Triumph Bonneville Bobber (2017) - First Riding Impressions

By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

Bobber: noun ‘a person who rides on a bobseligh’. Wrong. Most definitely wrong. Certainly in our lovely motorcycling world it has nothing to do with snow or ice and a whole lot to do with a stripped down, custom bikes. 

And Triumph, to great fanfare at a hugely expensive event in London last month, whipped the covers off their newest and most striking member of the revitalised Bonneville range. This ladies and gents, is the Bonneville Bobber and our very own Web Editor, Michael Mann, is with Triumph in Madrid at the world riding launch taking place today.

Though first spied in near production-quality in the summer of 2015, Triumph has waited until now to introduce the T120-inspired Bobber, complete with a near identical liquid-cooled 1200cc, 8-valve, SOHC engine. Though Triumph say it has been tuned for more torque and low down power.

The bike will be available in UK dealerships from January/February with full specifications including power, price, weight and torque set to be revealed today! Don’t wander too far from your mobiles, laptops or tablets, BikeSocialers.

Fitting with the Bobber-style, the low, single seat, wide flat bars and hard tail look all complement the completely new chassis, frame and suspension. The seat is adjustable using two settings – up and forward or down and back – with a 690mm height in the lowest of the two settings.

This modern classic is a bold step from Triumph. In the office after its unveil we thought about who the target audience is and what else they’re likely to ride. Is it a case of encouraging non-motorcycle enthusiasts into riding by making it more fashionably appealing?

Wire-spoked wheels wrapped in a 19” x 2.5” Avon Cobra tyre on the front and 16” x 3.5” on the rear fit the style and close-up, the bike looks beautifully made with a high build quality level and will be available in four colours: Ironstone, with a matt finish, Morello Red, Competition Green and Frozen Silver and Jet Black.

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Our man Mann is in Spain at the riding launch and called in with these first riding impressions...

"The Triumph Bobber is deceptive in terms of performance. It’s reassuringly heavy, but at the same time it feels well planted and its Avon tyres are certainly doing a great job around the twisty turns just north of Madrid.

The 1200cc engine is straight from the T120, just slightly retuned for more low down power and it feels really torquey. Even in top gear at 70mph its only doing 3,000rpm.

Overall first riding impressions are that it’s a terrific very capable motorcycle. It's also very comfortable and there’s certainly a lot going for it. I think this will be a big seller for Triumph!"

We’ll give you the full test and professional riding pictures later on.


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