Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Let’s Get Back to the 40s

The Bonneville Bobber is the newest member of Triumph’s heritage family.

“Brutal Beauty” – this is how Triumph describes it’s bobber. With a 19 inches front and a hard-tail look-alike back end, the Bobber is something new both to the Triumph Family and to the custom motorcycle scene. 

The new-retro scene is focused on Scramblers and Cafe Racers – almost every manufacturer has its heritage line, inspired by the glorious past: BMW is proud of the Boxer engine, Moto Guzzi showcases its V-Twin, and Honda’s CB1100 is inspired by the famous CB750. 

But Triumph takes a step further and goes back to the 40’s bobber style. 

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What is a Bobber?

According to the standard definition, a bobber – originally called a “bob-job” – is built by removing the front fender and shortening the rear fender, which is “bobbed.” Different parts are removed for weight reduction.

The new Bonneville Bobber will be revealed at EICMA – Milan, but here is the information Triumph revealed at this moment. 

“1940’s inspired bike”

It’s got a minimal style with clean lines and a muscular stance. The single seat, the wide flat bars, the minimal bodywork and the hard-tail look transformed the original T120 – which looks like a 60’s Bonneville – into a modern-day bobber. 

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There are four colors you can choose from

Ironstone, matt finish
Morello Red
Competition Green and Frozen Silver with a British racing twist
Jet Black

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Tailorable riding position

The floating aluminum-base seat allows the rider to choose from two riding positions: “up and forward” – dynamic and “down and backward” – relaxed. The seat height: 690 mm. 

“Bobber tune”

Triumph says that the 1200 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin was tuned to offer more torque and more power at low rev range. But we don’t have the performance figures to see if it's stronger than the Thruxton. 

The firing interval is at 270 degrees, while the air intake consists of a twin airbox set-up with two filters, new exhaust, and a new output shaft. 

Service interval: 10,000 miles (16,000 km). 

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High-tech electronics

Despite the clean look and the vintage design, the new Bonneville Bobber comes with an array of electronics: Ride-by-Wire, Riding Modes, ABS and Switchable Traction Control. 

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Accessories

Triumph offers more than 150 accessories like ape hangers, bar end peep mirror, comfort seat, heated grips and cruise control. 

You can also choose an optional Vance and Hines exhaust with aluminum end caps which are adjustable, and enable changing the “sound profile.” 

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