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post #61 of 68 (permalink) Old 08-18-2018, 03:40 AM
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I like the look of both the Bobber and the Bobber Black. I’ve been drooling over them for almost a year now. I went for the BB in the end because I like the mean look of the front end. They are both the coolest looking bikes in my opinion 😎
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post #62 of 68 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 02:01 AM
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I jumped on my Bobber as soon as it was available. Personally, I don't like the look of the little fat front tire on the Bobber Black. There are a couple of nice upgrades on the Bobber Black (LED headlight, upgraded shocks, cruise control, twin disk brakes). The headlight on the Bobber works great, so I don't have any great desire to get an LED headlight, the shocks would be a nice upgrade as my Bobber can get a bit rough at times, I already have cruise control on my Bobber, and being a single seater bike I think twin disks are probably a bit of overkill - I ride my bike pretty hard and have never had a need for better brakes.
So, no, I don't think I would swap my Bobber for a Bobber black.
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I bought the bobber black a couple months ago.
I like the blacked out look and the beefed up
options. I also love the bobber with the different
colors. But for me at the buffet line I always wished I had
picked something different. It was was easy with the "BB",
shinny or dull, easy decision.
As far as the cruise control goes, am I the only one
that uses it for auto pilot? Sometimes I do stuff that
I need both hands while cruising down the road.
Go ahead and call me stupid, I don't mind.
I dont do "Indian Larry" tricks, but it does cross my mind.
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CC is the best way to keep your license in the UK, with loads of average speed cameras as well as fixed cameras...


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post #65 of 68 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 04:59 PM
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CC is the best way to keep your license in the UK, with loads of average speed cameras as well as fixed cameras...
I second this... lots of average speed cameras around these days for which the cc comes in very handy. Having said that I do still use it when cruising on B roads and not looking to fly along. Sometimes it’s just nice to relax and not work the bike. Also... when looking to rest you right hand for a moment it’s great... as opposed to having to weight to be riding down hill!
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post #66 of 68 (permalink) Old 05-04-2019, 11:18 PM
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I own a green 17 original. But I also own a harley 48 with the fat front tire. Would I purchase a black. yes. I also would not part with my original bike. I own 13 street bikes, and another one or ten is never going to bother me. Maybe I should get one with a side car??
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post #67 of 68 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 06:52 AM
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Good question. To the OP.
And some very interesting answers.

My thoughts, from someone that is still Bobberless, unfortunately.

In my short, 13yr, career of riding I’ve only had sport bikes, and was never even interested in ‘cruiser’ styled bikes.
I always thought they were too big/heavy and I love the speed and performance that, I thought, a cruiser could not fulfill.
I have ridden a few cruisers and thought when I was finally ready to ‘slow down’ I would settle for a VRod or M109R.

Fast fwd to the release of the Bobber, I automatically fell in love with this machine just on looks alone. I must have read/watched every single review on it and once I found out that it also had some performance capabilities, I was sold!
Alas, I wasn’t financially ready and thought I would get one later down the line whether new or used.
Then, Triumph drops the BB. I quickly went from want to NEED this bike.
Funny thing is, I’m still not really interested cruisers and don’t even like ALL black colored bikes (just a safety thing for me on the streets). Being I have a love for hotrods and restomods, the Bobber and more so BB just do it for me.

To, sort of, answer the question..... I would love have the original Bobber, but do think the BB is just a bit more icing on the cake.

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post #68 of 68 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 08:22 AM
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I think both versions look very cool in their own way. The 19" front wheel on the original reminds me of the classic Triumphs of the 60s-70s, which is nice. But the Bobber Black definitely has a meaner, more sinister and stout look to my eyes. I've also seen several standards with engine covers that were corroding within 12-18 months which is a huge bummer when you've got a bike that new. There's really no comparison regarding the front brakes. Brakes are extremely important to me and I've spent too much money in my life upgrading weak brakes, so I decided long ago I'd never buy another machine without high grade brakes, including dual rotors. Again though, I totally understand others who choose the standard because there's a lot about it that's really cool and classic-looking. Some of the colors are very attractive and I've considered buying a spare tank in silver/green or Morelo Red just to play around.

As for the cruise control, I never wanted or thought I'd use cruise ...until I had it. Even on my Bobber Black I occasionally take a 200+ mile trip involving some highway riding and it is definitely very nice to have when you want it. Besides, what's the downside? An extra button that's barely noticeable? Come on.

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