Don’t let that put you off. There’s nothing wrong with being a lot like the original Bobber.
When we tested it against the Thruxton R earlier this year, we made it our winner. Although the Thruxton R is easily the fastest, the Bobber is the one that goes faster than you feel it ought to.
That’s a pleasant surprise every time you get on the Bobber. And this is a Bobber – in black.
Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black specifications
Model tested: Triumph Bobber Black
Price: £11,650 in shiny black or £11,775 in matt black (Bobber starts from £10,600)
Engine: 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Power: 77hp @ 4,000rpm
Torque: 78lbft @ 6,100rpm
Dry weight: 237.5kg (Bobber 228kg)
Frame: tubular steel twin cradle
Brakes: twin 310mm front discs with two-piston Brembo sliding calipers, rear 255mm disc with single-piston Nissin sliding caliper.
Tyres: Avon Cobra, front 130/90-16, rear 150/80-16
Tank capacity: 9.1 litres
Seat height: 690mm in lowest position