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Bobber Black

BIKE LAUNCH: Bobber Black

“Darker, meaner, stronger”

The Bobber is back… in black. And while the exhaust note has that unmistakable aggressive growl, now it’s got the looks to match. Even parked, the Bobber Black looks ready to attack.

The Bobber Black takes centre stage

Totally blacked-out – engine, bars and pipes – it still sports the 1200cc high-torque Bonneville engine, single seat and hard tail with wide flat bars, but elsewhere it’s had a serious overhaul. A huge front disc brake, cruise control, 16” wheel, chunkier forks and all-LED headlight all work together to create a more muscular stance and a stronger performance on the road.

Its predecessor is now officially the fastest selling motorcycle in Triumph’s 115-year history. This time though Triumph has taken the model to new heights with a bike packed with attitude and higher spec, say media critics.

Its fully gloss Jet Black or Matt Jet Black detailing and finish are eye-catching enough, but twinned with the imposing low silhouette this modern-day hot rod has got the pundits purring.

At home in the city… or the open road

BikeShed London founder Dutch van Someren says: “When I saw last year’s Bobber I thought ‘that’s fantastic, but wouldn’t it be brilliant with a fatter 16 inch front wheel?’. Triumph have listened to the feedback and acted on it with the result that the Bobber Black’s whole front end is a major upgrade.

“Despite its stronger look there’s no sacrifice to how it handles thanks to the upgraded twin disc front brakes and Brembo calipers.”

Chunkier 47mm front forks – compared to 41mm before – create a more muscular and aggressive stance enhanced by blacked out wheel hubs, slash cut sawn off exhaust and peashooters, bars, footrests… you name it, it’s black

German YouTube motorcycle reviewer Jens Chuck adds: “The Showa forks give it an aggressive and masculine look which is what the original bobber was all about. That and the colour will make this a very popular bike.

“I’m also a big fan of the new LED headlight which has the Triumph triangle inside and a new daytime running light, which is something they haven’t done before. Once again Triumph have made some great tweaks to an already great bike.”

The Bobber Black retains its predecessor’s authentic custom style, hot rod ride and sound, courtesy of a 1200cc High Torque Bonneville engine that gives the world the distinctive Bobber tune.

Authenticity is the key and the Bobber Black’s single seat and hard tail teamed with wide flat bars, minimal bodywork and sculpted tank right down to its wire spoked wheels, all ensure it’s there by the bucket-load.

Mark roars in on the Bobber Black

Triumph’s rock drummer ambassador Mark Richardson, who rode the bike on stage at the star-studded launch party, says: “The first thing that strikes you is the comfort and balance right off the bat. Then it’s that amazing black and the smooth engine you get with all Triumphs.

“They’ve carried all the best bits over from the last Bobber to make sure it’s still the perfect marriage of vintage old hard-tail bobber and stunning new technology. It really is all style and all substance.”

Richard Newland, Motorcycle News Deputy Editor, adds: “It’s not a criticism but this is the Bobber that I expected the last time because it’s more customised with that fat front wheel. People will be happy to see the twin front end and braking upgrade, but also the single button cruise control to help get you through the variable speed limits safely.”

Christoph Lentsch, from bike site 1000PS, says: “I like it even more than the regular Bobber because of its front end build. It’s meaner, bolder and a bike I’d love to customise maybe with a vintage leather seat and some rear view mirrors. I’ll take a look at the Triumph customising kits first.”