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Triumph unveils a Bobber in the Bonneville T120 line

Triumph unveils a Bobber in th...
The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is joining the Bonneville line up
The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is joining the Bonneville line up
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The Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give custom bike builders another canvas to build upon
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The Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give custom bike builders another canvas to build upon
The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is joining the Bonneville line up
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The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is joining the Bonneville line up
The adjustable seat of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give riders a choice of up and forward or down and back, depending on their riding style
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The adjustable seat of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give riders a choice of up and forward or down and back, depending on their riding style
A retro style brake light adds to the overall look of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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A retro style brake light adds to the overall look of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Fork gaiters and classic round headlight set off the retro look of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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Fork gaiters and classic round headlight set off the retro look of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
The gage on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber can be adjusted according to the rider's seating position
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The gage on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber can be adjusted according to the rider's seating position
Bar end mirrors and a wide handlebar are standard features of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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Bar end mirrors and a wide handlebar are standard features of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Slash cut pipes will come standard on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, and a partnership with Vance & Hines will give owners an optional and adjustable end cap
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Slash cut pipes will come standard on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, and a partnership with Vance & Hines will give owners an optional and adjustable end cap

When Triumph introduced an entirely new Bonneville line up earlier this year, the rumor was that the next model to join it would be a Scrambler. Triumph has taken a different path, though, by announcing the addition of a bobber to the Bonneville mix.

Current Bonneville owners might be aghast, but old school chopper and bobber builders – dead or alive – might be smiling at the irony since Triumph was a mainstay of that style of customs going back to the late 1940s.

While the Triumph Bonneville Bobber has a decidedly retro look, the company announced it has included many of the same advanced features found in the T120 line like ride-by-wire, dual selectable riding modes (road and rain), ABS, switchable traction control, and a torque assisted clutch.

The Bobber will be powered by a 1200 cc engine, similar to the one found in the current T120s and Thruxtons, but it has been tuned for more torque and power. The frame, suspension and chassis are also different from the current T120 line.

Slash cut pipes will come standard on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, and a partnership with Vance & Hines will give owners an optional and adjustable end cap
Slash cut pipes will come standard on the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, and a partnership with Vance & Hines will give owners an optional and adjustable end cap

The company hasn't released any performance specs yet, but the current T120s are pushing out 80 hp and 77.4 ft. lbs of torque, so it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers the Bonneville Bobber produces.

One feature on the Bobber that sounds entirely brilliant, though, is what is described as a slotted seat design that will let the rider position the seat "up and forward" or "down and backwards." The latter will put the rider at a seat height of 690 mm (27 inches). A quick release feature will allow the handlebar-mounted gage to be adjusted to match the rider's seating position.

The adjustable seat of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give riders a choice of up and forward or down and back, depending on their riding style
The adjustable seat of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber will give riders a choice of up and forward or down and back, depending on their riding style

Topping out the retro vibe of the Bonneville Bobber is a stainless steel strap, bar end mirrors, rear mudguard loop, carb-styled twin throttle bodies, broad adjustable levers, traditional rubber gaiters, classic rear drum brake-inspired hub, and wire spoke wheels.

Triumph has not yet released any pricing or availability details for the Bonneville Bobber. A partnership with Fox to offer an optional double rear suspension and another with Vance & Hines for adjustable end caps for the Bobber's exhaust, indicates that the company is already looking at this bike as a fresh canvas for amateur and custom builders.

Source: Triumph Motorcycles

4 comments
DavidRogerBrown
How much extra would it cost Triumph to get rid of those ugly tank seams? It detracts from the rest of the great work they do.
mhpr262
I wish the pics had included just one full-on sideview instead of all the arty-farty angles and details.
Buellrider
I like the look but as DavidRBrown says, the tank seems should have been deep 6'd long ago. Another thing that Triumph could fix is the rocker box covers because they look like lumps of baked bread to me. How about some fin work on those covers to dress them up. Look at a 70's or older Triumph engine and they were artwork compared to all the new engines.
Jason Catterall
Fantastic! What a great base to build a truly unique bike. The only thing I'd change is having the ability to mount a second seat somehow, so I could take my son to school on it in the summer months.