2010 Triumph Speedmaster Review


The 2010 Speedmaster launched by Triumph Motorcycle Ltd has continued to live up to expectations of being the meanest, no-nonsense bike in the sports cruiser category. Brimming with attitude, the new Speedmaster has become even more menacing due to advanced ergonomics and improved handling. Packed with a powerful fuel-injection upgraded engine and featuring a bold design language, the 2010 variant has been globally appreciated for its high performance as a middleweight contender.

The Triumph Speedmaster was born in 2002 with a 790 cc twin-cylinder engine and has, since then, gained an iconic status as a cruise-master. The model was initially developed based on the company’s Bonneville America running gear. As such, unlike other models in the cruiser market like a Harley or an Excelsior-Henderson, the Speedmaster has a different look and feel to it. In addition to the different styling, the overall engine configuration of the vehicle is different as well. The cruiser was initially built with a 790 cc air-cooled DOHC twin engine and an extended 65.2 inch wheelbase. This was later changed to the present 865 cc parallel twin engine along with a fuel-injection upgrade. With this update, the vehicle was able to fire up more easily from a cold start than the previous carbureted version and also run more smoothly when cold. The 2010 model is powered by a 270-degree crankshaft version of the DOHC twin engine and hence, has the capacity to match its tough attitude and looks. The fuel injection has also resulted in a few added horsepower from an initial 39.6 kW to the present 45kW.

Visually, the bike hasn’t changed much as its stylish retro looks remain uncompromised. This was achieved by cleverly covering the fuel injectors of the vehicle by throttle bodies to resemble carburetors. Apart from this, the fuel tank has also been slightly remodeled and the disc motors reshaped. The 2010 model is available in two distinct shades; Phantom Black, Phantom Black/New England White. The engine, on the other hand, retains its matte black finish similar to the first generation version of the series. To slightly lighten the scene, the slash cut exhaust pipes lying on either sides of the vehicle has been chromed. The bike also features newly designed alloy wheels, gunslinger seat, pillion footrest hanger and slash cut silencers. The teardrop shaped Speedmaster tank also gives plenty of capacity while the flat drag bars with high risers allows a more aggressive riding position.

With its striking looks and performance figures, the 2010 Triumph Speedmaster is a strong competitor in the cruiser market. In fact, the model is an ideal choice for beginning bikers and female riders due to its low center of gravity and seat height of only 28.3 inches.

New For 2010

  • A major update from the 2007 variant is the new fuel injection upgrade in place of the twin carburetor setup.
  • The fuel displacement has been upgraded from 790cc to 865cc.
  • The fuel tank has been reshaped to gain more capacity.

2010 Triumph Speedmaster Specs

  • Model: 2010 Triumph Speedmaster
  • Engine Type: Twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 90.0 x 68.0 mm (3.5 x 2.7 inches)
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, 4 Valves Per Cylinder
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Manual, Five-Speed
  • Final Drive: X ring chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.1 US gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Twin 310mm discs, Nissin 2 piston floating calipers
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 285mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Kayaba 41mm forks with polished stainless steel shrouds and polished lowers, 130mm travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 96mm rear wheel travel
  • Wheelbase: 65.1 inches
  • Rake: 33.3 degree
  • Trail: 153mm
  • Seat Height: 28.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 110/80 R18
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80 B15


  • Triumph Clutch Lifter Arm Finisher (Chrome)
  • Integrated Alarm Kit
  • Chrome Lifter Arm Cover

Key Competitors For The 2010 Triumph Speedmaster

  • Harley-Davidson 883 Custom
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Custom
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom