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The Meaner, More Muscular, Triumph Bobber Black



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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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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