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.
Today, the Brit launched this beast of a looker called the Bonneville Bobber onto the Indian streets for a price tag much less than what we expected. Based on the Triumph T120, this modern classic can be yours for a price tag of ₹9.09 lakh (ex-showroom). (Much lesser than what we expected it to be at around ₹12 lakh)
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.
The way it looks is Triumph’s attempt with being authentic and straight out of the box. The beautifully styled minimalism is depicted from every angle on this bike and the retro 1930’s age is predominantly shouting out. Attention to detail is given serious treatment too.
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.
As Triumph calls it “peerless authenticity”, it 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.
|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|
|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|