In the market for a Triumph Bonneville Bobber, but don’t find the low-slung chassis and the low ride height comfortable? Here is a list of motorcycle you can consider that offer a better value to your buck
Triumph has launched the Bonneville Bobber in the BS6 for a sticker price of Rs 11.75 lakh – for the Jet Black colour scheme. The Cardovan Red will cost Rs 11.88 lakh and the Matte Strom Grey with Matte Ironstone has been priced at Rs 12.05 lakh. All prices mentioned in this story are ex-showroom.
While the Bonneville Bobber has is positioned as a lifestyle product it may have very limited usage in all kinds of motorcycling applications. A low-slung chassis and a single seat may not be best suited for everyone in the market who is looking for a motorcycle in that price bracket.
Following is the list of motorcycles one could consider if he/she is on the same budget as the 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber asks:
Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
We notice an in-house rivalry between the Bonneville Bobber and the Speedmaster as both the motorcycles have the same exact pricing. The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a sticker price of Rs 11.75 lakh – the same as the Bonneville Bobber. For the same cost, Speedmaster offers a pillion-seat and more cruising-friendly riding dynamics. We would like to mention, both the Speedmaster and the Bobber are based on the same platform and get the same 1200 parallel power unit. Most mechanical components are shared between the two as well.
Triumph Street Triple RS
Adding to the in-house rivalry is Triumph’s Street Triple RS that undercuts the Bobber as well as the Speedmaster in terms of pricing. The Triumph Street Triple RS is priced at Rs 11.35 lakh. The street naked motorcycle packs the characteristics of a supersport while delivering the same drama in a more upright riding position – that is more comfortable and eases urban commutes. The motorcycle also offers twice the power – 121bhp – when compared to the cruiser and the bobber.
Kawasaki Versys 1000
Kawasaki offers its liter-class Versys in the price bracket for the cost of Rs 11.44 lakh. For a slightly lesser cost, Kawasaki offers an inline four-cylinder engine that produces 118bhp and 102Nm of torque. The adventure tourer is capable of taking broken roads under its stride effortlessly which be a tough task for the Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Elements such as a relaxed riding posture, visor for wind buffeting, mechanicals and electronics to help the rider reduce fatigue help make the Kawasaki Versys 1000 a compelling case against the Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX
If the Versys 1000 is too much of a motorcycle for your taste, there is the Ninja 1000 SX that packs the same engine and offers more power compared to the Versys 1000 and a lot more when considered alongside the Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Unlike the adventure tourer, the Ninja 1000 SX strikes a balance between a sport and a touring motorcycle. Offers equipment such as smartphone connectivity as standard and a quick shifter, the Ninja 1000 SX could be the one to impress both on the track as well as on the highway while it munches miles. The power and torque figures are rated at 140bhp and 111Nm of torque and the motorcycle is priced at Rs 11.29 lakh.
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro is an apt rival to the Triumph Scrambler 1200, however, its pricing is closely matched to the Bonneville Bobber and the standard Scrambler 1200 is yet to be launched in India. The scrambler offers an L-twin engine that produces marginally more power and has an unignorable character. The engine is air and oil-cooled and it has been packed in a tubular trellis frame, that offers higher mass centralisation, as opposed to the twin downpipe chassis of the Bonneville Bobber. The price of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro is marked at Rs 11.95 lakh.
The aptest rival to the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight as both these fill in the “lifestyle motorcycling” department in their own way. The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight gets a 1200cc engine just as the bobber, however, the American motorcycle uses a V-twin layout instead, and continues to be air-cooled. The electronic package only covers a dual-channel ABS. The power figures have not been disclosed but the Forty-Eight produces 96Nm of torque which is still lower than the 106Nm of peak torque of the Bonneville Bobber. The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight retails at Rs 11.75 lakh which is very close to the pricing of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber.