The Speedmaster is based on the Bonneville Bobber, a single seater. What has been added is a pillion seat and backrest, so you can tour two up. The Speedmaster offers a rather comfortable seating position, with the legs kicked out in front but not very far. Similarly, you need to reach out to the handlebar but it isn’t a big reach. However, the handlebar imitates the shape of the ‘bars of many decades ago, and it forces you to either tuck your elbows in, or if you’re a wide specimen your wrists are forced to bend, with the fingers pointing away from the body. This isn’t a problem with the left wrist, but with the constant motion required for the right wrist, it can be quite uncomfortable. The windshield does a great job of putting the rider out of the wind buffeting, and with the kind of speed the Speedmaster is capable of, it is a good addition. The rear suspension travel isn’t very much, as with all cruisers, but it doesn’t let sharp bumps through, which is a big plus point. The test bike you see has a kit worth Rs 1.2 lakhs installed. It has the crash guards, windscreen, comfort seats, a backrest with comfort padding, and soft luggage. Our aftermarket seats had great cushioning and it doesnt need a great stretch of the imagination for us to see ourselves riding into the sunset for a few days at a time with the Speedmaster.
Ex-showroom, Mumbai ₹ 11,33,700