At the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany earlier this month, Triumph unveiled three new Bonneville models—the Bonneville T100, Bonneville T100 Black and Street Cup—which are powered by its 900cc “high torque” parallel twin, a new engine that debuted in the Street Twin for 2016.
The British manufacturer has just announced another Bonneville model called the Bobber that’s powered by the 1,200cc “high torque” parallel twin found in the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, a pair of stylish models that won Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award for 2016.
Triumph calls the new Bobber a “pure Bonneville hot rod,” with special engine tuning that makes more low-end power and torque than the T120 and dual exhausts with slash-cut, “sawed off” peashooter mufflers that deliver a raw, thrilling sound. The Bobber has a unique twin airbox setup, a special intake and exhaust system, and a new output shaft, and elegant packaging 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.
With styling inspired by bobbers from the 1940s, this new Triumph is stripped to the bare essentials. It has a wide, flat handlebar, a floating aluminum seat pan with a stitched, deep-foam solo pad, a “swing cage” that hides the rear monoshock and gives the bike a hard tail look, and spoked wheels with black rims shod with tube-type Avon Cobra tires.
Other special styling features include a battery box with a stainless steel strap, bar-end mirrors, a rear fender loop, twin throttle bodies that look like carburetors, over-sized adjustable levers, rubber fork gaiters, a rear “drum brake” inspired hub and a sprocket cover with a removable inspection cap. Premium finishes, special badges and covers, a branded, locking fuel cap and silver satin and graphite handlebar risers round out the factory custom look.
An innovative slotted seat design system allows the rider to position the seat “up and forward” in a sporty roadster position or “down and backward” for cruising in a more traditional riding position. A quick-release function for the gauges allows the rider to adjust their position to complement their seating and riding style, and regardless of position, seat height is a low 27.2 inches.
The Bobber has an all-new frame, chassis and suspension suited to this style of bike. Like other Bonnevilles, the retro-styled Bobber is fully modern, with throttle-by-wire, riding modes (Road and Rain), switchable traction control and ABS.
Befitting its factory custom image, the new Bonneville Bobber is available in four color options: Ironstone with a matte finish, Morello Red, two-tone Competition Green/Frozen Silver and classic Jet Black. For customization, there will be more than 150 accessories available, everything from apehanger handlebars, Vance and Hines exhausts and a Fox rear shock to a cruise control kit, heated grips and a comfort seat.
Pricing and availability for the 2017 Triumph Bobber are TBD.