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Voting opens for first-ever Triumph Bobber Build Off

Published: 07 June 2019

Updated: 07 June 2019

Triumph dealerships from around the UK are currently competing to be crowned the manufacturer’s first-ever Bobber Build Off champion.

With voting now open online, all 13 Bonneville Bobbers have been created over recent months using a combination of official accessories and skilled labour, with each machine baring its own unique style.

This includes the team at Pure Triumph Wellingborough, who have transformed their retro-inspired cruiser into a reimagining of an original 1938 5T Speed Twin, after noticing similarities in the lines of both bikes.

Finished in tasteful chrome and shod with a period front number plate, inspiration for the bike came from an enamel sign hanging in their workshop advertising the late ‘30s machine.

Continuing the classic theme is the entry from JS Gedge, East Sussex, which mimics the 1946 Bonneville T100 by using parts found on a variety of Triumph models, including handlebars from the Bonneville Speedmaster and the headlight from a Bonneville T120.

Laguna Ashford's entry

This differs from the drag racing-inspired Bobber created by Laguna Ashford, which comes equipped with the front racer fairing from the Thruxton and a sleek new tail unit, which extends downwards from the single petrol tank, created in tandem with T&S Engineering.

To find the winner, Triumph have created individual Facebook photo albums for each bike available through their website, with the three machines gaining the most likes progressing forward to a celebrity judging panel to decide the overall champion.

As well as appearing online, every machine was also displayed at the recent Bike Shed Show, in London’s historic Tobacco Docks, alongside Triumph’s new Thruxton TFC and Rocket 3 TFC and a custom Speed Twin designed by the Bike Shed’s founder, Anthony 'Dutch' van Someren. 

Speaking about the competition, European Sales and Marketing Regional Director, Rick Cawley, said: "Since its launch, the Bonneville Bobber has proven to be the most popular Triumph motorcycle for personalising.

"We launched the competition to not only showcase the customisation and engineering skills of the Triumph dealer network, but to also demonstrate that choosing genuine Triumph accessories is the ideal way to personalise your ride." 

Public voting is already underway and will close at 10am on Thursday 29 August. The winner will then be announced at the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, set to take place in September. To vote for your favourite, click here.

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