A Review Of The Triumph Bonneville Bobber
12th January 2017
The unveiling of the new Bonneville Bobber by Triumph was met with mixed reactions from bike enthusiasts. Some really liked the way the bike was built while others felt it was an imitation of a style that was strictly meant for custom markets. Overall, the Bonneville Bobber looks interesting and it surely has the DNA of the previous Bonneville, the Bonneville T120. It has a premium finish and detailing on the bike is top-notch. Coupled with good ergonomics and customization, the bike is sure to make waves in the market.
The Bonneville Bobber starts at $11,900 and is available in Jet Black, Gray, Frozen Silver, Competition Green and Morellow Red.
Design and Specifications
As mentioned before, the Bobber looks stunning and has a different look from its predecessors. Although most of the bike has retained the classic Triumph look, it has a touch of the Ducati Diavel and the Harley-Davidson roadster. The finishes on the bike are beautiful and the brushed aluminium looks great.
The Bonneville Bobber uses the same specification found on the T120. The eight valve and liquid-cooled engine is sufficient enough for the new 1200cc motor. The bike has the same six-speed gearbox as the T120. The twin airbox system is new on the Bobber and has a different intake and exhaust system. The Bobber provides about 77 hp at 6,100 rpm. The new bike has over 10% more torque than the T120. The Bobber offers two riding modes – rain and road. The maximum mileage provide by the bike is 57 mpg from a 2.4-gallon fuel tank. The seat height is 27 inches and the dry weight of the bike is around 503 pounds.
When you fire up the bike, the first thing that you will notice is the sound of the exhaust. It has a soft but meaty sound and when in throttle, the bike has a distinct cry not found in other bikes. The foot position on the bike is perfect and riders can put their foot down without any kind of obstruction. The seat position is perfect and it is well-shaped as well. You won’t feel any discomfort during long rides. The clutch is well positioned and just tight enough to work smoothly.
One of the best things about the bike is its fuelling. When the bike starts moving, you will realize the changes Triumph made to the engine are amazing. At lower powers the rides are smooth and provides a more cruiser like experience which can be surprising owing to the bike’s specification.
The bike can have some minor problems during slowing down but that should not stop you from experiencing an amazing ride. The bike is very smooth and the manufacturers have made it certain that the bike retains the same ride-ability comfort which was found in the T120.
Overall, the bike offers some good specifications and it can be expected that the bike will do well in the market despite certain negative views from bike enthusiasts.