The Bonneville line-up is probably one of the best single model platforms available in the world today. There are now six different variants of the Triumph Bonneville – each unique in their own way – and without a doubt the most beautiful one to look at is the Bobber. The build quality and the attention to detail are outstanding, which has gotten almost everyone lusting after this modern classic.
Triumph has been doing something truly remarkable at Hinckley, because the overall quality of all their motorcycles is really amazing. The Bobber is a modern classic in every sense of the term because it looks like a proper retro bike, and yet it has the most sophisticated engineering behind it.
Every inch of the bike is perfect. It’s got an entirely new frame, new fuel tank, bigger tyres, flat handlebar, new exhausts, and the rear section is nothing but a tyre. Even the rear suspension is now a monoshock, and it hides right under the floating aluminium single seat unit. There’s no wiring that’s visible, and the attention to detail to make it look like a proper vintage is astonishing.
The engine of the bike might be the same as the Bonneville T120, but it definitely sounds different – and it has a lot more attitude. It’s been retuned, and has a new twin airbox system with a different intake and exhaust system – which increases torque and horsepower in the lower sections of the rev range.
The Bobber does have a stiff suspension, though, which makes it a little uneasy on Indian roads. It’s also got quite a low ground clearance and the foot pegs are also a little low. This decreases your lean angle, and therefore is a hindrance when you’re on some twisty sections. Long distance touring is also not very comfortable on this motorcycle. That said, it’s sheer desirability factor makes up for all of this.
All things considered, the Bobber is one of the best motorcycles launched this year. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, has a beautifully refined motor, and the ride is fun.