Triumph looks to be keeping their sights squarely on the vintage/retro success they have achieved with the Cafe-inspired Bonneville, with a new offering of the factory released Triumph Bonneville Bobber…
Triumph Bonneville Bobber Released:
The Triumph Bonneville Bobber appears to check most of the style boxes for a classic retro bob-job, complete with rigid frame and the look and feel of an old-school garage-modded bike. Capitalizing on their ability to stuff modern features into a retro inspired design, Triumph has focused on authenticity, including: “low stance, single seat, hard tail and wide flat bars…” But hidden within this design is an adjustable seating position for the floating seat pan, and a mono-shock. The Triumph Bonneville Bobber provides a “hot-rod ride and sound, hosted by the 1200cc engine. The model specific tuning apparently provides more low end torque and grunt than the T120.
The bike has been produced with personal customization in mind, with what Triumph describes as “a canvas for individual style, with over 150 accessories…” Triumph wrote an interesting history of the bobber style, which they included on their For the Ride blog. The article traces the history of the bob-job back to the late 20’s, when folks started chopping up parts of their Harley Davidson J-Model’s. Check out the article out HERE:
Launched at a star-studded event in October, 2016 – the bike has been rolled out to great fanfare. It will be interesting to see if Triumph will have the type of success they have enjoyed with the original modern Bonneville. At this point, it is safe to say that they have figured out a recipe for bringing back style and flair from yesteryear, but with a nod toward the more advanced technology we have grown to appreciate on more current bikes. Check out the video below to see the launch party.