Triumph’s Bobber is their fastest selling new model ever, and charts in the top 10 for new bike sales in the UK. It’s been a rampant and unprecedented success, and this new version answers the question of ‘what next’ for the super-focussed single-seater. The new Black version is far more than a paintjob, and should perhaps be viewed as the Bobber’s hotter cousin – following hot on the heels of the announcement of the all-new Bonneville Speedmaster.
Apart from the near-total blacking out of every shiny component, and the addition of a beautifully simplistic cruise control function, the really significant changes are all in front of the headstock.
Bonneville Bobber Black highlights
- New 47mm cartridge fork
- 16-inch front wheel
- Twin-disc front-end
- Brembo calipers
- LED lighting all round
The Bobber’s delicate-looking front-end has been on a course of steroids. Gone are the 41mm KYB fork legs, replaced with a much beefier set of 47mm Showa cartridge forks. Although they still lack any adjustability, they should offer more performance from the same travel.
Hanging off the fat new fork is a smaller 16-inch rim (the Bobber wears a 19), boasting an equally chubby 130/90 Avon Cobra for a more authentic bobber aesthetic. Even more overtly nodding towards spirited riding is the upgrade in braking performance to match. The Black gets a twin 310mm disc arrangement, and more powerful and consistent Brembo two-piston axial sliding calipers (versus the Bobbers single disc and solo twin-piston Nissin).
The Black also gets a lighting upgrade, with the Bobber’s optional DRL-enabled LED headlamp arriving as standard equipment, along with a full complement of LED indicators and numberplate lamp.
Its blackness extends to the exhaust silencers, headers and upper finned casting, foot controls, brake and clutch levers, handlebars, seat pan, engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover, headlight rim and wheel hubs and rims.
Also arriving on the Black is the firm’s new cruise control system – a refreshingly simple three-touch single button to activate, set, and disable.
Everything else is standard Bobber fare, sharing the chassis, swinging-cage fake hardtail styling, and that stonking T120 high-torque parallel-twin.
No word on pricing yet, but we expect the higher spec to command a 10-15% premium over the Bobber’s £10,600. Expect it in dealers in time for new March 1 registrations.
Bonneville Bobber Black Tech Specs
Engine 1200cc liquid-cooled 8v parallel-twin
Power 76bhp @ 6100rpm
Torque 78ftlb @ 4000rpm
Frame Tubular steel twin cradle
Seat height 690mm
Suspension F: 47mm non-adj Showa fork, R: non-adj KYB monoshock
Brakes F: twin 310mm discs, Brembo 2-piston calipers, R: single 255mm disc, single-piston Nissin caliper
Tank 9.1 litres
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