70 mph. Shell out $2,895 for the ‘Power Tank’ – it adds 3.6 kWh of capacity – and you can go a claimed 206 miles around town or all the way to 103 miles at 70 mph. The DS, with a bigger front wheel and different gearing, loses about 9% of that range.

If you want to spend top dollar in a Zero dealership, you’ll be checking out the high-spec SR and DSR. In addition to having beefed-up motors capable of higher sustained top speeds, the two models come with 14.4 kWh batteries. The SR can travel a claimed 179 miles around town or 90 miles at a steady 70 mph. Slap on that Power Tank and the numbers jump to 223/112 miles. You’ll pay for it, though: the SR runs a cool $16,495 without the Power Tank.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

Of course, once you’re out of juice you will want to recharge. The onboard charger plugs into any 110-volt socket – it’s convenient but slow, as it can take up to 10 hours to charge. You can cut that time in half or less by using one or more of Zero’s accessory chargers, or cut it to just an hour or two (depending on model) by opting for the $2,295 Charge Tank, which works with standard J1772 EV chargers… but doesn’t let you add the Power Tank (sad trombone sound!).

So there you have it, everything you ever wanted to know about the current ranges for the current Zero model line!

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Zero Electric Motorcycle Range

When it comes to a (relatively) affordable mass-produced electric motorcycle, Santa Cruz, California’s Zero is the most prevalent manufacturer of e-bikes. Sure, Italy’s Energica has a high-end line of electrics and KTM and BMW are bringing to market electric dirtbikes (the Freeride E-XC) and scooters (the C Evolution), respectively, but we’re still waiting on Harley’s LiveWire and an Indian version of the Brammo/Victory Empulse platform. Then there’s the ultra e-bike, Lightning’s LS 218, which is offered in small-scale production, as well as the RedShift dirtbike from Alta Motors.

All Things Electric On Motorcycle.com

That leaves Zero as the major player among e-bikes. We’ve reviewed many Zero models over the company’s first decade in existence, but what’s the current (heh, heh) state of the art when it comes to electric motorcycle range?

Zero S with the ZF13 battery will get you 161 miles around town.

Zero’s first model, the S supermoto, offered a paltry 60 mph of top speed and a claimed (and probably exaggerated) 50 miles of city range – barely enough to make it an effective around-town playbike, more of a scooter, really. But the dudes in Zero’s battery department have been hard at work the last decade delivering a practical product to consumers ready to plunk down $8,495 to $16,495 for a new FX, FXS, S, DS, SR or DSR. Now, Zero claims you can go well over 200 miles on a single charge when used in urban riding… if you have the cash.

2010 Electric Motorcycle Shootout

Zero’s first production “street” motorcycle, the 2009 S, was limited to 60 mph and could, in theory, coax 60 miles at a steady 25 mph out of its 4 kWh battery. In reality it was probably less.

An electric vehicle is basically a giant battery you drive or ride around on, and different riders have different range and speed requirements. Zero caters to its customers by offering multiple battery options for each model. The lightest, lowest-priced models (both priced at $8,495), the dirt-oriented FX and supermoto FXS come standard with a single 3.6 kWh battery that should go 50 miles at lower (around 30 mph) city speeds or 20 miles at a steady 70 mph. But the bikes have a modular design – paying an extra $2,000 gets you an additional 3.6 kWh battery that slots in next to the first one. (No, it’s not that convenient to pull them out so you can charge them in your apartment or at work.)

This bumps power to 46 hp (from 27), adds 42 pounds to the FX/FXS’ 251-pound claimed weight and doubles the range, to 100 city and 50 highway. If you’re wondering, the ranges are based on the EPA’s EDDS test cycle for electric vehicles, and are pretty accurate.

All Things Zero Motorcycles On Motorcycle.com

If you want to go further (and faster), the standard-styled S and dual-sport DS offer two basic battery options. The first is a 7.2 kWh pack that offers less range than the 7.2 kWh you’d get out of an FX or FXS (due to the S’ greater power output and weight), but also lighter weight, better handling and a tasty $10,995 price tag. Sure, you’ll only go 89 miles around town and 45 miles at 70 mph, but for most commuters, that’s all they need. Opt for the $13,995 13 kWh pack and you can go 161 miles at low speeds and 81 miles at 70 mph. Shell out $2,895 for the ‘Power Tank’ – it adds 3.6 kWh of capacity – and you can go a claimed 206 miles around town or all the way to 103 miles at 70 mph. The DS, with a bigger front wheel and different gearing, loses about 9% of that range.

If you want to spend top dollar in a Zero dealership, you’ll be checking out the high-spec SR and DSR. In addition to having beefed-up motors capable of higher sustained top speeds, the two models come with 14.4 kWh batteries. The SR can travel a claimed 179 miles around town or 90 miles at a steady 70 mph. Slap on that Power Tank and the numbers jump to 223/112 miles. You’ll pay for it, though: the SR runs a cool $16,495 without the Power Tank.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

Of course, once you’re out of juice you will want to recharge. The onboard charger plugs into any 110-volt socket – it’s convenient but slow, as it can take up to 10 hours to charge. You can cut that time in half or less by using one or more of Zero’s accessory chargers, or cut it to just an hour or two (depending on model) by opting for the $2,295 Charge Tank, which works with standard J1772 EV chargers… but doesn’t let you add the Power Tank (sad trombone sound!).

So there you have it, everything you ever wanted to know about the current ranges for the current Zero model line!

Zero Electric Motorcycle Range appeared first on Motorcycle.com.

Source: http://ift.tt/Xzx9iy January 19, 2018 at 12:32AM

Zero Electric Motorcycle Range

When it comes to a (relatively) affordable mass-produced electric motorcycle, Santa Cruz, California’s Zero is the most prevalent manufacturer of e-bikes. Sure, Italy’s Energica has a high-end line of electrics and KTM and BMW are bringing to market electric dirtbikes (the Freeride E-XC) and scooters (the C Evolution), respectively, but we’re still waiting on Harley’s LiveWire and an Indian version of the Brammo/Victory Empulse platform. Then there’s the ultra e-bike, Lightning’s LS 218, which is offered in small-scale production, as well as the RedShift dirtbike from Alta Motors.

All Things Electric On Motorcycle.com

That leaves Zero as the major player among e-bikes. We’ve reviewed many Zero models over the company’s first decade in existence, but what’s the current (heh, heh) state of the art when it comes to electric motorcycle range?

Zero S with the ZF13 battery will get you 161 miles around town.

Zero’s first model, the S supermoto, offered a paltry 60 mph of top speed and a claimed (and probably exaggerated) 50 miles of city range – barely enough to make it an effective around-town playbike, more of a scooter, really. But the dudes in Zero’s battery department have been hard at work the last decade delivering a practical product to consumers ready to plunk down $8,495 to $16,495 for a new FX, FXS, S, DS, SR or DSR. Now, Zero claims you can go well over 200 miles on a single charge when used in urban riding… if you have the cash.

2010 Electric Motorcycle Shootout

Zero’s first production “street” motorcycle, the 2009 S, was limited to 60 mph and could, in theory, coax 60 miles at a steady 25 mph out of its 4 kWh battery. In reality it was probably less.

An electric vehicle is basically a giant battery you drive or ride around on, and different riders have different range and speed requirements. Zero caters to its customers by offering multiple battery options for each model. The lightest, lowest-priced models (both priced at $8,495), the dirt-oriented FX and supermoto FXS come standard with a single 3.6 kWh battery that should go 50 miles at lower (around 30 mph) city speeds or 20 miles at a steady 70 mph. But the bikes have a modular design – paying an extra $2,000 gets you an additional 3.6 kWh battery that slots in next to the first one. (No, it’s not that convenient to pull them out so you can charge them in your apartment or at work.)

This bumps power to 46 hp (from 27), adds 42 pounds to the FX/FXS’ 251-pound claimed weight and doubles the range, to 100 city and 50 highway. If you’re wondering, the ranges are based on the EPA’s EDDS test cycle for electric vehicles, and are pretty accurate.

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If you want to go further (and faster), the standard-styled S and dual-sport DS offer two basic battery options. The first is a 7.2 kWh pack that offers less range than the 7.2 kWh you’d get out of an FX or FXS (due to the S’ greater power output and weight), but also lighter weight, better handling and a tasty $10,995 price tag. Sure, you’ll only go 89 miles around town and 45 miles at 70 mph, but for most commuters, that’s all they need. Opt for the $13,995 13 kWh pack and you can go 161 miles at low speeds and 81 miles at 70 mph. Shell out $2,895 for the ‘Power Tank’ – it adds 3.6 kWh of capacity – and you can go a claimed 206 miles around town or all the way to 103 miles at 70 mph. The DS, with a bigger front wheel and different gearing, loses about 9% of that range.

If you want to spend top dollar in a Zero dealership, you’ll be checking out the high-spec SR and DSR. In addition to having beefed-up motors capable of higher sustained top speeds, the two models come with 14.4 kWh batteries. The SR can travel a claimed 179 miles around town or 90 miles at a steady 70 mph. Slap on that Power Tank and the numbers jump to 223/112 miles. You’ll pay for it, though: the SR runs a cool $16,495 without the Power Tank.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

The 2018 Zero SR with the 14.7 kWh battery pack and accessory Charge Tank – expect a 95% charge in under two hours from a standard Level II charging station. A half hour should net you over 30 miles of highway cruising.

Of course, once you’re out of juice you will want to recharge. The onboard charger plugs into any 110-volt socket – it’s convenient but slow, as it can take up to 10 hours to charge. You can cut that time in half or less by using one or more of Zero’s accessory chargers, or cut it to just an hour or two (depending on model) by opting for the $2,295 Charge Tank, which works with standard J1772 EV chargers… but doesn’t let you add the Power Tank (sad trombone sound!).

So there you have it, everything you ever wanted to know about the current ranges for the current Zero model line!

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