So the mystery of the ‘Brutal Beauty’ teaser posed by Triumph has finally been unveiled….
The new Bobber will be hitting showrooms in 2017, and I’m pretty sure it will be a raging success.
Based around the 1200cc HT motor used in the Bonneville T120, the engine has been reworked to offer more torque (figures not yet released) much lower in the range for that traditional Bobber grunt. It features a new twin air box, and for the right sound the 270 degree crank firing sequence is used. There are also two riding modes, Road & Rain. Outside of a few parts ‘taken’ from the new Bonneville range this is an all new machine.
Personally I think Triumph have captured the original essence of the Bobber, as far as possible given the restrictions and homologation rules that govern production bikes. It’s beautifully engineered with many great touches, and the stance is spot on.
The single seat sits on a cantilever sprung arm and is adjustable for a number of different configurations (albeit a nut & bolt job). Under the gorgeous seat you’ll find a mono shock attached to a swinging cage swing arm.
Other features include a battery box, centre rear hub, a Bates style bottom mount headlight, a side mount (under the fake carb) ignition switch and a very clever two position speedo. With a simple quick release lever you can lay the speedo flat as an alternative to its stock upright position.
It wouldn’t be a Bobber without a fat and skinny wheel & tyre combo, so the 19″ front wheel is shod with a 100/90 Avon Cobra tyre. The rear gets a 150/80 on a 16″ rim.
So what about colours, well at launch it will be available in;
Morello Red (Gloss finish)
Competition Green/Frozen silver (Gloss)
And of course
It’s inevitable that buyers will immediately want to personalise or customise the bike, and Triumph have an impressive range of custom parts ready to go. Everything from Mini Ape hanger bars, clip ons, side mount plate, Fox rear shock units, slimline leather seats and Vance & Hines slash cut exhausts with rotatable end cans.
Alongside this is the inevitable clothing range, more of which to come later.
All in all I think Triumph have hit the nail on the head with the Bonneville Bobber. It harks back to the original ethos behind the style, and does it well. It’s a clean uncluttered bike that promises to be fun to ride and desirable to own.
Weight, power, torque and price details are yet to be announced.