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Here it is: The Triumph Bonneville Bobber




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’.

World press got a sneak preview before the public launch in the evening.

World press get a sneak preview before the public launch in the evening.

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.

We took a quick peak at today's press launch.

We took a quick peak at today’s press launch.

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
  • Odometer
  • Two trip settings
  • Service indicator
  • Range to empty
  • Fuel level
  • Average and current fuel consumption
  • Clock
  • 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.

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Steve fell in love with motorcycles at an old age. Call it a mid-life crisis, call it fate, but nothing can keep him away from feeding his two-wheel addiction.


Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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