As the world waited with anticipation for Triumph to unveil the Bonneville Speedmaster, there was, for some, an even more exciting announcement.
Back in black, the company revealed the latest version of the insanely popular Bonneville Bobber with the more muscular, meaner, Bobber Black.
If you’ve always fancied joining the dark side, then Triumph has made your dreams come true. Available in Gloss Jet or Matte Black with colour coded exhaust, brake pedal, footrests, gear lever, brake and clutch levers, engine cover, cam and sprocket cover, seat pan, headlight rim and wheel hubs – Bobber Black is the Darth Vadar of motorbikes. But what do you actually get, along with the paint job?
Triumph have upgraded the front wheel to accommodate a fat-look 130/90-16 tyre, with chunkier 47mm Showa cartridge front forks, offering 90mm front wheel travel for better feel and feedback and a meaner, more aggressive look on the road. Front brakes have been upgraded with a second 310mm rotor and two-piston Brembo calipers. This offers extra stopping power over the regular Nissins.
While there are no significant changes to the 1200cc parallel twin engine the Bobber Black has ride-by-wire throttle control with Road and Rain modes, switchable traction control, ABS as standard and new, blacked out, sawn-off peashooter silencers. A ride like this needs a raw exhaust note, Triumph’s dual chamber air box with twin filter design helps to deliver that.
Another new feature is the cruise control system. One single button activates, sets the speed and turns it off. A no-mess system that suits the no-frills look of the Bobber Black. The extra beef and technology mean it’s heavier than the regular Bobber, with the dry weight increasing by 21 pounds to 524 pounds but on a ride like this, we don’t think added weight matters.
Triumph hasn’t been quite so revealing with their price though, while we are confident it will be a significant rise on the standard Bobber, quite how significant is yet to be shared. Regardless, Bobber Black certainly ticks all the right boxes when it comes to styling.
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