A quick look at the specifications and pictures proves Triumph may be on the money with their description. There was really no reason to tinker with the Bonneville Bobber. Launched to international acclaim in 2016, it became the fastest selling motorcycle in Triumph’s 115-year history.
Inspired by the original post-war Bobber movement of stripped back, hard tail motorcycles tuned to the extreme for maximum performance, the Bonneville Bobber has stunning handcrafted custom style and a thrilling hot rod ride. With its 1200cc High Torque Bonneville engine with distinctive Bobber tune, Triumph tells us it’s selling out in dealerships all over the world.
Now the British motorcycle manufacturer has taken the model to new heights for the 2018 model year, with the darker, meaner and stronger Bonneville Bobber Black. With imposing poise, distinguished presence and the iconic Bobber silhouette, the Bobber Black shares the Bobber’s low, muscular and minimalist stance; purposeful, distinctive, and stripped back. Featuring all the classic hallmarks of a Bobber, the Bobber Black’s single seat and hard tail look are teamed with wide flat bars for intuitive handling, minimal bodywork and sculpted Bonneville tank, minimal fenders with center ridge, and authentic wire spoked wheels.
Carrying over all of the beautiful Bobber details, the Bobber Black boasts an authentic battery box with heritage-inspired cover and stainless steel strap, classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, rear mudguard loop, side-mounted ignition barrel, bar end mirrors and a premium branded locking fuel cap. Plus an exquisitely sculpted top yoke, carb-styled twin throttle bodies and gloss black bullet indicators.
Riding in with two color options, the Bobber Black is available in either a classic gloss Jet Black or a stylish and contemporary Matt Jet Black. But this tribute to wilder motorcycle days gone by is more than just style. Raising the bar in terms of specification, the Bonneville Bobber Black promises characterful and class-defining riding dynamics.
Triumph’s highest specification brakes in the Bonneville line up with ABS as standard; the Bobber Black has category leading 310mm twin discs on the front with twin Brembo two-piston calipers and a single rear disc setup with single piston caliper. The suspension also sees an upgrade from the Bobber spec with chunky 47mm Showa cartridge front forks, offering 90mm front wheel travel for improved feel and feedback. The new “fat” 16-inch front wheel, still with classic wire spokes, black rims, and the specially-developed Avon Cobra tires, gives the Bobber Black its meaner and more muscular stance.
As well as the considerable specification upgrades, the Bobber Black retains the elegant engineering innovations now synonymous with the Bobber – like the beautiful and distinctive floating aluminum seat pan with cantilever support, the adjustable riding position, the elegant mono-shock RSU with linkage, the distinctive ‘swing cage’ for that hard-tail look and the clean line hidden technology packaging.
Accessible for any size of rider, the Bobber Black has a low seat height of just 688mm providing excellent ergonomics and a confidence-inspiring low center of gravity.
Yesterday meets tomorrow
The front end of the Bobber Black is transformed with the new 5” full-LED headlight with unique LED daytime running light pattern (DRL) and charming Triumph maker’s mark triangle branding integrated within the headlight cluster. Compact and elegant, with a distinctive light pattern, the LED rear light, LED indicators and LED number plate light are said to be power efficient and durable.
Longer distance cruising is also easier on the Bobber Black, thanks to cruise control as standard, easily accessible as a single button elegantly molded into the left-hand switch cube.
Complementing these upgrades are a suite of rider-focused technologies carried over from the Bobber and sensitively incorporated to ensure clean-line packaging – like the Road and Rain riding modes, both delivering full power, and the switchable traction control for maximum safety and rider control. On top of that is the torque assist clutch which reduces pulling effort at the lever to help prevent rider fatigue, the durable and power efficient all-LED lighting (rear light, indicators and number plate light), and a state of the art immobilizer with transponder incorporated into the premium Triumph badged key for maximum security.
Stylishly minimal and angle adjustable, the Bobber Black’s beautiful single clock has a machined bronze dial face and multi-function display controlled by easily reachable fingertip controls.
As with all Triumphs in the Modern Classics range, the new Bonneville Bobber Black is liquid-cooled, reducing emissions and offering a high first major service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000 Km). For added piece of mind, it also features the latest immobilizer with the transponder fitted into the premium Triumph badged key.
Featuring the critically acclaimed 1200cc High Torque parallel twin engine with charismatic 270° firing interval and a dedicated Bobber tune which delivers category-leading torque and power low down the rev range:
- Peak torque of 78FT-lbs @ 4,000rpm
- Peak power of 77Hp @ 6,100rpm
The Bobber Black also has a new black painted twin skin straight line exhaust with twin ‘slash cut’ sawn-off black peashooter silencers and a hidden cat box. A dual chamber air box with twin filter design helps to deliver that rich and raw exhaust note and hot rod feel.
Cool comes as standard
While the Bonneville Bobber Black is meant to invoke a moment in motorcycle history, the new model comes packed with everything a rider would expect to find on a modern bike.
Single Button Cruise Control. Easy to use, single button function cruise control with one press for on, one press to set the speed, and one press to cancel. Easily accessible button mounted into the left hand switch cube.
Ride-by-Wire. For a crisper, more precise and more accurate throttle response, with improved on/off throttle transition. Enabling different throttle maps, linked to two different riding modes.
Riding Modes. Linked to the ride-by-wire system, there are Road and Rain riding modes, selectable via the new switch gear, for maximum, control and safety in different riding conditions, both delivering full power.
ABS. The contemporary safety standard, with minimal visual impact, the ABS is responsive yet unobtrusive.
Switchable Traction Control. Contemporary switchable traction control, maximizing rider safety and control.
Torque Assist Clutch. Reducing clutch lever effort, the Torque Assist Clutch improves long distance ride-ability and reduces rider fatigue.
Immobilizer. State-of-the-art immobilizer system as standard, with a transponder incorporated into the Triumph branded key.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize
As with the Bonneville Bobber, the Bobber Black has been designed with customization in mind, with over 120 accessories for custom styling, additional detailing, enhanced comfort and more performance. These include different handlebar options like the mini ape hangers, alternative mirrors, compact LED indicators, short mudguards, luggage, statement seats, and heated grips.
Branded accessories include the Fox adjustable rear suspension unit, and the elegant machined aluminum Vance & Hines silencers with adjustable end caps
Adding to the hugely popular Bonneville clothing collection, a dedicated range of Bobber Black clothing has been designed, with four casual t-shirts, a trendy hoodie and a stylish leather riding jacket.
Triumph is also continuing its new-found partnership with UK-based thrill seekers P&Co by collaborating on a range of original Bobber Black pieces – a cool t-shirt, casual coach jacket, classic cap, and debossed keyring.