Spy photos confirm that a British bobber is arriving in 2017.
Do you remember the internal, custom build-off that Triumph had back in 2014? You don’t? Well ok, let us fill you in. It’s important.
For the round of International shows in 2014, the Hinckley firm pitted two teams of employees against each other to produce two individual bikes based around the Bonneville platform.
Each team was given a brand new Bonnie to use and both build-off bikes were revealed at the EICMA, Milan show in November of that year. The -as is the way with the world these days – both bikes were placed up for voting onto the Triumph website and social media channels. The winner – which announced later that month at Motorcycle Live in the UK was this Bonneville Bobber.
It was a deserving winner. Even more so when you consider that the alternative choice was this stunning scrambler – which was very much the style du jour even back in 2014.
So the Bobber had to be something pretty special to win.
It had a twin tubular hardtail frame with a single-sided read end. A custom-made, girder front too, with twin, Fox Factory shocks and a low, mean stance. There was a flurry of neat, automatic bits that could be made on the fly too; remote handlebar adjustment, lever-adjusted rear shocks and keyless ignition. It really was a classic style with modern refinements.
Cut to 2015 and spy shots began appearing on websites of a Bonneville-based Bobber being ran outside near Triumph’s Spanish testing facility. It’s easy to see where this was all heading.
Now – in February 2016 – we’re getting more reports of a new Triumph Bobber; this time from Motorcyclist magazine. They’ve paid good money for the pictures (money which we can’t afford), so we encourage you to go over there to take a closer look, but it’s hard not to draw conclusions towards this becoming an official production model in its final stages of testing. Probably for unveiling at this years’ round of shows in November.
There are significant differences between this and the show-winning bike of course. The most obvious being that this is based upon the new, liquid-cooled machine released earlier this year. But they’ve gone to great lengths to minimise and hide the radiator.
The stance is pretty similar although the girder front forks have naturally disappeared. There’s a slightly more practical seat, and the LED lights embedded within the seat-pan have been replaced with a standard unit on the rear mudguard/fender too, but perhaps the biggest disappointment is with the exhaust pipes.
The ‘show bobber’ actually used a reverse cylinder engine which enabled the bell mouth ‘trumpets’ to take air in from the front, whilst allowing for a high-placed exhaust to run underneath the seat-line at the rear. This prototype has the traditional ‘exhaust out the front, running down below’ layout. Aesthetically it’s not quite as pleasing to our eyes, but from purely practical riding and for production reasons we can see why this was changed.
But what do you think? Excited for an official Triumph Bobber?
We’ll most likely find out in November.