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Triumph Bobber gets performance makeover

Published: 24 July 2019

Updated: 24 July 2019

Photos have emerged of Triumph testing an all-new Bobber in the Spanish mountains, with a clear focus being the bike’s handling.

While the current model is no slouch and you can ride it much harder than its styling might suggest, this new machine should move the game on considerably.

Up front the standard fork has been replaced with a set of Öhlins. Not only should these offer much greater control at high speed, but the adjustability means you’ll be able to set them up exactly how you want them.

Clearly visible on the fork bottoms are a pair of Brembo M50 monobloc calipers, which will easily be able to out-brake the single disc and caliper power of the current model.

The forks themselves are attached with a brand-new set of yokes, while the standard bike’s flat bars have been replaced with a set of clip-ons mounted under the top yoke.

A left turn on the Triumph Bobber spied in testing

This new handlebar position, while not radical for rider geometry, should ensure a more direct feel at the bars as well as placing marginally more weight on the front wheel.

Because of the softail style of the Bobber, the rear shock is largely obscured but does also appear to have been replaced with a new unit. It seems likely the shock will also be a fully-adjustable Öhlins monoshock to match the fork. The rear brake set up appears to be the same.

Externally, the engine looks unchanged, while there is a set of Arrow mufflers fitted to the test mule. If this bike is intended as a 'Bobber R' then it’s possible the engine has received a mild tune with peak power possibly creeping over 80bhp.

Equally possible is that this model is the next in the TFC range, which could see a more aggressive engine tune pushing power towards 90bhp.

There’s been no official word from Triumph about a new Bobber but the test mule looks almost finished, suggesting a production version could be unveiled at the Milan show in November.

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