Down & Out ‘Hold on go fast’ Bobber

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It didn’t take long for the chaps at Down & Out to get their hands on the new Bobber and work their magic with it. Commissioned by Triumph and unveiled at the recent EICMA show in Milan, they were faced with only three weeks to start and finish the build. It’s a good job they’re pretty handy at this sort of thing.

So how do you put together a bike in such a short space of time to such a good standard? D&O bossman Shaun Walker stated that the build was a challenge “turning a bike around in three weeks is always going to be a hard, especially to have it fully working. Triumph are always really helpful though and we knew what they wanted and the team worked really well building the bike for them which really helps.”


Challenges included getting to grips with some of the wiring – which is all internally routed. “Some of the wiring on the Bobber is different to the Thruxton and the Bonneville and figuring out which wires were going where was difficult, it took ages to get them all in the right order.” Working on Triumphs electronics is notoriously difficult anyway and is the reason that many will avoid replacing the clocks on builds that are based around the newer models and, though they struggled with it, the speedo was replaced with a Motogadget Chrono Classic offering to give it that Smiths look. 

Another of the seemingly endless challenges was quite an important one and involved the overall look of the machine and how it would present itself. For nearly half of the build the tank was absent while it was with 8 ball paint shop, which made working on the Bobber more difficult because it’s much harder to see the lines of the bike and how it will look when finished. Luckily, the guys at D&O have a keen eye for these details and were able imagine the bike finished with the dry build.

Helping give the bike an even meaner look are the low-slung Fastec clipons, which replace the standard offering. The 1200cc twin’s soundtrack is the pipes, which have had a hefty 5-inches taken out of them and the torquey temptress is further helped along with the addition of nitrous oxide, with two canisters mounted on each side of the swingarm. This beauty has both show and go.

If you fancy seeing it for yourself, the bike is on display at Motorcycle Live all this week on the Triumph stand.


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer