Bonneville: Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review: A British Motorcycle In American Outfit
Bonneville is one of the most beloved vintage series by fans around the world.
Called factory custom by Triumph, the Bonneville Bobber is one of those rare production motorcycles that look handmade. Built on a semi-rigid looking frame with a very low single bucket seat, it is – visually – quite close to the original American bobber customs performed between the 1930s and 1950s.
Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review: A British Motorcycle In American Outfit
Even the details of the bike cover all the essentials of conventional Bobber styling. There’s a slim fuel tank, a small round headlight, a single-box instrument console, a coupe fender, rear-view mirrors at the end of the handlebars, among other highlights. Even the throttle bodies have been shaped like old-fashioned carburetor units, and the liquid-cooled engine also receives air-cooled fins for pure classic appeal.
Motorcycle details cover all the essentials of conventional Bobber styling
The battery case follows the vintage theme with a steel strap. Finished details can be seen in every part of the bike, including the brushed metal finish on the bespoke twin tailpipes with an angled cut end and even under the seat pan.
Triumph offers several optional accessories for a personalized touch
In addition, Triumph offers several optional accessories for a personalized touch. For example, smaller handlebar end mirrors, an analog clock and temperature gauge, a disc brake fluid reservoir cap and the leatherette saddle bag on this test bike exceed the actual cost of the bike. himself.
The executive just pretends to get a hardtail
The frame just claims to get a hardtail, while there’s a Fox mono shock with preload adjustment under that single saddle. But it’s definitely not one of the best working shock absorbers on the market. The front and rear suspension setup is stiffer for this type of bike and you can feel most ripples on less than smooth roads. Bumps and potholes are best handled at lower speeds, but are best avoided altogether, as the lower frame hitting the ground can be felt very noticeably if not careful.
There is a Fox mono shock with preload adjustment under the single seat
The bike looks really heavy, but Triumph managed to keep the dry weight at 228kg, lower than the competition.
For cyclists looking for some lonely time on the road, this bike is absolutely perfect as there is no passenger seat. The rear fender is actually a tire guard, attached to the rear frame, called a swivel cage. Thus, the whole assembly acts as the swing arm and it will not be advisable to add weight to this assembly.
The seat is well padded and firm, and the sitting position is also ergonomic
The seat is well padded and firm, and the sitting position is also ergonomic. The best part? it is adjustable along the length of the motorcycle. Thus, one can be comfortable near the fuel tank or be aggressive by moving it backwards.
The Bonneville Bobber comes with a wide dragster style handlebar which provides excellent stability at high speeds in a straight line. However, keeping the pace in the corners is not his strong point and the low ground clearance does not allow leaning either.
New 1200cc HT (High Torque) engine is advanced and claims to provide 77PS
Despite the traditional British parallel twin configuration, the new 1200cc HT (High Torque) engine is advanced and claims to deliver 77PS. The amount of torque produced by the engine is impressive and it arrives as early as 4000 rpm.
In addition, there are two driving modes – Road and Rain – both offering full power. However, aggressive delivery becomes very disciplined when you go into rain mode, and the technology works well when riding on slippery surfaces.
For an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.1 lakh (Delhi), the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is definitely a premium offer
The refined sound from the dual exhausts is one of the best among motorcycles in this class. The vibrations are much less compared to most of its rivals, which makes the driving experience even better. The Bobber exceeds 170 km / h in record time. But the real pleasure is to ride this bike between 100 km / h and 150 km / h on good roads.
The Bobber exceeds 170 km / h in record time
The bike’s classic spoked wheels are shod with Avon Cobra tires (100 / 90-19 at the front and 150/80 R16 at the rear), giving the rider good traction. If one still lacks confidence, there is switchable traction control to provide additional assistance.
Stopping power comes from a 255mm disc with Nissin single-piston floating caliper at the rear and a 310mm disc with two-piston floating caliper up front. While the rear unit has room for improvement, the front unit provides good feedback. Combined with ABS (standard) the overall braking force is decent and gives the bike a secure feel.
The set is complete with a high-tech multifunction instrument cluster
The set is complete with a high-tech multi-function instrument cluster that contains a traditional analog meter as well as a decent-sized LCD display for data. The information available on the display includes the odometer, gear engaged indicator, fuel gauge, remaining range, service indicator, clock, two trips, average fuel consumption and instantaneous, traction control status and driving mode. The instrument panel also receives several indicator lights for other indications and its position can be adjusted according to the size of the pilot to achieve a more convenient view.
For an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.1 lakh (Delhi), the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is definitely a premium offer. And that also with a single-seater use. It is also not made for daily commutes in town or very long journeys.
It can become a great companion for weekends on long, smooth and winding roads
So where do we get it? The bike was designed for those who love personalized art and love their motorcycles to have real classic features. The bike offers excellent performance as well as a list of advanced features that are worth paying for. And yes, it can become a great companion on weekend trips on long, smooth and winding roads.
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Factory customized by the British bicycle maker, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is much more like the original American bobber customs made between the 1930s and 1950s.