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Triumph reveals new Bonneville Bobber

New hot rod Bobber launched in London

TRIUMPH has just revealed the latest addition to the Bonneville range – the new Bonneville Bobber at a launch in London’s docklands.

The Bobber is the second recent addition to the Bonneville range following the new T100, which was revealed a couple of weeks ago at Intermot.

The Bobber uses Bonneville T120’s liquid-cooled, eight-valve, SOHC high-torque 1200cc engine. Triumph hasn’t revealed any power figures yet but has told us the engine features a new dual-chamber airbox. The engine has been given a ‘bobber tune’ for this bike, meaning it’s got more low down torque than the T120. Triumph hasn’t released any power figures yet but we expect outright horsepower to remain unchanged at 79hp

The Bobber also features a new slash-cut exhaust system, which Triumph says is shorter and lighter than the T120’s. The bike was ridden into the presentation by Carl Fogarty and much like the rest of the Bonnevilles, it sounded good.

A few nice touches include the carb-styled twin throttle bodies and the battery box. The ignition barrel also sits on the right side of the bike.

The engine is housed in a brand-new frame, which is also joined by new suspension courtesy of new forks which features bespoke damping for this bike. Being a bobber, this is a hard tail bike although the adjustable floating seat sits on top of a cantiliever spring.

The seat can be adjusted forwards and backwards, and up and down to adjust the ride position. In its lowest position its 690mm high. The single clock can also be tilted forwards and backwards.

Like the rest of the bikes in the Bonneville range, although the Bobber might look retro, it features a host of modern touches including ABS, a ride-by-wire throttle and switchable traction control, a torque assist clutch and two riding modes – road and wet. The rear light, indicator and number plate light are all LED.

It’s rolling on Avon Cobra tyres, developed specifically for this bike.

Looks-wise, it’s classic bobber, as you’d rightly exlect from Triumph, which says this bike has ‘peerless authenticity’. To that end, it’s got the typical single bobber seat, stripped back looks, a hard rear end and wide, flat bars.

Triumph says it’s for people that want a modern classic with a bit more attitude and it’s aiming to tempt people who might be looking at bikes like the Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight or Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber.

It will be available in four colours – ‘Modello Red’, ‘Ironstone’, ‘Jet Black’ and ‘Competition Green and Frozen Silver’.

Pricing will be revealed in December and it’ll be available early next year.

Comments

Way back in the 60s, I had a sprung hub pre-unit Triumph 3T that looked very much like this; sprung hub was a terrible idea that used a rigid frame with the rear springs inside the hub itself. Luckily it usually seized up, which made the handling quite good.

Quite nostalgic about the bobber, but it would probably weigh at least twice as much and weight distributed much higher; those old rigid framed bikes with low centre of gravity had very predictable handling.

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