That MC News piece is a farce, nobody at Triumph would approve a turd like that.
In any case, let’s hope they discontinue the model altogether. I rarely see a Bobber on the street and I really like it that way. It sucks when everybody jumps on the bandwagon and ruins something that was special and cool.
For example, 40 years ago when you saw a serious sport bike on the road you knew the rider was an enthusiast who probably built the bike or modified it personally. It was common to both pull over and BS. Sometimes for hours. I made many friends that way. Fast forward 10 years and I asked a crotch rocket rider at the gas station, “Hey, are those flat-slide Mikunis factory carbs?!?” He replied something like “Dude, I have no idea what language you’re speaking — I just make the payments and ride the thing.”
If every third douchebag on the block ends up riding a Triumph Bobber (as happened with Harleys 20 years ago) I’ll probably sell mine.