The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is the newest model in Triumph's modern classic range and has been launched in India at ₹ 9.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The British bike maker's latest motorcycle is sort of a factory custom, but the design takes inspiration from America, from the garage-built, stripped down 'bobber' bikes which became popular in the 1940s. The Bonneville Bobber still retains the classic Brit-bike lines, although it's a true-blue modern classic in the real sense. So there are hi-quality components, a completely modern engine and all the electronic rider aids associated with contemporary motorcycles. So, what is the Bonneville Bobber? Here's a quick look at all you need to know about it.
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- The Bonneville Bobber is essentially based on the Triumph Bonneville T120, although visually there are far more differences between the two bikes than similarities. Essentially, Triumph took the existing engine platform from the T120 and transformed it into a completely new bike. Triumph already has cruisers and aftermarket custom packs for its modern classic range, but the Bobber follows a completely new design language.
- Unlike the last generation modern classics, the Bobber, like the current bikes in the Bonnie range, takes a giant leap forward in build quality and design. So, despite the stripped back design, the Bobber manages to cleverly hide its wiring, and the associated hi-tech wizardry of a modern motorcycle. The dual throttle bodies are disguised as vintage carburettors, the single clock and relocated ignition switch keeps things neat and tidy on the handlebar. Unless you're told you won't realise that this bare bones design also houses ride-by-wire, ABS, traction control and rider modes.
- The bike gets a hard-tail look, thanks to a new cage-type swingarm and a monoshock which is cleverly concealed under the seat. The front fork is updated and shorter too and gets a different geometry than the T120. The solo seat is adjustable in two positions - low and back, or high and forward.
- The Triumph Bonneville Bobber though doesn't sacrifice usability, comfort and handling over style and design. The riding position is quite neutral and friendly, handling is surprisingly agile for the type of motorcycle the Bobber offers. The 1200 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine has been retuned for more power and more torque lower in the revs. So, despite the similar output ratings (76 bhp, 106 Nm) with the T120, the personality and character of the engine is slightly different.
- Technology only complements the Bobber's biggest strength - the way it looks. The packaging of all the elements of the motorcycle is just about perfect - from the build quality, attention to detail and hi-quality components - the Bobber makes for a beautiful example which is truly admirable. If image is what one is looking for and the accompanying turning heads on the street, the Bonneville Bobber certainly won't disappoint. And it's got the performance and refinement of a truly modern engineering marvel on two wheels too.
- Built as a factory custom, the Bonneville Bobber is also designed with personalisation in mind. So, more than 150 accessory parts are available for more style, comfort and performance. Thre are two "inspiration kits" on offer too, - the 'Old School Bobber' and the 'Quarter Mile Bobber'. The aftermarket high "ape hanger" handlebar on the Old School Bobber kit certainly completes the authentic 'bobber' look.
- In India, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber doesn't have any real rival. Triumph officials maintain that it's a one of a kind motorcycle that isn't really targeted at any other manufacturer, but it offers a real "classic" which has style, performance and reliability. Of course, the Bonneville Bobber certainly makes the playing field interesting in the Indian market. And even American cruiser lovers will certainly take a second, third look at this beautiful piece of machinery. The biggest question though is - will the Triumph Bonneville Bobber be able to wean away fans of the quintessential American cruiser? Can't say with certainty yet, but we're sure of one thing - the Bonneville Bobber has enough strengths of its own to attract a whole new fan following.
|Engine Type||1200 cc liquid cooled, parallel twin|
|Max Power||76 bhp @ 6100 rpm|
|Peak Torque||106 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Rider Modes||Road and Rain|
|Dry Weight||228 kg|
|Fuel Consumption (Claimed)||24 kmpl|