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Is the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber ‘hipster bait’?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Hate it or love it, the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s too cleverly engineered, classically styled and sexy to be a one-hit-wonder.

But many traditionalists seem to think otherwise. The general consensus is that it looks good but…that’s really all there is to it.

Let’s look at the facts:

It's a modem day classic
It's got a classic shape but rides like its brand new with its slip-assist clutch that's light and accurate, flawless throttle response and gears that slip effortlessly through the six-speed box. Shorter riders will love the low 690mm seat and the two riding modes (Rain and Road), traction control and ABS is a nice take on 21st century safety. 

It’s more powerful
The 1200cc parallel twin-cylinder ‘High Torque’ motor is lifted from the Bonneville T120 (with its 10,000-mile service intervals), but it makes 10% more power and torque at 4500pm.

The tweaked motor is more flexible and urgent on the throttle than the T120, but still unthreatening and smooth. It is almost silent off the throttle and cruises at just 3000rpm at 70mph. 

It’s easy to handle
The Bobber has a new tubular steel cradle frame and bespoke KYB suspension.

A bike with a 100-section spoked 19” wheel up front and a 16-incher at the rear (150) simply shouldn’t handle this well. Especially one that weighs 228kg dry and has just 80mm of suspension travel, which could bottom-out at the drop of a hat.

Last but not least, it comes with two new Bobber Inspiration Kits
On top of over 150 official performance, touring and cosmetic accessories, including a full LED headlight and a new Bobber clothing range, two Inspiration Kits will be available, which can be dealer fitted or by yourself.

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