Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

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Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

British motorcycle brand Triumph has been growing in India since its launch few years back and since then it has always come up with breathtaking models and with exciting pricing which does evident the growth is unstoppable in India Market. The refinement in the power of their engines and the attention the minimalistic details is what all Triumph is about. One such exciting model in their lineup is the Bonneville Bobber, created with keeping them Bobber style riders in the mind. A low slung single riding seat, wide handlebar and those bulky tyres all of these contributing the head turning presence of the new Bonneville Bobber.

So, for someone who aren’t much familiar for what Bobber is? Let us explain you – Bobber’s are a chopped off variants of cruisers and are more of cruiser café racers which are meant to go fast. They have very minimalist design cues and chopped off front and rear fenders. And to be precise, the Bobbers are custom motorcycles. But to a surprise, this Bonneville Bobber is a production line product. Triumph Motorcycles has successfully made a bobber which seems to be very clean and despite being a Bobber you won’t see any untouched details.

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Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

DESIGN

The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is absolutely a head turner with its massive road presence design. The Bobber is genuinely factory made custom with more stance to it. You look closer and will identify that this bobber is actually a stripped version of the Bonneville T120 with an extended wheelbase of 1510 mm compared to the Bonneville T120 with 1445 mm of wheelbase. The Stripped off rear single seat setup does look stunning. Well, if you have a girlfriend, she won’t like it!

What we liked about this Bobber design is, it is very clean and designed in every detailing. The Bobbers are stripped and considering the fact you won’t find a single wire or any extra fit shelling out which does gives the bike very clean and premium finish. The center console features a round shaped speedo meter with places small digital display with all necessary information’s. The speedometer unit here is adjustable one which can be adjusted up and down to have better view on the instrument cluster. While the dual chrome exhaust adds more character to the Bobber profile. At the back beautifully placed LED tail lamp completes the Bobber.

Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

ENGINE

Triumph Bonneville Bobber is powered by the most proven same 2-cylinder liquid cooled 1200 cc SOHC parallel twin engine with some retune which churns out peak power of 76 BHP @6100 rpm and peak torque is rated at 106 Nm @4000 rpm. This unit is all about torque and profusion a lot of it courtesy the lightweight pistons which keep the refinement levels quite high without stressing out the engine. The power delivery is very constant and the bike starts making the objects on road disappear in past as you twist the throttle. Fuel delivery is taken care by Multipoint Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (MSEFI) system. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and the wet multiplate clutch system completes the power cycle.

CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION

For a bike that heavy the chassis and suspension must be in sync to take the load accordingly. Triumph has taken care of this very well with providing a Tubular steel cradle frame with a 25.8-degree angle and twin sided, tubular steel frame to accommodate that tyre in rear. Front suspension is KYB 41mm forks with 90mm travel and rear suspension is also a KYB monoshock unit with linkage with 77mm travel. Ride is fairly comfortable for highway cruising but not pleasing once you tend to drive in city with bumps and potholes, the rear suspension although adjustable is little stiff and takes a toll on back upright position of the rider.

Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

DIMENSIONS

As the name suggest Bonneville Bobber is the bike that is low slung and shows a proper side profile when parked, it’s definitely a head turner. Measuring 2235 mm in length, 800 mm in width, 1025 mm in height and wheelbase is 1510 mm. The seat is only 690 mm above the ground and the ground clearance of bike is only 120 mm which suggests that if you lean the bike in corners too hard you might end up scraping the exhaust and foot pegs so ride accordingly considering it’s a cruiser and not sports bike. All of this makes the bike’s kerb weight to a total of 237 kgs.

Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

HANDLING

The Bobber does makes you feel the cruiser characteristics and once the throttle is open you start having fun instantly. Considering the huge weight of the bike, it is a great handler and rider can cruise on highways all day without any glitch, juts put the 6th gear and at 1800-2000 rpm the bike will cruise without any trouble. City driving is also considerable and you won’t feel the shifts while raging through the traffic, Thanks to the balanced power outputs even in the low RPMs but the heat from the engine is what restricts the city riding but those 28 degree placed handle bars are easy to maneuver in traffic.

The Riding posture is perfect for longer rides without any hiccups along with the city maneuvering. Upright and L shaped leg room give you confidence to ride it hard even while cornering. The bike does feel strong while taking the corners with ease. Overall, the bike has enough to surprise you with its riding credibility.

BRAKING

As fast as this bike gains momentum, coming to a halt is as easy task thanks to the braking system provided on this one. Front brakes are pair of 310mm disc brakes paired with a Brembo 2-piston calipers. Rear section is taken care by a Nissin 2-piston caliper paired with torque-free floating 255mm disc brakes. The Avon Cobra tyres provide ample grip and aid handling sufficiently. Featuring a huge 100/90 front tyre on a 19-inch wheel and rear 150/80 on a 16-inch wheel, the Bobber lives up to its name. ABS s provided as a standard. The brakes somewhat lack that aggressive bite, considering the weight of the bike.

Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

FEATURES

The analogue speed display and digital info cluster is placed beautifully along with  handlebar provides all the necessary information to the rider such as fuel level, trip, odometer, distance to empty, gear indicator, fuel reserve levels, low oil levels, low battery signal, and lot more. With two selective driving modes like road or rain, it is a very useful feature to prevent riders from losing balance in slippery conditions. It also comes with Switchable traction control, Torque assist clutch, Adjustable riding position. Additionally, the Bobber also features ride-by-wire system for better throttle response.

Review: Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Triumph Bobber comes equipped with a 9.1 liter fuel tank and with an overall consumption of 18.5 kmpl combined with highway and city drive the total driving range comes out around 160-180 kms on a full tank. But who thinks of fuel consumption when the bike gives you smiles per miles. Reserve fuel level is rated at 2.5 liters. As per our testing the bike gave an overall mileage of 15 kmpl which included a city and highway driving of 40-60 ratio respectively.

CONCLUSION

Triumph Bobber as the name suggests is a great bike for the pricing and absolutely stands up high to its name. With a price tag of INR 10.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) it is a beast of a machine and very well crafted masterpiece and definitely a crowd puller. This British masterpiece is a perfect getaway ride for those who love to enjoy the wind and thrill. The Low and mid range revs are very cheesy and make every maneuvering easy with a stress on your nor the engine. Overall, the bobber has a perfect blend of a custom and factory made finish which does gives the bobber a complete eye catching bob-job. Thanks to its designers!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Engine Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Cubic Capacity 1200 cc
Bore Stroke 97.6 / 80mm
Compression 10.0:1
Max Power 76 BHP (57 kW) @ 6,100 rpm
Max Torque 106 Nm (78lb-ft) @ 4,000 rpm
System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Chromed stainless steel 2 into 2 twin-skin exhaust system black finish
Final drive Chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Gearbox 6-speed
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, tubular steel
Front Wheels 32-spoke, 19 x 2.5in
Rear Wheels 32-spoke, 16 x 3.5in
Front Tyres 130/90 R19 Avon Cobra tyres
Rear Tyres 150/80 R16 Avon Cobra tyres
Front Suspension Showa 47 mm forks with cartridge damping, 90 mm travel.
Rear Suspension KYB monoshock with linkage, 77 mm travel
Front Brakes Twin 310 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, ABS
Height 1025 mm
Seat Height 690 mm
Wheelbase 1510 mm
Rake 25.8º
Trail 87.9 mm
Dry Weight 237 Kg
Tank Capacity  9.1 L
Driving Range 160-180 kms

 

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