You sit low down, with your arms and feet stretched out in front. Even the handlebar is raked backwards, which takes getting used to. This might have been a sign to take it easy around corners until a few years ago, but how the times have changed! Use countersteering appropriately, and you will be surprised how easily the Speedmaster tips into corners and changes directions. Mind you, it is not set up for serious corner carving, for the cornering clearance is limited and the footpegs will begin scraping in no time. Nevertheless, within its limits, the Speedmaster is a delightful motorcycle to ride around twisties.
The 1200cc engine is a low-revving torque monster. The grunt starts building right from the idle and peaks at around 5000rpm. Even if you happen to enter the corner a gear higher, you can just gas the Speedmaster and the torque will provide you with enough drive to see you through. As with the rest of Bonnie parallel-twins, the Speedmaster engine develops a buzz once you go past 3000rpm. However, considering that you can cruise at triple digit speeds (in kmph) in the sixth gear at less than 3000rpm, the vibrations aren't an issue unless you are belting the bike. The Speedmaster can be ridden in two modes - Rain and Road. Changing to Rain mode alters the throttle response to make the power delivery feel smoother.
The initial bite on the front brake is a little soft, which makes it appropriate for a cruiser. It also offers a good mix of stopping power, feel and progression. The suspension setup offered a perfect balance of comfort and sportiness, although we would reserve our judgement on how appropriate it is for Indian roads.