World’s fastest bobber: the extraordinary 200hp + supercharged Triumph unveiled


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Do you think bobbers like Triumph’s Bonneville are more about show than play? Think again. This radical, supercharged and nitrogen-injected version has just been unveiled and, with more than 200 hp, is considered the “fastest bobber in the world”.

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It is the darling of booming customization and accessory purveyors Thornton Cent. Based near Silverstone and run by Jody Millhouse, they specialize in bespoke and custom Triumph Bobbers and Scramblers, and have even recruited a few famous clients such as Joe ‘The Body Coach’ Wicks. But none of their bikes to date have been as extreme – or powerful – as the new “WFB”.

“The idea was to build myself a bike, something I could use for shows and outings,” says Millhouse. “However, things got out of hand and I became obsessed with making them faster.

“A few months later, when Covid hit, I made the conscious decision to make this the fastest and most powerful bobber in the world. The performance target was over 200hp at the crank, we finally reached him behind the wheel … “

Changes from the original Triumph Bobber are everywhere. Besides the Rotrex C15 compressor, it is dry injected by NOS, has TTS machined housings, forged pistons, custom cam and updated clutch. The result is 165 hp measured at the wheel without the nitrous boost, 202 hp with it.

Jody Millhouse of Thornton Cent

The chassis features Thornton Hundred’s ‘signature’ wide wheel conversion with billet hubs and Excel rims, along with a billet seat post, custom seat and tires. While the biggest challenge was to adapt the electronics to cope with the huge increase in performance. The result, according to Millhouse, is: “Fully usable, it starts every time on the button and is designed to be reliable.”

He hasn’t finished yet either. Full conversions of Öhlins suspension and Brembo monoblock brakes are underway along with plans for custom paint and even 300hp next winter. If you feel like it yourself, you might be disappointed.

“We have no intention of duplicating the horsepower figures as the costs involved would be astronomical,” Millhouse said, adding that customers can however purchase certain parts such as seat and license plate brackets. “We expect this one to stay in the family and evolve,” he says. “It’s going to be used every weekend for outings, shows and drag races.”

We’ll find out exactly what it’s like to ride soon …

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