The posers have already arrived at Triumph's Manesar facility
Triumph Motorcycles first unveiled the Bonneville Bobber in Milan, Italy late last year at the EICMA motorcycle show. The company has recently confirmed March 29, 2017, as the launch date for the latest Triumph.
The bike borrows its details from the old-school stripped down motorcycles called 'bobbers'. This breed of bikes were the bare bones versions of other motorcycles and had only the parts necessary to keep them running. Losing parts made the bike lighter and thus, faster. Triumph's Bobber, however, is a modern classic and although it looks like something that belongs to the 40s, it's anything but.
The Bonneville Bobber is a thoroughly modern motorcycle with all sorts of electronic widgetry. For starters, it borrows the same 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel twin motor from the T120. This engine's strong point is not its power figure of 77PS, but the 106Nm of peak torque that comes is as early as 4000rpm; hence the name 'high-torque' motor. That makes it very tractable even at low speeds as the wave of torque doesn't require too many downshifts to get to the powerband. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed transmission that drives what appears to be an unsprung wheel at the back. The designers have managed to make the bike as comfortable as any by neatly concealing the mono shock into the all-new frame while still retaining the hardtail style. The floating seat is mounted right on top of that mono shock, and it has fore and aft as well as up and down adjustment to deliver that perfect riding position.
Stopping power comes from a 310mm disc brake at the front and a 255mm disc at the back, both of which are sourced from Nissin. On the safety side, the bike comes with dual-channel ABS, switchable traction control, ride-by-wire throttle and a dedicated riding mode for wet roads.
The Bobber's fuel tank can contain a little over nine litres of petrol and with a claimed fuel efficiency of 24.4kmpl, you'll be hunting for a fuel pump every 200km. That's if you're able to achieve the advertised fuel efficiency. Apparently, this bike isn't for touring, and its 228kg of kerb weight could make it a handful in stop-and-go city traffic. However, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber will be perfect for the weekend warriors. Riders who spend their Saturdays polishing their bikes for that early morning Sunday breakfast ride. For five days, the bike remains covered, waiting to enjoy a full dose of tender loving care every Saturday and Sunday.
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is another motorcycle of the same genre, and it retails for Rs 13.9 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). We're expecting the Bonneville Bobber to carry a price tag of around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).