New Bonneville build underlines the ‘bobber resurgence’.
Triumph say that there are a distinct set of hallmark features that single out a motorcycle as a bobber; a single seat, a hard tail, stripped back pose and ‘bobbed’ mudguards.
Bobbers – according to the Triumph presentation today – should have ‘perfect lines, exposed muscular engines and come with the promise of an explosive and barking exhaust note’.
There have been a plethora of chopped and bobbed Bonnie’s in the past of course. The new wave scene is full to the brim with them, and Triumph are very familiar with the custom bike scene that they’ve now paid more than just lip service to.
The road to the new Bonneville Bobber is well known. Back in late 2014, Triumph ran an internal ‘build-off’ competition amongst their employees to build two distinct and different bikes based around their Bonneville platform. One was a Scrambler of sorts, whilst the other – and the eventual winner – was a bike called the TFC1.
The TFC1 had a twin tubular hardtail frame with a single-sided rear and a custom-made girder front. And the trick bits didn’t stop there… Lever adjustable rear shocks and keyless ignition sat alongside a beautiful, high-slung exhaust system that followed the bobbed lines of the custom machine beautifully and made a point of what was a cunningly reversed cylinder engine mounting. And that engine wasn’t liquid cooled.
None of that expensive stuff has made it to the final, production model; but the essence of that bobber still remains.
The Triumph Bonneville Bobber
The new Bobber has taken the T120 and stripped it back as far as the design team and – most probably – regulations would allow. The low stance and wide, flat bars appear to offer the perfect stance and the thick rear wheel and wire spokes offer up a pretty aggressive aesthetic.
Details like the bar end mirrors and a stainless steel strap along the battery box sit neatly alongside the expected rubber fork gaiters, and Triumph have even tried to offer a rear hub that looks a little bit like a drum brake (if don’t look too closely and squint a bit).
Touted as a ‘genuine factory custom’, the new Bonneville Bobber features a bevy of ‘premium’ features and finishes – including bronze engine badges and brushed engine covers, and you can expect a whole host of accessory options to follow soon.
Already we’ve seen hint of ape hangers, several alternative seat options and additional bar end mirrors. And Vance & Hines have come on board with some machined exhausts that will tune that engine note to even finer levels.
At launch there will be four colours to choose from:
- Ironstone, with a matt finish
- Morello Red
- Stunning Competition Green and Frozen Silver, with a stylish British racing twist
- Jet Black
Features & Specifications:
Category defining capability, control and comfort
Our ambition was to deliver a genuine bobber – without compromise to the ride, comfort or rider control, to have it ride just like a Triumph should.
With an all new bespoke frame to suit the unique Bobber geometry and minimal rear end, new forks with bespoke springing and damping, a low seat height, great stand over and first-in-class adjustable riding position the Bobber delivers a truly class defining riding dynamic.
Taking the capability to the highest level the Bobber also features a host of rider focused technology, including:
- Ride-by-Wire Delivering enhanced rideability, feel, safety and control, from a single throttle body.
- Riding Modes Linked to the ride-by-wire system there are two selectable riding modes; ROAD and RAIN. They are selectable via the new switch gear and command two dedicated throttle maps for maximum control and safety in different riding conditions
- ABS The latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with minimal visual impact.
- Switchable Traction Control Switchable traction control via the instrument menu helps to maximise rider safety and comfort.
- Torque Assist Clutch Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer.
- LED Rear Light Incorporated into the classic design, it creates a distinctive light pattern with enhanced power efficiency and excellent visibility.
- Engine Immobiliser Thatcham approved immobiliser incorporated into the new key with high value Triumph badge.
- Stylish Twin Clocks Feature packed clocks high quality twin clocks cleverly incorporating
- a digital menu system for fingertip control while riding.
- Gear position indicator
- Two trip settings
- Service indicator
- Range to empty
- Fuel level
- Average and current fuel consumption
- Traction control settings
Finally to enhance the authentic look the Bobber has classic wire-spoked wheels, with stylish black rims and inner tubes fitted with Avon Cobra tyres developed specifically for the Bobber.
With a signature ‘wider rear wheel’ Bobber set up it has a 19’’x2.5’’ on the front, fitted with an Avon Cobra AV71 for reduced mass for high-speed manoeuvrability, and 16’’x3.5’’ wider wheel fitted on the rear, with a category-first AV72 radial tyre with cobra tread pattern for class-leading stability.
(We cut and pasted that last bit).
So is this the bobber we’ve all been waiting for? We’ll get an even closer look at EICMA in a few weeks time.