2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Test Ride

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In a Nutshell

The custom motorcycle scene just received a series production Bobber

The modern classics series from Triumph raises the stakes in the custom motorcycles area. The Bonneville Bobber emphasizes the elegance of an old school motorcycle while featuring the technology of a modern bike. The whole package seems ideal for every custom passionate.

What We Liked

The Bobber propulsion unit is the torquey T120 Twin released last year for the new Bonnie. The 1200cc engine got a bit retuned for a more personalized feel. The torque is now even more present in the lower rev range. A peak power of 76 hp feels more than enough to keep you satisfied.

The Bobber has a particular way of making you feel free when you are behind the handlebars. You just need a leather jacket and your open face helmet. The drag handlebars are in your close reach, and once you lean just a bit forward, it feels like cruising.

This modern classic comes with a complete package of electronics features. Besides mandatory ABS, the Bobber comes fitted with the ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, driving modes and LED tail light. Triumph did an incredible job hiding the wires and sensors. The bike looks very clean and keeps the authentic bobber looks.

Personally, I always dreamed of building or buying a custom bike. Triumph makes it a lot easier. The Bobber is just the base project, it features a powerful twin, and the lines are perfect. All of these while keeping the performance of a daily ride. This bike can be your much-desired custom, but the cool part about it is the space the manufacturer leaves for future changes.

The new Bobber comes with a relaxed upright position. It’s a single-seater, so the joy of riding will be all for yourself. The saddle is adjustable to fit any type of rider. If you put it in fifth gear and keep it at 60 Mph, the feeling is complete. No matter if you are just commuting to work, or touring, this bike will put a big smile on your face.

The bike enjoys great attention to detail. From the adjustable seat to adjustable dash the Bobber is designed to fit every riding style. The aluminum seat pan and the exhaust system have a brushed metal finish while the headlight keeps the right proportions. The Classic look is completed by the engine finish and the battery box that has a metal strap.

What We Disliked

Unfortunately, the mirrors are at the same level as the car mirrors. Filtering will be more tricky otherwise the bike handles just like a naked. The braking power is not that present; the brakes seem elastic but enough to stop the Bobber.

The saddle might be a bit harsh on your bottom after a few hours of riding. Although it seems to be a hardtail, at first sight, the rear damper is nicely hidden underneath the seat. The suspension feels progressive enough even for bumpy roads but is not that precise at high speeds.

The big downside of the Bobber is the small capacity tank that can handle only nine liters of juice. For this fact, the Bobber is not able to cover a distance of 200 km (125 miles) with a full tank.

Raw Data

Base price: from £10,600.00

Average fuel consumption in test was 4.5 litres/ 100km [52.26 mpg]. At a sportier pace it reached 5.5 litres/ 100km [42.76 mpg].

There are over 200 Stylish accessories for you to create your own Bobber.

Year introduced2017
Max power (horsepower, KW)77 PS/ 76 bhp (56.6 kW)
Max torque (NM, lb-ft)106 Nm
Top speed (km/h, mph)Over 125 mph
Engine (CC, CI)1,200 cc
FrameTubular steel cradle
Weight (KG, Lbs.)228 Kg
Seat Height (CM, IN”)690 mm
Front Brake310 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, ABS
Front Tire Size100/90-19
Rear Tire Size150/80 R16
Front suspensionKYB 41 mm forks, 90 mm travel
Rear suspensionKYB monoshock with linkage, 76.9 mm rear wheel travel
Fuel Tank (L, Gal)9 L
Avg. fuel consumption (L/100 KM, MPG)4.5 L / 100 km
SafetyABS, Traction control, Riding modes
Price (EUR, USD)from £10,600.00

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