Over the past twelve months, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves into uncharted territory.
Calling it a “pure Bonneville hot rod” the British manufacturer captured the American way of the ‘30s in this brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. This is enough proof that this company has the guts to look elsewhere for inspiration when designing new models. And by the looks of it, they might have just manage to pull one over the Harleys or the Indian. That folks, is a statement.
Triumph’s attempt here is authentic and straight out of the box. The beautifully styled minimalism is depicted from every angle on this bike.
The Bobber has taken the hardtail route hiding the rear shock under the seat but with a more appealing ‘swing cage’ in view. They have deliberately avoided the enormous rear fenders for a retro 1930s style treatment. Wide and flat handlebars with bar end mirrors and the caged swing arm add to the bobber look. Nice touch of stainless steel strap for the battery box and the sculpted tank is a visual treat.
Brushed stainless steel exhaust blends impeccably with the proportions of the bike and appears to be a classic 2-into-2 job terminated with slash-cut mufflers. The shorter forks at the front give it a more humble stance than an intimidating one which I think goes perfectly well with the character of this bike.
Attention to detail is given serious treatment with the bronze engine badges, sprocket cover, floating aluminium seat pan with a stitched deep-foam solo pad for the seats, and spoked wheels with black rims shod with tube-type Avon Cobra tires and a lot more.
To achieve all this with all the modern and complex electronics and wirings, Triumph has done a pretty good job in packing everything tightly under covers to showcase the simplicity of this styling.
All in all, it is a well put together package maintaining a classy and simple design with fantastic detailing. If you don’t want to ride this in a heavy downpour-not that we’ll blame you-you can grab a cup of coffee and sit on a chair only to stare at it and you’d be no less disappointed.
The heart of this Bobber is a category-leading, high-torque Bonneville 1200cc engine with a dedicated Bobber tune. The similar ones used in T120’s. The liquid-cooled, eight-valve, SOHC parallel twin motor is slightly tweaked to return more torque lower down in the rev range and a richer exhaust note.
Triumph’s 1200cc gives this Bobber a power figure of 77 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 106 Nm @ 4000rpm. The Bobber has a unique twin airbox setup, carb-styled twin throttle bodies, special intake and exhaust system, new output shaft, and elegant packaging that allows the straight-line exhausts to hide the Euro4-compliant catalytic converters. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with a torque-assist clutch and chain final drive.
Twin slash cut sawn off peashooter silencers will surround the rider in a pure Bonneville hot rod sound.
|Output||77bhp @ 6100rpm|
|Type||Liquid cooled, 8 valves, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Clutch type||Wet –multi-plate assist|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
RIDE AND HANDLING
Giving in for the low stance of the bike is the seating position which sits you lower for that Bobber feel. That being said, it is adjustable both fore and aft, and up and down. You can choose a more sporting forward position for spirited riding, or slide the seat back and down to a 690mm height for a cruiser vibe.
Nothing is sacrificed in the pursuit of style over substance. The riding position is notably more conventional and instantly comfortable with mid-position footpegs. Seats provide you with the freedom of choosing your ergonomic match and bars are unlikely to prove too much of a stretch even for shorter-limbed riders.
The shorter suspensions travel of the front fork is enough since only the rider sits on this bike and is sufficient for the same level of compliance and bump absorption.
Similar to all Bonnevilles’, this bike too features everything from riding modes (Road and Rain) to switchable traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, ABS, and a torque-assist clutch. Making the bobber as dynamic and thrilling to ride as it is to look at.
|Suspension / Front||KYB 41 mm forks, 90 mm travel|
|Suspension / Rear||KYB mono shock with linkage, 76.9 mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes / Front||310 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating calliper, ABS|
|Brakes / Rear||Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston floating calliper, ABS|
|Tyres / Front||100/90 R19|
|Tyres / Rear||150/80 R16|
Compared to the Bonneville T120, expect to pay a premium for it. The bike will be priced around the ? 12 lakh range, ex-showroom.
The Bonneville Bobber has over 150 additional accessories available to enhance its presence further and make it truly unique.It will be available in four colours – ‘Modello Red’, ‘Ironstone’, ‘Jet Black’ and ‘Competition Green and Frozen Silver’.
Harley-Davidson has become a household name. Its product range in India is for people that want a modern classic with a bit more attitude. And this triumph is aiming to tempt such people.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight could be a close match for the Bobber and it comes powered by a 1202cc, air-cooled V-Twin engine which produces close to 60bhp of power and 90Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and offers oodles of torque across the entire rev range.
As Triumph calls it “peerless authenticity”, it definitely got some. It is a genuine Bonneville in its soul and carries the iconic Triumph heritage unparalleled to anything till date.
The attitude and desirability have got the right mix from the T120 with its own unique muscular and minimalistic stance. If the specifications and riding experience are up to scratch, it looks like Triumph has another winner on its hands.
It will not take any more effort to make you fall in love with this machine for the way it looks, for the way it looks and for the way it looks. The presence of it makes everyone around grin from ear to ear and that, gentlemen, is what is called as satisfaction.