While other motorcycle manufacturers are coming out with their own Scramblers and café racers, Triumph went in a different direction and created the 2017 Bonneville Bobber that Morgan Gales from Motorcyclist test rode recently.
Some may have been worried that the radical redesign made to the timeless and classic Bonneville platform would serve no purpose other than to make the rider look cool, but that’s not the case with the new Bobber.
Its 2.4-gallon tank combined with 3 inches of suspension, strong brakes, adjustable clutch and brake levers, an excellent engine and 1-inch bars gives the Bobber a solid feel. None of the components feel cheap or flimsy and much thought has been put into every little detail including the small metal cover that hides the rear brake fluid and coolant.
Powering the Bobber is the same 1200cc engine from the Bonneville T120, but it has been tuned for more torque so you won’t find yourself wanting. Through the mountain twists, the chassis was stable and the monoshock design provided Morgan with a smooth and comfortable ride even with its limited travel. A Twin Skin exhaust system with its rich sound rounds out the Bobber package.
At $11,900 for the black trim, the Bobber sits at the higher end of the segment, but you’re getting a classic looking piece of machinery with the performance to back it up.